Meet the residents who are serving in our churches.
Fiorella Vargas Montoya
IBC Costa Rica
Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. (Psalm 90:14)
Like the verse you just read, one day as a little girl, the steadfast love of the Lord lighted up my heart and that’s how the adventure began. Growing up with a beautiful family – mom, dad, and my two brothers – we had the opportunity to attend camps and other church activities. The Lord gave me the opportunity to experience passion for His kingdom and His name being glorified.
At the age of 15, many opportunities were given to start visiting missionaries, learning, and serving alongside them in indigenous and rural areas in Guatemala, Panama, and Costa Rica. In college, I had the opportunity to study medical emergencies at the University of Costa Rica. After that, I had a great desire to dig deeper into God’s Word and my relationship with Him. God opened a door for me to study at the Evangelical Institute of Greenville, South Carolina, USA. Here, the Lord made His Word a wonderful gift in my life so that I could never compare to anything else.
Growing up, I always had a passion for people and cultures. After graduating from Bible school, I was able to be part of an organization that reaches out to international students with the Gospel in South Carolina. What a gift it was to know and experience God’s true love for every nation as well as experiencing friendships that with time came to know the Lord.
God welcomed me back to my home country Costa Rica in August 2020. It was a sweet gift to find IBC, an international family passionate for the Lord. I am excited and grateful to be part of IBC serving the young adults and youth & children. Full of energy and joy, I am more than ready to see what the Lord has for these new generations.
International Christian Fellowship, Oberursel, Germany
I’m originally from London and have been living in Germany for the past three years. My husband Matthew and I moved here from the UK because I had a job in Frankfurt as a translator. We also became part of ICF in Oberursel, which we loved! At the start of 2020 my job came to an end, and I wasn’t sure what to do next. Matthew and I prayed about whether we should move back to the UK, and in the meantime we saw several ways I could get more involved at church. There were opportunities to serve with the youth group, on the music team and with our refugee outreach ministry, and I found just as much – if anything, even more – joy in doing those things than I had in my ‘dream job’ of being a translator! After a while it became clear both to me and Matthew that we should stop planning to leave Germany. I’m now spending this year as a ministerial intern at ICF and I get to spend most of my time doing the things I mentioned before, which I absolutely love. I don’t know what the future holds but I love that the Lord has given us many contexts in which to share and grow in the hope of the gospel. He has called us all to a life of loving Him, finding satisfaction in Him, and giving glory to Him in everything we do!
Berlin International Baptist Church, Germany
Born and brought up in northeast India, Suanlian Tonsing dreamt of serving as a missionary in Europe since his teenage years. After completing his master’s degree in sociology, he moved to Germany to study Intercultural Theology at the Georg-August Universität, Göttingen (2012-2014). He joined Bethel International Baptist Church (now, Multination Church), Frankfurt in 2014 and there, along with the church, he discerned his calling to serve full-time in pastoral ministry, mainly among the international students and young professionals. In 2017 he moved to the U.K, where he continued his theological studies at Regent’s Park College, Oxford University. He was ordained in 2018 as a Baptist pastor by the Evangelical Baptist Convention (EBC), his home church convention in India. He was sent out as a missionary-pastor by the EBC, the first missionary to Europe by the convention. In 2019 he married Ellinor. They moved to Berlin in 2020 where he is part of the church planting residency program with IBC Berlin.
Meet our former residents and read their testimonies.
Bridges International Church, Brasilia, Brazil
It is really important for the ones who feel the calling for a full-time serving ministry and their respective churches to be part of the Residency Program, as this will improve the chances of a successful ministry in the future.
ICF, Frankfurt, Germany
Immanuel, Wiesbaden, Germany
The IBC Residency Program has given me the opportunity to experience first-hand the calling and path God has placed me on.
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The IBC’s Residency Program has been a key part of our church-planting strategy for Paris, France. Through the program, we’ve been given accountability in the mentoring process for our residents as well as an outside perspective to advise on tough questions. As a result, we’ve received helpful coaching on how to equip and train residents for future roles in our church plants. As an added bonus, we’ve been granted financial help to get residents to the field and to other IBC events. The IBC’s Residency Program has helped us do all the things we were wanting to do, but with a greater level of clarity and thoughtfulness than we could have managed on our own.