Why would a church use Global Mission Partners?
- As a Church of Christ agency, GMP is accountable to Australian Churches of Christ
- As a Church of Christ agency, Australian Churches of Christ have the ability to shape the mission of GMP
- GMP has established relationships with Church of Christ partners across the world
- Churches don’t need to set up their own partners and deal with church structures and hierarchies, GMP has already done that
- Churches can have confidence that the overseas partner works with integrity, is effective and shares their core values
- Church can engage in both evangelistic and church mission projects as well as community development projects through GMP
- GMP’s community development projects are connected with our church mission projects so the gospel is preached in word and in deed together
- GMP’s community development projects are tax deductible
- GMP can help your church build a relationship with an overseas partner so that global mission becomes personal
- GMP’s community development projects are creative and responsive to the needs in the most needy areas of the world
- Through GMP your church can be involved in a quality short term mission experience which opens up people’s horizons and engages them more deeply in mission here and overseas
- GMP can connect your church with real and practical ways to be involved in advocacy and to take justice seriously
- GMP can resource your church to find ways to live a lifestyle that reflects the state of God’s world and furthers God’s mission.
Our church doesn’t use Global Mission Partners,
should we feel guilty?
- GMP recognises that churches get involved in global mission through personal connections and personal connection is important
- GMP aims to foster a global mission partnership for every church, whether or not the overseas partner is a Church of Christ organisation
- GMP is happy to encourage global mission through whatever agency your church is connected with.
What are some bad ways to be involved in mission?
- Use an agency that you don’t know anything about
- Only give money and don’t find out who you are helping and how
- Give people stuff that makes them look to you every year for more
- Don’t consider how local people can be increasingly involved in shaping the direction of mission in their own country
- Send Westerners to do mission without considering local needs, culture and aspirations.
What are some bad ways to give money overseas?
- Take money with you and hand out cash
- Give to the needs that you see without asking anyone local for the big picture
- Give so you can get your photo taken putting a smile on someone else’s face
What are some good ways to give money overseas?
- Use a reputable agency like GMP
- Get GMP to do the transfer so you get a better exchange rate and better security for your money
- Get GMP to do the transfer and be assured that there are proper accountability processes in place
- Make sure that you pay your way if you are being hosted by an overseas partner
- Take time to think about where your gift can have the most impact and where you can be most involved personally.
What are some good ways to visit a partner overseas?
- Eat the food they offer you and enjoy it and tell them that you are enjoying it
- Bring a small Australian gift
- Make sure you pay your way, particularly if you are given accommodation, food or transport
- Learn a bit of their language and use it even though you sound silly
- Watch the way that they do thing and try to fit in and do things their way
- Don’t suggest new ways of doing things until you understand why they do it the current way.
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