Collaboration is sometimes the best path to transformation. On Sunday, October 15, Central Seminary partnered with the Calvary Burmese Church of DC and International Ministries of American Baptist Churches, USA, to commission Ms. Marlene Po as Associate Missionary.
Ms. Po is the Director of the FOUNDATIONS Judson Communities certificate program of Central. In recognition of the significant partnership Central and International Ministries share in this ministry, Ms. Po was commissioned as a missionary for her service in this capacity.
Friends, family, her church family, and representatives from International Ministries and Central Seminary gathered for the ceremony and to bless Marlene in her ministry. President Molly T. Marshall preached the commissioning message, Labor Not in Vain. She and Rev. Leslie Turley led the commissioning vows. Representatives from each of the groups gathered to lay hands on her while the rest stretched out their hands in blessing. It was a moving experience for all who witnessed it.
Po reflected on how the commissioning affirms her ministry in her role as the FOUNDATIONS Judson Communities director:
It is a great privilege for me to serve in the Lord’s Ministry. I will walk with the guidance of God, follow the path of Jesus, and serve the children of God, who are the Burmese Diaspora Community in the United States of America.
It is through the work of Missionary Po that lives of the resettled communities from Myanmar are being transformed. She has already organized a class that met at her home church in DC. She is currently beginning a new class in Buffalo, NY. The FOUNDATIONS Judson Communities program she directs provides much needed basic theological education to students, as well as providing instruction on assimilation and unique ministry needs of these communities.
One of the first aspects of Ms. Po’s leadership has been to develop a plan to use Central’s ZOOM educational technology to remotely deliver the classes to areas where gathering of larger groups for instruction is not possible. She is also exploring a more advanced series of classes for a second level certificate program, a need identified by former students.
Without the collaborative partnerships represented in this commissioning service, these services would not be possible.
Central is committed to serving the Burmese Diaspora Communities through the FOUNDATIONS Judson Communities certificate program, the Master of Divinity degree that can be accessed from anywhere, and the Doctor of Ministry program. Special scholarships are available for our degree-seeking students from these communities.
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