ADVERTISING
 
Monday, March 25   Sign in or Register
 
Evangelical Focus
 
Flecha
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
FOLLOW US ON
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google +
  • Instagram
  • Soundcloud
 

Newsletter
Newsletter, sign up to receive all our News by email.
 
 

POLL
Bible literacy
How often do you read the Bible?







SEE MORE POLLS
 

 
TOP 10 MOST VIEWED



Mission
 

European Baptist Mission International: 300 projects in 15 countries

About 160 representatives from four continents met for the EBM International Mission Council. “We are servants of God, his disciples and his ambassadors”.

AUTHOR Jordi Torrents GANDÍA 11 MAY 2018 11:00 h GMT+1
The EBM International Mission Council gahtered 160 Christian workers from four continents. / J. Torrents

“For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus sake”. With this verse as a motto, the Mission Council of the European Baptist Mission (EBM) International met in Gandía (Spain) between May 2 and 5.



More than 160 representatives from four continents attended.



A council of this kind touches on many areas of work, but the most important is sharing of the purpose of extending the kingdom of God, exploring how we can be more efficient in mission, and sharing challenges, experiences, resources and friendship with people from all over the world.



 



The EBM International gathering was held in Gandia, Spain. / J. Torrents



EBM International is the mission agency of European Baptists, with projects in Africa, India, Turkey and Latin America. In this international gathering, delegates from the countries where the projects are carried out also participated.



EBM was born in a distant 1954 with work exclusively in Africa, which was extended to Latin America in 1979, to India in 2009 and, in 2011, in Turkey.



 



Canuto Ngui Ondo (Guinea). / J. Torrents

Currently, it manages more than 300 projects in 15 countries and has more than a hundred Christian workers. The countries are: Cuba, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina, India, Turkey, Malawi, Mozambique, Cameroon, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Equatorial Guinea, Central African Republic and Zambia.



The council, which lasted for four days, allowed to carry out administrative tasks such as budgets and the review and approval of positions, combined with moments of growth thanks to different biblical studies and preaching.



The participations were numerous, but we have compiled a few ideas that were shared in those days.



 



Daniel González (Cuba). / J. Torrents



Daniel González (coordinator of the EBM missionary work in Cuba): “The church is not structures, it is people connected with God”



González explained that the great protagonist of the missionary work in his country is, in reality, “God himself”. “In Cuba we have experienced the same thing, the call of God, and that is what moves us”. The main project is based on planting churches.



“In Cuba you do not need a church, a built-up place, with a backyard you can begin a ‘church’ like La Perla project, which emerged from the church of Santo Suarez. Is a movement on the whole island, working with children at risk”.



González explained that all projects should be based on this foundation, with local churches facilitating the connection of a cultural contextualization of the gospel message. Of course, bearing in mind that “there is no church development without a confrontation with the kingdom of darkness”.



 



Christoph Haus (Germany, right) and Jorge Pérez (Spain). / J. Torrents



Christoph Haus (Germany, General Secretary of EBM International): “We do not receive public funds because then we would have to be neutral confessionally, and we are not. We still have the challenge of reaching millions of people who do not know the gospel, as well as of remaining witnesses in situations like, for example, those of children at risk”.



Elvira Jardines (Cuba, worked as a missionary in Equatorial Guinea): “In the United States, for example, we can talk about children who do not receive attention, yes, but in a context like that of Equatorial Guinea, we have some deeper needs. In Talita Cum (Evinayong) and El Buen Pastor (Malabo) schools we can offer tools for a better future. Our provision, therefore, includes education, values, nutrition and health prevention”.



 



Paloma Ludeña (Spain). / J. Torrents



Paloma Ludeña (Spain, served as a missionary in Equatorial Guinea): “We are servants of God, his disciples and his ambassadors. When we speak of children at risk there are three words that should define our work: vision, compassion and action”.



Helle Liht (Estonia, European Baptist Federation): “The Word invites us to welcome the foreigner and to share the Gospel with him. When we talk about the reality of refugees, we ask ourselves what to do when they come, but the correct question should be: What should we do when they are among us? By opening ourselves to them, cities and churches can be transformed”.



The council gathering was also used to present the most important lines of strategy and structure of EBM International for the period 2018-2022. Identity was defined from a vision that is “to share the transforming love of God so that people live in hope", and with five central areas of work: development and planting of churches, children at risk , health care, growth capacity (empower people to build sustainable lives) and support in case of natural disasters.




