By: Pastor Timmeon Spencer
Caribbean Field Missions Mobilization Coordinator
Hundreds of people are trained in missions around the world through the Cross-Cultural Orientation (CCO) in the Church of the Nazarene every year. 2023 was no different for the Caribbean as we held our virtual CCO from March 2-4. This event is filled with workshops, dynamics, conversations, and learning dedicated completely to cross-cultural missions.
The 25 participants ranged from high school and university students to ministry leaders, coming from 9 Caribbean territories: Barbados, Belize, Dominica, French-Guiana, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Vincent, Suriname, and Trinidad & Tobago.
Despite some internet and technical challenges, God manifested himself and moved throughout every workshop and activity. The participants were attentive and engaged in everything that was said and done, and some sensed that God was definitively calling them to a ministry of missions. Another group testified to God calling them to other areas of service, while still others were still processing the weekend’s developments, which is a great sign. A large portion of the effectiveness of the CCO is due to the work of the small groups, led by three dynamic leaders who happened to be participants in past CCOs.
As a Missions Mobilization team, our goal is to journey intentionally with potential missionary candidates. Our hope is also to further develop them as they participate in the Called to Serve Mission Trip to Abaco, Bahamas this summer.
Our time together in the CCO was impactful. God touched lives, ministered to hearts, and brought clarity to many questions that the participants had coming into the CCO. We are convinced that God wants to raise up more missionaries in the Caribbean Field, and as a Missions Mobilization ministry, we are excited to partner with Him in Discovering, Developing and Deploying these missionaries across our field and region in the future.
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