“That they will be one, as you and I are one” John 15. 
From the donor letter to the field, our work is partnership.  We would immediately fail without it.  Join us to learn the theology of partnership, trends in partnership with the mission world, and tips for partnering with churches.  You will leave with a new appreciation for the web of relationships that God has given you and ready to expand your network.

Each track will include four 75-minute break-out sessions examining one facet of the subject. 

Session 1: Partnership 101

Quick lit review,  Explore different experiences - coordinating bodies, single issue, compliance, transactional v fellowship, push vs pull.  I hope to use a role play or role reversal between INGO and local partner where all the "dirt and stress" comes out! 


Jim Oehrig, American Leprosy Mission

Jim develops partnerships and collaborations with Christian organizations and churches in communities where American Leprosy Missions works. He ensures that the organization continues to implement programs in a way that honors God and protects and restores people’s dignity. Jim graduated from Houghton College with a B.A. and received a M.A. in Latin American studies/international development from the University of Connecticut. He also did post-graduate work at the Centre for Development Studies at Swansea University, Wales in the United Kingdom. Before joining American Leprosy Missions, Jim and his wife were World Relief staff members in Honduras and Guatemala; from 1993 to 2005 they served with MAP International from the Latin America Regional Office in Quito, Ecuador.

Session 2: Coalition and Network Experiences of Partnership

During this session, presenters will share from their experience in forming national and international networks. They will then lead participants in small group discussions to identify factors that enhance or threaten success of partnerships, especially focusing on the beginning, middle and transition/completion stages. 


Doug FountainChristian Connections for Intl Health

Doug Fountain serves as CCIH Interim Executive Director. He is a Principal at Align Health and Education Strategies, providing strategy, planning, development and evaluation support to global and U.S. health and education institutions. Previously, he erved as Vice President for Strategy and Impact for Medical Teams International. Before coming to Medical Teams International, Doug served on the executive staff at Uganda Christian University, where he began in 2004 as the head of the Department of Health Sciences and later served as Deputy Vice Chancellor for Development and External Relations as the university grew to five campuses and 12,000 students. He is also a founding managing editor of the Christian Journal for Global Health. Doug holds an MPA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.S. in Political Science and Economics from the University of Oregon.


Peter YeboahAfrica Christian Health Assoc Platform

Peter Kwame Yeboah is the Executive Director of the Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG), which is the 2nd largest Provider of health services in Ghana. CHAG is composed of 183 pro-poor Health Facilities mostly located in rural Ghana providing comprehensive curative, promotive, preventive, rehabilitative and palliative health services especially for the neglected, marginalized and deprived segments of the society.

His main responsibilities comprise providing strategic leadership, developing partnerships, representing the interest of CHAG in the health sector through advocacy, lobbying, and policy dialogue. His areas of expertise, interest and experience include but not restricted to Health Systems Strengthening/Development, Social Policy, Health Sector Policy Planning, Health Care Financing and Community Based PHC.

Session 3: Flourish Model

They'll highlight the Flourish model for WASH with local church. Approaches, toolkit development, and lessons learnt.  The Flourish toolkit is in final edits/design, and should be printed by September 30. We will plan to bring copies for session participants as a takeaway.


 Jonathan Wiles, Living Water

Jonathan is a nonprofit executive and strategist with fifteen years of cross-cultural leadership experience. As Vice President for Strategy & Program Development at Living Water International, he lead the formation, measurement, and execution of strategic plans across 20 countries, and facilitate organizational learning and innovation.

Jonathan also advises other organizations on strategy and change, and serves on the Board of the Accord Network (North America’s largest association of Christian relief and development agencies), where he recently completed a term as Chair.

In his free time he reads, runs, and plays board games with his family.

Victor MadziakapitaLiving Water

Gebe Ayele, Living Water

Munya Charuka, Tearfund

Session 4: Partnerships and the Gender Divide

Exploring cultural approaches to Gender Partnerships with application to individual, corporate (NGOs) and Institutional (Churches) attitudes and practices.  


Rhona MurungiWorld Relief

Rhona Murungi was born and raised in rural western Ugandan by a single mother—who, Rhona says, was her biggest cheerleader while she pursued an education. After finishing graduate school at Vanderbilt, Rhona was looking to begin her career in economic and country development. With a passion to address the needs in her home country, she was connected to World Relief, where she now serves as Program Officer for the organization’s Developing Countries Unit.