Posted by: Jack | January 22, 2019

30, 60 and … home!

The last months of 2018 were quite an adventure. A miracle, actually!

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Our first family Christmas picture

October marked a milestone: thirty years ago we moved to the Netherlands. We still remember arriving with a 4-month old baby on our arms. Our co-workers received us warmly, and we lived with them for two months. We found a rental home, bought a car, got settled in, and began to discover God’s call and direction in this new location. We served in two church planting adventures. Then Jack moved towards seminary teaching while Pat made a job out of her flower hobby and made many local contacts.

 

2018-12-01 13.49.34Now, 30 years later, I (Jack) just turned 60 – we still can’t believe it. And history seems to be repeating itself for we are moving again. During the last year, we sought the Lord’s direction and input from mission leaders and friends. Then, for ministry, family and financial reasons, we took the plunge and made an offer on a house in Houten, where Laura and Adriaan live (with Manuel). Two intense months followed as we worked to get the financing. With a very limited mortgage and generous gifts from our supporters, we were able to buy the house and renovate the kitchen and bathroom. We were overwhelmed and amazed at God’s goodness. Truly, this house is a gift from God! As one of Jack’s co-workers said”It’s a miracle!”

buurtcentrum nazarethDuring this time, the Maastricht church also found a new home. Last September, it became clear we had to vacate by the end of November. During that time, we worked together with another small church plant and were able to take over their meeting location, a neighborhood center. Some of these folks joined our church. So now we have a new meeting location for our services.

Our blog has been pretty quiet since last October, as our adventures left us little room for updates and news. Thanks for praying as always, even without much news from us. Jack will continue to work at the ETF as usual, although the commute will be longer. Together, we will explore new opportunities for ministry in and around Houten. The next few months will be very busy with renovating, working with contractors and then moving. Please keep praying with us and check our prayer page for updates.

Our new address will be: Reigerweide 1, 3993 CJ Houten, The Netherlands

 

 

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