The city of Ijuí, just 130 years old, has always been of strategic and missionary importance. Located in the very south of Brazil, it is the centre of mission societies and universities. Ijuí is also important for the mission work of EBM INTERNATIONAL because it is where different branches of work show what integral mission can look like.
It is a good tradition to end the year at Christmas with an appealing for donations for our projects with children at risk. In the process of closing the annual financial year we are moved by how many people and churches participated. Even though the audit for the financial year 2020 will not be completed until the second half of February, we already know: last year we were able to finance all projects to the extent we had promised or even beyond. Our project managers succeeded very well in saving money during the pandemic, where programs had to be scaled down, and still continued to help effectively.
Thank you for the great pictures and your blessed work. In the midst of the Corona pandemic, your projects were able to visit the poor and needy and even celebrate a bit of Christmas with them. I am sure people have seen God’s loving hand through you. You make it light in a dark world and are such a strong witness for our God.
In “12 de Mayo” quarter, four kilometers outside the city of Mendoza in Argentina, a sad picture presented itself. To give a sign of hope here the Social Center Mendoza was created 25 years ago with the vision of bringing hope to the disadvantaged urban population.
On 21 November, the mission council (general meeting) of EBM INTERNATIONAL took place digitally for the first time. It was an inspiring meeting with over 80 delegates and guests from 28 different countries. The highlight was the election of the new EBM Executive Committee (Board).
At noon on October 30, an earthquake of magnitude 7 shook the Aegean Sea. More than 80 people in Greece and Turkey died and more than 1,000 were injured. The Turkish city of Izmir was particularly affected where buildings collapsed or were severely damaged.