In the barber chair last week: I told my hairdresser that I got my certificate as an Emotion Focussed Therapist. And that I was looking for another intercultural couple with marital problems to practice with. "Oh my parents!" she exclaimed! She is the child of intercultural parents and always felt different from her Dutch nieces and nephews. She didn't get fancy expensive gifts. She looked and felt very different. Her father was called 'black whopper'. By the Dutch in-laws! That all hurts terribly. No wonder she had a very hard time in her youth. The parents struggled among themselves, exacerbated by the concern for their children. In any case, I see it all around me: children of mixed parents often struggle with identity questions. This deserves attention, not only for the children themselves, but also for the parents and what it means for their relationship. And vice versa: if your parents can't agree because they are so different, what does that do to you as a child? Do you recognize this in your intercultural community? I'd love to hear more about it! Mail us if you want to talk further. firstname.lastname@example.org Corina Mushikangondo van der Laan has been married to Claude, a Congolese pastor, for 17 years and has lived abroad for 12 years. She is training for emotion focused therapy and will soon start guiding intercultural and migrant couples in ICP municipalities.
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ICP will come up with something new in the spring of 2022: circle material for non-native speakers about the Bible book of Ruth. What are the challenges and what should you really pay attention to? Receive tips from someone with practical experience… First back to our first article on this subject? Just wondering why we are developing our own Bible study materials for speakers of other languages? Why is it important to create places where non-native speakers can receive biblical education? click here: https://www.icpnetwork.nl/en/news/new-at-icp-bible-study-for-non-native-speakers-why/ What are the main things to look out for? Eszter Bruining is someone who has extensive experience in giving Bible studies to non-native speakers and can tell a lot about the practice. From her personal lessons she gives us an overview of things we have to deal with. How do we deal with this, so that we can successfully study the Bible together with non-native speakers? Eszter: “When I think about the past 6 years, since I have been teaching a Bible study for non-native speakers, I see that I have done it in
We will still have to deal with measures due to the pandemic in the coming period. A number of measures affect the amount of people allowed to come together in a room at the same time. Of course we would like to be able to organize all our activities again as soon as possible. And not just online. But we still choose to move the Network Day, planned on February 5, to March 5. We hope that spring will also bring some relaxation in terms of measures. Save The Date: March 5, 2022. The ICP network day, with inspiring meetings, experienced speakers, in-depth workshops and connection around the mission. More info about theme and location will follow. If restrictive measures are still in place by then, we will offer an online program on March 5. Do you have questions about the ICP Network Day? Feel free to email us! email@example.com
Christmas is coming again. How can we celebrate Christmas in an intercultural setting? What challenges do you face? And where can you find advice, tips and inspiration? That last question is easy: this is what we are a network for. Sharing experiences, embracing and strengthening each other. We have already listed some things and fished a few tips from the network. So read on. But if you want to receive more information and examples or if you want to be brought into contact with other churches from our network to share experiences, you can email us. firstname.lastname@example.org During a small tour of our network, we discover that a few ingredients keep coming back in the intercultural Christmas services. Using image,imaginationand creativity helps to overcome language barriers. Meeting isthemost important theme around Christmas. Christmas is awonderfultime to hand out presents.
By Hans Euser Being an intercultural church with people from different backgrounds enriches your faith. But then you have to talk to each other. In LIVE! Rotterdam South has found a great way to do this. A Discovery Bible Study is held every two weeks on Sunday. Below is a report. In a small group we read Psalm 121 with people of Moroccan, Iranian, Indonesian and Dutch descent. The pilgrim song was sung on the road from Jericho to Jerusalem, we find out. That was not a paved pilgrimage route. On the contrary, you were in danger of being attacked by robbers. The sun shone brightly and the moon could 'sting' you. Does that mean moon sickness, going crazy (the English lunatic = crazy is derived from luna = moon)? “I miss those pilgrimages so much,” the Iranian responds to the Scripture reading. “We used to do that with a
Gold on Sunday pioneering spot has been a fact since last month. We are a diaconal and intercultural faith community in the ‘Old North’ of Rotterdam. We are independent, but strongly connected to the work of the
We are working on something new at ICP. In the spring we want to start a Bible study program for non-native speakers in various places in the Netherlands. Eszter Bruinings has been leading groups for non-native speakers for years and knows from personal experience what the existence of such a group can mean in the lives of our non-Dutch speaking brothers and sisters and fellow citizens. Is that really necessary? Another group is added, yet another place where believers gather. Is there no possibility in the Dutch church for foreign-speaking believers to receive Bible education? Why would we want to organize a Bible study for non-native speakers? Read on to get the answer. From the heart of an immigrant and from the practical experiences of life in the Netherlands. It goes deeper and further than you might initially think… Eszter's story… I can still remember the time very well when I came to the Netherlands. In the congregation, where everyone knew my Dutch husband, I felt welcome and loved. The people were very nice and they tried their best to talk to me in German. Over a year later we moved to another church where my husband didn't know anyone either. I went to church services and to various church activities, but I
Monday morning, a new week ahead of me... I reflect for a moment on the upcoming pastoral meetings. It strikes me that the women I will speak to are almost all in an intercultural relationship. Coincidence? I am also in an intercultural relationship with my Congolese husband. Is it easier to be married to someone from your own culture? Do I have extra challenges? I do not need to speculate on that question. I know the answers are yes. Challenges come with different norms and basic truths, which permeate everything: how you handle your money, your free time, your home, privacy, how you raise your children, relations with your family members... It is still possible to maintain a safe connection with your partner. Different values and disagreements don't have to mean that your partner isn't there for you when it really matters. ‘Are you there for me?' is the key question. If both partners say 'yes' to that question, then the relationship is certainly good! The question is not:
Blog by Hans Euser Church life sometimes resembles a football match. A small club toils and the large crowd watches. It is as if Paul is only half understood. He writes that “God has given apostles and prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers…for the work of his service, the building up of the body” (Ephesians 4:11-12). At least that's how it often goes. The church planter, the pioneer or pastor, and the team leading the way, or the singing leader and the children's worker, run wild and the rest… Those who do understand Paul well know that apostles and such are not given to do all the work, but "to equip the saints for the work of his service." They should not do the work themselves, that is the task of the community! The pastor and evangelist are called to equip.
Meeting other Christians. Share experiences. Inspire, sharpen and encourage each other. Praying, eating, thinking, talking and growing together. These are the main ingredients of the ICP network day for pastors and pioneers. On October 15, we gathered in Amersfoort on the theme of 'Equip' and it was a beautiful morning. The key question was, “How do we motivate and activate each other, our team, the community?” Each member of the community is meant to flourish in the gifts and talents God has given. Together we build a strong church. Thus we are formed into the unity of the perfect man (Ephesians 4:11-13). Liz Wiseman wrote the book Multipliers for leaders who want to get twice as much out of their team. We can master the skills that help us to motivate our team. Below is an overview of skills that suit multipliers and their counterparts 'diminishers'. What do you recognize yourself in? What unconscious behavior can you adapt to progress from Diminisher to Multiplier? If you want to know more about this, you can read Liz Wiseman's book. Multipliers - revised and updated - Opwekking (opwekking-webwinkel.nl) In addition to knowledge about successful management techniques, we