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Life after Rome

With finishing my last exams at LUISS university my year in Rome has ended. I feel blessed that I could return to Holland with excellent results. It’s been a year centered around the theme of “learning perseverance”. Although it often felt as “sowing in tears” there’s now also the joy of “reaping in joy”, both in study results as in my personal walk with God and perspective for the future. I emerge from this period with a much deeper realization of my weakness, together with the rest and assurance of His absolute, unconditional love and devotion. It truly feels as if I come from a personal wilderness, “leaning on my Beloved”, though I’m not sure yet whether He is leading me straight into the next one or not! What a privilege to be allowed so close to Him! I would not have wanted to miss this for the world.
Meanwhile my plans for next year take shape. After two years of changing gears, from what I was allowed to do in the previous I can fill them with what I’ve got in mind for you.” Exactly after I sent an email to TiasNimbas to cut off all further contact I received an email that again brought me to a study I looked at earlier on. Suddenly, despite my fear and reluctance to continue my studies, I felt completely at peace. It’s a Master in Global Business and Stakeholder Management at the Rotterdam School of Management (Erasmus University), with many tangents to social responsible management, looking at a bigger picture than just companies, linking parties to get to the best results and solutions together. It really appeals to me.years in missions to what’s next, things are slowly emerging. More and more it felt like the right idea to complete my studies with a one-year Master’s degree, but what I found at the various Dutch universities didn’t really appeal to me. I actually didn’t really want to study any longer at all and was even dreading the thought of still having one more semester before finishing my BSc this year. In the end I found a diverse MBA at TiasNimbas that appealed to me more. They were enthusiastic about my background and offered to cooperate to make it possible. However, it was as if God seemed to say: “Let go, empty your hands,  so I can fill them with what I’ve got in mind for you.” One minute after I sent an email to TiasNimbas to cut off all further contact I received an email that again brought me to a study I looked at earlier on. Suddenly, despite my fear and reluctance to continue my studies, I felt completely at peace. It’s a Master in Global Business and Stakeholder Management at the Rotterdam School of Management (Erasmus University), with many tangents to social responsible management, looking at a bigger picture than just companies, linking parties to get to the best results and solutions together. It really appeals to me.

Since this happened I have a renewed perspective for further study and start to see more clearly how all kinds of learned practices and prophetic words about my calling come together in this (about which I’ll probably write more in the future). It all just fits! Now I also understand why I had to start a week early in September, right after the long summer journey: because of that I’m finished in Rome before the Christmas Holidays and have six weeks in Holland to study for the challenging GMAT admission test. It’s a mountain that’s higher than I think I can climb, so I’m looking forward to what God’s going to do! But I just keep following the road I see before my eyes and thus we’ll see the results when they are due
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