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Christmas Traditions in some of IBEC’s countries

December 19, 2021

In 2021, IBEC has been blessed to have clients and partners in more than 25 countries. Many of these countries have Christmas traditions, some of which are nation-wide, others are regional depending on the reach of the Gospel of Jesus and his miraculous birth. Did you know? … In Kenya, Santa is depicted as arriving …

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A Few Overseas Opportunities with Business as Mission Companies

December 12, 2021

IBEC partners with a well-connected international company which regularly puts out information like the following: Many BAM companies in the regions where we work are able to pay competitive local-level salaries for qualified individuals. Expats are generally expected to have an additional financial support structure to provide for needs of repatriation, health insurance requirements, etc. …

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Student Perspectives on Integrating Faith and Work

December 5, 2021

Last month I was privileged to teach a college course to twelve students in Canada. The course was entitled THEOLOGY OF BUSINESS, which essentially led us down a path of exploring how we should integrate faith and work in the marketplace. One of the exercises required the student to think about how their proposed career …

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“If we build it, they will come” Not necessarily!

November 28, 2021

I recently analyzed something that has intrigued me for some time.  I knew that in the early years of IBEC, we made plenty of mistakes, and so I wondered how I could save others from some of those same mistakes.  One result was included in a speech I gave at the B4T conference in the …

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Thanksgiving 2021: A Biblical Reflection

November 21, 2021

1. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” We were delighted that three IBEC-coached businesses were featured at the Lion’s Den in October 2021:  Kijani Forestry (Uganda), Imani Collective (Kenya) and Co.Labor (Colombia).  Thanks to the hard work of Bob, Gary, and others. …

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2021 BAM Book List

November 14, 2021

Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers Harry Truman  It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it. – Oscar Wilde There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island. – Walt Disney Of making …

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A Must Watch – just three minutes!

November 5, 2021

Have you ever heard of Harakati Coffee? How about the country of Tanzania? Have you ever heard of Seed of Hope Coffee?  How about the country of Thailand? Do you ever wonder how a Business as Mission company gets its start? How about the path to capitalizing a company? Think Triventure – Think IBEC Ventures …

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Time to shop for Christmas: The Power of what you wear!

October 31, 2021

Some time ago, I wrote about the story of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle getting off the plane in Australia with Meghan wearing a pair of jeans made by victims of trafficking in Cambodia.  The BAM company is Outland Denim and is committed to all the principles of BAM’s Quadruple bottom line:  profitability, job creation, …

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What is it that we do?

October 24, 2021

Last week, we presented two 3-minute videos to answer the question of WHY Business as Mission and WHY IBEC.  We tried to answer the question of why we care about poverty and job creation; and why we care about making disciples of Jesus. Standard definitions of WHAT Business as Mission is, include the basic ideas …

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Time for 2 short videos? – Why of what we do

October 17, 2021

Most of our readers are probably familiar with Simon Sinek’s TED talk where he emphasizes the importance of the WHY of any endeavor. “People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it. And what you do simply proves what you believe”. His Golden Circle demonstrates the importance of the WHY question. These …

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