Saturday, April 3, 2010


It has been indeed a very busy but a wonderful month! We are grateful while looking back at what the Lord has done and are very eager to share with you…

Looking Back at March

Serving together with the team from Iowa:
We had a team from Iowa serve with us from the 12th till the 21st of March. What a wonderful time it was! The Lord put together a great team. As a team we served together at the Christian University and at the local school in our neighborhood. It was a wonderful time of serving.
On Thursday a part of the team which was at school got kicked out. The principle of the school knew that we were sharing the Gospel during the basketball program however she chose to close her eyes to that fact since no one complained. But on Wednesday a grandfather of one of the kids called a local TV station to come and cover a story as to how the kids are being “brainwashed” by “westerners”. The school did not let the TV guys in but they “evacuated” us through the back door and told us not to come back to do the program again. The teachers apologized profusely for what had happened but could do nothing to stop the principle from making this decision. Up to that point we had already shared the Gospel with 200-300 kids and were very grateful to the Lord for letting us have that privilege.
Altogether we had a wonderful time of serving together as the “Living Hope” Church from Odessa (church we are busy planting) and the Church from Clear Lake, Iowa. What a joy to see Churches come together and working alongside for the sake of the Gospel.

Looking Back at March

Guys group

On the 7th of March we had another guys’ night and it seemed to go really well. We had the highest attendance this last time. We had a few computers running some games, a board game and Wii tournaments. It was a lot of fun and good relationship builders. It also exposed the areas where we still have to work on. We need to encourage and be a model to the guys-believers from our Church to reach out to the unbelievers who come to the “Guys’ night”. We have invited those who came to participate in the events that we had to offer along with the team from Iowa during the upcoming week. A lot of them came…

Looking Back at March

English Club... in our area

The English Club keeps growing in size and in a sense becomes more of a family. People at the club meet one another and become good friends. It is great to see. Some of the English Club attendees have joined us during the week of the ministry we had with the team from Iowa. It was great! We are working on deepening our relationships and praying for wisdom to use the opportunities the Lord presents to share Christ with them.

Current Matters March

Us 3

Mikael continues to be a great joy to his mom and dad. We are so grateful to the Lord for him. It has been a month of discoveries for him. Amongst many other things he has discovered that if he hits the water while he bathes it will splash and if he hits it harder it will splash even more. While he was testing this principle his mom got really wet :). If you would like to see more photos of Mikael you can go to of us got sick with the cold this past week. I got sick first, then Anneke and now Mikael started showing signs of sickness as well.

Both Anneke and I are still growing in the realization of our roles as parents and still need a lot of wisdom in that.

Current Prayer Requests- March

Please pray
• For Vadim, a friend from the English Club- that he would come to know the Lord as his personal Lord and Savior
• For the situation with the school in our neighborhood and the wisdom as to what to do next
• For the follow up with the students who have heard the Gospel throughout the time the Iowa team was here
• For wisdom to care for Mikael.
• For wisdom and discipline to continue to devote ourselves to one another as spouses while having very busy lives.