Ministry partner update: ICOMB – June 2019
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.
ICOMB is gathering at the Matthew Training Center outside of Guadalajara, Mexico. We are hosted by the Mexican Mennonite Brethren conference, Iglesia Cristiana de Paz en México (ICPM). Mennonite Brethren brothers and sisters from around the world are in Mexico, praying, seeking God, lifting one another up, building relationships, making plans to follow where God is leading the church next.
The annual Summit is like a large family gathering – even when you are meeting someone for the first time, you feel a strong sense of connection and shared background in the Mennonite Brethren family. Though there is great joy and fellowship in being together, we are also there to work! This year we are digging deep into ICOMB’s central vision and mission for the next 5-10 years. We are taking a big picture look at where each conference and continental region is right now, and where ICOMB should concentrate our resources for the future
67 people are a part of this year’s Summit, including official national conference representatives, guests, Matthew Training Center staff and volunteers, and students from the Hadime discipleship program.
ICOMB representatives are coming this year from Germany, Austria, Lithuania, Portugal, Khmu Mission (South East Asia), Japan, Canada, USA, Angola, DR Congo, Malawi (emerging conference), Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Panama, and of course Mexico.
—Rudi Plett, executive director, ICOMB