A forgotten island …

As we fly into Bluefields, Nicaragua – we are greeted by a thunderstorm ….. low clouds and gusting winds.  I find myself hugged in my seat in the small Caravan watching the pilot lining himself up with the runway.

Bluefields is connected with the presence on the Nicaraguan Caribbean coast of many pirates, subjects of powers at the time […]

November 5th, 2017|Being Church, Children, Church Planting, Culture, Life Stories, Outreach, People, Training, Travels|

Leave the 99 …

Matthew 18:12 – “What do you think?  If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray and gets lost, will he not leave the 99 on the mountain and go in search of the one that is lost?”

I have always loved this Scripture and always felt like this little lost […]

August 5th, 2017|Being Church, Bibles, Children, Church Planting, Life Stories|

All in a days work – and a miracle! – Part 2

Kisumu, Kenya:  I’m getting use to Kisumu and its weather.  Hot and humid as most of the places I go to these days.  I’ve heard that our 20 pastors in training will be waiting for us at 06:00 am!  I woke before any chicken could announce the new day.  After a quick breakfast Herbie and I […]

April 12th, 2016|Being Church, Church Planting, Education, Life Stories, Uncategorized|

From a jail cell to a church-planter

I am struggling to finish my warm coke as the Kenya Airways captain announces that our short flight has come to an end.   The short flight from Nairobi  was a bumpy one as I find myself in Kisumu on the Rift Valley in Kenya in the Nyanza Province.  Kisumu is a Luo word that […]

April 3rd, 2016|Being Church, Church Planting, Life Stories|

For a woman to plant churches ……. not familiar territory!

Here is the story of Fatima – a women pastor in the rural part of Rwanda.

Fatima, Rwanda – Pastor and church planter

I am living in rural Rwanda.  My husband was a pastor in our Independent Church in the village.  He died a while ago and left me with 4 children.  Due to our membership and […]

December 3rd, 2015|Church Planting, Life Stories, Women|

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|

A bridge for Christmas please Santa!

“A BRIDGE FOR CHRISTMAS PLEASE SANTA!”

The story of 3 kids who died because there was no bridge to cross over the Mucombeze river in central Mozambique was a truly sad story. It touched everyone in the community. We were angry and disappointed at the same time. These 3 boys loved school. They loved school so much […]

December 22nd, 2014|Children, Life Stories, Schools|

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|

The power of an interpreter!

What makes a person a successful interpreter?  Who is a successful interpreter?  What qualities must they have?  Is it enough to just speak two (or more) languages fluently?  To answer these questions is not very difficult …. that is if you have worked with a few interpreters in your lifetime.  In fact I have worked […]

November 26th, 2014|Life Stories, People, Training|

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|