“For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the proof provided by this ministry, they will glorify God for your obedient confession of the Gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone. And as they pray on your behalf, they will have deep affection for you because of the surpassing grace of God in you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” -2 Corinthians 9:12-15
The apostle Paul boasted before the Macedonians about how much the Corinthians wanted to be part of the ministry to the saints. Paul knew them very well, and he was sure of their eagerness to be cheerful givers. The Corinthians, a church that excelled in spiritual gifts, took to heart God’s Word spoken through Paul: “God is able to make every grace overflow to you, so that in every way, always having everything you need, you may excel in every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:8). They were strongly compelled by God’s Word and decided to excel in the grace of giving to the saints of Jerusalem as a sign of their love’s genuineness.
I consider Paul, the pioneer of church partnerships. He had churches and saints partnering with him for his missionary work. His work was prospered by the Lord and brought forth fruit — planted churches, disciples, missionaries, etc. However, Paul was up to something bigger; he was after something global. He was urging the churches, missionaries, and all the saints to establish intentional, ongoing, and long-lasting partnerships among them for Kingdom growth. Paul taught them about the importance and significance of partnering among each other in three specific areas: Partnering in the Gospel, in training, and giving.
It is important to mention that the uncertainty of life in the ancient world didn’t hold back the Corinthians from supporting the saints of Jerusalem. Paul taught them that uncertainty is not a reason for them to withhold their generosity. He also affirms that God can provide everything they need, just as He is doing for the church in Jerusalem.
In Church Partnerships (ministry of Chosen People International), just as Paul did, we believe that God is able to provide everything we need. We are committed to building strong, intentional, gospel-centered, and long-lasting church partnerships between the global and the local church. Our ministry, like Paul’s, “mobilizes the people of God to bless the nations and advance the Kingdom of God on the earth.” It is a huge blessing for Church Partnerships to make it possible to bring together the global church to walk alongside the local church for a greater advance of the Kingdom of God. But why is this important? We firmly state that our primary focus is God’s mission through His church, which involves the church as a whole, in any part of the world. Thus, we are so grateful to have incredible church partners on both the global and the local church sides as part of our program. Both parties understand, share, and are committed to our threefold core actions:
- Partnering in the Gospel (proclamation and discipleship)
- Partnering in training
- Partnering in giving with intentionality.
There’s a lot to say about how Church Partnerships has been impacting the local church and helping it be the church God has meant. We will continue posting blogs to tell you more exciting stories about it. But today, I want to share how we are serving the local church throughout this pandemic. As our current motto, we are working on #MaximizingtheMoment.
Crossroads Baptist Church of Louisville, KC, is partnering with the local church “El Refugio” located in an impoverished and small community named “El Pinito” in Zone 17 of Guatemala City. El Refugio church has been a huge blessing for this community. They are bringing the light of the Gospel into the darkness of is this place. Church Partnerships, Crossroads, and El Refugio, have been working very hard to advance the Kingdom of God in El Pinito.
Covid-19 restrictions to contain the virus in Guatemala has left many people of El Pinito without jobs. They cannot go out to work, so their struggle with money is evident. Many parents in the community are wondering what to do to feed their children. Some of these families are members of El Refugio church.
Pastor Ramiro (of El Refugio) and his wife Shirley have been doing everything they can to help the church families and families of unbelievers in El Pinito. They desire to see the Gospel shining in every single person of El Pinito, and Crossroads and Church Partnerships are honored to join them in this work.
During this crisis, Church Partnerships identified this situation as an opportunity to #MaximizeTheMoment, inviting our church partners to jump in and help supply the local church’s urgent needs. Crossroads responded with eagerness to help supply families from El Pinito with staple foods. We are thankful for Crossroads’ readiness to send funds to fulfill the needs of the local church and families of El Refugio. It helped the church members and unbelievers of El Pinito see a practical gospel where the local church cares for them. These people didn’t hear the name of Crossroads or Chosen People because our earnest desire is for them to see how much the local church loves them with the love of Jesus.
All this reminded me of how much the Corinthians were eager and ready to help the saints of Jerusalem. This is what Church Partnerships is all about: Coming alongside the pastors, church leaders, and the local church to provide spiritual, intellectual, and material resources that allow the church to reach the community in ways that otherwise would not be possible. Pastor Ramiro, Shirley, Church Partnerships, and the whole team of Chosen People International glorify God for Crossroads’ confession of the Gospel of Christ, their generosity in giving, and the surpassing grace of God in them. We are thankful!
We thank God for His indescribable gift — His Son, Jesus. We are thankful for the hope we find in Him in every situation. We deeply appreciate our church partners in the U.S. for their eagerness and readiness to show Jesus to the local church through their compassion, faith, love, and prayers.
If your church is interested in doing intentional missions overseas, please feel free to send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. It will honor me to share more about how doing global missions with intentionality have brought long-term positive results to the local church in Guatemala.
Director of Church Partnerships
Chosen People International