(Argentina CNSAM). At the age of 75 and after struggling for a year with lung cancer, the beloved pastor and friend, Dr. Rosa Isabel Ainscough, went to be with the Lord whom she loved and served all her life. The death occurred at 2:30 am on Sunday, November 22, 2015.
Rosa Ainscough was born in Buenos Aires on November 19, 1940. At 8 years old, in a Sunday School, she gave her heart to Christ. On July 6, 1963 she married Pastor Alberto Eduardo Ainscough. They were married 53 years and had three children: Elizabeth Liliana, Alberto Leonardo, Naomi Rachel and seven grandchildren: Melissa Lombardo (25), Lucas Ainscough (16), Tomas Lombardo (deceased), Timothy Lombardo (14), Brenda Ainscough (12) Juan Manuel Diaz and Ezequiel Ainscough.
Pastor Rosa was a teacher and medical graduate of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Buenos Aires, specializing in Obstetrics and Gynecology from the same University. As for theological studies, in 2012, with her husband and daughter Naomi, she graduated with the title of “Master of Religious Studies with a minor in the Mission of the Church” from the Nazarene Seminary of the Americas in Costa Rica.
She served in all ministries of the local church. She was a promoter of personal evangelism. She won [to the Lord] two of her classmates in secondary school. She prepared Evangelism Explosion, organized and led several Evangelism Explosion workshops, training pastors and lay people from different denominations. She was a representative of the Southern Cone Area in the World Council of Evangelism Explosion for almost 8 years. In the Church of the Nazarene she represented the South Region in the General Assembly for four years and the International Board of Education for another four years. She was a member of the Board of Regents of the Nazarene Seminary of the Americas.
Along with her beloved husband, Dr. Alberto Ainscough, they pastored for 53 years Nazarene churches in Conde, Terrero, Villa Ballester and Villa Luro which was the initiator and founder, which began with the conversion of their neighbors, friends and relatives . During the years 1970-1973 they were the first missionaries from South America to India, where they served in their profession as doctors and their passion to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. As for the ministry of Compassion, she worked with the Toba indigenous people in Formosa, in northern Argentina; each year for 18 years she led medical teams, construction teams and evangelism teams where they fully helped the communities of indigenous people.
Many are the fruits that God allowed her to harvest throughout her ministry. Upon learning of her death, Dr. Sunil Dandge, India Strategy Coordinator Area in Eurasia Region, sent a note which says: “Dr. Rosa Ainscough was also a wonderful pastor of children. At one of the children’s camps she directed in Washim, I had gone from Chikhli to participate and accepted the Lord as my Savior.I was in the 7th. grade”.
The Church in Argentina is very sad but with the blessed hope that Pastor Rosita, as they called affectionately her, is with the Lord that she honored and served all her life.
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Source: Alberto Ainscough y Sunil Dandge.
Editorial: Germán Picavea.
Translation: Stefanie Ratzlaf.