The Betty Albrecht Challenge is an initiative of BIC Canada leadership, her family, and the friends of Betty to raise and invest in church planting in Canada and leadership development and compassion care work in Africa. We are launching the third and final year to meet our goals toward advancing compassion and church planting. Thank you for your continued support!
In 2014, the friends and family of Harold and Betty Albrecht and the people of BIC Canada through the Betty Albrecht Challenge together gave over $136,000 to the work of Church Planting in Canada and to leadership development and compassion ministry in southern Africa. In Canada we continued to support The Village and we started three more churches in the Greater Toronto Area.
On the continent of Africa work will continue to be done in Malawi and Kenya:
- Beginning in January 2014 we have funded a missionary from the Zambian BIC Church to assist the new Kenyan BIC Church in the area of Leadership Development and Church Polity. We are continuing our partnership with the Tarakuet School in the care of children without parents.
- We continue to support the Malawi BIC Church in the ongoing development of the Maone Leadership training facility, provision of educational resource for pastors, providing support for training of rural pastors and engaging in compassion relief focused around food security and HIV/AIDS.
In 2013 the friends and family of Betty Albrecht and the generous people of BIC Canada together gave $160,000.00. This money was invested in church planting through funding for The Village. The Village is a church plant serving the community of Whitby, Ontario.
On the continent of Africa work was done in Malawi and Kenya:
- We partnered with the Kenyan BIC in the provision of an Evangelism Tent, provide support and training for their annual Pastors Conference, and with the Tarakuet School in the care of children without parents.
- We partnered with the Malawi BIC Church in the ongoing development of the Maone Leadership training facility, provide support for training of rural pastors and engage in compassion relief focused around food security and HIV/AIDS.
Betty and Harold Albrecht, leaders in the BIC, embodied a passion for church planting and global, compassionate engagement. Betty’s sudden death in May, 2011 shocked and saddened all of us. Everyone who knew Betty experienced her dedication to Christ and her engagement in the life of the church – volunteering in her local church, in the community, BIC Canada, and partnering with Harold in his leadership in the church and community.
Betty’s life was marked with lovingly following Jesus, sharing his message and extending his peace around the world. In her life she found many ways to give and even in her death, Betty gave – giving the “gift of life” through organ and tissue donation. In honour of Betty’s life of serving and giving, we established the Betty Albrecht Challenge. The goal of the Betty Albrecht Challenge is to raise $120,000 each year so together we can more fully pursue church planting and global partnerships.
We are conducting a special Betty Albrecht Challenge offering across BIC Canada each spring in 2013, 2014 and now 2015.
The exciting news is every $1 given is matched with another $2 already committed by family and friends of Harold and Betty Albrecht and BIC Canada! 75% of all funds raised in The Betty Albrecht Challenge will be used to plant new churches across Canada in the next three years and 25% of all funds raised will be used to partner with the BIC national churches in Malawi and Kenya to advance their ministry and mission.
We invite you to accept the Betty Albrecht Challenge – to live and give sacrificially to expand the peace of Jesus Christ across Canada and around the world. You can donate online by clicking here.
We celebrate that individuals and congregations have donated just over $295,000 to date towards this Challenge!