As part of our ministry we also give support to CBMC Africa. Once a year we travel to Africa to support and train African business leaders and CBMC Africa. This year the training was in Kenia. Many businesspeople from over more than 15 African nations joined the conference. It was a privilege to meet them. 2019 10 Africa
I trained the BridgeMeeting as a way to connect with non-Christian businesspeople and prepare the soil for the Word. Next to this I did an extensive training about, ‘ How to start and how to maintain a healthy business?’, too. Both trainings were very well received. The room was packed and even in the free time of the participants we extend the training on their request. Next to this I spoke with many business people in private and discussed their business and their life as a Christian in business.

 

 

 

 

Abraham Maldonado travelled with me to Kiev to train the CBMC businesspeople and the young professionals. Here his report.
“The Europartners' events in Kiev, Ukraine this past weekend, 4 - 6 October were a great blessing
and an inspiration to me. On Friday, October 4th we had a full day of training with business leaders focused on several topics relevant to the needs of the group like Servant Leadership and How to Serve in Business. The participants were eager to learn new principles and concepts for doing business with a kingdom mentality. 2019 10 Ukrain 02
Saturday and Sunday we had a wonderful group of young professionals who were exposed to the topics of being living proof of the reality of Jesus Christ and His message and how to share that message with cultural relevance and without offense. They were also taught coaching skills like active listening and asking powerful which can be useful in our efforts to reach others with the Gospel.
I have to say that I was highly impressed with the quality of the people that attended both events, but most of all I was their teachable hearts and their eagerness to make their lives count for building God's kingdom in the Ukraine that blessed me the most. It was a great privilege to work with Wouter again in helping build up this wonderful group of godly people in Kiev for the blessing of their own nation’ .

A personal quote: ‘ The gospel became newly alive for me in a very open, new and freeing way, although it was the same message I knew’. Amazing, thank you so much!

 

 

In Romania I spoke at a conference for business leaders about the question 2019 09 Bistritawhat it means to have a healthy and sustainable business. We had a good meeting with a 120 participants. Next to this there were encounters with business persons in private and with adolescents. We could preach in various churches.

Here I was impressed by the dedication of various business people to God. How they are able to integrate faith and business. How they listen to God for direction and how they invest in the lives of other people with their generosity and business. They build schools, help poor people go to hospital and create jobs in their area by building businesses. This is not all rational based, but they just do it and they experience God’s hand in just doing. Amazing. I learned a lot.

A direct and specific spin-off is the start of a business prayer and accountability group in Beclean.

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This time we went to Armenia to teach Business God’s way and Finance God’s way. IMG 1718The thing that struck us most was the massive burden of individual debts in the personal lives of the Armenian people. Next to this we experienced a change of mindset to previous years. People were more hopeful, due to the changes in government.We met an Armenian businessperson who lived abroad, but is now investing in Armenia because he trusts that his investment will last and pay. The reason he gave, why he has started this last summer and not before, is that he has faith that it can work now under this government and he would like to support the economic development of the nation. 

What also stood out for us, were the amazing hospitality of the host family and the individual encounters with the Armenian Young Professionals, in which their eagerness to learn about “Business and Finance – God’s Way” and the longing to grow in their personal relationship to Jesus became evident. In addition to this, one young lady expressed her desire to personally be mentored and this has led to the beginning of the mentorship. We hope and pray that these Armenian Young Professionals will be key to the transformation of their nation.

 

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It was a joy to visit our friends in Portugal and to serve them. We did 2 outreach events at Thursday evening and Friday evening.
Together in the 2 meetings we had a 50-60 attendees. 11 made the prayer dedication and 20 would like to know more and/or continue in a small group.2019Portugal02
 
I hope and pray they all will do what they intend too and they they will be followed-up.
Friday afternoon we had a strategic meeting with the board of ASPEC about goal, vision, mission and the future. They discovered that they were not united in goal and vision and they need to continue the discussion and follow-up this meeting. Pray for them
Saturday we had the whole day a seminar for Christian businesspeople about doing business God’s way, 20 businesspersons attended. It was very well received. They hadn’t received this teaching before and it was highly valued. 

Sunday speaking in Churches. I was hosted very well by Joao and his family. We also had the opportunity to do some sightseeing.

 

Together with Dirk Goudswaard, Wouter travelled to Bucharest, Romania for the second year of the Young Professionals Academy. We trained 'Business God’s way' and 'Finances God’s way'. It was nice to have the involvement of our senior Romanian business friend, Florian Peretz, too. He shared a lot of stories and wisdom. In between we had many personal conversations with these young professionals and shared life. It wasIMG 2149 a very rewarding weekend. Several made the decision to devote their life, but also the way they will lead their company and organize their finances, to Christ (again).

Wouter also visited the first European 'Business as Mission' conference in Europe. This was good for networking and meeting many friends.

2019 04 UkraineTogether with Frank Suchy, Wouter travelled to Kiev for a CBMC meeting, a Young Professional meeting, preaching in churches and preparing a conference in October. It was a very special trip, where we were able to encourage the people, share wisdom and practical business insights. We discussed the future and how to bless and develop the nation.
We experienced that self-worth, self-love is rare. Being valued, encouraged and built to flourish is not part of the business culture in Ukraine. Having spiritual fathers who love and care is not common. Therefore it is important just to be there, to share time and friendship, taking questions and sharing wisdom and love. Frank and Wouter were allowed and able to do it.

After the young professional meeting, 15 young professionals signed up to be part of a small group.
We also planned a conference for Friday 4 October for business people and business leaders. If we could bring a positive change throughout business, this would help the development of the nation in a positive way. 
The trip was a blessing and we thank God for it. 

 

This trip was about meeting friends, teaching the first year of the Young Professionals Academy and encouraging the CBMC board.
We had a 30 participants at our training for young professionals. We received good feedback afterwards. They were elated and happy with the teaching and the practical side of it. They could relate to the life stories and apply it in their daily life. 2019032 Latvia
We agreed to start two CBMC groups of young professionals afterwards, to maintain the connection en help them to develop their life. Abraham could also train some mentors to do the follow-up of the Young Professionals Weekend. He also made an appointment for June to train more business people and give the full CBMC coaching seminar and the 8 tele-classes afterwards.

Next to this I met a businessperson from Moscow and some other people from Russia. They invited me to come to Russia next year. An answer to what I had prayed for a long time.

Monday afternoon we met with the national CBMC board. We talked about bringing people in God's presence instead of only organising activities and trainings, small groups and the follow-up of this Young Professionals Weekend.

It was a fruitful trip. Please remind this nation in your prayers.

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