September 10-13 in Panama City, Panama, DNA leaders and partners from all over Latin America will gather to share stories, renew vision and address the Great Commission which involves making disciples of all nations!
Since 1999, DNA partners from all over the world have gathered about every two years to renew their vision for their work, to share how the biblical worldview plays out in their various ministries, and to build new partnerships for even greater impact.
This year, the DNA Global Forum was a milestone. For the first time, it was hosted in Latin America, and two new countries declared themselves as local DNA networks: Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic!
The Forum, in mid-March, was hosted by the newly formed DNA-Brazil network. More than 60 delegates from 16 countries spent six days at a retreat center operated by Igreja Batista da Lagoinha, a 51,000-member church in the city of Belo Horizonte. Many leaders and members of the church participated in the Forum, the topic of which was “Possessing the Kingdom: A Call to Truth and Love.”
Here are some reflections on the week by John and Kate, long-time partners of the DNA serving in South Asia:
Below are a few photos from the week. Click here to see many more! Over the next few months, we’ll feature stories on many of these people and the work God is doing through them. Subscribe to our e-newsletter to stay informed!
More than 120 champions, practitioners, national and regional alliance leaders, and partner organizations of the Disciple Nations Alliance gathered together in Pretoria, South Africa for the biennial 2011 Global Forum, hosted by the Southern Africa region of Samaritan Strategy Africa. Delegates from 23 countries attended. It was a rich time of fellowship, story-sharing, prayer and fun.
Also attending the Forum were leaders from several organizations who came to explore joining the DNA as partners. These included African Leadership, ACROSS, Immanuel International, and World Gospel Mission. A delegation of church leaders from Brazil also attended with the desire to explore next steps in forming a national DNA network in that country.
Highlights of the four-day event included hearing many powerful stories of impact from around the world, with a particular focus on stories from Africa. The forum opened with a day of prayer and fasting, followed by times of worship, and an enthusiastic “world cup of volleyball” with the championship trophy going to Asia.
Darrow Miller, Bob Moffitt (DNA co-founders), and Dennis Tongoi (leader of Samaritan Strategy Africa) shared messages from their hearts with delegates, and the president of the DNA International Secretariat, Scott Allen, presented the ten-year strategic direction of the Disciple Nations Alliance. Anna and Nam Ho also shared details of their powerful church-based development program in Southeast Asia.
The next DNA Global Forum will be held in Spring 2013 in Latin America (exact location is yet to be determined).