Doing missions abroad voluntarily for six to twelve months, living in a foreign culture, sometimes with many deprivations. That is what 21 people between the ages of 17 and 69 are getting into who took part in a two-week preparation class of EBM INTERNATIONAL in Elstal.
Officially, Turkey is a secular state. More than 99% of the population – which is about 80 million people – are Muslim. This was not always the case. Turkey is rich in Christian history. Nevertheless, growth is happening because the Turkish churches are living their faith joyously and with self-confidence.
This year’s EBM INTERNATIONAL conference was carried out by EBM in Bülach/Switzerland with the theme “Your plenty will supply what they need…the goal is equality” according to 2 Corinthians 8:14. Delegates and guests from 28 countries from Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America took part in this conference.
The first trip of Grenna Kaiya as project manager of EBM INTERNATIONAL to Cameroon started as a real adventure. Together with the General Secretary Christoph Haus they visited many projects and churches. Moreover, the main reason for this trip was the retreat of the missionaries from Central Africa.
The countries where EBM INTERNATIONAL is working in with partners on more than 300 projects are countries of extreme poverty. Often children are left to themselves and so they live on the streets because their parents have to work or they are not able to cope with life themselves. In social centers they are being taken care of.
Carlos Waldow (regional representative for Latin America) and Christoph Haus (general secretary) traveled to Cuba in January. There they witnessed the five-year anniversary of the church in La Perla and they heard many stories of how God changed the lives of many people through the projects.