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Serve 12:7, an annual Nazarene Youth International service project, began on February 22 in Panama City, Panama, with participant training.
Ten of the 12 young, volunteer missionaries trained together in person for the "Called to Serve in the Nations" project. The other two members of the team, Suyat Janary and Kesner Absolu, who had visa problems, were part of the training through video conference, and will join the team early March in St. Kitts and Nevis — their first ministry location. The 12:7 Serve team represents nine countries and will serve in seven Mesoamerica Region locations throughout the next six months.
Scott Armstrong, Emily Armstrong, and Joel Tooley received the volunteers for training. They will be leading the Youth Mobilization team that will work with them during their time on the Mesoamerica Region. Regional NYI presidents Ana Celia Martínez and Rudy Prescod also joined the group during the training week.
"What a privilege to be a part of this amazing ministry," said Scott Armstrong. "Our team has been able to be with and train the 12:7 Serve missionaries from around the world in the past days, and it is clear that they are motivated and passionate about ministry in the coming months. We have been praying that God would do an amazing work in the 12 volunteers, the seven sites where they will be ministering, and the churches and nations that are sending them. Please continue to pray for four of them to obtain their remaining visas for several of the upcoming sites, and pray that the 12 would be used to impact the nations."
Prayer is requested for the following 12 missionaries: Chennice McLean (Scotland), Danielle Castlehow (Australia), Erika Chaves (Costa Rica), Estela Reza (U.S.), Hellen Herrera (Costa Rica), Janary Suyat (Philippines), Lynda Woolford (Guyana), Maura Narvaez (Nicaragua), Alan Hernandez (Mexico), Anson "AJ" Fry (U.S.), Juan Carlos Jimenez (Mexico), and Kesner Absolu (Haiti).
To follow their journey, see the 12:7 Serve website and Facebook page to get updates on what is happening with the team in each one of the seven locations where they will be serving. To donate, click here.
--Nazarene Youth International