I’m sitting in the Best Western in Richmond, VA at the continental breakfast bar area. It’s been about 7 minutes since I had one of their breakfast sandwiches and things are already getting interesting in my stomach… but I guess that’s a story for another time…

I’m here with Tom Ward of East Point Community Church in Deleware and George Palo of Harvest City Church in Ndola, Zambia. We’re meeting with some guys from our network, Ecclesia and we’ll be talking about more details regarding the partnership between George’s network of churches and our network.

We had a great conversation on the way down about the current way of connecting churches in America and Africa and some of the challenges this approach brings. Basically, the approaches that George has experienced in the past don’t have a significant enough commitment. We spoke a bit about the concept of covenant, courtship and marriage between African and American churches. It was a fascinating discussion that hopefully someday I’ll be able to unpack as we discuss it more.

I went to Zambia earlier this summer and it was a great perspective giving trip in terms of seeing the differences and similarities in our culture and African culture (Read more about that here as it really made me ask some serious questions about our way of life here in America).

Hopefully in the next 6-8 hours we’ll have made some good progress in working out some details for a meaningful and significant future partnership or Ecclesia, Harvest City and The Well.

Oh, you can listen to George’s sermon at The Well on Sunday here