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We have great news!
A couple of weeks ago you received an email from us, with an introduction by John, about an opportunity for us to move to a bigger home.
In case you missed this email, let us know and we will send it to you.
From then on things went fast! People responded to our request and within a couple of days commitments/pledges to support us for one year came in, which was a wonderful confirmation and encouragement! And not just from the Netherlands and Europe, but also from the USA and some gave us a one time donation, which is very helpful too!
Three kids/teenagers from the same family heard about the home and wanted to give from their own pocket money! What a blessing, thanks guys!
And a big thank you to everyone who has pledged to give!
In the last email we showed you some pictures from a house in Asch, but that house did not work out. The same day we found out this one would not be our home, we heard about another house, through CWOWI friends.
We got in touch with the owners, who are Christians and for years pastored a church. They used the house, a renovated farmhouse, for the ministry. They hosted a lot of people nationally and internationally and are pleased the house will be used for the Lord in the same way again!
This house is so much better, so we are pleased now the other house did not work out. It is located in the countryside, no close neighbors, plenty of bed-and bathrooms, a big garden and a separate big room to do conferences and such (pictures are below). Really a retreat! We can do there, without any problems, what we want to do, which is hosting people from the Netherlands and abroad, mini-conferences, teachings and so on, you name it!
When Wil and I drove home, after our visit to the owners and seeing the house, we looked at each other and said: Pinch me, is this a dream?!
A Scripture came to mind, Psalm 126:1,2:
‘…we were like those that dream (it seemed so unreal). Then were our mouths filled with laughter and our tongues with singing. Then they said among the nations: The Lord has done great things for them!’ (Amplified version)
The Lord will be magnified, it’s all about Him and His plans and purposed!
The owners will move out end of January and that’s the timeframe we will make the move. So we have more time to sort things out here and pack things, which is good.
This house is located close to Zwolle, the name of the village is Herxen, close to Olst-Wijhe. More to the north from were we live now, but familiar, because Wil was born in Olst J and the first years of our marriage we lived in Deventer, a nearby city.
It’s a bit further to the airports, but we live in the Netherlands….everything is close by! Lol
Carsten finished his test and graduation assignment and did well. This week a final interview and end of September will be his graduation! We are all happy!
After that he has to look for a job and he needs at least a one year contract to be able to have Nasta come over here. His fiancée is from Belarus. Belarus is not part of the Shengen countries, which makes it a bit more complicated.
She was granted a one year visa, meaning she can stay here for a maximum of 90 days. So they will make plans soon for an upcoming wedding.
Please pray for the right job for Carsten, thank you!
Ephesians 1:4,5 says that the Father chose us before the foundation of the world and predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ.
Galatians 4:5 says: ‘…to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons’.
Is it not interesting that we are adopted? In my mind, to be adopted is not the same as having a natural child…
there are TV-shows where adopted children are looking for their birth parents, feeling a sort of ‘second-handed’ if you know what I mean.
But it is interesting what the dictionary mentions about adoption: The acceptance of a person as a child. In legal terms adoption is the break of family relationship between biological parents and their child and the establishment of a new legally valid family relationship between the adoptive parents and the child, with all rights and obligations that go with it.
Wow! The break of…He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love! (Colossians 1:13)
We are His legal sons and daughters! Not only that, but He chose us before the foundation of the world! (Ephesians 1:4)
Besides that, the Father has rights and obligations, and we as His children have rights and obligations.
What are the rights of a child? A right to live, to love, food, shelter, protection, education, personal opinion and so on. You can find a lot information on the web, very interesting. So you could say: The rights of a child are the parents (the Father’s) obligations.
It’s the duty of the Father to take care of His children and because He adopted us, He choose to do this, out of His free will, amazing!
That is why Matthew 6:25-34 says: ‘Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?...For your heavenly Father knows that you need all of these thing!’
He is our Father! He chose to be our Father and therefore it’s His duty to take care of His children.
But, a father has rights too: to be respected, right to obedience, to comply with the (house)rules…that makes you think, right?
So, we are adopted, bought with a price (adopting is expensive) and our ‘biological parent’ has no right to us.
We are legally His children and we can call Him ‘Abba, Father’.
Religion calls Him God, family calls Him Father…
It is His duty to take care of us but also to teach us. He loves us the way we are, but He loves us too much to leave us the way we are. So grow up in Him and trust Him to be the best Father there is and ever will be.
Be blessed and thank you all for your prayers and support!
Wil and Ank