BIC Church in Colombia holds annual National BIC Unity Service
GRANTHAM, Pa. (OCt. 29, 2009)—On Sunday, October 11, the Brethren in Christ Church in Colombia held its fourth annual National BIC Unity Service at the Tierra Linda Church in Bogotá.
The service—which has been held yearly since 2005—serves to “maintain and build unity in the BIC Church in Colombia,” according to Trevor Main, a BIC World Missions missionary in the country.
Sponsored by the national BIC Conference, the event brings together the three BIC congregations in Bogotá as well as delegates from the country’s other BIC churches for a time of testimony, musical worship, and teaching from a guest preacher.
At this year’s service, Terry Brensinger—international pastor/teacher for the International Brethren in Christ Association—delivered the sermon. Musical worship was led by a team of singers from various BIC congregations throughout the country.
According to Main, other gatherings and special activities are held in conjunction with the unity service. In the past, the service has coincided with visits from Marshall Poe, BICWM’s Regional Coordinator for South America, and José Otamendi, president of the BIC Church in Venezuela.
Main notes that these guest preachers add an international flavor to the gathering. “It is a reminder that the BIC Church in Colombia forms part of a larger international BIC community,” he says.
This year, guest preacher Brensinger also taught a Core Course on the Brethren in Christ Theology of the Church to a group of 29 students—16 of whom, according to Main, traveled eight hours by bus from the city of Medellín in order to take the course and participate in the service.
“Response to the Unity Service has always been good—people seem to enjoy it and get excited about it,” adds Main. “Since the attendance in such a service is significantly higher than in any one church service, it is especially invigorating to celebrate Jesus in a bigger crowd of Christian brothers and sisters.”