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|

What Keeps You from Going?

 

If everyone is a missionary, then no one is.

If “my mission field is the ground beneath my feet,” as some have said, then why should we expend the energy or resources to go to a foreign land and learn a new language and culture? In fact, it would be a waste of resources to do […]

February 8th, 2017|Being Church, Cultural, Culture, General, My view, Outreach, Travels|

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|

Follow the journey …

I seem to keep on saying it constantly ……. ‘time is flying’!   The last three months seemed to have disappeared somewhere.  I struggle to keep track through the distances travelled and even the wonderful people that crossed our paths the last few months.  After extensive training programs we received 50 amazing transformational agents from […]

August 14th, 2015|Children, Cultural, Culture, Education, Orphans, Outreach, Visitors, Volunteers|

Hunting Bibles on the streets of Kampala, Uganda! – Part 1

  Once a country ruled by the fierce  and fearful dictator Idi Amin Dada – now a bustling country open for all!   Amin’s rule     was characterized by human rights abuses, political repression, ethnic persecution, extrajudicial killings, nepotism,     corruption, and gross economic mismanagement. The number of people killed as a result of his […]

February 9th, 2015|Being Church, Bibles, Culture, Outreach|

When music and ministry connects in Africa!

I’m in central Mozambique …. it’s hot outside … as usual this time of the year.  The Church of God has invited us to be part of their annual conference …. and it was pure African greatness.  What still amazes me after so many years on the field is the total authenticity, gladness and openness […]

November 27th, 2014|Being Church, Music, Outreach|

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|

I’m an early morning – traveling man!

“I’m an early morning traveling man”, I say to the frowning look of a Zimbabwean police official after  – I stopped counting – police blockade. We are usually on the road by 04:00 AM – fresh air, rising sun ….. feeling good until an early roadblock and flashing lights brings the early day to a […]

November 19th, 2014|Bibles, Outreach, People, Travels|

21st Century: Church-Planting RIP?

What does church planting look like in the 21st century in the African context?  Is the goal to plant more churches or is to plant new kinds of churches?  We already know that church planting isn’t just about numbers – it’s about the deep renewal of the church and the development of new ways of […]

February 11th, 2014|Aviation, Being Church, Bibles, Outreach|

Border Mechanics

3 000 kilometres and more than 55 hours on a small slow moving bus!  I followed my friends via facebook as they post quicker than CNN can get a report out to me (guess sign of the times).  The photos they sent via technology was staggering. I looked at a photo that arrived early morning […]

August 5th, 2013|Outreach, Travels, Visitors, Volunteers|