Post and all images copied from Bondia Timor Leste with thanks to Rob Duncanson:

Partnership Certificate

Partnership Certificate

On Friday 20th July Robert Benn, Rob Duncanson, Daniel Marcal (Moderator) and three other members of the Synod Executive of IEPTL  spent over five hours writing out an
agreement and translating it into Indonesian. This was a great way to get to the real meaning of the partnership and also to ensure that every detail was from the hearts of both parties.

Before signing off on the agreement we paused to recount the history of our relationship, and our aspirations for the advance of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus in our neighbouring countries.  Robert B recounted his first visit to Timor Leste in early 2000 when the whole country was in turmoil with militia rampant, the church in tatters and very real concerns as to whether or not the country would survive the pangs of its re-birth as an independent nation. He then spoke of the birth of the church, and our delight in our partnership with them, which gives us such great encouragement in serving the Lord Jesus together.

After this time of recollection of the Lord’s hand upon us, we signed the document and prayed, giving thanks for the Lord’s goodness and committing the future and each other into His hands.

We rejoice in this “Marker Point” in our history together, and pray that under the Lord’s good hand, that there may be glory brought to His Name and strength brought to His church.

 

Robert Benn & Daniel Marcal

 

Below is the text of the agreement:-

THE EVANGELICAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF TIMOR LESTE

and

THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF AUSTRALIA

Partnership Agreement (2012 – 2017)

with God’s help we will seek to:

pray for each other’s welfare, witness and growth in grace as Paul did for the Thessalonian church (1 Thessalonians 1:2,3),

communicate openly with each other concerning the life of our church (both joys and hardships) so that we can better understand each other as Paul sought to do with the Corinthian church (2 Corinthians 1:13,14),

encourage, where practicable, good-will visits to each other, and use such face-to-face contact in order to develop mutual friendships for the glory of God, for the benefit of each church, and for the edification of church members, as is reflected in the John’s desire for the congregation which he loved (2 John 12).

Areas of ministry partnership:

In consultation with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Timor Leste (EPCTL), the Presbyterian Church of Australia (PCA), seeks to express this partnership in practical ways as set out below:

  • Sending servants of the Lord whose theological understanding and teaching is in conformity with the standards of both churches as taught in the Westminster Confession of Faith, for the ongoing development and strengthening of the congregations.
  • Sending volunteer missionaries at suitable times as required, to work under the direction of EPCTL Synod.
  • Promote local church (PCA) to local church (EPCTL) relationships for mutual support and encouragement.
  • Systematically inform PCA congregations and individuals of the need of resources for East Timor for use in the congregations, and other gospel causes as agreed by the Synod and the relevant body of the PCA.

The PCA will direct resources for ministry to the EPCTL as outlined above, but only as sufficient funds are available.

Working on the Translation

In consultation with the Presbyterian Church of Australia (PCA), the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Timor Leste (EPCTL), seeks to express this partnership in practical ways as set out below:

  • Prayer for the witness of the gospel in the land of Australia, and in particular prayer for the Presbyterian Church of Australia (PCA).
  • Providing regular and comprehensive reports to Robert Duncanson (current representative) of the Australian Presbyterian World Mission.  These reports relate to the allocation and distribution of material and financial support received from the PCA, and also to provide prayer and praise information for members of the PCA.
  • Welcoming visitors, short-term and long-term workers, and missionaries from the PCA, who have been approved by both churches, to strengthen the work of the ministry in East Timor.
  • As situations allow, and resources become available, the PCA will invite representatives from the EPCTL to inform the Australian churches generally of the situation in East Timor, and specifically of the EPCTL, and to minister in Australia as opportunity arises.

……………………………………………………………………… (Representing and on behalf of EPCTL Synod)

……………………………………………………………………… (Representing and on behalf of EPCTL Synod)

…………………………………………………………………….. (Representing and on behalf of the PCA)

…………………………………………………………………….. (Representing and on behalf of the PCA)

……………………………………………… date

L to R: Krisensio de Oliviera, Robert Benn, Daniel Marcal, Rob Duncanson, Saturnino Fereira, Mario de Jesus.

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