The Dead Heart of Africa ……

It’s 2’o Clock in the morning – we have long ago left the dry wind of the Sahara desert.  We are speeding through the dark of night and my GPS confirms the fact that we are in dangerous territory.  The nearly full moon lights up the Cameroon jungle far away.  The route is well known […]

January 16th, 2017|Being Church, Children, Church Planting, Leadership, Outreach, Training|

When God gives you Angola in a day! PART 1


It’s been 12 days at the Angolan Embassy – that’s my passport.  I was nowhere close to be allowed into Angola – a county that I have been trying to visit for more than 20 years.  The visa application was a nightmare.    It was that fine line between – is God opening a door or […]

February 14th, 2016|Church Planting, Highlights, Leadership, Training, Travels|

Finishing strong …….

The year is running to an end at such a pace that I am dragging my feet behind …… breathless trying not to accept the fact that Christmas is around the corner.  The fact that I am very very very far behind in my postings doesn’t bother me so much these days.  There is a […]

November 25th, 2015|Being Church, Bibles, Leadership, Training|

A different kind of Congo fever!

Congo – a vast country with great people.  Being the third largest country in Africa with just over 52 million people it comes as somewhat as a surprise to discover that Congo is one of the richest countries in the world with huge deposits of diamonds, copper, cobalt and other precious minerals.  With French as […]

March 31st, 2015|Being Church, Bibles, Church Planting, Cultural, General, Leadership, Life Stories|

Rwanda: Training a leader brings the greatest joy!


  “It’s time to cut down the tall trees…” and with these words on 6 April 1994, a genocide of brutal          ferocity and speed was inflicted upon the people of Rwanda. The tall trees comment was the code word for a  carefully calculated campaign that saw one million people butchered by the […]

March 9th, 2015|Being Church, Church Planting, Leadership|

3,000 New Churches—1 Year—3 Generals

Lilongwe, Malawi. Three determined pastors and a working church planting strategy has resulted in one of the fastest growing church planting movements on the planet—this is Malawi in a nutshell. Harvesters International Ministries and Bibles for Believers under the direction of Field Director Herbie Venter (and other partners), have been planting churches in Malawi since […]

December 17th, 2014|Being Church, Leadership, Training|

Malawi: translator collapses-paralysed

On my recent visit to Malawi, Herbie Venter introduced me to the most remarkable 3 men I have ever met this side of  Zambezi river. It didn’t take long to hear amazing stories on how God was working in Malawi. This story just blew me away:

Bishop Harvey Chabinga walks hastily from his office towards his […]

December 13th, 2014|Bibles, Leadership, Life Stories|

Winning the Mosque over …. with love!

The pastor came running over as I pulled into a town church.  “Francisco you must sit down …. I have news!”  I still tried to stretch my hand out to him to greet the African way.  Hand-thumb-hand greeting …. the African way.  There is a lot in a handshake when you are in rural Africa. […]

November 25th, 2014|Being Church, Leadership, Life Stories, Outreach, Training|

2 380 Days …. and the JOY thereafter!

It took these pastors 2 380 days of hard work, much labor and even more hurdles than the normal student, to succeed in obtaining their diploma in Theology.  You see …. there were no official classroom, no lights, no desk …. very little paper …. hardly a Bible in their mother tongue but they still […]

November 8th, 2013|Highlights, Leadership, Life Stories|

Moments of Hope – Part 4

All in ONE day!If there is one thing that is very clear in Africa is that it is no place for lazy people.  Through ten days in northern Mozambique there was hardly time to catch your breath as we continually moved through the red dust of Mutarara. It was hot with early mornings and late […]

July 18th, 2013|Education, Leadership, MP3 Bibles, Travels, Womens Ministry|