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2018 – what a year for IBEC Ventures

December 28, 2018

Happy New Year! As we come to the end of 2018, we have so much to be thankful for here at IBEC Ventures.  Before we move into the New Year, it’s important for us to reflect on how God has used us for His Kingdom in 2018.  Some of the highlights include: A redesigned website …

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A kingdom-minded business perspective on Christmas

December 23, 2018

There are many ways to say “Merry Christmas” or to give a Christmas greeting in the languages of the world.  The greetings above represent “Merry Christmas” in most of the languages served by IBEC consultants.  Despite cultural and linguistic differences there is one commonality – the Christ of Christmas! The continuity of Christ – from …

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IBEC Successes

December 14, 2018

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.” -Winston Churchill A few months ago we published a blog highlighting eight failures in IBEC’s history. Recently, I have been reminded that our audience deserves a complementary piece highlighting some successes, so in the spirit of Churchill who also wrote, …

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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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