On Tuesday May 8, 2018, the staff, trustees and friends of OMSC celebrated the resident class of 2017 – 2018 with a certificate ceremony and luncheon at the Overseas Ministries Study Center in New Haven, CT. We have been honored to get to know these wonderful scholars, pastors, missionaries, and artists that have studied and fellowshipped with us this past year. They have inspired us and we wish our class of 2018 safe travels and many blessings in their ministries as they return to their home communities around the world this summer.
Dr. Thomas Hastings, OMSC Executive Director, delivered the message and led us in prayer before handing out certificates. We also sang two hymns, opening with “Lord, You Give the Great Commission,” which was very appropriate since the ceremony was held in OMSC’s Great Commission Hall. In addition, we were blessed to have Bishop Jeffrey W. Rowthorn, the writer of this inspiring hymn, and his wife Anne, at the ceremony. We closed the ceremony with the classic hymn, “To God be the Glory,” written by William Howard Doane, whose daughters founded OMSC in 1922 as a place of rest, renewal and empowerment for missionaries from around the world. After the ceremony, we enjoyed a wonderful time of fellowship and celebration at a luncheon hosted by staff in our main building.
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