Benefits of Global Church Partnerships
Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me. (Matthew 25:40)
Building relationships among partner churches and the host community is just as important in a Global Church Partnership project as reaching construction goals. Visiting and local churches see how their collaborative efforts can empower families to transform their lives and communities. Participating churches can become catalysts for change as they help to eliminate poverty housing globally.
Team members participate in life-changing, inter-cultural learning experiences that increase global awareness and often challenge their faith and affect their perspective regarding their own lifestyle and values. Local people are encouraged by the loving support of the international volunteers who come to work with them.
“The people of Papua New Guinea have already expressed a wonderful hospitality to our churches that want not only to share the good news but to be good news. I continue to be passionate about this ministry because the maturity of faith of the Christians of Papua New Guinea strengthens my own faith and renews me for outreach in my own community.”
—Bishop Gary Hansen of the North/West Lower Michigan Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church who has led teams from Michigan to Papua New Guinea
The experience of working together on Global Church projects:
• fulfills Jesus Christ’s instructions to “Go into the world” and tend to the spiritual and physical needs of those in need.
• makes faith visible.
• empowers the ministry of churches and communities.
• energizes the whole church because much prayer, financial assistance and emotional support are needed for the project.
• strengthens ties among participants.
• provides opportunities for more holistic ministry.
• inspires people to change their values and grow in their faith.
• intensifies the need for fellowship, prayer support, interdependency and unity among Christians worldwide.
Read a dialogue sermon about the experiences of two pastors who worked together on a Global Church Partnership project in El Salvador.