Family & Friends,
On Sunday October 13, 2013 Imago Dei taught 2000 years of truth with a simple ceremony. I was thrilled to be commissioned by the elders and members of Imago Dei to minister in Africa with Africa New Life Ministries.
The commissioning was by “elders” not “the pastor”. America loves a charismatic president who tells everyone which direction to go. God loves the wisdom of multiple elders. Paul appointed “elders” in every church (Acts 14:23).
The commissioning was by a local church. God miraculously started the first missionary journey by having the local church at Antioch send out Barnabas and Saul (Acts 13:1-4).
The commissioning was by laying on of hands. This beautiful identification with the messenger, the message and the global ministry came with elders laying on hands. This is “our” ministry not an individual’s ministry.
The commissioning sent an experienced leader. The church in Antioch was strong enough to lose two of its best (Acts 13:1). In Africa they say, “America sends us their left-overs and we try to train them after they arrive”.
The commissioning was by prayer. Imago Dei’s significant financial support was not even mentioned!
Thousands of years of wisdom in a simple ceremony! “Come and see” must be followed by “Go and tell.” We are assured that when we do, we will meet Christ there since we are joining Him on mission.