Transformation is about breaking the poverty cycle and empowering people to be the best version of themselves. It’s about helping people to find permanent solutions to each and every issue they face in their local context – whether that be in the area of health, education, gender equality, productivity or any other social or commercial challenge. This is what we call Church: a living organism that affects positively every part of our humanity – spirit, soul and body. So what is the Metamorphic vision?
It really couldn’t be simpler! At Metamorphic, we equate planting churches with helping people in the most effective way possible. We believe that the Church is the one way that we can revolutionise the whole of a person’s life. What does planting a church actually mean? It is a term used to start a church, or launch a church. And we do that because it is easier to create the DNA needed to produce a church that impacts a community from the start, than it is to change the way an existing church operates. This is how we bring transformation.
‘To be the largest most influential church planting movement in history’
The Metamorphic story began on April 1st 2002 in a home office with a second hand desk and chair and an almost obsolete computer. What we lacked in equipment we made up for in passion and desire to achieve that for which we new God had called us to. The first day of Metamorphic was a staffed by a team of two, Julie and I, with both of us volunteering as we had no income or funds to get started. Julie went to do some grocery shopping that morning with strict instructions to do a small shop as weren’t sure where our next pay check would come from. What we should have realised of course was that God was paying the bills and this was His initiative, an initiative that would never know lack.
Julie went shopping and at 9am a man called me. It was a man that I had only ever met once and so he started by saying, ‘You may not even remember me but we met 9 months ago at a breakfast’. In fact I did remember him as I briefly spoke to him at a breakfast where I was raising funds for a missionary to go to China. On that morning he asked me what my dream was. I answered, and that ended a very brief conversation. Now some 9 months later, without any canvassing, he calls me and it was the words that came after ‘you may not even remember me’ that impacted our future for ever. He went on to say that God had spoken to him and that he was to donate a significant amount of money. As a part of the donation, I was to pay myself. The amount he allowed as wages was one thousand dollars more per year than the wage I had been receiving at the church I worked in up until the day before.
After I hung the phone up with a particularly large smile on my face, it rang again and then again. Forty five minutes later we had the promise of $100,000 to begin Metamorphic. And the miracle continues.
The miracle story of Metamorphic however is not confined to this very memorable first day, and it is also not confined to financial provision. The real miracle is seen in the lives of the millions of people that have been transformed by the power of the gospel packaged up in a Metamorphic capsule – The almost 7000 churches planted and the broader communities that have been radically affected by a program and a dream born in heaven. The miracle is seen in the team members that have sown their lives into something bigger than themselves and the thousands of church planters that have been willing to do Kingdom differently than ever seen before.
But the greatest miracle of all is that God, through His son Jesus, has reached out to us and rescued us so that we can help others. We may be imperfect but it is in that imperfection that His love is made perfect. And this is why we do what we do, because we love God and we love the Church – His people!
At Metamorphic we understand that nothing significant really takes place without partnership. Below is a list of our partners who have consistently journeyed with us.
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Global Development Group (ABN 57 102 400 993) is an Australian AusAID approved Non Government Organisation carrying out quality humanitarian projects with approved partners and providing aid to relieve poverty and provide long term solutions. Global Development Group takes responsibility for the projects according to AusAID rules, providing a governance role and assisting in the areas of planning, monitoring, evaluating and auditing to ensure the projects are carried out to AusAID requirements.
Metamorphic International is proud to partner with Global Development Group on the following projects: J678 – Burundi HIV Meds Project, J445.3 – Cambodia WASH Project, J445.4 – Cambodia Community Transformation Project, J481.2 – Kenya Community Transformation Project and J599 – Myanmar Community Transformation and WASH Project.
Tax deductible receipts for gifts over $2 with a preference for any of these approved aid and development projects will be issued by Global Development Group for that preferred project. If any projects are overfunded, funds may be directed towards other approved project activities. Please note that no non-development (evangelistic, political or welfare) activities are funded by any of these projects. For more information. please visit globaldevelopment.org.au