In February 2017, Jim Egli visited Cote d’Ivoire and reports: One former-Muslim Christian leader, summarizes what has taken place in the past year, “It’s a miracle! I have seen missionaries give 20 years of their lives, and I’ve never seen this much happen.”
With the tears that flowed that Sunday before the trip, a fresh wind has blown through our congregation. Worship has been more intimate, prayer ministry has been more powerful, and ownership of our mission from our neighborhood to the nations has continued to rise. That’s Local Church Based Mission in action, as the whole church reaps the reward of the local church engaging in mission together to other local churches.
Mountain Vineyard is new to the Indonesia Partnership and we are excited to be part of what God is doing. I have gone on one trip to Indonesia, with Keith Henderson, which has been transforming for me and our church. It would be safe to say that our church has not been the same since we came home.
Last month I gathered together with Vineyard world-changers from around Africa, Europe and North America for my 8th annual African Vineyard Leaders’ Network (AVLN) meeting. It was as amazing as ever...My mind is blown at the grace I've been given. It’s a gift to steward, to come alongside such faithful people in such beautiful and challenging environments.
- Jim Pool, Pastor of Renaissance Vineyard, Regional Coordinator for Sub-Saharan Africa & Ethiopia Partnership Leader
In this short video, Ross Naylor-Tatterson, the Pastor of Without Walls Vineyard in Holland, Michigan and the founding partnership leader of the Indonesia Partnership, describes how people from all walks of life have a role to play in establishing communities of hope around the world.
“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so the birds of the air come and perch in its branches.”
Back in October of 2014 another teammate invited me to go to China. I was excited about meeting the church of China, with anticipation that God was going to teach me something about the church and about myself.
Jose was a handyman who helped at a children’s home in Santa Cruz, Bolivia that we’ve been supporting for the past several years. He fell off a ladder the week before we came and broke both arms. He could afford neither his surgeries nor the income he would lose.