Moving This Weekend

In just 9 short days, we will have been in Belgium 3 full years! Wow, time flies!

When we came, we came with little and with no children. But within a year, our first little one, Caleb, was born. Now we have our second boy due in early August.

And, so, with the very gracious and generous provision of God, after living in our modern, 2-bedroom apartment for these first 3 years, we are now moving into a lovely 4-bedroom home (in the picture above). Even more wonderful is that it comes with a double-garage and a large back garden (back yard). And the cherry on the top, or one of them, is that everything is completely new and updated (and clean!). Continue reading

3 Training Opportunities in Brussels

As a shepherd-teacher, I have a deep desire for seeing God’s people equipped in the word and in ministry. We are called to be tasty salt and beautiful light into this generation and culture in which we live. And so, it is good to set aside times for deeper and intensive training.

In the coming weeks and months, we are hosting 3 different training opportunities at Cornerstone in Brussels. Continue reading

Serving the Community

As I shared a couple of weeks back, we recently had a team visit us from Trinity School of Theology, a ministry training college based out of Rugby, England, and part of the network of churches we work with in Global Horizons. They came as part of their training, but also to serve alongside us at Cornerstone in reaching out into our Belgian context.

The first day, Monday, we were involved in some work within the city of Brussels: 1) cleaning a local park and 2) spending time with our international refugee friends. With the guy refugees, we played football (soccer) in the park that we cleaned a few hours earlier. The ladies headed up a beauty day treatment for the females. The second day, we planned craft and fun activities for the refugees. While none of this seems revolutionary by human standards, it is quite amazing the doors that are opened through conversations and relationships with people living in a very foreign land as refugees. Salt was sprinkled, light was shone, and conversations of Christ were right in our midst.

The next two days, we spent time out in our local Flemish-speaking community. From picking up litter along the main street, to passing out leaflets for an Explore Faith course starting in later May, to serving in a local social services centre, all of this gave us an opportunity within our community. Again, to my knowledge, no one asked how they might be ‘saved’. But we were able to develop relationships that I believe are the beginnings of God working amongst a people that need to know the love of Christ.

My deep desire and prayer is that God continue to open doors into the lives of people in the Brussels, Belgium area, especially in our local Flemish-speaking area just south of Brussels. God has created these people and He deeply loves them. Now to see us engage in hearing God and living out His heart in this community.

Interesting Mission Statement

stc-logoHere are the beginnings of an interesting mission statement from Serve the City, a service-based project headed up by a friend of mine in Brussels, Belgium. Quite the challenge.

There’s a line in every city
that separates the rich from the poor,
the strong from the weak,
the haves from the have-nots.
It’s a street, the train tracks,
the river, a sidewalk.

On one side there is safety,
on the other there is danger.
On one side there is security,
on the other, fear.
On one side kids go to college,
work pays well,
needs are hidden behind drawn curtains
and consumable goods.
On the other life is pretty raw.

It’s time to cross the line.

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See the video below for more.

Serving & Reaching Out This Week

The past two weeks have been quite busy travelling to and from the UK. So I haven’t posted many articles. I still have my Rob Bell review to post, which is nearly completed and hope to post sometime this week.

Specifically during this week, we have the amazing opportunity for a team to be with us from Trinity School of Theology, based in Rugby, England. They are here as part of their second year course work, with the view of learning some practical things about cross-cultural mission.

Still, more importantly, they are here to serve alongside us at Cornerstone, reaching into our international city of Brussels and into our local Flemish-speaking community. We have a couple of days planned to serve our amazing friends at Foyer Selah refugee centre. Then, we have a couple of days for serving and outreach opportunities based in our local area of Overijse-Hoeilaart.

I’m looking forward not only to the fruit in the lives of those we serve and reach, but also in our own.