Some 250+ Alliance leaders from 45 member nations are in Toronto this week as part of the quadrennial Alliance World Fellowship gathering celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Christian and Missionary Alliance.

Canadian born, Albert B Simpson, birthed the CMA in 1887 as a movement to bring the good news of Jesus around the world. One result of this vision by God’s Spirit and the tireless efforts of Alliance missionaries, 125 years later, has been the establishing of Alliance faith communities in some 80 countries of the world; national leaders from many of those Alliance churches are this week in Toronto; although some who wanted to be there didn’t make it because Canada visas were not granted to them.

As the missionary efforts of the CMA continued to expand it was Dr Louis L King who had the foresight to establish a fellowship of these ever-expanding autonomous national churches and so in 1975 the Alliance World Fellowship was birthed and since then led by a number of executive directors: Ben De Jesus (Philippines); Arnold Cook (Canada); Arie Verduijn (Holland).  There is an executive committee made up of 5 regional coordinators, , Arie Verduijn, the Executive Director, and Canadian Wilson Kaan, currently the AWF Treasurer.

The mission of the Alliance World Fellowship is to facilitate cooperation amongst its members (churches and organizations) as they work for the fulfillment of the Great Commission.

Some of the AWF initiatives include:

1. Regional retreats which bring the Alliance national leadership together for fellowship and mutual benefit.

2. A new focus, since 2008, on the 6th region of the world made up primarily of the 10-40 window peoples.

3. A strategy of 50/50 partnerships. For some of the Alliance churches in the developing nations the desire to fulfill the Great Commission is strong, but the means to do so is sometimes weak. The AWF believes this is where true partnership in the Alliance family can take place. Financially stronger brothers in the Alliance family can help other family members who are strong in human resources and weaker in financial resources. In practice the national body raises 50% of the funds and AWF adds the second half. The Western Canadian District by providing funds to AWF was a participant in three 50/50 partnership in 2011:

  • The Congo – Guinea partnership helped send two Congolese Alliance missionary families to join a missionary effort of the Guinea Alliance church to plant churches amongst unreached peoples in the eastern part of Guinea.
  • The Thailand Missions Project helped send Thai missionaries to reach members of the Thai diaspora in Taiwan.
  • The Chile – Israel Partnership facilitated the sending of a Chilean worker to Israel.

In this Global Vault video clip AWF Executive Director, Arie Verduijn explains how AWF Partnerships work.

 

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