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  • National Churches – ICOMB
    MB leadership include establishing a strong sense of identity vision resolve and resources primarily leaders to plant churches recovery from some recent discouraging events Current programs and goals include leadership development to ensure sufficient pastors for all churches taking advantage of the new status in Austria as a recognized church fulfilling a new recently adopted vision for the national church Germany has three national Mennonite Brethren churches Operation World Arbeitsgemeinschaft Mennonitischen Brudergemeinden in Deutschland AMBD is a national church with 1 600 members in 14 churches Current challenges facing MB leadership include how to help smaller churches minister and reaching out to the many different ethnic groups around them Current programs and goals include church planting in two areas hiring a new pastor to strengthen the church and addressing the needs of many refugees coming into the area Vereinigung der Mennoniten Brudergemeinden von Bavaria VMBB is a national church in south east Bavaria with 130 members in 3 churches Current challenges facing MB leadership include being seen as strange in an area strongly identified as Roman Catholic Christian Current programs and goals include connecting members through youth services women s retreats and counselling Bund Taufgesinnter Gemeinden BTG is a national church with 7 324 members in 26 churches Lietuvos Laisvųjų Krikščionių Bažnyčia the Lithuania Free Christian Church is a national church of 215 members in 7 churches Lithuania is the most recent member to join ICOMB becoming an official member in 2014 Operation World Current challenges facing MB leadership include discerning a common vision for strategic plans need to train future leaders Current programs and goals include the Evangelical Bible Institute run in partnership with other evangelical organizations including Eastern Mennonite Mission and MB Mission summer camps programs day care centers and Bible studies Associacão dos Irmãos Menonitas de Portugal is a national church of 300 members in 6 churches The churches have a diversity of languages including Lingala Kikongo Portuguese and Russian Operation World Current challenges facing MB leadership include fundraising for projects needing new team members to carry out the work and transitions in staff Current programs and goals include managing a thrift store and furniture refurbishment to help unemployed members adding a Portuguese service to a Russian church plant Latin America Brazil Colombia Mexico Panama Paraguay Peru Uruguay Convenção Brasileira das Igrejas Evangélicas Irmãos Menonitas is a national church with 7 317 members in 48 churches The MB church in Brazil was historically German speaking but has become primarily Portuguese speaking Operation World Current challenges facing MB leadership include corruption in the country and the corruptibility of church leaders theological alignment for church leaders unity between churches in two distinct areas north and south plus a recently added group of churches Current programs and goals include church expansion programs integrating Haitians into existing German and Brazilian churches mission work in Angola Senegal India and Guinea Bissau Asociación de Iglesias Hermanos Menonitas de Colombia is a national church with 2 800 members in 47 churches Operation World Current

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  • Executive Committee – ICOMB
    Summits The positions are as follows Executive Secretary David Wiebe Canada Chair Rudi Wiebe Paraguay German Vice chair Yoshifumi Tanaka Japan Treasurer Ed Boschman USA Secretary Heinrich Klassen Germany BTG About Us National Churches Executive Committee History of ICOMB Our Stories What We Believe Education Global Scholarship Fund Schools Give to the Global Scholarship Fund Give Affiliates Recent Posts India Trip Report January 2016 February 11 2016 ICOMB Update February

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  • A Brief History of the Formation of ICOMB – ICOMB
    the various national churches then in existence In order to limit another level of bureaucracy and costs of future meetings initial representation was to be from each continent with the General Conference Moderator serving as chairman Also the vision for such a global MB fellowship was to forge a cohesive identity in part through regional consultations scheduled at three or four year intervals hosted by invitations of specific national churches In 1990 Edmund Janzen USA was chosen as the Moderator of the General Conference and therefore as chairman of ICOMB Together with Harold Ens General Director of MBMSI planning for the first meeting was begun as well as the writing of the first draft of the bylaws and stated purposes of ICOMB Since this fledgling entity had no staff or budget Harold Ens and MBMSI Staff were crucial in assisting the development funding and planning procedures of ICOMB The first regional consultation for Latin America took place in Paraguay in July of 1992 at the invitation of Juan Veron one of the representative members of ICOMB Briefly noted here subsequent events included Representation changed to each participating MB national church rather than on a continental basis To date there are 21 national churches The establishing of a global MB relief fund to assist member conferences in emergencies or crises floods earthquakes etc Several major global consultations sponsored by ICOMB and facilitated by MBMSI in Buhler USA in July of 1999 two consultations on Higher Christian education in Fresno USA in June 2007 and in Winnipeg Canada in June 2011 Both featured significant addresses and papers from international MB leaders A new funding formula for member conferences intended to make ICOMB self sustaining based on a specific percentage of each conference budget The writing and completion of the Global MB Confession

