My good friend Ian Borkent has published his first book.
Ian pastors a superb church in Arnhem in the Netherlands with his wife, Jedidja.
Jedidja miraculously survived the birth of their daughter and that miracle forms the storyline of Ian’s book. The Norman Factor: Seven keys to living in breakthrough and victory
Enjoy this excerpt from the book.
That is the name of the mountain that spewed millions of litres of volcanic ash over Iceland, and consequently Europe. For a period of 6 days in April 2010, this led to an ash cloud so large that it was easily visible from space. The cloud covered almost the entirety of Europe. Aircraft engines can seriously be damaged by volcanic ash, so many countries had to close their controlled airspace. This resulted in the largest air-traffic shut-down since World War II in Europe.
Ten million passengers were affected. One of them was me.
And that was a problem. Or as I would like to call it, a challenge. We had tickets for 21 April out of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to a C3 Church Conference in Geneva, Switzerland. Conferences to pastors are like breath to our lungs. We connect with God and others for an extended period of time. We upload. We download. Especially for my wife, it was a welcome break after a busy year. So we both looked forward to the conference very much.
Jedidja was 6 months pregnant with our first child at the time, and it was about the last week she was allowed to fly. Taking a train or car to Switzerland would be too long for her body to deal with. She could only fly if she was to make it to the conference.
Or could she?