Our very first YP weekend in Lisbon took place from 26 to 28 January. Our trainers Abraham Maldonado and Frans van Santen enjoyed the company of mostly Portuguese people, and we happy to also have two young entrepreneurs from Romania. This international mix helped everyone to look beyond personal borders, and learn from each other. 

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Together we worked on discovering our calling and passion as a leader. For 2.5 days, the young professionals worked hard on their assignments which lead them to a better focus for their individual futures. In addition, everyone had individual prayertime, we worshiped together and celebrated communion at the end of the weekend. We are curious to see how the lives of these people will develop, and hopeful of what God will do through them to bless their environment.

We will be back next year for our second weekend of the Young Professionals Academy. 

 

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On January 17, we enjoyed a very good night with numerous young professionals from Paris.

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Frans van Santen was invited by Murielle Coco to speak about Faith and Work. He talked about the pursuit of the ideal life: the perfect partner (with nice kids!), the perfect job, the perfect house and according friendships. He used the story of Jacob to illustrate that if God is on your side, the pressure is taken off. He can even use your bad choices to create something good. Life is only ideal if you know Him.

The young professionals were vibrant and had compelling questions, especially when it comes to personal development and honoring Jesus in the marketplace. It is encouraging to see the movement in Paris grow, thanks to the efforts of Murielle. We will be back in June, and hope to launch the Young Professionals Academy there in 2019.

 

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We have had a great training about what it is to be a Marketplace Ambassador for Christ in today’s business world.

We started the training with an explanation about the concept of being, instead of doing. We also talked about the role of the church to be focussed on the world, instead of on the church itself. In this training people got a clear picture about how to represent Christ, share the faith and serve the world in their daily job and throughout their daily business without having extra activities and programs.IMG 3998

We also trained coaching skills as a default attitude in our daily life and leadership, to develop people and help to reach their goals and potential. The participants shared and understood that it would improve their communication, their understanding of others and their ability to come close to other people. So half of the group subscribed to coaching webinars following on this training, to improve their skills.

We also trained the BridgeMeetings, as a business leaders meeting place, to meet t

heir friends and talk about the meaning of economy and business and living a better life by intentionally living their values.
And the participants got a nice overview of using Alpha Business as a tool to discover the Christian faith with their friends.
Last but not least we learned about the power of a small accountability group to receive wisdom, insights and keeping on the track in life and business.

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 Our trainers Wouter Droppers and Frans van Santen had a good time training Ukraine125 young leaders from Kiev. 

Together we explored our calling and destiny. The participants worked hard and were eager to learn from us. We spent our time in an open atmosphere and were grateful for how well our message was received. At the end of the program we celebrated communion together, remembering that we all are Christ’s own and live to honour Him. We hope to come back next year, and for many young leaders to be mentored in the meantime. 

 

 

 

We had the privilege of having Tony Hodges with us to do a seminar and 1 on 1 mentoring sessions with Dutch young professionals.
We all are aware that young professionals often operate in highly structured and pressurised commercial environments. Tony Hodges
There are only a few opportunities to discuss things collectively with a seasoned professional.
Tony served the Dutch very well in that role. 
The seminar was with a group of 20 people, and dealt with the Question: “Where is God in business”?
Tony shared many personal stories, combining them with business insight and biblical wisdom.
One of his quotes was: “The Kingdom is here. It is so close you can almost touch it”.
For many, God seems to be far away from our daily activities.
Tony gave us a different perspective on this.
The young professionals who had the privilege of a 1 on 1 mentoring session were encouraged, inspired, blessed and renewed.

 We recently had our very first weekend of the Young Professionals Academy in Cluj, Romania. Our trainers Ron Zwaan and Frans van Santen had a great time together with 22 participants. Thanks to our volunteers Corneliu and Stephanie Niste, the weekend was very well organized. 

Together we discovered our calling and destiny as leaders. It was in a productive, intimate and open climate to which everyone contributed. At the end of the program we had communion together, remembering that we all are Christ’s own and live to honor Him. We would like to share this video with you that one of our appreciated volunteers made. Worth watching!

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Meeting with our German friends from CiW. Getting to know the new president Michael vom Ende and say goodbye to my friend Hans Martin Stäbler. We had a great talk about the developments in CiW. They have had a great young professional meeting, you can get an impression on https://www.facebook.com/ciwyp/ . We discussed the challenge we face and exchanged new ideas. One of the topics was, the WIBI manual they use in Germany and our course God at Work https://www.europartners.org/faith-and-work/course-god-at-work for small groups and churches and our next CBMC world convention https://vimeo.com/225224152 , beside others. 
It was a pleasure and great meeting among likeminded friends.

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In a nice and typical French restaurant in Paris we met with various (young) professionals and businesspeople. We talked about being a Christian business person in the marketplace in France. We received a great testimony of Kristiina from Finland who had been a marketing and communication specialist in Finland and today is working in the Finnish parliament as an assistance of one of the MP’s.
Her main message was to stay strong and strengthen yourself in prayer and with other Christians. Also Wouter shared about how God was working in his business life.
The main message was: ‘You are responsible for why you work and how you work, but the results are mainly up to God Himself. This is freeing you from too much responsibility and give you the opportunity to be more relaxed too, without giving in on your drive and enthusiasm’.
He told some very practical stories as well as, and explained the goal and purpose of Europartners. We really enjoyed meeting our friends in Paris.

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