As World War II was ending in 1945, Calvin Chao, the first Partners International field leader, organized a conference for student Christian leaders from 40 Chinese universities. This grew into a nationwide student movement. Most Chinese Christian student groups around the world today can trace their roots to that meeting.
As a refugee from Communist China, Calvin Chao challenged churches in Singapore to start, in 1952, what is today the largest Bible college in Southeast Asia. Partners International was the only financial backer for its first seven years.
Established by indigenous Chinese churches in 1953 and supported by Partners International, this seminary has trained hundreds of workers including Samuel Chu who, after gaining his Ph.D. at Vanderbilt, returned to lead the seminary.
When the Association of Evangelicals in Africa decided it was essential to provide graduate-level training within Africa, they turned to Partners International as the one agency willing to provide outside funding without controlling them. NEGST is now the premier theological institution in English-speaking central Africa.
Since Dr. Chris Marantika returned to his homeland in 1979 with backing from Partners International, he has established a Christian university and a seminary with 30 branch campuses throughout Indonesia. To date more than 3,400 churches have been established by students of these schools. One church in every one village in one generation continues to be their motivating vision.
While serving as president of Partners International, Luis Bush caught the vision for a continent-wide Congress on Mission for all Latin America. This history-making event known as COMIBAM was organized by Bush and funded heavily by Partners International. It literally helped change Latin America from a "mission field to a mission force." Today thousands of missionaries and scores of mission agencies from Latin America are at work all over the world.
With significant help from Partners International, Luis Bush and Thomas Wang convened a 1989 meeting in Singapore that resulted in the well-known AD2000 and Beyond Movement. Led by Bush, this movement has catalyzed thousands of churches around the world and focused them on the task of evangelizing the remaining "unreached peoples."
Partners International has provided the largest amount of support, as well as counsel, for this association, the broadest national evangelical movement among Arabs in the world. AWEMA is a network of like-minded Christian Arab leaders whose vision is to bring a broader and deeper Christian witness to Arabic-speaking people. Their ministry spans all 22 Arab countries.