American Baptist News Service (Richmond, Va. 6/25/03)--The Board of National Ministries
commissioned the Rev. John C. Harding and Piper C. Harding
, pastor and lay leader, respectively, of Cordova Community Baptist Church, Cordova, Alaska, as American Baptist home missionaries at its semiannual meeting today.
charge to the people during the commissioning service, the Rev. Susan S. Maybeck, National Ministries'
board president, asked those assembled to support the new missionaries through prayer, presence and persuasion.
"You can pray for John and Piper
, their church and the community center," said Maybeck."And you can go to Cordova," she
continued, "where your presence will be joyfully accepted for giving such encouragement to the missionaries and the people."Support of National Ministries'
missionaries by telling their stories is important as well, she
letter requesting commissioning, Harding
wrote, "I have experienced God's leading in my life through His
word, my family and my church and I feel I must respond to His
call to lead people to my loving, caring Lord." Along with responsibility for worship and women's ministries, Piper Harding leads teen ministries at the church: "I look forward to serving as a missionary and continuing to bring young people and women in particular into a saving relationship with Christ as I use the talents He has given me for His service.