Monday, September 14, 2020



Dr. Shayne Tracy

President, IBCI

ibciinstitute | Aug 6, 2020 

Great leadership is more an art than a science. Leadership is a collective of interpersonal and operational skills that can be learned, practiced and taught.

However, the 3 “ps” - Purpose, Perseverance and Practice are needed to perfect an effective style for an individual leader.

Check out the 5 habits that will empower a leader:

Point of vision vs point of view:

This regards day-to-day operational activity… the details of the day become your daily point of vision, unless you have time to step back and have a point of view: The bigger picture. 

This is literally giving your calendar time to do “horizontal thinking” - creative, innovative and exploratory work to predict the future direction of your organization. You can dedicate that time to a business coach who will stimulate your thinking and inspiration. 

Communicate the “Point of View” to give meaning, context and motivation to others.

Identify and amplify important priorities that create value. Make a list of the main priorities that need to be achieved and focus, focus, focus. Communicate priorities in a consistent, vocal and visual way to focus on professional activity. A great question to ask yourself and others is: “What choice can I make and what steps can I take at this time to achieve my priorities?

Demonstrate decision making with courage, confidence, conviction and commitment.

Make a decision, take it once and move on after you have done your research, consulted the others involved and have established a plan of action. Self-confidence and security motivate others to produce results. Remember that not taking a decision is a decision! Be prepared to admit that you are wrong if the decision you make is inappropriate for the circumstances.

Develop your strengths: Build your strengths, recognize your responsibilities.

Most people have a good understanding of their strengths. You cannot be everything to everyone. Participate in projects and activities in which you can demonstrate your strengths. Focus on what you know and do your best. Be an ever changing learner to increase your knowledge base and work on developing your skills repertoire. Be a role model for others.

Recognize: Recognize and use the strengths of others. Strong leaders are able to recognize the skills and knowledge of others. Consult, collaborate and coordinate the strengths of others to generate commitment and obtain a better result. Train others and allow yourself to be trained by people with skills, knowledge and wisdom. Above all, take the time to genuinely get to know others, what drives them and what motivates them to achieve. Acknowledge and express appreciation for your accomplishments.


Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Leadership by TJ Salum

“Leadership is the oldest subject. Hitler had many followers, yet he was a disaster as a human. What I’ve learned is that a good leader is not someone that leads by fears or by oppression yet someone that leads by grace which I believe is how Jesus lead. I see this everytime in my life. So instead of being stubborn, most of the great leaders have lead by example and grace. There are great leaders that are executives, but they lack in influence because they can’t associate with others. Jack Welch says if you want to influence at heart you have to influence by connecting with people and not by dominating people.” - TJSalum #ASONE

→ The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it.
→ Show respect for the other person's opinions. Never say "you're wrong"
→ If you are wrong, admit it quickly and emphatically.
→ Begin in a friendly way
→ Get the other person saying "yes, yes" immediately.
→ Let the other person do a great deal of the talking. 
→ Let the other person feel that the idea is his or hers
→ Try honestly to see things from the other person's point of view. 
→ Be sympathetic with the other person's ideas and desires.
→ Appeal to the nobler motives. 
→ Dramatize your ideas.
→ Throw down a challenge.

          From How to Win Friends and Influence People 
          By Dale Carnegie 

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

How a unified prayer movement can change Burundi? Dr. Paul Taylor

How a unified prayer movement can change Burundi?
Dr. Paul Taylor

There is a movement going on in Burundi to bring all believers, all people together AS ONE to pray for the Nation. This is wonderful to hear.  Prayer can and will unify Burundi.

Always remember we are praying for God’s will to be done and not our own. We must keep our personal preferences out of our public prayers. We pray for those in authority, but do not push our preferences. “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy‬ ‭2:1-4‬. Ultimately God wants all people to be saved and to come to know the Truth.

Moreover, we do not represent a candidate.  We represent King Jesus and His Kingdom only.

When we pray our will, we get into what we call witchcraft prayer. Meaning we are trying to manipulate God and others to do what we want.  This is not good.

We know that God wants peace, and to prosper the people of Burundi. We know that God loves everyone, regardless of sex, race, religion or tribe.  So there is so much we can pray without specifically praying for a candidate or a party.  We, please, keep this in mind.

