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Building vehicles, creating jobs, and transforming lives (Business As Mission in Africa)

December 7, 2018

The Basic Utility Vehicle, (BUV), is designed for the rural geography of developing countries.  It is a simple low-cost vehicle that is easy to operate, maintain and repair.  It is designed for rugged terrain, and thus is ideal for serving rural Africa, allowing people to earn a livelihood and generate income.  It has a 1,750 …

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How do IBEC consultants add value?

November 30, 2018

It has been interesting to observe and analyze IBEC consultants throughout the 12 years of our existence.  It has been a fun and informative learning experience as I have traveled with some amazing people.  Each one has added value to the projects we visited and helped. IBEC consultants offer encouragement Bob Bush consults with four …

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Business As Mission leadership lessons from World War I: Remembrance Day celebrated 100 years ago

November 23, 2018

At 11 am on the 11th day of the 11th month, 1918, the armistice for World War I was signed.  This “war to end all wars” had involved most of Europe and cost the lives of nearly 17 million, plus that many or more wounded. My maternal grandmother’s sister served with the Canadian Forces and …

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“Business As Mission: “Overflowing with thankfulness”

November 16, 2018

We have three nationalities in our family.  My wife, Vicki is a US citizen; I am Canadian, and my four kids have three citizenships, each having been born in Brazil and also registered as Canadians and Americans.  Canadians celebrated thanksgiving in October, and Americans will do so this week.  But my Brazilian kids sometimes say, …

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The Great Commission – a key bottom line for Business as Mission (BAM)

November 9, 2018

Our blog last week highlighted poverty, poor countries, and the Great Commandment of Jesus to “love your neighbor”.  For IBEC and most BAM businesses, that translates into job creation as a practical way to love those mired in poverty, injustice and unemployment. But Jesus also asked us to make disciples (or followers) of Jesus (MT …

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Want to make a difference? A challenge to entrepreneurs and coaches – Africa! – The Great Commandment of Jesus – Love your Neighbor

November 2, 2018

Business as Mission (BAM) theory proposes that kingdom businesses focus on the Great Commandment and the Great Commission of Jesus. The Great Commandment has its source in Jesus’ response to a lawyer who asked what the greatest commandments were. Jesus responded that the first commandment is to love God with all your heart, soul and …

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Business as Mission and “soft skills”

October 26, 2018

This week, I provided a reference for two former employees. One was a phone call from the prospective employer, and one a form to complete on behalf of the applicant. I was struck by the number of questions which related to what we have come to call “soft skills” When I was VP of Operations …

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Sari Bari: a model freedom business in India

October 19, 2018

IBEC is a partner with the Freedom Business Alliance (FBA), which exists to equip and promote the global community of Freedom Businesses. A freedom business is a business that exists to fight human trafficking or commercial exploitation, and one of the founding businesses of the FBA is Sari Bari in north India. Sari Bari was …

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Entrepreneurs wanted: what it looks like to become a kingdom-minded entrepreneur overseas

October 12, 2018

A new book by Jeannie Marie entitled, “Across the Street and Around the World: Following Jesus to the Nations in Your Neighborhood…and Beyond “ will be of interest to many of our readers. She has written a blog specifically for IBEC Ventures which helps the reader understand the need for entrepreneurs and business owners and how that could …

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Random list of important ideas before traveling to a high-risk area

October 5, 2018

This is the third blog in a series on international safety. Myriads of books and thousands of articles have been written with tips for traveling and living abroad. A few blogs here on this subject will only scratch the surface. But the following will hopefully whet the readers appetite so that he or she will …

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