On January 13, about 100 enthusiastic people gathered at GC Surrey, British Columbia for a very special and joyous service. Job Alimasi Ayuba was ordained to the position of elder and commissioned as associate pastor of our congregation. The ceremony was performed by National Director Bill Hall.
Job’s long-time mentor from Malawi, Pastor Silvester Nkosi, testified of Job’s long-term commitment to Jesus Christ and service in ministry, including leading children’s groups and youth camps in Malawi. He also served as deacon of the congregation in the Dzaleka Refugee camp, where he lived with his wife, Imani, and their children. Job performed pastoral duties in the Dzaleka congregation on behalf of Pastor Nkosi. In July 2019, GC Surrey sponsored Job and Imani and their family to immigrate to Canada, where Job and Imani have continued to serve in the church and in the community.
We were delighted that six of Job’s coworkers attended the service as well as friends from near and far. Guests from Quebec City, Ottawa, Edmonton, Texas, and Michigan joined our special celebration. Our Swahili members spent many hours preparing a great feast for after the service that was greatly enjoyed by all.
Congratulations to Job and Imani! We pray that God will bless them richly as they continue in loving service to all.
Debbie Minke, Elder, and Craig Minke, Pastor
Surrey, B.C., Canada