Many Christians think that only someone of their faith should be in office.  This is not true and can cause great division.  The greatest example is President Trump.  This man may or may not be a Christian but he represents Christian principles and is doing more for our nation than many who professed to be a Christian. He does not have a squeaky clean past, but he is leading the country in a way that God is blessing America.

So be sure to ask for what Jesus thinks and pray His will be done and not that of man.

Praying daily for Burundi. Plaase pray for America as we are preparing for our Presidential election.

Believing for the impossible!


Monday, January 27, 2020



All leaders that we work with and each of you in BURUNDI, please, should read this report at the REAL blog. 

It is of utmost importance to understand what God is doing in Africa and we need Him to do it as well in Burundi. 

Some of you did not understand when God opened doors for Dr Paul Taylor and I to be brought into the presence of some Burundian authorities.  They thought this was not good. In fact, we understand that fear has dominated these relations for a long time. But Romans 13:3 says: “For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended.” 

We love Burundi, all its people and we love all its government members and their families. It is not about doing political partisanship, but being Light for them. God loves them all. 

God loves the President of your country. If you want to live in peace you should pray for them and not disturb the peace of Burundi streets. This is what the Bible says. If you don't agree you are disobeying God.  

We shall have peaceful elections and a peaceful government transition in Burundi this year. That is God's will. 

So please, read this report here as an example how we should build relationships with everyone. 

Thank you.

Josimar Salum 

With Minister of Interior of Niger and Commander of the National Guard

Xand and Giovana with the children at the opening of the hospital Play-ground
Meeting with the President of the National Sports Federation of the Blind in Niger on 2/27/2020

Xand and Giovana with the Doctors of Pediatrics together with the Hospital Board
Director General of the National Police of Niger - Meeting on 1/27/2020
Reception with Ambassador of Saudi Arabia

Thursday, January 23, 2020

If we say the Kingdom of God is only in heaven...


Hi everyone,

First, I would like to share with you some good dictionaries that may help you a lot to learn English. They can be accessed on internet or you may download the apps.

I am attaching a PDF file with a tutorial to help you use them. (see below)

The first one is a monoligual dictionary that can be Macmillan online dictionary / the free dictionary or any other you prefer.

Second, use a Thesaurus dictionary to find synonyms or antonyms which may help you faster to understand a word. (check the tutorial)

Finally, after searching for a word, try to use it in an example that is relevant to you.

I used the word HUGE in the tutorial. In the Thesaurus dictionary, one of the synonyms (similar word) is ENORMOUS

Making an example for me: Brazil is a HUGE country (very, very big/ enormous).

This is my first tip. Tell me if the tutorial is easy to understand.

A great rest to everyone.


Denise Salum
English Teacher 

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Don’t get stuck in your present. By Dr. Josimar Salum

Don’t get stuck in your present.
Dr. Josimar Salum

Reinhard Bonnke was a man of God that lived far beyond his capacity. From a small beginning in Africa he became the most successful preacher of the whole African continent. 

I posted this message he wrote:

 “When you do business with people you need money.  When you do business with God you need faith.  Faith is the currency of the Kingdom of God.”

The point is not about doing business, but the relationship with God who teaches us that Faith is the only currency of the kingdom of heaven. 

People go after money and think money is the solution of their problems. 

Faith is what we need to live. Not money. 

Men talking is money! The whole world goes after money. Money is an invention of men. Money obscures faith because faith in God supplies everything, even money. Faith in God elevates you above your existence. 

Look at this! This is faith that doesn’t accept defeat:

“Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation! The Sovereign Lord is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights.” Habakkuk‬ ‭3:17-19‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Then someone eager to prosper and overcome the challenges of life replied:  “But it's not easy for some from western countries.”

Let me encourage you as I have encouraged him. 

You are who you think you are! If you think there is no hope for you, you already have given up!

If you look around you with a pessimistic eye you will get stuck at your present position and condition. 

If you see God beyond your circumstances you will dream beyond what you see. You will exercise your faith to get beyond what you have or who you are. 

Where you are now is just a station of transition. 

I encourage you to think differently. 

When everyone around you is complaining about their life, you are seeing yourself above your problems and the problems of others. 

Be creative. You will never get stuck where you are if you move. 

You may not change how you were born, but you can change your future by changing the way you think. 

Think positively. 

You were born to become a champion and a king. 

Start ruling above your circumstances. 

Make decisions to change your life, step by step, every day you do something that will help you to fulfill your dream. 

