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 many. 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, the Betty Albrecht Challenge was established. The goal of the Betty Albrecht Challenge is to raise $120,000 so together we can more adequately pursue church planting and global partnerships. Specifically, there will be a special Betty Albrecht Challenge offering across BIC Canada the last Sunday in April 2013, 2014 and 2015.
The exciting news is for every $1 given on that Sunday, another $2 has already committed by the 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 these next three years and 25% of all funds raised will be used to partner with the BIC national churches in Malawi and Kenya in order 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 or by placing a donation (with a note designating it for the Betty Albrecht Challenge) in the offering plate any Sunday in April.
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