News—Rance honored for missions work
This year Dr. DeLonn Rance, director of intercultural doctoral studies at AGTS, was named missiologist for the World Missions Commission of the World AG Fellowship and for the World Missions Commission of the Pentecostal World Fellowship.
"My task is to assist these commissions to develop and practice sound biblical/Pentecostal principles of missiology," said Rance.
In addition, the Christian University of El Salvador honored Rance by naming the theology department "The College of Theology Dr. DeLonn Lynn Rance." At the ceremony, Ruth Varela (pictured at right with Rance), a missionary from El Salvador and a former student of Dr. Rance, presented the following speech (abbreviated):
You probably think our lives will go unnoticed—that the decisions we make today, the principles we follow or the morality under which we live are of no importance. But every life is of vital importance in a society, a country and the world. Dr. DeLonn Rance probably never thought about the effect his obedience to the voice of God to come to El Salvador and start the College of Theology would cause, but today I stand before you as evidence of what a life in the hands of God can do. His impact is seen not only in the lives of those around us tonight, but also throughout the world.
It was at the age of 16, the Lord clearly called me to serve in missions. Two years later, after graduating from high school, the College of Theology specializing in missiology opened. It was just what I needed, an institution that would enable me to answer the call that the Lord had placed on my life to serve as a missionary among tribal groups.
At the College of Theology, I received not only the knowledge and tools for cross-cultural evangelism, but also the testimony of lives completely surrendered and passionate about God. It was precisely under the teaching of those men and women where I was formed to go to the nations. For five years Dr. Rance shaped the missionary character I would need to be successful in the Mosquito Coast of Honduras and in northern India. His classes were passionate and challenging, and they gave me the tools I needed for my future missionary service.
As a result of the training I received from Dr. Rance, there are now in La Mosquitia, churches, a Bible School, a Christian school, and many Miskito workers where before there were none. In India there are now new works among the Dalits (the most despised caste) and the Brahmins (the leading persecutors of the Christian church). God used this man not only to mark his students lives, but to also begin to change the history of societies who before had no hope or future.
Dr. DeLonn Rance, thanks for putting my hands on the necessary tools that the Holy Spirit has used to preach the message to save nations, free slaves and bring peace between God and men. Thanks for impacting the world!
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 12:09 PM