We have been asked to write a newsletter about what’s happening, and we’ve done so now and then, but not regularly.
But from now on we will give you updates about what we are doing and what’s happening in Europe.
Spring has begun, and vacation time is over. We hope you all had a very good time of rest during the summer!
As most of you know, Wil and I, together with our youngest son Carsten, have been in the States for 3 ½ weeks. We visited our daughter Elsbeth, her husband Mat and their lovely daughter Zoe.
We so enjoyed it! It was great seeing Zoe in ‘real life’ and not only by Skype. Last time we saw her was 2 years ago, and she was 2 at that time.
And off course seeing Elsbeth and Mat was great too!
Together we drove down to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where John and Barb live. Elsbeth and Mat live in Laurel, Montana.
We drove about 20 hours, one way and even a long trip like that was fun, being together in the truck. I (Ank) had the honour to drive in Mat and Elsbeth truck, which was for me the first time, driving in the States. I really enjoyed it, it’s so much easier driving there than here, with all the busy traffic.
We had a meeting in Tulsa with other leaders from the network, who live there or not far from Tulsa, on Saturday. It was very good to meet people, some of them for the first time, others are long time friends. We shared about what is happening in Europe and about what the Lord is doing. It was encouraging to hear that people are praying for us here in Europe and are involved in what we are doing.
After that meeting, we spent a couple of days with John and Barb, and we also met Chris for the very first time!
We heard a lot about him, as you all have, but we’ve never been able to meet him. He is a great person, very lovely. He like Zoe, and called her ‘Rosie’ because he could not pronounce her name. So cute!
This was also the first time we visited John and Barb in their ‘lake house’. It’s beautiful there!
That Sunday (July 21) was my birthday and they all surprised me with nice presents! Amy, John and Barb’s daughter in law, made a wonderful cake for me! She is the one that is doing the website, shipments and a lot of work in the office. It was a birthday to never forget!
We also went on John’s boat, even Chris, although he did not like it at first, but later on he had a lot of fun.
After that an other road trip, but now to the north, to Montana!
Back in Laurel, we visited another house church in Bozeman, 2 hours from Laurel. They are part of the network. A nice group of people!
It’s great to see that the Lord is doing the same thing all over the world: relationship based faith, being real, and caring for one another.
And finally, after 3 ½ weeks, we had to say goodbye…
Mixed feelings….good to go home, but sad to say goodbye…so thankful for Skype!
Wil has gone back to work, and things are back to normal.
We are busy doing the work of the Lord: Skype with people, emailing, visiting, translating etc. There are some new contacts we have to follow up.
We will visit Monique and Lorna the first weekend of November, and in January we will go to Lithuania, to visit Tadas and other friends there, and new people who started to do housechurch. The churches there are growing, so please pray for them! We hope to see some of them in April.
We would like to visit all of you, see how you are doing, being there for you, encouraging one another.
Know that you are not alone, there are a lot more people doing the same thing, all over the world, and in the Netherlands and Europe!
We would like to hear from you!
Please pray for us, pray for John and Barb.
For those who support us financially, a big thank you! It makes such a difference, we could not do what we do now, if it wasn’t for you!
I was thinking about the story of David and the Amalekites, (1 Samuel 30). Two hundred men stayed behind and did not go with David to battle. The ones who did go, said they would not give the others any of the spoil, but David said: ‘as his part is who goes down to the battle, so shall his part be who stays by the supplies; they shall share alike.’ So it was from that day forward.
We are partners together in the Kingdom of our Lord!
Love from us, and grace and peace from our Father,
Wil and Ank