September 8, 2016

Saying Goodbye

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Bob Koole took on the role of the Walking Together Director at EduDeo Ministries three years ago. As his time has come to an end here, we take a moment to reflect and give thanks for the blessing that Bob has been, not only to EduDeo, but to our International Partners and to the Walking Together Program.

Tim Bootsma, International Partnership Director, worked closely with Bob and shares some thoughts:

“Bob has been a great addition to the International Partnership Team and we will miss him. Bob was hired to move the Walking Together Program forward and he certainly has done that. Bob was very intentional and focused towards the goals of the program."

"It was great to see how the Walking Together Program developed depth and complexity, all the while still having the adaptability to meet a wide range of country and partner situations."

"Bob has done tremendous work in guiding the development of a wide-range of Learning Leader materials. EduDeo now has a growing library of materials that other Learning Leaders can use. One pivotal document to the Walking Together Program that Bob developed is the Philosophy of Christ-centered Education document. This document lays a foundation from which all Walking Together teaching is done. It articulates what we stand for and gives references for those interested in digging deeper. Furthermore, this document helps to root other material in a common ground and language so that the material developed all have a common vision.

While Bob grew the number of Learning Leaders needed to carry out the program in the various countries we work in, he also really enjoyed being a part of the training himself. Bob enjoyed traveling to various countries to learn together with EduDeo’s partners. Bob’s humble, quiet, soft spoken and thoughtful presentation was greatly appreciated by EduDeo’s partners. Bob was able to build trust quickly with the international partners, especially as he led various learning sessions.”

Alice Plug-Buist, Walking Together and Sponsorship Coordinator, further shared these thoughts about Bob and his time at EduDeo:

“Bob is very knowledgeable about Christ-centred education, but he never let his knowledge get in the way of his respect for others. When talking to others about education, he always listened carefully and responded thoughtfully and respectfully.

Even as I’m writing this, I can hear him say 'Well …' and give an embarrassed chuckle. He is an incredibly humble man, and doesn’t just treat people respectfully, but actually considers them worthy of his respect. He was a huge pleasure to work with."

"Under Bob’s leadership, Walking Together has improved practically, but even more so in the opinion others have of the program. It’s largely because of Bob that people look at Walking Together with the high regard that they do. This has in turn greatly affected the way people view EduDeo Ministries in general.”

Thank you Bob for all your amazing work. You have blessed EduDeo Ministries and our International Partners in so many ways, we cannot say thank you enough. We wish you all of God's blessing in wherever He leads you next.


The EduDeo Team


Robert Bruinsma
Sep 8, 2016 at 4:55 pm

Congratulations on a job well done, Bob.

Derek Schuurman
Sep 12, 2016 at 3:48 pm

Bob, thanks for all your efforts - and thanks for your help and encouragement on various Walking Together projects.

Pablo Melendez
Sep 13, 2016 at 9:43 am

Gracias Bob por tu gran aporte a la educacion cristiana en Nicaragua y otros paises, siempre valoro tu humildad y un hombre de gran sabiduaria.

Te apreciamos.-

Al Karsten
Sep 13, 2016 at 10:59 am

Greatly appreciate the ministry that you have moved forward in such an engaging way. Thanks for sharing your gifts and blessings on your future.

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