About this partnership

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Population: 31.8 million

Number of Vineyard Churches: Undisclosed

Primary Religion: Sunni Islam and Shia Islam

Government: Islamic Republic

Ave. Education: 9 years

About Afghanistan

Afghanistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country located within South Asia and Central Asia. Afghanistan's economy is recovering from decades of conflict. Despite the progress of the past few years, Afghanistan is extremely poor, landlocked, and highly dependent on foreign aid. 

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Partnership Leaders:
Bill and Cheryll Hanawalt

Bill and Cheryll Hanawalt serve as teaching pastors at the Evanston Vineyard and were part of the original team with Steve Nicholson that planted the church in 1976.  They have been married for 43 years and have 3 adult sons.  They have worked together to train and support local church leaders and long-term cross-cultural workers in the Middle East, Central and South Asia, East and West Africa and Latin America.

Bill is also the Executive Pastor of the Evanston Vineyard. A second-generation church planter, Bill received his Bachelor’s degree from Yale University and completed his seminary training (M.Div.) at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Cheryll is also a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in private practice.  She completed her undergraduate work at Trinity College (IL) and she also has a Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University.

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Afghanistan. 2015. Retrieved 6 July 2015

The World Fact Book: South Asia: Afghanistan. 2015. Retrieved 6 July 2015