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|

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|

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|

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|