Well done, IBC Berlin!
What a wonderful week we enjoyed hosting the youth missions team from Texas. You did a great job doing your part for the Lord, our church, and God’s Kingdom.
A caravan of cars were at the airport to pick up the team of 20 youth and leaders who were with us for the week. The team stayed in host homes — special thanks to Faith Kazembe, Birgit Holm, Knut and Kim Bleck, Adam Knight, and Scott and Laurie Corwin — for the week as they served alongside IBCBers and our local partners throughout the week.
Among the activities were: school programs in Steglitz and Prenslauer Berg, Alexanderplatz outreach with European Initiative, Youth Cafe Oranienburg, Stadtmission, Serve the City Berlin special project, and Jona Haus Spandau. We couldn’t have done this without those who organized the activities for the week: Ruth Beltran, Kim Bleck, Melinda Means (STC), and Matt Lankenau (EI).
Food, local transportation, and the Thursday night pot-luck/sleep required lots of energy and effort. Special thanks to Kenya Lehmann, Klaus Ziegler, Leah Chihana, and Kim Bleck for providing the support and organization necessary. Thanks to everyone who contributed to the wonderful feast of food we enjoyed on Thursday. We appreciated the sleeping bags and blankets, too. (The fellowship room and the Zentrum were covered with sleeping teenagers!)
What was the pay off for all of this effort?
- The church was mobilized
- Teenagers and IBCBers were engaged in local outreach
- Teenagers and IBCBers grew in discipleship
- The Gospel was presented and modeled to hundreds of people
- IBCB moved closer to being the church God intends for us to become
Praise the Lord, for all that he has done in and through this Youth Mission Project Berlin!
To see some pictures from the event, go to one or all of the following locations:
IBC Berlin Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/IBCBerlin
Serve the City Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/pages/Serve-the-City-Berlin/
European Initiative Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/EuropeanInitiative
IBC Berlin Web Album: Click Here
When: 11. & 12. April, 19:00 – 21:00 h
Where: IBC Berlin (Rothenburgstrasse 12a, 12165 Berlin-Steglitz)
Who: All disciple-makers (church leaders, members, etc.)
Cost: 20 Euros (for materials including: discipler’s guide, spiritual journal, Call to Joy, and Call to Growth)
What: Disciple Making Workshop
Most of us are familiar with the term discipleship. “Operation Multiplication’s” ministry focuses on two more descriptive terms, disciple-making and Christian mentoring. What sets these two terms, discipleship and disciple-making apart?
· Discipleship typically describes traditional Christian education in general
· Disciple-making describes effective Christian follow up by establishing a one-to-one Christian mentoring process at your church.
An introduction to “Operation Multiplication’s” Christian mentoring process: A group of more mature believers are selected and trained to become certified disciple-makers. When a new Christian or new member joins your church, they are offered a friendship with one of these trained disciple-makers. They meet one-to-one once per week, usually for coffee, breakfast, lunch, or dinner for about 1 ½ hours and learn to develop spiritual growth skills. The goal is for each new Christian to establish a friendship – become a self-feeder from the Word of God – grow spiritually – and then share their faith with others resulting in spiritual multiplication!
On Thursday and Friday 11-12 April, IBC Berlin will host Mark Wagner and Willi Daiker of Operation Mobilization Germany who will introduce us to the Operation Multiplication Christian mentoring process. Here’s what you can expect:
- An inspirational message on disciple-making
- An introduction to the Operation Mobilization disciple-making process
- An overview of the use of Operation Mobilization follow up and disciple-making materials
For more information contact admin(at)ibcberlin(dot)org or visit the Operation Mobilization website at www.ieaom.org.
Thursday 21.03.2013 — We pray that would use social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) responsibly and creatively to promote the gospel truth of Jesus Christ. The promise is that God’s word will not return empty — so we pray that God will produce the fruit of salvation and Christlike character through modern technology (Isaiah 55:11).
Wednesday 20.03.2013 — We pray that government leaders would have the wisdom to make laws that are genuinely just, laws that appropriately balance individual rights with community responsibility…laws that promote human rights at home and encourage human rights abroad.
Pray for those in leadership in sport and culture. Ask God to give these leaders discernment to recognize gifts in young people and encourage them to develop their God-given talents in sports, arts, music, etc. Pray that God will raise up God-called Christians who will use these culturally popular expressions to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ.