Short, Short, Short Update

September 25, 2009

Just letting you all know we’re going to be in London for the next week with Kate’s parents (hence the radio silence for the last week).

On a side note to an already short note, I thought I’d post the books I’ve been reading over the past couple months for anyone interested.  Its been a thought provoking couple of months, and while I don’t agree with everything in these books, they’ve at least helped me re-engage some great ideas for Cross Culture and our mission here. So, in the order I read them, here they are:

Tomorrow I’ll be having dinner in a British pub!  Enjoy the posts I’ve written for this week, and we’ll be back from our internetless journey to the UK next Friday!

Being Church UPDATE #2

August 1, 2009

Andre (the neighbor of the nearly comatose man Pete we prayed for a week and a half ago) called last night with bad news: Pete has passed away.  We don’t know what happened or what God had in mind during the short apparent miraculous recovery time Pete experienced, but we’re trusting it was not without purpose and benefit.  One day perhaps we will meet Pete again.

Please continue to pray for Pet’s family (two adult kids and wife) as they deal with his passing and all the arrangements needing to be made as they mourn.  Also, pray that Andre and his wife Stella can be a comfort to them in whatever ways the need–food, counsel, comfort, whatever.  Thanks.

Morning Number Two in Holland

November 10, 2008

First off, I can’t believe that we’ve only been here for two mornings.  Already it seems like we’ve been here for much longer.  Secondly, I’m pretty pleased with how we’re making the time zone transition so far.  Let me bring you up to speed.

Though we we’re sad to say our goodbyes at the airport on Friday (thanks for the note Ethan, Krista and parentals!), we had an awesome flight over.  The whole ten hours I think Jude probably slept for at least six hours and hardly cried once! (just one single yelp while waiting to eat!)  Thanks for your prayers for us there, they made a huge difference!
Our Current Home

The second story just above the guy next to the windows on the right is just below the apartment where we are staying on the second story.

Our first day here was a lot better than years past, but still a pretty miserable feeling day, with the time change and all.  Following an alright night of sleep, that started at eight and was interupted at 3:30 am when Jude decided it was morning, we had a great time at Cross Culture Calvary Chapel, our new church home, where we also spoke.  Yesterday, we mostly spent hanging with Tom and Zilka our hosts, just hanging and resting for the journey. 

You can be praying for us today as we begin the visa process (and discover what all we’ve forgotten to bring…).  Please be praying for us through this process as we go through what I’m anticipating will an agonizingly slow of transitioning into making Holland home–and this all with the three of us all having colds!  

Thanks for praying for us!  We lean on your prayers daily and look forward to the great things God has planned here in Holland!

One-Time Update!

October 27, 2008

Just a quick update tonight before we head to bed: as of last night our one-time costs have officially been covered!  That’s right, the $24,000 journey to having all of our start-up costs has concluded, and now we’re within sight of our departure!  

The most obvious question on everyone’s mind at this point (I would guess) is, So when are you going to leave?  The answer to that question is dependent on two things.  The first factor is determined by how long it takes our supporters to let Worldventure know they will be supporting us on-goingly.  Provided all the right paperwork gets in through the course of the next couple days, we could be buying tickets as early as the end of the week.  Should this happen, we are faced with the other factor: how long we’re going to need to be ready to go.  As of now, our most likely dates for departure are either November 7th or 14th.  

God has been amazingly faithful in bringing us to this point and we are sooo excited to be following him on in to the new things he has in store for us!

Update From Hoofdorp

August 21, 2008

As we are eagerly waiting to get to the Netherlands we enjoy every snippet of new we can get. Today Stan (pastor of Cross Culture Calvary Chapel in Hoofdorp) sent out an update that I thought you would enjoy reading.  Contact me if you’d like to read the whole thing, but I’m just including the church news portion for brevity’s sake.  Enjoy!
MINISTRY
The Lord is blessing us in ways that we couldn’t have imagined a couple of years ago.  We have a wonderful group of people who call themselves Cross Culture Calvary Chapel.
The Lord is raising up leaders from amongst our adults and our youth.  It’s not only beautiful to see this happening right before my eyes, but it’s a huge blessing to me personally because much of the (practical) ministry is being done by these saints; this allows/enables me to focus more on the ministry of prayer and the Word.
As most of you know we have a thriving youth group that genuinely desires to know and serve Jesus.  The group consists of about 20+ young people between the age of 12-21.  Joey and Kate Wulf, who just had their first child, Jude, will be joining our ministry team in October 2008.  Joey will be our Youth Pastor (https://joewulf.wordpress.com ).  Nathan and Anna Younger will be joining our team as well in October  2008 and will be serving in various capacities including music, youth, audio-visual and other practical stuff.
We are blessed to have our team strengthened by these young couples.
This summer we had two young people, Arto Vinkka and Shey Macnack visit CrossRoads Community Church in Vancouver WA for three weeks.  They participated in Jr. High Camp and were assigned as small group leaders.  The highlight of the camp for Arto was when a 13 year old ‘pain in the neck’ boy gave his heart to Jesus.  He was baptised the the following week!
They also participated in the preparations for a summer outreach to The Netherlands.  This was pretty cool because we now had two of our own young people help prepare for the outreach and summer camp that CrossRoads was doing with our church.
Arto and Shey really served as ‘bridge-builders’ between our two churches.
The team that came out from CrossRoads held a one-week summer discipleship camp with a small number of our own teens.  It was an awesome time of fellowship, Bible study and relationship building.  The Lord also used this week to bring about positive changes in the hearts and minds of our young people.
We also had a young lady named Alicia Smith, a missions training student from CCBC in Hungary stay and serve with us for five weeks.  She was an absolute blessing and joy to Marnie and myself.  She served selflessly and was up for everything.
Two of our three home fellowships are doing very well.  The one that isn’t doing as well lacks mature leadership, so Stan will be taking it over and training up a man named Tom Gerritsen to lead it.
Our Wednesday morning prayer times are really blessed.  We start at 06:00 a.m. sharp and finish right at 07:00 a.m. as most of us have to go to work afterwards.  It’s amazing to me that both young and old gather once a week for early morning prayer.  There’s usually between 8-12 people who show up and the Lord meets us there every time.  We’ve seen so many of our prayers get answered, that it only encourages us to pray more.  The Lord is good!
On September 7th we will be moving to a new meeting place for our Sunday services.  The present location doubled the rent last October and it simply got to be too expensive for us to meet there.  So we found a place that’s even better for us and will save us around 400 euros per month.
In the fall Stan plans on starting a mid-week Bible study in the bungalow and a men’s discipleship class.  Marnie is planning on starting a monthly women’s meeting.
There’s lots of work to be done and so we must be good stewards of our time, remain focused and hard working.
Stan and Marnie Marinussen

May Update

May 2, 2008

            Two weeks ago on a Thursday I found myself sitting at a table with two recovering meth addicts.  The topic for discussion?  Fatherhood.  “She’s gunna say a lot of things she don’t mean”  “Just hope you don’t have a colicky baby!”  I had to laugh.  “Am I really getting parenting advice from ex-meth heads?”  The conversation couldn’t have lasted more than twenty minutes, but I found myself walking away with more than a smile on my face.  God is at work in the lives of these two dads, restoring them to fatherhood.  For me it was one of those this-is-what-salvation-is-all-about moments where the work of the cross is so beautifully fleshed out in the broken lives of people so carefully pieced together again by the Maker. 

            Whew!  Just twenty-four weeks left until Kate and I (and baby Jude) plan to catch a plane to Holland—and the clock is ticking!  In preparation of zero hour, we will be hosting a senders training night May 22 at 7:00 pm in Crossroads’ family room.  Once we are gone, we will be heavily dependant on our senders not only for financial and pray needs, but also for practical, technical and moral support—this is what we will be gathering to explore.  We look forward to seeing you there as we collaboratively craft an integral part of the support system which makes our going to Holland possible! 

            Thank you for your fervent prayers on our behalf.  They are a comfort and strength to 

us daily.  Here are some of our current needs:
  •  BUSYNESS: things are heating up as we head toward a packed summer schedule—pray for balance.
    • SUMMER MISSIONS: with the teams populated we now begin the real logistical heavy lifting
    • BABY JUDE—only 15 weeks left!       

                   

                Thanks for your prayers and help along this journey of faith.  We look forward to getting together with you all on the 22nd!

                JW

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