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  • Schools – ICOMB
    Liberal arts with bachelor degree programs in Theology English Language and Literature Psychology and Business Administration Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages TESOL Student Body Multi denominational multi cultural regional Eastern Europe and international Website http www lcc lt President Marlene Wall Email mwall lcc lt Academic Vice President Lowell Gretebeck Email lgretebeck lcc lt St Petersburg Christian University Founded 1990 Sponsor International interdenominational and evangelical Board of Directors Mission To prepare Christians for effective ministry and leadership in the church and society Degrees Certificate bachelors and masters Curriculum Biblical and theological studies history of Christianity Christian ministry leadership and management Student Body Multi denominational multi cultural regional and international Website http www spbcu ru en Rector Vasil V Ryzhof Email vryzhov spbcu ru Vice Rector of Academic Affairs Alexander Belyaev Email abelyaev spbcu ru Theologisches Seminar Bienenberg TSB Founded 1950 as the European Mennonite Bible School in Basel by the Mennonite Churches of France Germany and Switzerland supported by Mennonite Central Committee Moved to Bienenberg in 1957 Sponsor Ausbildungs und Tagungszentrum Bienenberg Study and Conference Centre Bienenberg Location Liestal Mission To transform persons with a distinctive commitment to social responsibility and engagement with issues of peace and reconciliation rooted in the Anabaptist Mennonite tradition Degrees Certificate diploma bachelors masters in association with the University of Wales Curriculum French and German Biblical and theological studies discipleship Anabaptist studies peace theology and practice Student Body Multi denominational regional and international Website http az bienenberg ch en Director German Seminary Frieder Boller Email frieder boller bienenberg ch Director French Seminary Denis Kennel Email denis kennel bienenberg ch Director Postgraduate Programme Bernhard Ott Email bernhard ott bienenberg ch Administrator Undergraduate Programme Lukas Amstutz Email lukas amstutz bienenberg ch Latin America Brazil Colombia Guatemala Paraguay Faculdade Fidelis Founded 2004 Successor to the Bible Institute of Paraná IBP and the Evangelical Theological Institute ITE 1961 1972 and the Bible Institute and Seminary ISBIM 1972 2004 Sponsors Mennonite Brethren COBIM Mennonite AIMB Evangelical Mennonite Association AEM and Evangelical Free CIELB churches of Brazil and Mennonite Educational Foundation FEM Location Curitiba Mission To impart biblical knowledge in order to form persons knowledgeable and sensitive to the teachings of God and who can then use this knowledge as guiding principles in service to the church and society Degrees Bachelor of Theology Curriculum Biblical theological ministry and postgraduate continuing education Student Body Multi denominational multi cultural and international Website http www fidelis edu br Director Arthur Dück Email fidelis fidelis edu br Centro de Desarrollo Ministerial Sponsor Mennonite Brethren Churches of Colombia Mission To train pastors and church leaders Director Nelson Mosquera Email mamune16 hotmail com Centro Biblico Teologico Sponsor Mennonite Brethren Churches of Colombia Mission To train pastors and church leaders Director Francisco Mosquera Email buenfrancisco3 yahoo com Seminario Biblico Menonita de Colombia SBMC Founded 1990 Sponsor Mennonite Church of Colombia Location Bogota Mission Mennonite Biblical Seminary of Colombia is an institution of theological education in the Mennonite Church based on biblical and theological principles of the Radical Reformation characterized by emphasis on following Jesus radical ecclesiology ministry of everyone and the theology of nonviolence and peace Degrees Diploma and Bachelor of Theological Sciences Certificate in Theology Professor of Theology Advanced Diploma in Theology Curriculum Biblical theological historical and pastoral studies Discipleship Program and The School for Peace program Student Body Multi denominational multi cultural and international Website Not available Administrator Zarai Gonzalia Email sbmc etb net co Latin America Anabaptist Seminary SEMILLA Founded 1983 Sponsor Ten Anabaptist Mennonite conferences in Central America and Mexico Location Guatemala City and 12 centers throughout the region Mission To prepare men and women to follow and serve Jesus Christ faithfully and thus to live out the kingdom of God with justice and peace today Degrees Certificate and bachelor degree Curriculum Biblical theological and pastoral training in a distance education model Student Body Multi denominational multi cultural regional and international Website http www semilla org gt Rector Willi Hugo Pérez Email rectoria semilla org gt Academic Dean Rafael Escobar Rosal Email decanato semilla org gt Mennonite Schools of the Universidad Evangélica del Paraguay Evangelical University of Paraguay founded in 1995 Rector of the University Alfred Neufeld Email aneufeldf gmail com Instituto Biblico Asunción IBA Founded 1964 Sponsor Mennonite Brethren Churches of Paraguay Location Asunción Mission To equip men and women called to Christian service and ministry with theological tools appropriate to the context of Paraguay and Latin America for the purpose of advancing the Kingdom of God and transforming society Degrees Bachelor of Theology and Diploma in Christian Education and Youth Ministry Curriculum Courses offered in Bible theology ministry missiology Christian education youth ministry and communication Student Body Multi denominational multi cultural and international Website http www teologia iba edu py Director General Victor Wall Email vpwall55 gmail com Director Académico Flavio Florentín Email dir acad teologia iba edu py Librarian Benjamin Shurance Shurance is the Editor of the quarterly Global Education Newsletter GEN Email benjamins icomb org Facultad de Humanidades y Ciencias de la Educación FAHCE Founded 1998 Sponsorship Mennonite Brethren Churches of Paraguay Location Asunción Mission Prepare school teachers and social workers with academic excellence and Christian convictions in order to give meaningful contributions to the kingdom of God and Paraguayan society through a Christ like attitude of service Degrees Bachelor of Science in Education Bachelor of Social Work Curriculum Education and social work Student Body Multi denominational and multi cultural Website http www fahce edu py Dean Gerson Cabral Email decanofahce fahce edu py Facultad de Lenguas Vivas Founded 1997 Sponsorship Mennonite Brethren Churches of Paraguay Location Asunción Mission Pursue academic and educational excellence through training at all levels of education promoting advancement and spreading of the national and international languages Derees Bachelor of Arts in English with emphasis on teaching Bachelor of Arts in English with emphasis in translation Curriculum EFL education English Spanish translation Student Body Multi denominational and multi cultural Website http www fahce edu py Dean Andrea Dueck Email decanofalevi

