From patron to partner

1 Mar

What strikes you as you look at this picture of the man standing next to me? My first thought is “Antonio Banderas”. Actually, his name is Giovanni Mora and he is the president of a denomination in Colombia, a denomination committed to seeing new churches planted in Colombia and sending missionaries throughout the world. This photo was taken at Boca Grande in Cartagena where the group is looking for ways to grow new leaders and church planters. They have a number of missionaries already. One, Mario, has just arrived in Haiti. And Mercedes will be going to Venezuela to spend six months under the mentorship of one of our key church-planter coaches. Our mission is changing…we are seeking for and partnering with key leaders and organizations throughout Latin America, then using our various resources to equp them to carry out the vision of multiplying healthy churches among all people. I am privileged to be part of this exciting transition. Not to mention the wonderful places I get to visit. Missions can no longer be patronistic. If you can read faces at all, you’ll see a man standing next to me not as a “poor Latin brother”, but a full partner who has as much to offer as to receive. Thanks to all of you who help make this possible with your prayer and your support.

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