When I moved to Belgium almost 20 years ago, my biggest worry was finding a church where I could congregate. Friends told me that the official languages in Belgium were Dutch and French and that I should prepare myself to worship in either language and that made me anxious because I had zero level of both languages. Least did I know that the Lord had already made a way.
I asked my host family where I could find an English-speaking church but I was told the only English speaking church they knew was a catholic church they attended. I started going to the catholic church with them but I didn’t feel at home, so I stopped going but continued praying about finding a baptist or any English-speaking evangelical church.
I stayed home for six months without going to church and It was killing me. One day I went to fetch the mail from the mailbox and among the mail was an English directory because I lived in an area where were a lot for experts. Guess what I found under ‘churches’? International Baptist Church of Brussels! And the services where in English! How awesome was that!
It was on top of the list of English-speaking churches in Brussels but I leaned more towards IBC because that’s where I felt more at home after visiting other churches.
I called the church secretary right away to find out how I could get there as I wasn’t very familiar with the area. The secretary told me she would call me back after checking the church directory for people living in the same area and she did a few minutes later. She told me that there was an elder living two minutes away from where I was living and they were willing to give me a ride to and from church every Sunday until I figured out how to go on my own by public transport. Nagi and Susie Saidi, drove me to IBC and back home for a few months until they had to return to Egypt, their country of origin. They were a lovely couple and a great example of a Christian family.
God is really an AWESOME God! Here I was, worried about finding a church and He already found one for me! Just amazing! He works in mysterious ways.
Truly, God never abandons His own, He promised to always be with us. He is our Immanuel, God with us!
Joshua 1:9 (NIV)
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
I’ve been a member of IBC Brussels since 1998 and I love It!
If you are ever in Brussels, I would love to invite you to come and worship with us. You don’t have to be Baptist to come, just come as you are :-).