A lion don’t die hungry. You decide you will not live the way you live. You don’t know about those around you, how they will do. That is not your reference. You know about you and you have decided to overcome in life no matter how is your situation today.

Remember! You have not arrived your destination. Circumstances may not change but you will change. SOON, very soon, you will see your existing life far away behind you. 


Friday, October 25, 2019

Don't Give Up! By Fabrice Nyenzi

Don't Give Up! By Fabrice Nyenzi

"For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength." Philippians 4:13 (NLT)

If you are being overwhelmed by circumstances, and feel as though you're losing control - don't panic! You don't have to give up and give in to the stress. 

We want to remind you that you are never alone. You have an inseparable connection with the Holy Spirit, and the same power that lives in you is the power that raised Jesus from the dead. 

Fill your mind with the promises of God; believe that what His Word says is true. Then make sure you only speak words that line up with that Word. 

Act like someone who has received the victory, not as someone who is defeated. 

The devil has been defeated concerning you, and he has no power over you - no weapon he forms against you can prosper. 

So refuse to worry and don't be fearful about your future. 

Draw close to God as you delight in His Word, so you can rise up in faith and the authority Jesus has given you as a victorious child of God. He has made you capable to overcome everything through His strength that is inside you.


Thursday, October 17, 2019

The Power of Failure By Joseph Mattera

The Power of Failure
Joseph Mattera

One of the great human freedoms is the freedom to fail and to get back up and try again! I have heard it said that before Abraham Lincoln became president of the United States, he went bankrupt and lost several local and national elections. To unleash potential, we must be willing to allow people to fail forward. Controlling others does not unleash their potential; trusting them to make mistakes and learn from those mistakes does.

Jesus was able to release potential better than anybody else, even though He had to work with people who were crude, unpolished, inexperienced leaders who often made mistakes. This was because Jesus allowed people to fail as part of their discipleship process. If Jesus were a micromanaging control freak who expected perfection from His followers, He would have failed in His mission of starting a global movement. We can see from reading the Gospels how all of His key people were entrusted with leadership even though they had a lot of rough edges and even failed when it came to some decision-making. For example, Jesus had to correct the apostles James and John for wanting to call fire down from heaven to destroy the city of Samaria because its inhabitants didn’t want to receive Jesus (Luke 9:51–56).

The apostle Peter was initially so unpredictable that within a span of minutes he went from being the first person to receive the revelation from God the Father that Jesus was the promised Messiah to attempting to talk this Messiah out of fulfilling His main mission of dying on the cross for the sins of the world. Jesus actually addressed Peter as Satan because he was under the influence of the evil one (Matt. 16:13–23). In one episode Peter went from being influenced by God to a spokesperson for the devil!

Most of us probably would have given up on a person so unpredictable. But Jesus hung in there with Peter. After His ascension, Jesus used Peter as the spokesperson of His church even after Peter gave in to temptation and denied that he ever knew Jesus (Matt. 26:69–75). Consequently Jesus restored Peter back to ministry after He rose from the dead (John 21:15–17) and was proved correct, because in just a few short weeks Peter became the leader of the newly formed church and preached that great message on the day of Pentecost that led to three thousand people committing themselves to following Christ!

I remember when I first started our ministry in 1980. We had a young man fresh out of Bible school who had an incredible heart for God and felt a call to preach the gospel. He had a lack of confidence, which manifested through excessive stuttering. Even though he could hardly get a sentence out of his mouth without stuttering, I allowed him to preach on occasion and kept encouraging him despite his obvious limitations. I never told him that he stuttered, and despite how painful it was in those beginning days to hear him preach, the Lord kept showing me to have him preach. He began to transform right before my eyes and within a few years rarely stuttered. He eventually moved to another country with his family and did such powerful missionary work that a whole nation was greatly impacted by his ministry to the leaders of the church in that island nation!

To this day he has a strong and viable ministry that would have been in jeopardy if I would have corrected him for his excessive stuttering and told him that he couldn’t preach unless he overcame his speech impediment. Most people forget that Michael Jordan, arguably the greatest basketball player of all time, was cut from his high school team and didn’t win his first (of six) championships with the Chicago Bulls until he was twenty-eight years old and in the league for about seven years! The Bulls became so dominant that most people thought that winning a championship was automatic for them, but they had to suffer many years of failure in the playoffs before they reached their potential.

