Mutual Edification: When Textbook Meets the Trenches

At 127, we champion mutual edification by striving to notice how God has used our partners not only for the sake of their own ministries, but also for the sake of our discipleship. We want to show the nature of his church by being quick to tell the stories of what we’ve learned and how we’ve grown through relationships with 127 partners - sometimes even when we disagree.

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My 127 Story: How God Joined My Story with a Widow's

127 Worldwide connected me to Swahiba, and Swahiba in turn connected me to this widow. But only God knew how both of our stories would intersect that day. It’s amazing how he can use the broken parts of our lives to accomplish his mission in places we might never expect.

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3 Things Your Next GO Team is Not...

Perhaps more harmful than these expectations, though, is our belief that international service will heal our spiritual brokenness. We don’t board the plane considering how we can encourage local people; we come expecting them to fill us. Before joining a 127 GO Team, it is important to dispel these unrealistic and unhelpful expectations.

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Powerfully Indirect

127 has a different model. It might be terrible math, but we think that we can actually accomplish more for the vulnerable by doing less for them directly. Faithful Christians have labored in their contexts long before our team arrives, and we want to aid that gospel work in ways that help without hindering the mission already happening.

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A Lesson on Mutual Edification with Rose Bugusu

When giving her update on Tumaini in the staff meeting, Rose casually mentioned that she had been fasting and praying for the children of Tumaini, her family, and Tumaini’s supporters over the month of January. Amanda Walton, long-time friend of Rose and Alumni Relations Coordinator with 127, asked Rose to teach us more about how she implements those spiritual disciplines into her ministry.

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