You all prayed a lot for this convention and it prooved to be worth it. We have had a great time, very good teachings and many fruitful and touching encounters. Let me share just some stories out of many.2018 06 CBMC 1
• The day after we had a great speech of Steve Price of Jasco products, who give 50% of his profit away and where people queue up to receive wisdom and learn about discipleship, I spoke with a business persons who was that inspired that he will start giving away 10% of the profit of his company.
• The following message, I received by mail: On the return from Belfast on the plane, the Holy Spirit moulded me so that I made a decision inspired by your material. I decided to make a public statement of commitment. The goal of this commitment was:
- To publicly declare my commitment as a Christian businessman, I will also put it on the company's website.
- To call on other businessmen to come out in front of the church. 15 people did come out in front of the church. The pastor prayed for us afterwards, this was a moment of grace.
- This all lead to the shaping of the company's marketing communications where we will declare our faith.
• I received from a good friend the following message: We are all seeing God at work in our cities and in the marketplace. I am making contact with several professionals in my new city. I am also sensing God working in my life as a calling to marketplace ministry here in the Ukraine. We are gathering professionals together and starting to connect for discipleship opportunities involving Operation Timothy.
• I spoke with people from Finland, Spain, Romania, Ukraine and Latvia who would like to start new CBMC teams in their cities and nations.2018 06 CBMC 2

Our Young Professionals Academy in Cluj held it's second weekend at the end of June. Frans van Santen and Peter Briscoe taught on "Discovering God's way for your Business and Finance". The wisdom that the Bible provides on these subjects is massive. Unfortunately, many Christians are not aware of this wisdom because we don't hear much about it. We noticed that this is the case in Cluj as well, so we were grateful to fill this void and bless our young leaders. 

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We are now hoping for a Young Professionals Movement to get started in Cluj, which would increase YP activities in the city and henceforth the amount of Marketplace Ambassadors for Christ. Please pray with us that God will help the local volunteers to unite themselves around this vision for their city and nation. 




In May I have visited the CRU Leaders Impact Conference. They asked me to speak with all their national leaders 2018 05 CRU 1and volunteers about being in business, the marketplace and reaching young professionals. I had very personal and inspiring conversations with their local leaders of Central and Eastern Europe. We were able to share life, insights and as Europartners all the tools and resources we have available. We offered to train and help them to use these tools in mobilizing businesspeople to fulfil their job as a Marketplace Ambassador of Christ.

Let us pray for
- their (marketplace) leaders
- for the nations of Poland, Moldova, Romania, Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Ukraine, and Czech. For their businesspeople, leaders to get to know Christ and become a role-model for others.


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It was a pleasure to meet all our CBMC friends in Finland and being able to encourage them and discuss the future of CBMC and its vision.
They are great people and there is a lot of potential.
The first day we visited some business people and entrepreneurs in Seinajoki. They are planning to start a new CBMC group and activities.
They are really dedicated to the Lord and eager to share the gospel.
The second day we went to the parliament and met an MP and several people working there.
We talked about connecting the Christians in prayer, regardless of their political differences and membership of the diverse political parties.
Afterwards we had a discussion with the board of CBMC about CBMC in Finland, their impact, future and organisation. It was fruitful. 2018 0423 Finland
This was followed up by a meeting with professionals and business people in Helsinki.
During this meeting I could share my testimony and there was time for meeting and discussing afterwards.
It was a sounding success, I think. Worth to repeat.
The last day our CBMC friends from Estonia came over to visit our Finnish friends
and we discussed the Young Professionals Academy, which will take place in Tallinn in September.
We also visited the CBMC friends in Turku and could encourage them too.
Thank God for all the meetings and pray He will work afterwards and bring the fruit. 





It was a privilege to be with our friends in Belfast and discuss the CBMC World Convention 2018 on 21-23 June.
We also talked about the young professionals' network, which is growing and doing well.
The Highlight of the visit was the breakfast, 2018 04 Belfastwhere I could share my testimony and the gospel for many businesspeople.
The response was great and many recognized the examples and stories.
Afterwards we joined the local prayer group. It was impressive to see the commitment and friendship among the business people.

Pray that Belfast will be blessed by what they are doing, and by the coming CBMC World Convention.

Wouter has been invited to speak at the leaders summit for government and business in Bratislava, where Czech and Slovakia business people and politicians met. It was a great place to meet our business friends in Slovakia and Czech and Wouter had many fruitful conversations about partnering with Europartners and personal topics. In the breakfast speech at Friday, he shared his testimony and explained two different approaches in business. One focussed on personal gain and wellbeing only and one focussed on serving the city and all the stakeholders of the company, without being less profitable. It was well received. (Photo Ramses R. Girgis, talking about business excellence).2018 03 Slovakia

 

 

Frans van Santen and Henk van der Linden had the privilege of training 65 young leaders in Kiev. The content of this training was authentic leadership, more specifically how the Christian faith is the foundation for authenticity. 

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Authentic Leadership is a rather 'hip' term these days and especially younger people like to lead authentically. It has everything to do with personal leadership. How you lead yourself will on the long term determine how you lead others. Frans lead the morning teaching and concluded with four principles of authentic leadership: learn to embrace yourself, appreciate otherness, exercise relational transparancy and live up to your Christian values.

 

Henk then took over. As an executive therapist, he lead the group into discovering more about their deepest desires, into experiencing the love of God the Father for them personally, and into the area of self-rejection versus self-love. Henk told these young leaders that rejection of the self is "the mother of all rejection" and that it is therefore very important to learn to love the self with God's help and through Jesus' sacrifice.  

Kiev02We concluded with time for individual prayer and blessing. Almost all wanted to be prayed for, so it took quite a while before we had finished this beautiful day. Most of the individuals were deeply touched, and God's presence was profound. 

Together with Abraham Maldonado we have visited Armenia from 8 – 12 March.
We have run the first weekend of our Young Professionals Academy about ‘calling and destination’. 2018 03 Armenia 1

The 30 participants have worked on their life goals and guiding principles to live by. For some of them, the big take away was that they were able to set goals in their own life and to make these happen, instead of living a life dictated by circumstances and short term perspective. Others got an understanding of the value of planning, focus and discipline.

Most of them valued the vulnerability and life stories of Abraham as an inspiration and example how to live Christ in the daily working life.
Next to this we have been able to testify to some top-class leaders and influencers of the nation, to members of the English club in Yerevan, and we have preached in the local church. 

People were enthusiastic and have invited us back. 2018 03 Armenia 2
Together with the local people we will prepare a follow-up
and mentoring for the participants of the YP weekend.

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