Posts Tagged ‘church’

July 10th, 2017 - 10:16 pm § in Uncategorized

Every one a leader!

Some church members peek around the corner out of curiosity to get an impression of the leadership training Jan is teaching with a colleague. The mostly well educated new believers have questions like “what’s the church”, “what dimension does Gods influence have in my life”, “and how doe[...]

July 10th, 2017 - 7:31 pm § in Uncategorized

A chicken farm on the roof of the church building!

Financial independence is not easily attaint for a small urban church. The idea to start a chicken farm on the roof of the church sounded a bit bizarre to me at the beginning. But with support of the internal church of Dakar and support from church members a large cage was built on the roof [&hellip[...]

February 1st, 2016 - 12:15 pm § in Church

A Christmas struggle…

Cheers rise from the crowd; the more than one hundred inmate boys scream with loud voices. The wrestler representing cell 4 has just thrown his opponent on the back. I’m in the boys’ prison in Dakar where we organize a Christmas program with the international church. The boys are incarce[...]

September 13th, 2015 - 8:26 pm § in Church

Downpours in downtown Dakar

It’s a Sunday morning and Jan is asked to preach in a church in Northern Dakar. It has been raining last night and our street is covered in water. The children put on their rain boots that match their Sunday’s best fashionably well. It appears to be a good choice: almost all Dakar turned in [&he[...]

July 3rd, 2013 - 9:43 am § in Church


After about two years I’m back in the leadership team of the ICF! No, not in Rotterdam, but in Dakar. Not only the city is different, the community is also very different from that of Rotterdam: many expats, embassy personnel, NGO staff or people working for large international companies. As a[...]

July 1st, 2013 - 7:59 pm § in Church

In concert!

“Music is like a pearl, so beautiful that you want to share it with everyone. Music communicates, it touches. God has put this musical creativity in us.” It’s April 26th, and party time! Bernard’s new album is inaugurated. I (Jan) explain the vision as a producer on behalf of our tea[...]

April 23rd, 2012 - 3:58 pm § in Church

Being blessed and being a blessing

We went to Gabon to improve our French and for Tabitha to work at the hospital. But it has been our prayer that we not only would be blessed, but that we would also be a blessing. Looking back we see that Jan as well – next to all Tabitha’s work in the hospital – has contributed [&he[...]

April 23rd, 2012 - 3:45 pm § in Church

Enjoying equality

Every Sunday morning we are awakened by the joyous music that echoes from the church to the hospital and the homes of hospital staff. At the door we are warmly welcomed by the  midwife. The man who always collects the garbage sings in the choir. We keep a little distance from the[...]