Ministry partner update: ICOMB – April 2019

Children’s choir at Shamma Temple, Bujumbura, Burundi. Photo: Vic Wiens

The International Community of Mennonite Brethren (ICOMB) is made up of 21 national churches in 19 countries with approximately 450,000 members. ICOMB exists to facilitate relationships and ministries to enhance the witness and discipleship of its member national churches – connecting, strengthening and expanding. 

The Church in Burundi – trip report from Victor Wiens, ICOMB Equipping Coordinator

Just south of Uganda, and next to Rwanda, lies the tiny country of Burundi. Knowing that our God loves to work through small people and small places, I expected some big blessings – I was not disappointed. Multiply has had a team in Burundi since 2014. They have been working with a Burundian ministry called Harvest for Christ in discipleship, school development, and worker training. Out of this ministry an inter-denominational network of independent churches, the Antioch Network, has developed for the sake of training and mutual support. Since their training has a strong missional component, I was invited to give the same presentation on Unreached People Groups that I gave at the ICOMB Consultation in Thailand (2017). The highlight of this visit (6–11 March 2019) for me was a meeting with some ten pastors from four small denominations who are considering moving from a network to becoming a national family and eventually connecting with ICOMB. Both their internal conversations and links with ICOMB are at an early stage, yet there is big potential in this little country.

23 Apr 2019 - 10:44am