Sharing stories in Colombia:


Sharing stories in Colombia

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Radical in Ecuador


Radical in Ecuador

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Oh, the beautiful mountains of Peru

Carla Peru:      "Oh how beautiful on the mountains

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Luke 10

Luke 10:

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Brazil: The Wanderer

Carla: The wanderer.

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Guyana and Suriname

Guyana and Suriname

Guyana and Suriname

Guyana? Is that in Africa? No, It's right next to Suriname. Suriname?? This is the general reaction I get when asked where I am at the moment. Luckily I have a quick explanation to clear up any confusion: It's just north of Brazil. Going into Guyana I had absolutely no idea what to expect. It's not like Jamaica or Cuba where you have a preconceived idea of what it may be like...all we knew was that there were a lot of mosquitoes (not my idea of a place I would want to be in for too long). But from the very first night we spent with Pastor Deo and them, my few expectations were completely blown away. Dining outside the church, under the beautiful starry sky with cricket sounds in the background, followed by a sing-along guitar session, I was content. Extremely content.  The only things I didn't enjoy about Guyana were the mosquitoes and the mid-day heat. But that really were the ONLY things! The rest of my experience of Guyana was the reason God led me to this journey. To enjoy life to the fullness that he offers! Enjoy the food, enjoy the people, enjoy the evangelism, the quiet times, the noisy times, the jogs (or walks), the food, the Bible study, the sermons, the helping to prepare local food and did I mention the food?? The reason why the food stood out for me in this country was not only because it was absolutely delicious, but also because it was our main "point of ministry". Being invited into many families' homes, they all blessed us by making us a part of their nightly swallowship (fellowship with food). Through that God also challenged me a lot about what it means to give and about the fact that nothing that I have is my own and all that I receive is a blessing from Him.  The last few days in Guyana our team split up and most of the team went to an Eastern town to the Pastor's brother, while Tiaan, Keneilwe and I stayed behind to wait on God to sort out Keneilwe's visa for Brazil.  Those who know the Tall Trees temperament test will understand that while our palm-tree teammates saw it as suffering to stay behind, the three Pine-trees had a much needed, QUIET holiday! After re-uniting and spending the night in Berbice, we took the first ferry to Suriname. Man, what a place that is!! It was our team's very first pioneering country and therefore our new contacts (established by our Guyana contact) had no idea what these 9 young missionaries were all about, but you would never guess that when you judge the way they welcomed us and trusted us to minister with them in church services, youth services and fellowship with the Bible School students. We were hosted at the campus of Hebron Zendelingenschool, helping out with chores, hanging out and just sharing with the students most of our time. Since Suriname is a Dutch colony, we could understand each other perfectly when we spoke slow enough, and it was a privilege to be able to build relationship through our home language. For the first time since the journey began I realized again what a journey of faith we are actually on and I knew God gave us the gift of faith in order to encourage specific people with it. One special family also touched my heart very deeply: the Boschmans family. It was as if we completely skipped the whole getting-to-know-each-other-part of a relationship, and immediately went over to loving-each-other-like-family. Opening up and sharing testimonies of God's goodness came naturally and after only a few hours of true fellowship, everybody was crying over the idea of having to part. It was a truly divine connection between our group and the family group. But they are just a few of the many people who God united us in the Spirit with and without any doubt I can say that I will never forget the people of Suriname. People of the same heart and mind, almost the same language, some similar culture and definitely the same God.  I leave Suriname refreshed with God's love for his people, but in the back of my mind I also know that a little part of my heart stays with my new friends and family. Like they would say: Ik heb een tuintjie in mijn hart voor jou, Suriname. (Foto)
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Team blog: Jamaica, land we love





Team blog: Jamaica, land we love

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Reality in Jamaica


When reality hits me in Jamaica.

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beautifully written and so true… john 16:33 in Christ we have peace and so we take heart when we experience trouble because we kno... Read More
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Intentionally living in Cuba


 

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Training

Just an update on a few things that happened during the rest of training. It's hard to tell you what stood out for me, because when I think about it, every teaching, conversation, situation and project had a certain impact on me during  this time of training. I can't really admit that any one meant more or less for me than the other. Since my last newsletter we did the Veritas 1 Bible study coarse, we had many mind-altering teachings from different speakers, we had a ladies' (and men's) weekend where we discovered some radical truths and enjoyed the company of sisters, Paul and I got baptized, we went on our first Luke 10 journey and came back with awesome testimonies of revelations, provision and the power of prayer, we worked a little and LEARNED A LOT!  In my personal journey God has been teaching me about the difference of living under law and living under his grace. We have been breaking down lies I didn't even know I believed and carving amazing truths into my heart that brought healing and incomparable peace.Obviously, this hasn't been the easiest of roads to follow, and many difficult choices needed to be made and kept to. But God showed me a very important truth through this: With obedience follows blessing. I am blessed in so many ways and receive things I never even asked for, just because God loves showing his children that he loves them!  It has also been great seeing some family, friends and mentors before our first flight out to the nations, but it also made me realize how much I have already changed and will continue changing and growing in the next 9 months. As I'm writing this, I'm sitting on the second of 3 flights to Cuba. Everything is so terribly exciting and i think the reality of our journey is still not completely fixed in my mind. Either way, I am ready to see God do some awesome things in South America.  I have posted a few photos of training on facebook, and so did Global Challenge Expedition's page. You are welcome to go look at my blog on the final feedback of our building project tasks as well as reading some fellow Global students' experiences of training on www.gcex.org Thanks for all of the support through prayers! I know it is never in vain. I also ask that you will keep on praying for me, my journey group, the nation of Cuba as well as all of the other journey groups spreading the love of God throughout the world! If you want to know more specifics on what you can intercede for us, my dad will be glad to share a bit more detail on your reply. 
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