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A 100th Anniversary In 5 Chapters…

A 100th anniversary in 5 chapters…


A hundred years ago, on December 19th 1918, Ralph and Edith Norton arrived in Belgium and declared ‘The Belgian Gospel Mission has arrived!’ (later ‘The Belgian Evangelical Mission’). We want to celebrate this anniversary with a memorial service as we remember with gratitude what God did through these faithful servants.
December 22nd 2018 at 10.30, in the Brussels Cemetery
(Av. De Cimetière de Bruxelles 159, Evère) beside the grave of Ralph and Edith Norton.

Chapter 2: RENEWAL
The BEM centenary is the spring-board for the re-launch of the mission with a renewed vision but also a completely new look…. So watch this space! Follow us online and on social media.
early February 2019, the unveiling of the new look BEM.

You’re all invited to a great BEM family day to celebrate the faithfulness of God over the last 100 years of Gospel work in Belgium and to dream about what He has in store for the new BEM.
Saturday May 11th 2019 : 10.30am to 18.30pm at the Christian Centre, Chaussée de Waterloo 47, B-1640 Rhode St Genèse.

Chapter 4: OPENING
After the rue du Moniteur and then Boulevard Lambermont, the BEM offices will be moving to a splendid building close to the Brussels ring road, a building that has great potential for the development of our new projects. We want to celebrate this inauguration together!
Saturday September 21st 2019 from 10.30am, Romboutstraat 7 B-1932 Sint-Stevens-Woluwe.

But after a century of evangelism and church-planting in Belgium the challenge is still enormous! And change never stops in today’s world. The BEM is reinventing itself in order to face the challenges of the contemporary world, but it cannot stop there. Our deliberations and our innovations will be continuing. Up to a hundred people involved in church-planting movements in the Western world will be sharing their experiences during a unique symposium.
From November 12th to the 15th near Leuven (by invitation only).


Born out of the darkness of World War1, the BEM remembers its founders in those black and white early photographs, and is proud of the legacy left by all those men and women dedicated to bringing the Gospel to the people of Belgium. In a century of existence, ‘The Mission’ has always sought to renew itself and to diversify, in order to continue to be effective in reaching out to all the inhabitants of Belgium. Today more than ever the BEM, in full-colour, is embracing innovation in order to promote the advance of the Gospel!

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