Gavin and Marlien Porter
From 1994 until 1999 we coordinated a community development project north of Pretoria in South Africa. The project included skills training, job creation, vegetable gardening, outreach to children, cell groups, Community Health Worker training and a bi-weekly Primary Health Care clinic. Through the many challenges we faced in this poor community, we began searching the scriptures for answers and later found ourselves presenting community development workshops and mobilising churches towards ministry to the poor and needy.
We originally started Partners in Grace, in 2000, to assist in the formation of cross-cultural partnerships between wealthy Christian congregations and poor Christian congregations with the further goal of community development through church partnership.
I started to facilitate the World Perspectives (World Mission) Course in 2000 in Pretoria. In 2003 we moved to Zambia for about two years, where we helped to train and equip Zambian missionaries as well as teach local church leaders.
Since 1999, I have been studying God’s plan and purpose and by 2007 I began teaching God’s Vision God’s Mission as a course by itself.
Currently we are based in Pretoria, South Africa and travel to various neighbouring countries, including Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Malawi and Democratic Republic of Congo, to teach church leaders and to equip missionaries. Marlien trains missionaries to acquire new languages by making use of the Brewster’s LAMP course, she has also developed a Community Health Worker Training Course which is used to equip the missionaries or community leaders to address the third world health needs while creating a platform to share the gospel. Gavin teaches God’s Vision God’s Mission and trains facilitators for the course.