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Please join in helping MEA’s Hispanic Pastoral and Leadership Education Program celebrate the 25th anniversary of IBA (Instituto Bíblico Anabautista/Anabaptist Biblical Institute). A celebration will take place Thursday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the new Mennonite Offices community room (3145 Benham Avenue, Elkhart).

Suggested donations are $50 per plate. The evening will include appetizers, music, office tours, dinner, IBA stories, a guest speaker and, of course, birthday cake! Featured speakers are: J. Nelson Kraybill and IBA director Rafael Barahona Sr. For reservation information contact Veva Mumaw at or call (574) 343-1312.

IBA — Insituto Bíblico Anabautista (Anabaptist Biblical Institute) has been serving Spanish-speaking Mennonites for 25 years.  As the Hispanic Mennonite community began to expand in the 1980s, IBA was created to provide Anabaptist-based Bible studies for people—especially congregational leaders—who were new to the Mennonite church. Today, courses are taught by volunteer tutors in more than 50 locations across the country, and more than 1,000 people have graduated from the 8-course program. IBA is administered at Mennonite Education Agency offices in Elkhart, Ind. and Newton, Ks. Currently about 350 students are enrolled and demand is growing.