Ministry partner update – IBICA February 2019
The International Brethren in Christ Association (IBICA) is the common network for all national conferences of the Brethren in Christ church with the aim to facilitate communication, build trust and cooperation within our global community, and to establish common and mutual understanding through our set of core values. An associate member of MWC, IBICA has some 190 000 attendees in over 30 countries around the world representing dozens of national churches.
Looking to the interests of others
In the midst of hyperinflation, political and social unrest and food shortages, members of our Venezuelan Anabaptist church family quietly serve one another and their neighbours. At a time when the most natural tendency would be to hoard food and other resources, Venezuelan church members are putting into practise Jesus’ example to look not only to their own interests, but also to the interests of others (Philippians 2:4).
The Brethren in Christ congregation “Pueblo de Dios” (People of God) has initiated a ministry called “Joyful Blessing” that provides love and support for 40 needy families in the community. The program includes helpful workshops, discipleship in God’s Word and hearty meals, responding in a holistic way to both spiritual and physical needs. The church leaders work hard to find food for those in need.
As an extended and united Anabaptist church family, let’s raise our voices in fervent prayer for our brothers and sisters in Venezuela, asking God to supply for all their needs according to his riches in Jesus Christ (Philippians 4:19). Let’s also ask God to help us not only be concerned for our own needs, but also for the needs of others. In the same way, pray for Pastor Pablo Ortega and his wife Lesbia Prieto who lead this ministry with their church.
—Trevor Main, Global Area Director – Central & South America, Be In Christ, Canada