EBM: At Work Around the World
The International Baptist Convention is a member of the European Baptist Mission International and supports EBMI through the Global Missions Offering in December. IBC General Secretary Jimmy Martin recently received an email from EBMI General Secretary Christoph Haus with the following message: “My sincere greetings in His name from Elstal. Back from Cameroon, I found your kind letter. And at the same time my bookkeeper confirmed that on 12 April the amount of 2,785.30 Euro has been credited to our account as contribution/donation from IBC to our ministry. I want to personally thank you that you don’t stop keeping the awareness of the EBMI-world missions alive within the IBC churches. Please give our thanks and gratitude to your churches in your next circular. May God bless you and the IBC.”
The following reports come from EBMI reports:
The new school year has begun in Brazil and with it have the activities at the Diadema Social Center. Each day, 290 children — all who come from difficult or desperate living conditions — visit the center. The workers at the center work hard to ensure that the children are doing well and that they have the opportunity to learn about Jesus.
Suellen is 15 years old and has been coming to the center for six years. Her family has many financial problems. The quiet girl enjoys all of the activities at the center, knows Jesus as her Savior, is involved in the local church, and in May was baptized.
In Serango, in southern India, there is a Baptist hospital providing medical care for the needy, regardless of their social class. Christians, Hindus, and the “Untouchables” (outside of the caste system) — all receive the same treatment.
Killkrishna Sabara is a two-year-old who has been battling cancer in his eye. Through the hospital, he was able to have surgery to remove his left eye, followed by chemotherapy. His parents are unendingly grateful for the care and hope he received.
“I cannot read,” said Liliana, as she received a Bible for Mother’s Day. Liliana, the mother of seven children, came to faith through the PEPE preschool project in Alem, Argentina, where she brought her youngest daughter each week. She wanted to learn to read so that she can study the Bible herself. So workers at PEPE began a literacy program for adults. Liliana not only learned to read and write; she became the best student in the group. Now, she leads a beginner’s course herself. At the end of this year she will complete her elementary school education. And her young daughter completed the preschool program and is off to a good start in the school.
Liliane and her children and her grandchildren regularly attend the worship services held in the PEPE center, while the children also attend the children’s time on Saturday.
A short video trailer in English is available on the EBMI website: www.ebm-international.org. A video with highlights of the work in 2016 is also available on the website in German and Portuguese.
(photos by EBMI photographers)