A Chosen Instrument

Chosen, Called, Empowered

As followers of Jesus Christ, we have a two-thousand year tradition that stands as the bedrock of our faith. Oh, we know that the history of Christianity is full of terrible episodes—times when the church acted contrary to the heart of Jesus Christ. But even in the most corrupt days of the church, there have always been a faithful few—those who stood firmly in the love of Christ.

We can learn so much from those who have gone before us. In fact, the New Testament book of Acts gives us insight as to the manner in which the earliest Christians attempted to live their faith. The book is called “The Acts of the Apostles,” but what it chronicles are the acts of the Holy Spirit through those first believers.

We’re going to spend some time this summer in Acts. We want to take what they learned in the decades following Jesus’ time on earth and see how it applies to our time and place. 

Choose Seven

Chosen, Called, Empowered

As followers of Jesus Christ, we have a two-thousand year tradition that stands as the bedrock of our faith. Oh, we know that the history of Christianity is full of terrible episodes—times when the church acted contrary to the heart of Jesus Christ. But even in the most corrupt days of the church, there have always been a faithful few—those who stood firmly in the love of Christ.

We can learn so much from those who have gone before us. In fact, the New Testament book of Acts gives us insight as to the manner in which the earliest Christians attempted to live their faith. The book is called “The Acts of the Apostles,” but what it chronicles are the acts of the Holy Spirit through those first believers.

We’re going to spend some time this summer in Acts. We want to take what they learned in the decades following Jesus’ time on earth and see how it applies to our time and place. 

We must obey God rather than...

Chosen, Called, Empowered

As followers of Jesus Christ, we have a two-thousand year tradition that stands as the bedrock of our faith. Oh, we know that the history of Christianity is full of terrible episodes—times when the church acted contrary to the heart of Jesus Christ. But even in the most corrupt days of the church, there have always been a faithful few—those who stood firmly in the love of Christ.

We can learn so much from those who have gone before us. In fact, the New Testament book of Acts gives us insight as to the manner in which the earliest Christians attempted to live their faith. The book is called “The Acts of the Apostles,” but what it chronicles are the acts of the Holy Spirit through those first believers.

We’re going to spend some time this summer in Acts. We want to take what they learned in the decades following Jesus’ time on earth and see how it applies to our time and place. 

Our Nazarene Missionaries in Costa Rica

Dr. Ruben E. Fernandez, along with his wife Dr. Monica E. Mastronardi Fernandez, both from Argentina, are elders and global missionaries in the Church of the Nazarene. They have two children, Juan Manuel (33) and Andrés (29). Their older son is married to Stephanie and they have three children, Diego (6), Dalia (3) and Aleia (1). Juan Manuel Works as Communication Director in a Christian Foundation in Grand Rapids, MI (USA) and Andrés is a Nazarene youth pastor in the Central District of Costa Rica.

Dr. Fernandez is the Regional Coordinator of Education and Clergy Development, in addition to being the President of the Nazarene Seminary of the Americas - SENDAS - in San Jose, Costa Rica where our Work & Witness team stayed. Dr. Monica Mastronardi Fernandez is the General Editor of the School of Leadership for the Mesoamerica Region.

The Fernandez’ began their ministry as pastors (1982-1990) and then as professors of theological education at various institutions (1986-1990) in their home country. At the South American Seminary in Pilar, Argentina, Ruben served as Academic Dean and Administrator from 1990-1995.

Dr. Fernandez service as the Field Director for MAC South (Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama) from 2000 to 2002, and in addition to serving as the SENDAS President from 1995, he has also served as the Regional Education Coordinator for MAC and Mesoamerica since 1998. Dr. Fernandez has been a conference speaker on five continents and as a professor he specializes in topics related to leadership and administration of the church.

Dr. Monica Mastronardi Fernandez served as Vice President of Institutional Development of SENDAS. She teaches in the areas of leadership and church development in the theological education programs at SENDAS. She has written various publications, including the well-known Basic Discipleship Lessons that has been translated into more than twenty languages and dialects for use by the Church of the Nazarene.
 

Radical Inclusion

Chosen, Called, Empowered

As followers of Jesus Christ, we have a two-thousand year tradition that stands as the bedrock of our faith. Oh, we know that the history of Christianity is full of terrible episodes—times when the church acted contrary to the heart of Jesus Christ. But even in the most corrupt days of the church, there have always been a faithful few—those who stood firmly in the love of Christ.

We can learn so much from those who have gone before us. In fact, the New Testament book of Acts gives us insight as to the manner in which the earliest Christians attempted to live their faith. The book is called “The Acts of the Apostles,” but what it chronicles are the acts of the Holy Spirit through those first believers.

We’re going to spend some time this summer in Acts. We want to take what they learned in the decades following Jesus’ time on earth and see how it applies to our time and place.