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  • Give to the Global Scholarship Fund – ICOMB
    and results in strong churches and mission effort from within Please join in this valuable program by contributing in one of the ways described below We have a goal to raise our corpus to 2 million which will double annual allocations to 60 70 000 Options for Investment General Endowments ICOMB has created endowed accounts at both US MB Foundation and Canadian MB Stewardship Ministries for contributions of any size at any time Annual earnings from the corpus are disbursed for students each year US Donors to the General Endowment Make your check payable to USMB Conference Indicate Global Scholarship Fund in the memo line Mail to ICOMB at USMB Conference 7348 W 21st Street 115 Wichita KS 67205 1765 Canadian Donors to the General Endowment Make your cheque payable to CCMBC or Canadian MB Conference Indicate Global Scholarship Fund in the memo line Mail to ICOMB at CCMBC 1310 Taylor Ave Winnipeg MB R3M 3Z6 Named Scholarships You may wish to leave a legacy in the name of yourself family member church missionary organization etc Within this framework you can then identify an area of study theological medical education business or other sphere of study in which students may receive funds In addition you may wish to further focus your interest identify a country or region or identify a school toward which the earnings will be directed For example a donor set up a fund in their name and all earnings will go to the Mennonite Brethren College in India The college has freedom to apply these funds toward administration special projects or a specific program faculty To explore setting up a named scholarship Contact David Wiebe ICOMB Executive Director email info icomb org Annual Fund MB Mission Project 0642 collects and disburses all funds received annually to students

