We Need to Rethink
A Response to Valdir Steuernagel's 'More Partners at the Table'
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Suman Aghamkar, India
I have apperciated what you have written about partenership in mission. We often use these words, partnership, networking but when it comes to actual doing we somehow hesitate to partner with others. It may be due to our selfish ambitions or worldy motives, but it remains there and nothing concrete takes place. The actual partnership takes place when we allow our selfish ambitions to be under the control of the Holy Spirit and give him room to work in our hearts.Partnership will help us to come together, understand each other and work together for His glory. But this not will not happen overnight.
Abraham J. Meintjes, South Africa
It remains a mystery to me that we have had a Gospel for 2010 years, and an uniterrupted gospel in South Africa for 358 years, and yet society and the world in general do not reflect a Godly character. The face of Africa rflects the character of its people and its leaders ... also mostly ungodly in its fruit. Yet, there are church services all over the world every Sunday. My mission call is to the Congo River. How can central Africa be so unreached and undiscipled through all these years. Then I do not want to mention the division between Christ-confessing denominations, and the enimosity between Pastors and Mission workers.
Alex Araujo, USA
Hi Cody, I did go to your blog site and read your thoughts on the Biblical reason for partnering. I am so glad you took us to Eph. 4, as there is no stronger statement of our oneness, all of us globally, in Christ, and the very important and practical application of the gifts given to each for the benefit of the whole.
Proshanta Kumar Roy, Bangladesh
I would like to join the conversation.Pl add me your conversation. I am apastor from bangladesh. Proshanta
Dr. Valdir , parabens! goste de mais de sua visiao. I will like to take this long term relationship suggestion to a deeper dialogue. Could we dream about being more intentional about partnering with those in a position that together we could reach more effectively the people in the 10/40 window. For example, Western church partnering with a Guatemalan church to unite gifts and resources to "plant" a church in a Muslim city where we could send 2-3 families there to evangelize. It would be much easier to send 2-3 Guatemalan families instead of 1 family from the western church, smaller cultural bridges to cross, smaller complexities (political etc.) I can go on forever & w/ examples.. this concept has been mildly touched in 2004 conclusion of partnering together and the evaluation on the "two thirds church" and most recently by Samuel Escobar in a response in the "whole gospel, whole church and whole world" Hope to stir more dialogue in this direction.
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