by Kevin Squires 

school40“A partnership is a complementary relationship driven by a common purpose and sustained by a willingness to learn and grow together in obedience to God.” – Daniel Rickett

In his book, Building Strategic Relationships, Daniel Rickett recounts a partnership story in action...

A man walking to his car saw a young boy hanging around it. Suspicious of the boy, the man asked, “What are you doing?”

“Studying this car,” the boy replied.

Yeah sure, the man thought. So, he began to quiz the boy. “What kind of car is it?” he asked.

“A 1999 Mercedes Benz,” the boy said.

“What color?” the man asked.

“Metallic burgundy,” said the boy.

sam and kimAfter a few more questions, the man realized the little guy knew his stuff, and they began to chat.  The boy asked how much he paid for the car. The man replied, “Nothing. I had a need, and my brother gave it to me.”

“Man, I wish…,” the boy started to say.

“… that you had a brother like that?” the man interrupted.

“No,” said the boy. “I wish I could be a brother like that.”

school34At World Orphans, we equip, inspire, and mobilize the church to care for orphans and vulnerable children. We want to see churches across the globe engaged. We want to see children restored.  We want to see communities transformed by the Gospel of Christ.

One of the ways we do that is to partner with US churches who are willing to say, “I want to be a brother like that.” Why? Because in that brotherhood, we find opportune ways to engage our community to truly serve the servants of God.

Take, for example, John and Kim Silverberg from Calvary Chapel in Troy, Missouri. On a World Orphans trip in 2010, the Silverbergs found the failure rate of orphans aging out of secular orphanages to be quite alarming. Kim knew through Scripture that God has called the church to care for these orphans. As a result, John and Kim convinced their church to partner with World Orphans. In late 2010, they stepped alongside Pastor Sam Magumba and his church in Jinja, Uganda, to care for orphans and vulnerable children. As Kim states, the driving force behind all of that is that “God gets the glory when His followers are obedient to His calling to care for those in need.”

john kim sam prossyIn hopes that others would see it as a partnership of brotherhood, the Silverbergs recently created the 1,000 People Project to spread awareness to the plight of the orphan and to raise funds for a primary school near Pastor Sam’s church. “People need to be shown this reality and invited to participate, or they will never leave their pews,” Kim believes. The funding goal of the Silverbergs’ 1,000 People Project is for their local community to raise $55,000 (average of $55/person) for the Ugandan school to educate the orphans and vulnerable children. “Perhaps of equal importance,” Kim says, “is that we feel God working through this ministry so much that we want to show others what we have discovered since we decided to journey outside of the four walls of our church.” To date, over the last few months, the 1,000 People Project has raised over $10,000 and expanded their brotherhood throughout their community.

Bono once said, “Distance does not decide who is your brother and who is not.”

Are you hoping to expand the walls of your church?  If so, consider forming a partnership with World Orphans, and pray about whether you are ready “to be a brother like that.”