Dr. Dennis Jackson
Dear Global Partners Family,
I continue to be captured by the reality that globally 4 in 10 live without access to the gospel. This means that more than 3 billion people do not have a witness to the transforming power of Jesus Christ within their community.
The task set before us is so great. We must all play a part.
In the first century, the Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Rome:
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
– Romans 10:14-15
You have faithfully sent missionaries through your prayers and your giving. You have blessed and sent out some of the best leaders in your churches. And God is using what you have surrendered to him to reach the world.
I pray that you are encouraged as you read these stories of how God has used your partnership to reach the 4 in 10.
In H+S Service,
We look for partnerships that are both relational and strategic. Relational means regular, ongoing contact. Strategic means a long-term investment with a clear aim in mind.
PROVIDING RELIEF TO UKRAINE
By Bryn Beyer
In February, the world was shaken by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. With millions of internally displaced people and refugees fleeing across borders, God led missionaries and local church leaders in Poland, the Czech Republic and Austria in their response. With your help of prayer and financial giving, Wesleyans continue to provide hands-on relief, support and ongoing care. Our church in Krakow, Poland is having a sustained and powerful impact. Early in their response, the church began — and continues — to host regular gathering times with food, Polish language classes and fellowship.
A DESIRE TO CONTINUE
By Bob and Marcia Vermaire
When we left Haiti last year due to the instability and violence in the country, we started on a journey that was full of uncertainty. As conditions in Haiti did not improve, “What next?” was a common question. The Global Partners Africa team asked if we would consider a few months serving the Kamakwie Hospital in Sierra Leone. The welcome was warm, there was great need and Bob found eager learners to mentor and good colleagues at the hospital. We marvel at the desire we sense God giving us to continue a partnership in compassionate, Christ honoring care in both of these places. We watch and listen expectantly for him to lead us in the details of this privilege.
DISCOVERING JESUS ONLINE
By Luke Paraventi and Jason McFrederick
In 2021, part of the Global Partners team in the Czech Republic joined a mix of Americans and Czechs from various organizational and spiritual backgrounds to launch a new project — Media to Movement. With God’s leading, the team came together to focus on utilizing social media to amplify the disciple-making efforts that already exist throughout the country.
This project has two key values. First, the goal is not to argue or debate philosophical viewpoints online — but rather to invite people to discover Jesus, read the Bible with others and have someone engage and filter through the responses to find those who are sincerely seeking.
Secondly, this project is not to be a replacement for on-the-ground forms of evangelism. Instead, the project gives more opportunities to what the disciple-makers are already practicing — introducing others to Jesus.
An online Discovery Bible Study met about twelve times this year before taking a break for the summer. Before the break, an individual who had joined the group said that when they came back, he would like to reread the same stories so he could invite his friend and see him impacted by the stories like he had been. We are so thankful to see the Holy Spirit working!
PASTORAL TRAINING CONTINUES IN NEPAL
By Mike Morgan, Director of Executive Initiatives
The Wesleyan Church in Nepal has been expanding over the past six years. As new churches are planted, the need for trained pastors continues to grow. To help meet this opportunity, Global Partners Missionaries, *K and *S, have been faithfully serving the church in Nepal since 2016 by helping facilitate pastoral training courses and leadership development opportunities for current and future pastors. Before the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic, trainings had just started occurring every few months in the capital city of Kathmandu. However, due to the pandemic, trainings had to be paused.
With great joy, *K and *S recently returned to Nepal for the first time since the shutdowns and were greatly encouraged by the church there. The Nepalese pastors were able to gather and continue working to fulfill the ministerial licensing requirements, which will eventually lead to some of our first officially ordained pastors in Nepal!
“This week of training completed five of seven basic courses — this one being homiletics — and so many are saying this was the most helpful training they have received to date,” *K wrote. “The morale and enthusiasm of our Nepalese pastors and church leaders was probably the best we’ve ever seen among them. These pastors are ready to plant and build new churches throughout Nepal. Praise Him.”
From Brazil to Sri Lanka
By Sonaildo, Soraya, Sândylla and Sophia, missionary family from Brazil
We quit our jobs and left our hometown in April 2022. First, we moved to Manaus for four months to visit churches and share about our call and the work in Asia. In August 2022, the church laid hands on us and sent us out.
We arrived in Sri Lanka in mid-August. The Sinhalese people are very friendly and welcoming. We are studying the language and trying to get used to the food that is so hot and spicy! We had hoped to go to Bangladesh, helping with the Wesleyan orphanage, but at this moment, the doors are closed to us. We understand that all things happen in God’s time according to his will. We feel that we are supposed to be in Sri Lanka at this moment and we love it here!
We are currently working in a local church, as well as setting up a South Asian mission house here in Colombo. Preparing for the theological education program that will be offered next year is one of our biggest tasks. We have great challenges with multiple languages, cultures and technology as we serve at the region headquarters here in Colombo. But we are here, grateful to God, that he chose us and called us to participate in his wonderful plans!
From Everywhere to Everywhere … Until the Whole World Knows
By Cedric Rodrigo
When God’s people from everywhere come together, something similar to Pentecost can be observed and experienced as people worship, share and pray in their own language. While gathering together for the “Everywhere to Everywhere” conference this May, where international church leaders spent intentional time together, one could not deny the fact that the powerful presence of the Holy Spirit was indeed at work in our midst in a similar manner.
When prayer broke out aloud in different languages — with intercession for more workers to be sent out into the nations and people groups — some teared, while some wept aloud, because the Holy Spirit was stirring the hearts of all present with a burden for the salvation of the lost.
It was three days of amazing worship, fellowship, praying for one another, encouraging one another and agreeing together — to take the gospel from “Everywhere to Everywhere.” The conference ended with the following joint statement:
“In obedience to the great commission, we commit to pray for one another and partner with each other in taking the Gospel from Everywhere to Everywhere, empowered and led by the Holy Spirit … until the whole world knows!”