- People-Specific Resource
Model: The Highlander People
Abridged from a report by John Hanna, Spring
(The people name has been changed.)
on the Third Consultation for the Highlander People
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Study: A Forming Partnership Consultation Report by
Hanna, Spring 1997. John was Advocacy Director of Caleb<>
Project before moving into his current
position in the Media Department.
About 30 attended, representing 13 organizations based in a variety of
The meeting began with prayer, a welcome and an overview of the purpose
of the gathering, namely synergy and eliminating competition between various
groups. Security guidelines were also examined.
Prior consultations were reviewed. In 1995, theygreed on the need
for research, workers, Bible translation, and newsletter. In 1996,
they talked about the purpose statement, adopted security guidelines, discussed
the release of the Gospel of John, funding of Scriptures, need for research
and interaction with the Caleb Project, video projects, educational needs
of MKs, and a proposed meeting of the Highlander people believers.
The representative from Interdev defined "partnership" as collaboration
and not comity. It is a sharing of resources and compensating for
strengths and weaknesses. Partnership recognizes that differences exist.
In areas where one ministry has a specialty it should take the lead (Wycliffe
Bible Translators could take the lead in translation).
The need for partnership isn't a need unto itself, there must be a common
purpose. It is easier to function when the group is homogenous, but
the results are better when the national culture is represented.
This discussion was followed by an update on Scripture translation.
There will be 70,000 copies printed of a children's book in the Highlander
language with illustrations. A century-old translation of Psalms has been
A discussion followed of what is currently happening among the Highlander
The video project is moving ahead. They will do two videos; one to raise
awareness and prayer support, and the second as an evangelistic video.
Discussion then turned to the possibility of research teams who could assist
in researching the Highlander people culture and world view.
The focus then turned to church planting with a ten step model including
1) commissioning, 2) audience contacted, 3) the Gospel communicated, 4)
hearers converted, 5) believers congregated, 6) faith confirmed, 7) leadership
consecrated, 8) believers commended, 9) relationship continued, and 10)
the church becomes a sending church. The Highlander people situation includes
existing churches, so it was agreed that a servant attitude is required.
Next was a focus on the Highlander people and Flatlander people gatherings
which will be held later this year. The group hopes to gather leaders and
potential leaders. The facilitating team are looking for people (especially
nationals) who could lead workshops on music, camping ministry, worship
styles, or other different kinds of outreach.
Then the group discussed perceived obstacles to the Highlander people church
planting. The results in order of highest concern:
- Lack of Scriptures/other materials, need to mobilize prayer and resources,
cultural identity with the religion, lack of knowledge of how to reach
them, lack of trained leadership, lack of vision/perceived need, lack of
models for the Highlander people churches, ignorance of God, history of
Christianity, time required for survival, suspicion and lack of relationships.
There was talk of church advocacy and newsletters, with those working outside
looking to the people on the field to help give direction of how they can
effectively support the work.
Interaction also focused on the inclusion of nationals in future consultations.
It was agreed that the meeting in September, which may be the first time
that many of these pastors get together, could be a springboard for
identifying potential consultation attendees. It was cautioned that
too rigid action plans are a Western invention and could threaten a national.
Sensitivity must be kept in mind. The Western concept of accountability
may be a different expression than what is appropriate in a different culture.
The purpose of the larger area partnership meeting was reviewed. There
are also regional working groups such as e-mail and communication working
groups, literature facilitating groups, radio working groups, plus people
who are also already functioning in partnership relationships on the field.
The meeting concluded with prayer.