December 2016

“I am Making Everything New”

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. … He who sits on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’” (Rev. 21:1, 5)   Our faith is a hopeful faith.  Hope motivates us as we minister in a world that...
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IBC Inaugurates New Structure

The International Baptist Convention, in its 53rd Annual Convention Meeting, held 24-26 October in San Jose, Costa Rica, inaugurated its new strategic plan and structure.  The plan is composed of five core strategies -- multiplying churches, strengthening churches,...
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The Multiplication Conversation Continues in San Jose

Approximately 40 people joined the “multiplication conversation” at the IBC’s fall MULTIPLY Conference.  The conference was held in San Jose, Costa Rica, on 27 October following the IBC’s Annual Convention Meeting. The purpose of the conference is to invite every IBC...
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Executive Council Meets for Final Time

The final Executive Council (EC) of the International Baptist Convention met 13 September via teleconferencing.  Under the new structure of the convention, the Executive Council and Executive Sub-Council will be replaced by the Executive Leadership Team. The EC...
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Ministry Leadership Conference Set for Athens

The International Baptist Convention's Ministry Leadership Conference will be held 24-28 March at the Amarilia Hotel, Vouliagmeni, Athens, Greece.  The theme of the conference will be “Healthy Leaders/Healthy Churches.” Martin Sanders will be the...
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Connect Conference Set for 3-6 August

The first newly designed Connect Family Conference will be held 3-6 August 2017 at the Lachen Gästerhäuser in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse, Germany.  The theme for the weekend conference will be "The body … joined together," based on Ephesians 4:16. Details of the main...
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Women’s Conference 2017

The IBC Women’s Team is excited to announce that the 2017 conference will be held 5-7 May in Hoofddorp, The Netherlands (7 kilometers from Amsterdam airport). Jill Briscoe will be our guest speaker and will encourage us with the theme “My Rock, My Refuge.”   We...
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Oberursel, Germany

Culture Kitchen: Sharing Food, Culture, and a Story In October, International Christian Fellowship in Oberursel, Germany, launched its very first Culture Kitchen.  As God has continued to add people to our church from the nations, a growing number of refugees and...
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Aalborg, Denmark

Six years ago, in 2010, when my wife and I came to Aalborg, Denmark, for a masters program at the university, we never imagined a church like Koinonia International Christian Fellowship existed. A fellowship of people that welcomes you with open arms, befriends you,...
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Budapest, Hungary

Twenty-five years ago in downtown Budapest, the story of the International Baptist Church of Budapest, Hungary, started with a visiting card. Although his English was somewhat limited, Lajos Kovacs stopped to help an American Baptist pastor. Even though they got on...
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Kaiserslautern, Germany

In September, Jim Goforth, pastor of Faith Baptist Church, Kaiserslautern, Germany, participated in a mission trip to Emanuel Baptist Church in Oradea, Romania.  Faith Baptist has been in partnership with Emanuel for more than 20 years, but the relationship has been...
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Kaiserslautern, Germany

Surrounded by trees dressed in the splendid colors of autumn, we found the Christian Center, Rehe, Germany. Nestled away from the everyday noises, this simple and homey place was the ideal location to host Faith Baptist Church's, Kaiserslautern, Germany, fall Women's...
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Calahonda, Spain

When we put into place the independent ideas to celebrate 20 years on the coast, we were excited about the different outcomes. Starting with the special service on 9 October, that was led by Jimmy Martin, we showed a small video from Don Spence who was the pastor who...
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Freiburg, Germany

At Royal Family Christian Centre (Baptisten) in Freiburg, Germany, we thank God for all the wonderful, marvelous, and excellent things He has done for us.  By the special grace of God on 3 July, we moved to a bigger place of worship which can contain 250 people.  More...
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica

In October 13 families participated in a five-week Parenting Course at Tamarindo Church, Costa Rica.  During our time together we learned and discussed topics such as: meeting our children’s need for love, setting healthy boundaries, and teaching healthy...
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