Nearly 130 people gathered at First RP church in Beaver Falls last night for a sending service for pastor Lucas Hanna and his family as they prepare to head to the mission field in South Sudan.

The following write up was taken from the First RP website:

Pastor Hanna and his family were joined by his parents, friends from near and far, a member of the Global Mission Board, members of previous congregations, and his church family for this service.

Associate Pastor Matt Filbert preached from Acts 13:1-3 about the setting apart of servants for missionary service. Our congregation recognizes that the Hannas are answering the Lord’s call on their life, and we commit to praying for them and supporting them and look forward to hearing their reports from the mission field.

Eastvale RPC Pastor Micah Ramsey, who is a close friend of Lucas’s, gave the charge to the Hanna family. It was an emotional charge where Pastor Ramsey reminded them of the need to shepherd their family as well as those on the mission field. One child of the congregation said, “I really thought Pastor Ramsey was going to convince them not to go.” But despite our personal emotions, we know they need to answer God’s call.

The Hanna family was called to the front where Elder David Schaefer led in the commissioning prayer. Elders from around the denomination laid on hands.

After Associate Pastor Tim McClain gave the benediction, there was hardly a dry eye in the house. Fellowship was enjoyed over dessert refreshments provided by the social committee.

Please continue to pray for the Hanna family as they prepare for the move, and for the rest of the team on the mission field in South Sudan.

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