Posted by: Jack | December 1, 2015

Stepping Out

Commencement – it happens every year at the ETF in November. Several dozen students received their diploma in a beautiful Saturday afternoon ceremony. Bachelor graduates often continue their studies for a Master’s degree at the ETF or elsewhere, while master graduates were often already serving in ministries, some even as pastors. It is inspiring to see so many young people take up the call to ministry!

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Master student just after receiveing their diploma

Installment – this happens only rarely. Jesse, one of ETF’s graduates, had served as pastoral assistent for one year, and was now formally installed as our church’s new pastor. Some denominational leaders and a few area pastors were present for the afternoon celebration. Jesse is reputed to be the fastest pastor on bicycle – he almost attained professional status in the cycling sport some years ago. We are glad he is stepping out into ministry here in Maastricht.

Wisteria – that is less mysterious than it soundETF Building 1s. Wisteria is a huge dormitory building attached to the ETF. It houses dozens of students that study at the famous Catholic university in Leuven, although most are not religious. Every year, ETF students host an event, this year a pancake party, to meet these neighbors, build friendships and share Christ. They’re stepping out into ministry long already before they have their diplomas!

One concern that makes Pat and me step out in faith, is my mother’s health. She suffers intense pain in the last stages of her cancer (MDS). Our final farewell is coming soon, but we can entrust her into God’s hands with confidence that we’ll see each other again some day. We’re praying that she will find comfort in the thought of being with Christ, in spite of her current suffering.

Thank you for praying with us. See our prayer page for more details.


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