Francois Vosloo and his wife, Karen, helped to establish Operation Mobilisation's work in Southern Africa.
Francois Vosloo, a leader with Operation Mobilisation who has spent 30+ years ministering based in South Africa, will be the featured speaker at Palm Beach Atlantic University’s fall commencement at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.
The event is open to graduates and guests who hold tickets. Nearly 250 candidates for bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the West Palm Beach, Orlando, Wellington and online campuses will participate in the ceremony.
Vosloo has dedicated 38 years of service to OM punctuated by his leadership of what would become OM’s African mission.
Vosloo, along with his wife, Karen, were asked to help establish OM’s work in Southern Africa in 1983, leading to the establishment of OM Africa and its headquarters in Pretoria, South Africa. From there, he oversaw the rapid expansion of OM’s mission throughout the region. Vosloo was responsible for overseeing the work of the Africa staff of OM, eventually taking the position of associate international director of OM. In this capacity, he helped to oversee the work of 6,000 workers in more than 100 countries around the world. He also served on the International Executive Council.
For two years, he additionally was tasked with the leadership of one of OM‘s ships, the MV Doulos, directing a staff of 350 from 50 different countries. The ship, which delivers aid and educational materials to the world’s neediest people, has seen more than 21 million visitors during its tenure through visits to over 500 ports of call reaching every continent. In all, the ship traveled more than 350,000 miles – a distance far greater than from Earth to the moon.
Vosloo now begins a new endeavor in conjunction with Boca Raton Community Church. Driven by the desire to see people reach their God-given potential, he and his wife have a goal to train the next generation of Christian leaders to impact ministry in Latin America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Their vision is to equip them not only with abilities for evangelism and teaching, but also leadership and moral skills as well as tools to create sustainable ventures throughout the world.
Francois and Karen Vosloo are parents to two sons, Francois Jr., who has completed a degree in process engineering, and Philip, who is completing a graduate degree in adventure tourism management.
OM's role is to mobilize people to share the knowledge of Jesus and His love with every generation in every nation. OM pioneers and leads initiatives to redeem lives, rebuild communities and restore hope in over 110 countries.