Frankfurt is the financial centre for the European continent. It was a privilege to meet our German partner CiW, in the person of Michael vom Ende. 201901 Frankfurt

Together we visited CBMC Korea in Frankfurt and talked about cooperation in Frankfurt and Europe. Jeong Hwoan Yoon, Managing director of HSD Europe, represented K-CBMC in Frankfurt. K-CBMC Frankfurt started in April 2018.
We shared visions, goals, resources, networks and others. It was a fruitful visit and we thank our partners for the cooperation.

Once a year we support CBMC Africa and do trainings in the nation of their preference. This year it was Zambia. We visited the local CBMC groups, encouraged them and shared life and business. We also did some trainings. These were about starting and maintaining a business and about being a marketplace ambassador. It was all very well received. Next to this we met some local business people for a personal meeting and personal advice. It was great to experience how these people would like to serve God and shared their personal stories. We also had a meeting with the chair and president of CBMC Africa to discuss their future and their challenges. Amazing also was the sightseeing trip in Livingstone visiting the Victoria falls and the wildlife. It was very rewarding.

 

In Ukraine they asked us to speak at a conference of the Eastern European Leadership Forum. A conference for Christian leaders of Ukraine and Belarus. It was the first time they had a business track and teaching about finances. We taught Business and Finance God's way. 2018 11 UkraineNot to see business as an easy tool to become rich but as a way of discipleship. Business is also a way to bless society and the nation. It is a tool to set people free out of poverty. Work and business can give meaning and significance. It is also the place where we can be an ambassador of Christ. The teachings were well received and highly valued.
Next to this we were able to encourage our local leadership team of the Young Professionals Academy. We did a seminar about business finance for the local CBMC people. And we were able to meet some influential business people and to share our vision. Thank God for this trip and the meeting we had.

The trip to Belarus was very special. First we visited the CBMC group in Minsk and afterwards we went to Brest to visit our CBMC friends and to g2018 11 Belarusive a business seminar about customer retention, and customer satisfaction, and about starting a web shop. A good friend from Latvia did the talk about starting a web shop. Due to his upbringing in a poor family and being now a successful businessowner, he is a good role model for the entrepreneurs in Belarus. The goal for the future is to have 3 times a year such a business seminar and build relationships to share life and business. We also preached in the local church and for the youth of this church and city. My friend from Latvia shared his amazing testimony about how he received Christ and how this changed his life. It was an amazing weekend with many good encounters.

We travelled to Baku to visit some friends and to train them in starting and developing a business. We had a great training that was highly valued and pleasant one-to-one meetings with young professionals about starting and running a business.
We talked about the bottom-line of business, how to start a business, who is the owner of our business and how to be a blessing for our clients, the nation and all other stakeholders. 2018 10 Azerb
Next to this we had a good discussion about being culturally relevant and cultural sensitive regarding ethics and how to run a business in that context. Being a role model for others and being excellent in what you do were important issues in this discussion.
We thank everyone who made this travel possible. We feel grateful and delighted.

 

This weekend in Kiev we had a blessed young professional meeting. Together with 20 enthusiastic young leaders we learned how we can do business and finances God’s way.
We went to great length to make these topics practical. The training was very well received. 2018 10 Kiev
The content was highly valued. Peter Briscoe, who developed and gave the training did a great job.

We also met with the leadership team of CBMC. They have now 5 teams in the Ukraine. Kiev, Odessa, Tsjernobyl, Lviv and Donetsk. And today I received a message of a friend, who would like to start in Uman. The ministry is flourishing. Pray for the Ukraine, for our friends, this new team in Uman and for the leadership team of the young professionals.

 

It was a great pleasure to meet our friends from Romania again after the conference in Belfast. 2018 10 Romania3
We had a blessed meeting, of two days, in Baia Mare with a 40 businesspeople. The seminar was about Business God's way.
Topics we covered were: 'Who is the owner of your business, what is business excellence and what is the bottom-line of our business?' The content was highly valued and led to a new invitation next year in Bistrica.
Sunday we spoke in the local church. At Monday we had one-to-one meetings and were able to visit a few companies and could discuss their operations with their management teams. At Tuesday we have visited Bistrica, another company and the local Evangelical School the Christian business owners of this town had built for their community. We felt blessed to share so many insights and to receive so much hospitality of our friends. Pray for the process after the meetings. That all people will understand the message and can apply it to their own life and business.


2018 10 Romania2

We went to Estonia to promote the Young Professionals Academy in Estonia and in Latvia on a Young Professionals Weekend.
It was a success regarding the Latvian people.
They would like to receive this education in their nation and in principle we agreed to start the YPA on 11-13 January in Riga. 2018 09 Estonia

Besides this we did two radio interviews, preached in a Church and talked about the development of CBMC in Estonia.
We encouraged the leaders, because it is not easy for them. Estonia is very secular and seeing business as discipleship is not popular.
Therefore we discussed several options for a grow model. Please remember CBMC Estonia in your prayers.
We had great personal encounters with the participants of the YPW.
Especially the topic 'Identity' has been cause of a lively discussion and it had a powerful effect on many.
The difference between our identity and the roles we have in life was new. Inspiring was also the fact that we are beloved anyway,
due to the love and grace of God and not due to our behaviour.
The love and grace of God do not justify sin, but are an inspiration and result in a desire and longing in us,
to live this love and to share this love. It is God who, because of our identity as beloved children of God,
likes to make us whole again, as people who are one. Being and doing are merging together,
over time, due to the work of Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit in us,
with the goal to become a (business)person to the image and likeness of Christ.
Pray for our friends and that this joyful news of the gospel will be spread.

 

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