The CWOW home
Well, the contract is signed and it’s official now: the last weekend of March we will make the move!
We already drove up there a couple of times, with a trailer full of stuff we don’t need here for now.
The owners are so kind to let us do that. They themselves are busy packing and sorting things out, as we are…still a lot to do!
The garden around the house is beautiful, but big and it will be a lot of work to maintain it. So glad we have people in our network that promised to help us with the garden. Any help is so welcome!
The house itself is beautiful maintained and needs no work, no painting and such, which is a blessing!
Although the owners leave some furniture in the home, because they downsize, we still have to buy for instance beds, mattresses and bedding. We need the home to be fully done before the conference in May, because there will be people from abroad who will stay with us before and after the conference.
So any financial help in that is very welcome!
I am so happy we have time to adjust to the new situation! It feels a bit like being pregnant: those 9 month are so needed to prepare for the new situation, also mentally. You who have children, know what I mean JThat’s the way it feels to me(Ank) too; so nice of the Father to give us time to prepare and adjust!
Wil is looking for a job close to our new home, but he wants to work less hours than he does now and we’re trusting the Father to provide in our needs as well. We will have more time then to travel and to host people and to do what we need to do.
A new season for many
There is a new season coming for many of us, not just for us. We see people moving to other homes, area’s, looking for other jobs. The sense of something new…a transition…so we’re exited to see the plans of the Father unfolded! It’s all about Him and His plans, especially in the times we’re living in.
What a privilege to be alive now!
What the Lord spoke to us, in 1980, is coming to pass: “The testimonies of My first witnesses will also be the testimonies of My last witnesses.” Read the book of Acts, it’s all about relationships, getting to know people and they get to know you. As it is said: ‘trust is the currency of ministry.’ In ministry, we minister based on trust. People look for you to be genuine and if they don’t trust you, they don’t receive from you. But trust has to be earned. When you read the first and second letter of Paul to the Thessalonians, you’ll see how Paul behaved himself and what kind of person he was among them; what an example!
Carsten applied for a job in Prague and yesterday, November 30th the company called him, saying he’s got the job! So we’re all very exited…and a bit stressed…they want him there this month.
So he needs to find a place to stay, preferably a shared apartment, to save money for the wedding in June. The great thing is that Nasta can join him after they are married, which would be a problem here in the Netherlands. As you know, she is from Belarus, which is not a Shengen country, what makes it difficult to enter the Netherlands.
But when they have lived together for 6 month or more, in Prague, she is able to legally come and live in the NL, without all the hassle we would have to go through to get her here.
So that is great!
Nasta is exited, she always wanted to live in Prague and Carsten has to work for that company for at least 1,5 year. We’ve never been there so far, but that will change!
So wonderful to see how the Lord orders our steps, and made provision beforehand!
Last month we were in Lt for a couple of days, visiting different housechurches and individuals and it was a great and blessed trip.
Thank you, Tadas, for arranging everything so wonderful, as you always do and a lot of thanks to the people that hosted us and were such a wonderful host!
Lithuania feels like our second home and the people there are in our hearts.
We learn so much from them, the hospitality, caring for one another, the love there is between them, you guys are such an examples! And not to forget the food!
We had Michael Wittenberg, from the Netherlands, joining us. He and his family are part of CWOWI and Michael had the opportunity to travel together with us. It was his first time to Lithuania and he will share a bit about his experiences:
Lithuania trip 3-8 Nov. 2016 by Michael Wittenberg
In the beginning of November I accompanied Will and Ank to a sort trip to Lithuania. Together we visited different house churches and I made new friends. The first day we arrived we went to the 2nd city of Lithuania named Kaunas. This was my first time to this country so it was very special.
We stayed with a great family. The first day we visited a church meeting in the evening where I gave my testimony and also Wil and Ank shared from their heart. In this church we met a pastor who is in the prison-ministry for about 13 years and he is visiting the prison in Kaunas about 3 times a week. Many prisoners came to the Lord over a period of time and were also baptized there. In the prison I could chare my testimony to a group and share the gospel. At the end we could pray for them both as a group but also individually for different needs. It was pretty impressive to see a prison in this country from the inside and I can imagine it would be very different than a prison for example in the Netherlands.
Later that day we would travel by car from Kaunas to the capital Vilnius were we would stay the remaining days with another host family. During this trip we stopped at an ex-prisoners house where he was living with his mother. A dish was already prepared for us and we a good time of worshipping the Lord and sharing. The mother who was 75-years of age gave her heart to the Lord that night and also the nephew of this brother and we could pray with them.
After an impressive day we continue and met our other host family that evening and the next day (Saturday) we had a wonderful house church meeting in their house with about 25 people from different age. During this meeting I shared myself how I came to the journey of discovering and participating house church. Also I went with Tadas to the Christian radio station he is working for and my testimony was recorded and will be broadcasted in December on this radio station.
On Sunday we went with the train back to Kaunas where we met we some older ladies and shared with each other. Later we went in the evening to another meeting and met nice Christians in a church meeting. Some of them came all the way from India and one brother had a encouraging (prophetic) word for me.
Last day was more relaxing and we spend some quality time in the morning with our host family and Vaidotas brought us to a nice shopping mall where I could buy some nice (chocolate) stuff to bring home.
All together it was a great experience and we had a blessed time. We could encourage a lot of people and were also encouraged ourselves. Lithuania is a beautiful country and I hope to visit you again.
Some pictures from the Lithuanian trip:
Thank you for praying for us and our family, so much appreciated.
A merry Christmas to all and may the peace of the Lord dwell in your hearts and homes!
Love and blessings,
Wil and Ank
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