What it means to be called a missionary, CAC Missions Director, Pastor Fasuyi explains

CAC Missions Director, Pastor Caxton S. Fasuyi 

By 'Gbenga Bankole

The Missions Director, Christ Apostolic Church, Nigeria and Overseas, Pastor Caxton S. Fasuyi has explained what it means to be called a missionary.

He noted that to be called a missionary simply means to be grouped into the same class with our Lord Jesus Christ.

Pastor Fasuyi stated this on Thursday September 15, 2022 while delivering the Welcome Address at the welcome service of Missions Conference 2022 organised by the Missions Department of CAC Nigeria and Overseas.

The Clergyman further said to be called a missionary simply means one is now an adopted son of God and also valued as a sent son just as God the Father sent His One and only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.

According to him, this great privilege was given to every missionary from the book of John chapter 20 verse 21 which says "So Jesus said to them again, 'peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you." 

He added that the word "sent" used in the passage is what missions is all about. 

"The word mission originates from the Latin verb 'mitto'; known as 'missio' in Latin noun. This is translated mission in our modern day English. Mitto however parallels the Greek word 'apostello' meaning to send. Mission describes the effort of God in redeeming the lost world. It is also used in connection with God's eternal purpose because Jesus Christ was sent into the world. So for you and I to be numbered among the "Sent" is a great and happy thing that calls for celebration," Pastor Fasuyi stated. 

Speaking on the theme of the conference which is  "Holistic Missions Growth", Pastor Fasuyi said: "the main theme of our great Church is 'Grow in the grace and knowledge of God'. This year's Missions Conference theme is intended to succinctly touch the entire aspects of growth in missions, both quantitatively and qualitatively. As you all agreed that holistic denotes wholeness. Holistic mission growth in the concept of this conference simply targets both the growth of our Missionaries, the mission field and missions activities. The growth that is holistic, total, entire, integrated and comprehensive. To achieve this, lectures were tailored to affect Missionaries' life and service and missions activities, particularly indigenous church."

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