“He is no fool, who gives what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot loose.”
~ Jim Elliot
The Bible minces no words in regards to the utter priority and urgency of the Gospel message (Mat. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Rom. 1:16-17; 10:13-15). This was not only taught by our Lord, His disciples, and the Early Church, but it was clearly modeled for us as well. We believe that the Church exists for primarily 3 reasons. First, to bring glory to God. Second, to disciple and edify the Body of Christ. And third, to faithfully proclaim the Good News of the Gospel to a dead and dying world.
At CBC we see it as a priority for us to be actively involved in foreign and local missions. On the foreign side, the elders of CBC have chosen to support Dieter and Kristjana Borchmann and their church-planting ministry in East Berlin. Our hope and prayer is that this is only the beginning of our future involvement in overseas missions!
Dieter graduated in 1985 from the “Bibelschule Brake” – a school of missions, with a Bachelor of Theology equivalency. He then served from 1985 -88 in a church planting ministry under the oversight of “Grace Brethren Foreign Missions” pastors in southern Germany. He entered the full time ministry in 1989 in order to serve in a church planting ministry in the Yukon-Territory, Canada. In 1997 Dieter and his family became members of Grace Community Church and started his studies at the Seminary. He graduated from The Master’s Seminary in May 2001. After being ordained, he was sent out by Grace Community Church with his wife, Kristjana and four children, to serve in Berlin, Germany in June 2001. They joined the ministry of the Andresens and the Greens, and together started the European Bible Training Center and the Biblegemeinde Berlin in the east of Berlin. This is where Dieter still serves as a senior pastor. In August 2008 Dieter started with the adaption of John F. MacArthur’s sermons into German. These sermons are available for download on the GTY-website (Grace To You), the Bibelgemeinde Berlin website and are also part of a weekly satellite broadcast in Germany by Radio Neue Hoffnung.