One way Northland has participated in spreading the gospel around the world is through our Global Partners. Often these are local churches in different countries where partnering creates unique and strategic opportunities to engage. I want to share with you two partners and the work being done there to further God’s Kingdom. Plus, at the end, I direct you to watch a video from one more of our partners that was recently featured in service!
First is Pastor Robert and Rose Nabulere and their church, Miracle Centre Kawempe, in Kampala, Uganda. Pastor Robert is a visionary and developer of leaders. They have successfully built a high school and are currently building and raising funds for a primary school. We have been able to participate in the building of this school through directed missions funds over the years. We also have some faithful Northlanders are contributing above and beyond to provide hundreds of African Study Bibles. This school has created a Christ-centered and safe learning environment for 300-400 children from vulnerable villages and unreached areas.
Northland has also partnered with Pastor Robert to help train pastors in the four regions of Uganda. In the past, this has included sending pastors, staff, and congregants to participate in leading these trainings. Most recently, Pastor Robert has continued to lead in developing these disciplemakers. This year, in addition to the continuation of pastor trainings, we are coming alongside them to provide hundreds of African Study Bibles. This study Bible is considered the most diverse single-volume Bible resource ever created! It is described as God’s word through African eyes. Pastors who complete training will be rewarded with this incredible resource to deepen their faith and challenge their congregations. We are extremely excited about what this will mean for hundreds of families and future generations!
A second trusted and valued partnership is with IPM (Igreja Presbiteriana de Manaus), based in Manaus, Brazil. Known as the gateway to the Amazon river, we send short-term mission trips to join their medical mission boats who minister in the villages up and down the Amazon, Rio Negro, and Solimoes rivers. Practical medical care is given, home visits are done, and doors for spiritual care are often opened. Through the years, we have sent dozens of teams there and were even able to help purchase one of their medical mission boats! We look forward to sending teams again this year. In October of 2021, IPM experienced a crisis from the roof of their sanctuary collapsing. It was by God’s grace that it was during the middle of the night, so no one was seriously hurt or injured. They have been facing the monumental task of rebuilding. We have been joining them in prayer during this time and have been able to financially participate in their Project Nehemiah, which is the vision Senior Pastor Francisco had laid out to rebuild. We are also excited to continue supporting their leadership and pastor training, English camp outreach, and medical boat restoration projects. We are thankful and inspired by their disciple-making, outreach, and mission efforts.
Finally, longtime partner Pastor Adrian DeVisser in Sri Lanka recently shared a story through video during a worship service about how the Gospel spreads in the midst of severe persecution. I would encourage you to check it out on our website at NorthlandChurch.net/ Stories.
Three partners are a piece of the work being done through the faithful tithes and offerings from both the past and present! It is an honor that our resources are able to be a part of the work God continues to do. To learn and engage more in this work, visit NorthlandChurch.net/Missions.