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Exams in Belgium

A good street view of Brussels from my bike ride.

A good street view of Brussels from my bike ride.

Here’s a little photo I took as I rode my Villo! bike through Brussels yesterday. It may be unwise and a little dangerous but the view is impressive.

Exam time started today! And exams here in Belgium are serious business. Already last year when Sinéad and Silas were in grade 2 and 4 they had quite serious end of year exams that many children stress about. This year Olivia (grade 6) and Orien (grade 8) have significant exams that could leave them with extra work for the summer or the chance to do their grade over. If you’re Canadian, you can’t relate to this type of exam stress until grade 12 or university.

The good news is that our children are developing good study habits at a very young age and that they are excelling in their exams. Continue reading


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Christa’s Uganda Experiences

It has been 2 weeks since I returned home from Uganda. What a fantastic time it was!

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We landed at almost midnight on Friday- Aug 14th. Bea and I were hoping we would have a ride to take us to our hotel. We walked through the airport at Entebbe and into the dark night and there found a smiling face holding a sign with our names! Patrick is one of the amazing employees at Kampala Children’s Centre (KCC). He drove us around a lot in the 10 days we were in Uganda! I was SO glad that I did not have to drive and that he was such a competent driver. The driving is crazier than here in Belgium- which is crazier than Canada…those are my comparisons 🙂

When Patrick dropped us off at our hotel on Friday evening he said he would be back to pick us up on Monday morning. Continue reading


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The Steegjesrace at Druivenfestival Hoeilaart 2014

Now this is a fun (and when I say fun I mean, all out pukey fun for 60 minutes) criterium race through the streets, parks, church yards and castle grounds of Hoeilaart.  Next year baby!  Lord I need a fast bike.

Maybe tomorrow we’ll commute by bike!


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My morning walk in Hoeilaart

One of the best things about having a dog is that I have an excuse to get out and explore. Then the benefit of a smart phone is that I can go further and still find my way home.

I suppose that’s the way with the Lord too. The Holy Spirit is very curious – so as I listen to the voice of God I get taken on journeys. The added benefit is that God can’t get lost – so we can find ourselves in far away and interesting places, confident that we will find our way home.

Here’s some of what I saw this morning on the roads near our home.

 


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New Adventures Ahead

I am so excited to share with you that I have accepted the position of Associate Pastor of the Brussels Vineyard Church in Brussels, Belgium!  Starting on July 1st, the next chapter of our lives of following Jesus takes us to the capital city of Europe to join the staff of this exciting and missional church.
The Belgian tri-color

The Belgian tri-color

Belgium (and most of Europe) is considered to be very difficult ground for bringing the Good News of Jesus.  According to Operation World, 1.2% of the population is evangelical Christian and another 0.9% is charismatic Christian.  Most Belgians have given up on faith and have little or no knowledge of the Biblical story.  This means that, though we will be ministering in the church,  we will be acting as missionaries to make disciples.

My role will be to help the church in 3 key areas: children, youth and Alpha.  It’s exciting to be able to take my experience and passion and serve with a team of elders, pastors, staff, bivocational missionaries and local Belgians. This church has many highly involved members.  I’ve been told that my job is to work myself out of a job!

There are many other questions to answer, but I think this is enough for now. Tune in as I keep you up to date here!

Send in your questions and I’ll do my best to answer.