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BEM value #2: INTEGRATION

Dear friends, This time RALPH is all about integration - and what a great illustration this is – a fish in an aquarium at the bottom of the ocean. What…

EDITORIAL – Integration

[by Willy Fraipont] Three years ago in Liege, we moved to a new neighbourhood! We’re now much closer to where we “work”. But I always insist that our work is…

NEWS IN BRIEF – DECEMBER 2018

Expressé Working with others for the Lord, what could be more exciting? Serving coffee, smiling, praying silently, being able to give a word of encouragement or share a little of…

Meant to be in the world

[by Eric Zander] We’re meant to be in the world, not just by default, but according to His call. Just before He was arrested, a few hours before the Cross,…

100th Birthday Book

To celebrate the centenary of the BEM, we thought we’d publish a ‘100th birthday book.’ Henk van Dorp has been doing lots of research into the archives of the BEM…

A 100th anniversary in 5 chapters…

#savethedate Chapter 1: COMMEMORATION A hundred years ago, on December 19th 1918, Ralph and Edith Norton arrived in Belgium and declared ‘The Belgian Gospel Mission has arrived!’ (later ‘The Belgian…

Integration in practice

CHRISTEL Christel used to love her well-paid job, but then she became bored with it. She was demotivated, she had to take sick leave, and she finally gave up the…

THE EDITH COLUMN – DECEMBER 2018

[by Annette Hartman] Integration!?! Have I become Belgian by now? This is a live issue for me as someone from Holland who’s been trying to integrate into the Belgian culture…

Testimonies – Reflecting Jezus

Christel, Drienie, Reiner and Angela… and so many others. Ralph has been meeting some of these brothers and sisters who are “shining out” the light of Jesus close to where…

#INTEGRATION: Get on board!

Being a reflection of Jesus where you are doesn’t have to involve big changes. Christel would suggest that we just ask God, “Lord, am I where you want me to…

RALPH – DECEMBER 2018

Editorial by Willy Fraipont News in brief: Expressé & new colleagues BEM value #2: INTEGRATION Meant to be in the world by Eric Zander A 100th anniversary in 5 chapters……

BEM value #1: Community

Dear friends, We’re happy to bring you the new issue of ‘RALPH’. In this and the following issues we’ll be exploring our BEM DNA or, if you prefer, our BEM…

Made for community

[by Kees van Velzen] Living together in community is so important….and you’re asking me to write about it? I’m Kees van Velzen, an only child of parents who’d always wanted…

News in brief – September 2018

Flemish Bible Exhibition 2018 Over the last 13 years the Bijbel-Expo has welcomed 45,000 visitors in Flanders. Before the summer, in Tienen, there were 760 visitors. Their experiences were positive,…

We all need community

[written by Eric Zander] On July 5th, the media relayed the findings of the 2018 National Happiness Survey for Belgium, conducted in collaboration with the University of Ghent. The headlines…