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  • Rebekah Doerksen – ICOMB
    Portugal My wife Read More MB Herald Portugal Wake Up Strengthen the things that remain The church serves the world by giving the world the means to see itself truthfully The first question we must ask is not What should we do but What is going on I believe this is a quote from Stanley Read More Dave s Reflections Update from India A note from IP Asheervadam came just before Christmas Today we have won the court case that was filed against the Bible College Dr Arnold s Presidency and my Principal ship While this shows resolution to some aspects of this internal conflict ICOMB continues to ask Read More India News Pray Vision Trip Summit 2016 Are you interested in attending Summit 2016 in Panama City Meet leaders of our national churches and learn about ICOMB s agenda Visit a church in one of the river villages and take in Panamanian Indigenous culture Contact the ICOMB office for Read More Panama Summit Church Planting Partnership Uruguay and Brazil COBIM are beginning talks about planting churches in the region of Uruguay near the colonies around Bage Brazil This is very early yet the Spirit of God is moving to bring the two groups together to pray Read More Brazil News Pray Uruguay 50th Anniversary Colegio Americas Unidas celebrated their 50th anniversary in operation as a Mennonite Brethren Christian school on Dec 11 12 Victor Wall of Paraguay Education Facilitator for ICOMB represented our global family Six leaders from Mennonite Church USA school support programs also attended Read More Colombia Education News ICOMB Update January 2016 The ICOMB Update is out Subscribe to get it in your inbox now sent out in English Spanish Portuguese French and Russian Christmas all year round Drawing from his travels to visit MB churches

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  • ICOMB Update – ICOMB
    is a quote from Stanley Read More Dave s Reflections Update from India A note from IP Asheervadam came just before Christmas Today we have won the court case that was filed against the Bible College Dr Arnold s Presidency and my Principal ship While this shows resolution to some aspects of this internal conflict ICOMB continues to ask Read More India News Pray Vision Trip Summit 2016 Are you interested in attending Summit 2016 in Panama City Meet leaders of our national churches and learn about ICOMB s agenda Visit a church in one of the river villages and take in Panamanian Indigenous culture Contact the ICOMB office for Read More Panama Summit Church Planting Partnership Uruguay and Brazil COBIM are beginning talks about planting churches in the region of Uruguay near the colonies around Bage Brazil This is very early yet the Spirit of God is moving to bring the two groups together to pray Read More Brazil News Pray Uruguay 50th Anniversary Colegio Americas Unidas celebrated their 50th anniversary in operation as a Mennonite Brethren Christian school on Dec 11 12 Victor Wall of Paraguay Education Facilitator for ICOMB represented our global family Six leaders from Mennonite Church USA school support programs also attended Read More Colombia Education News ICOMB Update January 2016 The ICOMB Update is out Subscribe to get it in your inbox now sent out in English Spanish Portuguese French and Russian Kingdom People Luke 17 20 21 tells how the Pharisees asked Jesus when the kingdom of God would come He replied that it would not come with signs to be observed nor will people say Look here it is or There because the kingdom Read More Refugees Berdyansk Ukraine Church Plant On November 1 the Berdyansk church began services It is a

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  • Fraternal Visit – ICOMB
    300 km south of Hyderabad About 2000 people attend the Sunday service There are Read More Fraternal Visit India News Pray Travel About Us National Churches Executive Committee History of ICOMB Our Stories What We Believe Education Global Scholarship Fund Schools Give to the Global Scholarship Fund Give Affiliates Recent Posts India Trip Report January 2016 February 11 2016 ICOMB Update February 2016 February 3 2016 Voyage into the Unknown

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