Failure can actually lead to success and to the release of our potential when we can learn from our past and become wiser for the future. When we learn from our experiences, those experiences become a tool for us to grow. If we refuse to honestly assess our life and learn from our failures, we are doomed to keep repeating the same mistakes over and over and will waste years of our lives. We need to view failure in the same way that scientists view it. While our American culture glorifies success and loves its winners, as illustrated in how we worship our sports heroes, the greatest advances in science and technology came about in Western history because scientists viewed failure in an experiment as just another process in their journey of proving their hypothesis. Thus, every failure was a continuum to build upon because it narrowed down the possibilities and got closer to finding the true hypothesis. If we would only view failure as scientists do instead of how it’s viewed in sports (with a winner-take-all approach), then we would continually advance in our quest toward releasing our potential in life.

Another way of viewing failure in a positive light is by realizing that sometimes we fail because we are taking on new and greater responsibilities that challenge our mental, spiritual, and physical abilities. For example, powerlifters will attempt to lift a weight they have never successfully lifted before in order to increase their capacity for muscle strength and resistance. In doing this, they will often fail to lift it by themselves, but they will have a person spotting them who will aid them by placing a finger on the weight to help them complete a full repetition. If they only lifted weights they were comfortable with and didn’t push their muscles to failure, they would never go to the next level.

When I first learned how to ride a bike, I continually fell for three days before I was able to successfully keep my balance and ride. A baby has to fall numerous times before he or she learns to walk and has to master walking before he or she can ever begin to run.

I was encouraging a man who was discouraged because he thought he was losing ground in his faith and back- sliding because he was failing in some of the tests and temptations that were coming his way. I told him that he wasn’t losing ground spiritually because now he had more responsibility than ever before and was failing merely because the tests were getting harder and harder and revealing weaknesses in his character that he had to overcome by continuing to mature. We have to remember that when we come to a new level, there will be a new and greater devil to meet us and test us!

Amazingly enough, as I finished writing this chapter, I came across an interview with Nick Foles, the quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles. He said things in the article that line up with the principles in this chapter. I want to quote some excerpts of his interview:

“I think the big thing is don’t be afraid to fail,” Foles said. “I think in our society today, Instagram, Twitter, it’s a highlight reel. It’s all the good things. And then when you look at it, when you think like, wow, when you have a rough day, ‘My life’s not as good as that,’ (you think) you’re failing.

“Failure is a part of life. It’s a part of building character and growing. Without failure, who would

you be? I wouldn’t be up here if I hadn’t fallen thousands of times. Made mistakes.

“We all are human, we all have weaknesses, and I think throughout this, (it’s been important) to be able to share that and be transparent. I know when I listen to people speak and they share their weak- nesses, I’m listening. Because (it) resonates.

“So I’m not perfect. I’m not Superman. I might be in the NFL, I might have just won a Super Bowl, but, hey, we still have daily struggles, I still have daily struggles. And that’s where my faith comes in, that’s where my family comes in.

“I think when you look at a struggle in your life, just know that’s just an opportunity for your character to grow. And that’s just been the message. Simple. If something’s going on in your life and you’re struggling? Embrace it. Because you’re growing.”1

To summarize what I have learned about failure in life, the following are twelve principles I want to leave with you as I end this chapter. These principles are essential if we are going to have the attitude necessary to both teach and release people to unleash their potential and walk in their divine destiny. Why? Because everybody will be tested by failure—some more than others. How people react and respond to personal failure will determine whether they will be ordinary or extraordinary in life

#JSalum #ASONE

Something pleasurable in our Bubanza Province

Doing something which don't usually happen, the Governor of Bubanza Province has gathered the leaders of different parties to experience how to live in harmony. Great conversations took place. At the end they shared a drink. God bless our Governor and protect our country. — Thierry Nyomukiza #ASONE

“Love it and need more of it.” - Julie Marner #ASONE

“There is no more precious gift for BURUNDI at this moment than peace and liberty. Sincere reconciliation must take place first in your hearts. You are courageous and will not let the past dictate your future. Hearts filled with forgiveness and love will produce unity and onenesses beyond what you have seen. If everyone open their hearts a revolution of Love will spread all over the nation bringing progress, positive change and transformation. This is possible if you start and persevere do to others as you would have them do to you.” — Josimar Salum #ASONE