Significance of the conference

We just want to share more about the significance of the November 15-17 conference. To have such good attendance and to have the denominations excited about the possibilities shows us that God is already working in the lives of these leaders to make something happen.

The conference was significant for several reasons:

  1. First time many of these denominations were able to get to know people from other denominations
  2. First time to hear what was happening in other denominations
  3. A transfer of ownership and responsibility from outside missions to indigenous churches is starting
  4. Increased ability to offer training and build capacity
  5. The churches are organizing a representative group to facilitate projects and working together

For many years, the work of translation and literacy have been hampered by lack of interest and lack of combined support of the denominations present in a language group as well as shortage of personnel from overseas.

What unity between denominations may accomplish:

  1. Allow better use of available resources
  2. Show a good picture of the body of Christ
  3. Make it easier to train people and build capacity
  4. It is easier to work with one group rather than 30 groups
  5. Projects have a better chance of success and less chance of jealousy derailing the project
  6. Builds the church’s influence and image in language groups
  7. Less and less reliance on outside personnel and resources
Conference group photo

Partnership conference attendees

Continue to pray for this group of leaders as they lead God’s church.

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Conference day 2

Today opened with David Gudiri from Papua New Guinea Bible Translation Association giving a devotion. “We can only follow and know God’s will if we die to our own desires and decide to put God first.” The rest of the day was given to those present to share about the work of their denomination or mission and their dream for what they want to accomplish in the coming years. Many said they wanted to work in remote areas. Many have their own schools and health care to meet the needs of the people they serve. These schools and health care are primarily in areas where there are no schools or health care. Many are working in literacy.┬áIt was also great to hear the uniqueness of each church or mission and realize that each had great things to offer to everyone else.

Tomorrow is the last day and very important. The topics for tomorrow are partnership, building capacity through training, and where do we go from here. Please pray that there is a great desire for unity and partnership and that the first steps are taken to see this happen.