On Tuesday, May 9, the 2016-17 academic year officially came to an end when residents who had participated in the OMSC study program received their Certificate in Mission Studies in a ceremony at the Center. For those who live in areas of the world where Christians are in the minority and must worship under the watchful eyes of unsympathetic governments, the opportunity to participate openly in discussions and seminars on mission-related topics was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Supported also by the researchers and staff who make up the OMSC community, residents received their certificates from Dr. Thomas Hastings, Executive Director of OMSC.
Residents described their time at OMSC as helping them not only to form friendships, but also to widen their intercultural understanding and help to prepare them for the next phase of their ministries. The ceremony was followed by a farewell luncheon.