"REACT Services (and Brian O'Connell) has been a valuable accompanier to GCF since our formative early days. Navigating the blurry haze of movements, networks and partnerships can be a complex process at the best of times, so drawing on the wisdom, experience, insight and, (wonderful), connections, that Brian brings is a tremendous gift. Wrestling with challenges, reflecting on options and seeking solutions over a late evening dinner is definitely preferable to pondering alone any day!"
Global Facilitator, Global Children's Forum; Chairman, Home For Good, UK
"We need each other; it's how God designed us. REACT Services helpfully facilitates that coming together in a way that strategically brings talents and resources to people all over the world."
Co-Owner, Campbell Auto Group, Edmonds, WA
"Brian has been instrumental in helping ChinaSource to realize its vision of seeing God's people work together in China. The counsel and training he has provided have enabled us to move beyond informal networking to real collaboration and partnership building."
Former President/CEO, ChinaSource
"Brian's skills in encouragement and partnership building in several projects have been a blessing to the body of Christ in India. I value his thoughts opinions and wisdom in connecting people to work together."
Dr. K. Rajendran
General Secretary, Indian Missions Association
"I have observed Brian's work in many different settings around the globe. I found him to be extremely insightful and catalytic. The partnership movement has been deeply enriched through Brian's strategic involvement."
Former CEO, World Evangelical Alliance; CoFounder, Oikos International
"It is a privilege to endorse Brian and REACT Services. He has an incredible knowledge of who is doing what everywhere in the world and is a highly skilled facilitator of partnerships and group process. He knows what is required to help people build trust and actually work together. However, I most value Brian's capacity to add critical insights to a strategic plan. He has the ability to see the key elements and steps for moving a plan forward strategically."
Rev. Gary Edmonds
Former President, Breakthrough Partners; Former CEO, Food for the Hungry
"When I think of my friend and colleague, Brian O’Connell, whom I’ve known for 30 years, what first jumps to mind is how he approaches his work. It’s something like an accomplished jazz musician, who is meticulous in his preparation and free flowing with his music.
Brian is a Kingdom ambassador. In that I mean, he is able to rise above his own needs and interests and focus on yours. It is servant leadership. Just look at his work. When it comes to the least, the last and the lost, REACT Services draws together people who are already making a difference where they work, whether it be on behalf of refugees or persecuted Christians - and a lot of others dire needs as well - and helps them multiply their impact exponentially through the facilitation of knowledge transfer and functional partnership.
My own work, at the philanthropies where I’ve served, and in the work I do now, has been immeasurably enhanced by Brian’s critical thinking and wisdom. If it intrigues you to see God at work in the task of helping missions flourish, then you won’t be disappointed if you take a close look at REACT Services."
Partner, First Fruit Institute; Author, When Money Goes on Mission: Fundraising and Giving in the 21st Century
"Intelligent and strategic conversations, combined with the provocative exchange of ideas, enhance collaborative initiatives. A skilled facilitator, who creates a breathing space for these essentials, is worth their weight in gold. I have observed Brian O'Connell leverage his gifts and industry knowledge to enable a group of skeptical organizational leaders launch a dynamic and interactive global partnership making a difference in the world today.."
Floyd A. Brobbel
CEO, The Voice of the Martyrs, Canada
"For over 25 years I have seen REACT Services bring together numerous agencies and ministries with similar focuses for greater synergy, effectiveness and coordination at a global level. Whether it is those persecuted for their faith, refugees, or the suffering church as a whole, REACT's heart is to serve those most vulnerable and be a catalyst to bring God’s wholeness and healing to a broken world. Accordingly, their CEO, Brian O'Connell is a Kingdom builder who works very well across multiple cultures, as well as various denominations, church affiliations and organizations. His incarnational model of servant leadership allows REACT to both identify and respond to a particular gap or critical need in ministry through collaborative interventions. Brian is a man with a high sense of calling and passion to serve in the most difficult of situations and he is also is not afraid to get his hands dirty when it comes to building God's Kingdom."
Deputy Secretary-General, World Evangelical Alliance
"I have been working with REACT Services (and Brian O’Connell) for over 15 years as chairman of the Religious Liberty Partnership (RLP) -- a collaborative effort of Christian organisations from every continent focused on religious liberty for all.
Brian has been the Facilitator for this group since its inception and has overseen its growth from just a handful of founding members to its current membership of over 100. Brian, through REACT Services, plans and executes the RLP annual consultation which regularly brings together well over 100 CEOs and global leaders.
I am enormously grateful to Brian for his superb organisation of sometimes complex events, which always run extremely smoothly and profitably. On a personal level I have enjoyed working with Brian immensely over the years, and I am grateful to have been able to take advantage of his enormous experience in both partnering and religious liberty issues."