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Partners Global Network is committed to work in partnership with national organizations in many, varied contexts. We begin with their vision for their nation and we seek to listen to how we can help advance that vision. We also help North American organizations connect with trusted partners in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
Our heart’s desire is to form strategies locally, in dialogue with our national partners. Our goal is to integrate well into the culture and to make sure that everything we do is contextualized. We try to become very knowledgeable about each context–the culture, the work of the church, the stresses of the society, etc.–and then to be open-handed to share that knowledge with others whom God is calling to serve, within that context.
Mission and Values
PARTNERS GLOBAL NETWORK IS A U.S.-BASED NON-PROFIT WITH STAFF AND PARTNERS IN EASTERN EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA.
We unite with leaders and organizations, to engage the world together through creative partnerships. Our ultimate purpose is to change lives and transform communities.
EQUIPPING LEADERS FOR FAITH COMMUNITIES THROUGH PARTNERSHIPS.
Equip leaders that embrace biblical depth, servanthood, spirituality, and community. Establishing faith communities marked by love and unity, working for mercy and justice, and making disciples that serve in every endeavor. Connecting people and resources of the global faith community, for innovative partnerships that bring compassion and truth to men, women, and children who need it most.
We support local organizations that provide innovative solutions to empower people and organizations to build vibrant communities.
- We create innovative partnerships to provide complementary services to our partners.
- We seek to impact the lives of our partners, staff, and supporters.
- Our services and training enable partners to develop strategies to transform their communities.
- We strengthen and influence our partners, connect them in valuable partnerships, and drive economic progress that benefits both sides of the partnership.
Philosophy of Ministry
FOLLOWING THE DOWNFALL OF THE BERLIN WALL, HUNDREDS OF ORGANIZATIONS FROM THE WEST PARTNERED WITH AGENCIES, CHURCHES, AND SOCIAL GROUPS IN THE EAST TO ASSIST IN THE REBUILDING OF THE SOCIAL INFRASTRUCTURE THROUGHOUT EURASIA. TODAY, ONLY A FRACTION OF THESE PARTNERSHIPS REMAIN.
With the newly established freedoms (1991), one such partnership was established by Pastor Mike Smith of Highlands Community Church, Renton, WA, USA and Ivan Belev, Pastor of The Evangelical Baptist Church of Chisinau, MD. The purpose of this new relationship was to train leaders in Moldova to equip and care for the people of Moldova.
Through a variety of programs, this partnership addressed the material and spiritual needs of post-communist Moldova.
Leadership training, church sponsorships, children’s work, and leadership/group exchanges are only a few of the long-lasting programs that exist as a result of this partnership.
From its inception, this partnership has enjoyed a distinctly relational approach to meeting the needs of those in Eastern Europe. The partnership was founded on conservative principles and has worked with numerous and varied groups, churches and social agencies who share a similar vision.
For 25 years this partnership has flourished and grown to over forty partners, including individuals, churches, orphanages, schools and other agencies. In August 2014, it was proposed that this approach to serving the people of Eurasia would benefit from the formation of a non-profit corporation.
In response to this need Partners Global Network was established.
Statement of Faith
PRESIDENT AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Prior to taking his current position with Partners Global Network, Mike was the executive director of Missio International Romania. Mike served for 24 years as Pastor of Missions, and Adult Team Leader, for Highlands Community Church in Renton, WA. In the 10-year period from 1978 to 1988, he administered the International Training Curriculum for Campus Crusade for Christ, as city director in San Bernardino, CA, and Seattle, WA. He has travelled extensively over the past 35-plus years, living and/or conducting ministry in 24 countries. Mike attended Willamette University, Salem, Oregon, and the International Christian University, School of Theology, San Bernardino, CA. Mike was ordained as a Minister of the Gospel in 1998. He and wife Barbara have two daughters, and one granddaughter. When not traveling or speaking, Mike enjoys cycling.
Paul has worked in the corporate world for 30 years, at a large aerospace company. Throughout his career, Paul has served in leadership positions in Finance and Procurement. Paul’s passion is to serve in missions and he has participated in several short-term mission trips to Eastern Europe, and served on various committees. Paul and Linda met in college and have been married for over 30 years. They have two children, one granddaughter and a granddog.
From Moldova, Ludmila has been involved in ministry through the church her father pastored. After relocating to US, she continued being ginvolved in various minstries at her church. She is a graduate of Northwest University in Kirkland, WA and has been working for a multinational technology corporation for the past 15 years. Ludmila is married and has one son.
Originally from San Diego, CA, he is married to Elese, and together they have two daughters and two granddaughters. Michael came to Christ at the age of 32 and got active in church by helping in homeless ministries and soup kitchens, Vistians Rock ( a community revitalization effort ), and with Operation Hope family shelter.
Alex and his family are from Moldova where he served in the music ministry since 1996. Alex is a gifted leader with leadership experience serving the Moldovian churches until 2007. In 2007, he and his family moved to the United States became a US citizen then he served at Jesus the Savior Moldovan Baptist Church and Highlands Community Church both in Renton, WA. Alex is currently employed at Lyon Technical Services as Senior Network Administrator as he is very passionate about technology and helps PGN with all IT needs. He is married to Ariza in 1999 and they have five wonderful kids; Cris, Marc, Camelia, Alexandra, and Sophia. He likes technology, spending time with family, and camping.
Jim participated on a short-term mission while in college reaching out to Turkish immigrants in Germany and has actively support mission efforts since. He has been happily married to Jennifer over 30 years and has enjoyed ministering together in adult education including co-teaching parenting skills. They have six children, including two boys adopted from China, and a son-in-law. Jim has worked in the corporate world over three decades, at a large aerospace company, contributing his engineering talent to multiple new airplane programs and has served in multiple Engineering leadership positions over the past dozen years. Jim is now interested in giving time to support world evangelism and education through partnership with nationals.
Wes transitioned from a larger “small business “ in 2003 to a ministry calling in Mexico where he and his wife of 49 years, Barb, have been intimately involved—both as directors of the ministry’s Board of Directors, Wes As Board Secretary/Treasurer and Barb as Director. Additionally, Barb has been heavily involved in teaching women’s Bible studies as well as children’s colonia (neighborhood) ministries while Wes has functioned as Mission Administrator/Executive. Wes and Barb have two daughters and four grandchildren and while missing them accurately during their long Mexican stays, realize how profoundly blessed they have been to be used in God’s Kingdom. Both Wes and Barb’s greatest wish is that they continue “Actively” to be “used” by Him.