"And provide for those who grieve in Zion-to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor."    Isaiah 61: 3

The year 2011 has seen Breakthrough Partners continue in our commitment to empower the leaders that God has already planted in communities around the globe. These men and women of great courage, character and vision are truly the hope for a better future in incredibly difficult situations. God remains faithful to us as we pursue His leading, and we are thankful to each of you our partners this past year as we moved toward transformational, sustainable solutions to profound ruin, devastation and brokenness. 

We mentored and coached a pastor in South Africa to discover ways to add 18,000 jobs for the poorest people of the country (he is literally creating a middle class where there was none). Some of the transaction fees generated from this savings and credit cooperative paid for 1.2 million meals for children in the surrounding township of Delft.   

We brought training to the Ivory Coast   that helped create a sustainable income generating business which is bringing the gospel along with income generation and literacy to a community of 870 women and their families, from five different villages (63% animist, 35% Muslim, and 2% Christian). These women are learning how to read and write and to teach their children using the Bible as their textbook. 

We helped a group of 70 pastors in South Africa to form the Great Commission Coalition which has grown to 450 pastors in the past three years. Together in partnership they have bought property in their township and are raising vegetables to provide 3, 000 children with their only meal of the day. 

We coached and discipled the leaders of an organization in Rwanda which brings together perpetrators and victims of one of the worst genocides ever known, where in 1994 one million people were killed in the span of three months. Together we are seeing incredible breakthroughs in forgiveness and reconciliation among one of the most relationally wounded nations in the world.   

We coached a pastor through a process of collaboration and partnership when his outreach team found 30 orphans huddled under a shelter made of cardboard and scraps of metal in the capital city of Kigali, Rwanda. These orphans ranged from 2-14 years old; the older girls sold their bodies in the city for 25 cents a night in order to keep their younger brothers and sisters from starving to death. Through this process the church partnered with two other churches to provide homes for all thirty children. 

Five churches with 300 members and two pastors in Ivory Coast, many who had river blindness, began a rice growers' cooperative through training brought by Breakthrough Partners. With 1200 rice growers and a husking machine, they are creating sustainable income to help support these blind members of their community and others as well. 

Furthermore, we are receiving additional requests on a weekly basis from countries like Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, DNC Congo, Congo Brazzaville, Burundi, Pakistan, and the Middle East to help leaders find sustainable solutions to issues ranging from the theological training of pastors in very remote areas of Africa, to how to expand an underground house church movement in predominately Muslim parts of the world.   

In all of these scenarios we address the Church's struggle to be the source of spiritual, societal and economic freedom and the light of the Kingdom of God to its sphere of influence among the most destitute and impoverished communities on the planet. We are committed to helping the indigenous leaders of these communities rise up in partnership with others who are committed to finding sustainable solutions to these many challenges. We are finding that within these parameters of collaboration and partnership they are able to do far more to advance the Kingdom of God and push back the darkness than they could have ever dreamed of doing by themselves. They are truly becoming "oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor."