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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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.

 

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