A professor from the Reggae land of Jamaica meets a pastor from the Himalayan country of Nepal at a training event in the city-state of Singapore. The professor calls the pastor his “little brother” as their friendship grows and he encourages the pastor to attend a discipleship training event sponsored by World Partners in the U.S. Developed by a missionary in South Africa, it was being taught in Keystone, South Dakota, to nationals flown in from all over the world.
The Nepali pastor attended the month-long course where he was hosted by former missionaries to Sierra Leone and coached by a former missionary to Indonesia. When the pastor returned home to Nepal, his discipleship training resulted in 120 new believers. It was the first time in his ministry he had baptized that many people in one year.
To be a part of World Partners is to be a part of a multi-cultural, multi-national team. The World Partners staff is working in partnership with nationals from various denominations and organizations to fulfill the Great Commission and do its part in building the Kingdom around the world.
The Great Commission from Matthew 28:18-20 is the central focus of World Partners. Going into all the world to make disciples is understood as creating disciple making movements with each disciple carrying on the vision of making disciples. The goal of World Partners for the next five years is to see 25 disciple making movements launched around the world, and in the next ten years to have a direct or indirect ministry presence in every country of the world.
World Partners is blessed to host a group of gifted missionaries and national leaders who form a network for building the Kingdom.
People groups are often the targets of ministry rather than geographical countries. World Partners seeks to find the most effective method for reaching a group, coordinating and cultivating the efforts of nationals and missionaries as they work to establish disciple making movements.
An indication disciple making movements are occurring is that Christian communities are forming. World Partners plants churches by making disciples rather than planting churches in order to make disciples. The goal is for these congregations to continue the vision of making disciples and planting churches.
Eighty-eight missionaries are currently serving in twenty countries of the world. The primary goal of each staff person is to make disciples. Ministry activities may cover a broad spectrum of services from education, medicine, agriculture, business, computer science, etc., but these tasks are seen as strategies for meeting people and touching needs to open doors for spiritual ministry. World Partners has opportunities to place people in locations from remote rural villages to large influential cities. The goal is to find the best location where the Spirit of God will work through staff to transform lives and develop spiritual leaders.
There are numerous national Missionary Churches in other countries of the world today. Many of these national churches came into existence through the work of World Partners staff in the last 100 years. It is a privilege to be associated with these organizations and to have had a part in their conception and development.
National churches helping national churches is part of World Partners’ strategy. In our post-modern world, the U.S. church is no longer the best solution for ministry in many parts of the world. In the last five years the following relationships have been actively cultivated in world ministry:
Dominican Republic helping in Cuba
Ecuador helping in Uruguay
Brazil helping in Mozambique and Portugal
India reaching into Bhutan
Kenya reaching into the Congo
Nigeria helping in Sierra Leone
Each local Missionary Church in the U.S. is considered a part of the World Partners global team. Many World Partners staff members come from local churches that provide them with important financial, spiritual and emotional support. Missionary Church districts and regions develop relationships with specific field locations to offer guidance, support and encouragement to the World Partners missionaries and nationals in that location.
World Partners Volunteer Service develops opportunities for local congregations to participate in mission trips that provide much needed assistance to overseas ministry teams. Volunteer service includes opportunities from short-term trips to assignments lasting up to two years. Tasks often involve medical care, prayer walks, ministry activities or work projects.
Ministry to ethnic communities in the U.S. involves the cross-cultural skills also employed in international locations. A group of World Partners staff serve in the U.S. to make disciples among immigrants.
While World Partners is committed to making disciples and planting His church, the ministry is always undertaken with the understanding this work is a supernatural witness to the glory and power of God. As the Missionary Church and World Partners seek to fulfill their God-given goals, they are grateful for those God has called and placed in His service to fulfill the Great Commission and establish His Kingdom on earth.
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