STORIES OF IMPACT

Read stories about how The PEACE Plan is impacting communities locally and globally.

Finding PEACE

When Joel and Paige Assaraf met in Georgia, they never thought their differing religious beliefs would have such an impact on their relationship. After years of praying for her husband, Paige learned that not only did Joel convert, but he wanted their family to leave everything behind to share the PEACE Plan in Rwanda.

How a Fast-Growing Church Became a Healthy-Growing Church

When ISIS took control in 2014, Christian Missionary Alliance in Erbil jumped from 50 to 200 members. Word spread that the church brought hope to displaced families. While church growth was never a problem, it was church health that Pastor Baythoon was seeking. And then, an email from the Purpose Driven Team changed everything.

PEACE Missions Gathering Empowers Churches for Change

The Purpose Driven movement is built on a partnership of churches, mobilizing members to change the world. This vision for global impact is only possible with help of International Partnering Churches uniting with foreign countries. You won’t believe what partnerships were just formed!

Wrong Place at the Right Time

As a former Marine, Brandon dodged plenty of bullets to save the lives of others. He protected two U.S. Presidents, served in Iraq, and worked in law enforcement. But it’s his commitment to Christ that took him to the frontlines of ministry after Hurricane Harvey and the Vegas shooting.

Bringing Living Water to Botswana

After receiving an invitation to become an International Partnering Church, Pastor Kurt Bubna prayed about the role Eastpoint Church might play in the big picture. That’s when God gave him a vision of an aquifer running below the continent. In the midst of the dry land was one mighty spring flowing for anyone willing to dig a well for the Kingdom of God.

Saddleback Hong Kong PEACE Box Campaign

The goal of any Purpose Driven Church is to balance all five purposes, including missions through PEACE. That's why Saddleback’s Hong Kong campus put outreach into action by hosting the PEACE Box Campaign—their signature event that serves 15,000 low-income families in need.

This is What I was Made to Do

When Pastor Kurt Bubna of Eastpoint Church first visited Botswana, he knew it would become part of his God-given destiny. Now, after two years he's trained over 100 African pastors in Purpose Driven Essentials. Read his personal story here!

Purpose Driven From Arkansas to Zambia

When Allan Greer committed to pastoring Parkway Place Baptist Church in 1996, he made sure that building relationships were a key focus of his ministry. Little did he know that key would unlock a transformational relationship with the entire nation of Zambia.

Capital Christian Brings Local PEACE to Ghana

In 2016 Capital Christian Church (CCC) in Olympia, Washington stepped up to partner with Ghana to install the PEACE Plan. Now two years later, their efforts have paid off with nearly 80 Ghanaian pastors graduating from the Purpose Driven (PD) Essential Training.

Bangladesh Evangelical Revival Church

After reading The Purpose Driven Church, Pastor Baroi felt a calling to plant churches. Six years later, he’s planted 35 churches and launched Bangladesh Evangelical Revival Church — a house of hope for Rohingya refugees.

2018 All-Africa Pastors’ Gathering in Kigali Rwanda

To help build Purpose Driven (PD) Churches around the world, Saddleback’s PD team brought together International Partnering Churches (IPCs) with influential African pastors during the 2018 All-Africa Pastors’ Gathering in Rwanda. This networking and training event gave IPC’s a chance to see PEACE in action and the impact across Africa.

Eastpoint Church, Spokane Valley, Washington

Pastor Kurt Bubna of Spokane Valley’s Eastpoint Church learned many lessons the hard way. Yet a major pivot in church health paid off. Now, after 40 years in ministry, Pastor Kurt shepherds over 3,000 regular members, is planting a new church, and is committed to helping Botswana become a Purpose Driven nation.

Parkway Place Baptist Church, Little Rock, Arkansas

Early in his ministry, Pastor Allan Greer implemented the Purpose Driven (PD) model at Parkway Baptist. But it wasn’t until attending PEACE Training at Saddleback’s Retreat Center that he caught the vision for impacting the entire nation of Zambia.

Christian Missionary Alliance in Erbil, Iraq

Pastor Malath Baythoon knows the true meaning of being a good shepherd. In 2014, members of his 200-person congregation were forced to flee when ISIS took control of the area. Today, his church serves not only as a house of worship, but also as a refuge for the displaced — and the Purpose Driven Church is helping them every step of the way.
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