 

 


0
COMMENTS

    If you want to comment, or

 



 
 
YOUR ARE AT: - - European Baptist Mission International: 300 projects in 15 countries
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
 
AUDIOS Audios
 
Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels

An interview with the socio-political representative of the European Evangelical Alliance about how evangelical Christians work at the heart of the European Union.

 
Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church

An interview with Lars Dahle, of the Steering Committee of the Lausanne Movement Global Consultation on Nominal Christianity held in Rome.

 
Testimony: Wildfires near Athens Testimony: Wildfires near Athens

Nico Spies, a Christian worker in Athens, gives details about the wildfires in Greece.

 
Arie de Pater: Refugees deserve a fair and efficient process Arie de Pater: Refugees deserve a fair and efficient process

The Brussels representative of the European Evangelical Alliance offers a Christian perspective on the crisis: “We can’t reduce people to just a number that needs to be controlled”.

 
Michael Ramsden: Communicating the Gospel in today’s societies Michael Ramsden: Communicating the Gospel in today’s societies

RZIM International Director Michael Ramsden responds to questions about the secularisation of Europe, the role of Christians in public leadership and the new ‘culture of victimism’.

 
Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation

Are Christians called to make a difference in environmental care? What has creation care to do with "loving our neighbours"? An interview with the Global Advocacy and Influencing Director of Tearfund.

 
PICTURES Pictures
 
‘Small churches, big potential for transformation’ ‘Small churches, big potential for transformation’

Photos of the Spanish Evangelical Alliance’s annual gathering “Idea 2019”, in Murcia. Politicians and church leaders discussed about the role of minorities in society.

 
Bulgaria: Evangelicals ask government to protect religious minorities Bulgaria: Evangelicals ask government to protect religious minorities

Christians rallied in Sofia on November 18 to defend their rights. It is the second Sunday of peaceful demonstrations against a new religion draft law that could severely restrict religious freedom and rights of minority faith confessions.

 
Rallies in Bulgaria: “New bill on religion brings us back to Communism!” Rallies in Bulgaria: “New bill on religion brings us back to Communism!”

Bulgarian evangelicals protested peacefully on November 11 against a draft law which could severely restrict religious freedom of faith minorities. Churches rallied in Sofia and other cities after the Sunday worship services.

 
Photos: #WalkForFreedom Photos: #WalkForFreedom

Abolitionists marched through 400 cities in 51 countries. Pictures from Valencia (Spain), October 20.

 
Photos: Reaching people with disabilities Photos: Reaching people with disabilities

Seminars, an arts exhibition, discussion and testimonies. The European Disability Network met in Tallinn.

 
Photos: Hope for Europe Photos: Hope for Europe

Unity in Diversity is the theme of the conference. Representatives of Evangelical Alliances and many other church leaders gathered in Tallinn (Estonia).

 
VIDEO Video
 
Romania: God’s Word among Roma people Romania: God’s Word among Roma people

Gypsies are one of the largest ethnic minority groups in Romania. According to 2013 estimates, the Roma groups make up 10% of the country's population, accounting for about 1.5 million people.

 
Latin American leaders unite to fight against imposition of gender ideology Latin American leaders unite to fight against imposition of gender ideology

Christian leaders from all over Latin America are concerned about the progress of gender ideology agendas in the region. Many are joining together in public demonstrations and training events.

 
How do fake news spread? How do fake news spread?

Tony Watkins, Coordinator of the Lausanne Media Engagement Network.

 
Lindsay Brown: The encouraging advance of the gospel in Spain Lindsay Brown: The encouraging advance of the gospel in Spain

Church planting, the amount of books authored by Spanish evangelicals and the growth of the Christian student movement in the last decades, are some of the marks underlined by Lindsay Brown.

 
What do Christian communication and science communication have in common? What do Christian communication and science communication have in common?

“As Christians, we also try to communicate a detailed and often slightly technical message”, says Kay Carter, Director of Communications of Tyndale House (UK).

 
Church planting in Strasbourg Church planting in Strasbourg

A video on how evangelicals are planting churches in Strasbourg (France).

 
Christians, resilience and a post-Christian culture Christians, resilience and a post-Christian culture

Lindsay Brown: “The biblical pattern is not one of speed, but of steady sowing and gradual reaping in due course”.

 
 
Follow us on Soundcloud
Follow us on YouTube
 
 
WE RECOMMEND
 
PARTNERS
 

 
AEE
EVANGELICAL FOCUS belongs to Areópago Protestante, linked to the Spanish Evangelical Alliance (AEE). AEE is member of the European
Evangelical Alliance and World Evangelical Alliance.
 

Opinions expressed are those of their respective contributors and do not necessarily represent the views of Evangelical Focus.