Paul, the early church apostle illustrated partnerships well: “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow” (1 Corinthians 3:6). With Christ as our common bond, God’s people are coming together in a fourfold partnership – an American/international church, a strategic Romanian church, MLI and Missio International (MI formerly known as USAffairs, MLI’s partner and legal representative in the USA) – with the purpose of mutual encouragement, support and growth.
Through church partnerships we seek to assist indigenous missionary minded local churches in remote and less resourced areas in Romania for the advancement of the Gospel. A church partnership includes:
- – Relationships – visits; mutual support and encouragement; sharing and exchange of resources, teaching and experience;
- – Financial assistance – providing partial financial support for local church leadership; evangelism, church planting and outreach ministries;
- – Communication and prayer support – interceding on each other’s behalf, bringing specific requests and under-girding each other’s community life with the covering of faithful dialogue with God.
- – Short term mission teams – serving together in projects like youth camps; Vacation Bible School; training and evangelism; medical, social or building projects.
The purpose of these partnerships is the mutual encouragement and edification of God’s people. Today, more than twenty active partnerships through Missio Link International demonstrate the dynamic reality of cross-cultural fellowship among believers.
Of course, the real power at work here in bringing Christians together, is the Spirit of God. It is the Lord alone who is able to bring Christians together in a healthy relationship of mutual respect and appreciation for the special gifts that each partner brings to the other. “My prayer for all of them is that they will be of one heart and mind, just as you and I are, Father. I in them and you in me, all being perfected into one so that the world will know you sent me and will understand that you love them as much as you love me.” (John 17: 21-23)
Please consider the invitation to find out more and partner with a local church community in Romania.