Dear church family!
Warm greetings from Nijkerk! I have now moved from the village of The Hague – which is the size of a city, to the quaint city of Nijkerk – which is the size of a village. This dates from the Middle Ages, but the people in Nijkerk take their city rights still pretty seriously. ?
I live in a caravan on a camp ground. When Bethany comes back she can tell you all about it. We spend last weekend together and had a blast! After lunch Saturday we biked to the next village, called Voorthuizen, where I was born a few moons ago. I showed her the house where I made my entrance into the world.
We continued to another village and saw sand sculptures, like a variation of building your sandcastle on the beach. Only here they depicted farm life as well as a number of games. We biked around 40 miles that day, through beautiful farm land and woods.
Sunday we spend in Utrecht, visiting the local Anglican church. I introduced Bethany to our Dutch snack, friet – fries with sauce. Then we walked around the city center and took a boat trip on the canals. We rounded it of with a delicious meal at an Afghan restaurant.
I am so glad she was able to come, it was a great encouragement for me.
Since three weeks I work in the warehouse of Picnic, which is an online supermarket that started only one and a half years ago. My job is to put plastic bags in crates so they are ready to receive shopping items. It’s pretty tough on the body.
I am now part of a church called House of Heroes, which is a partner of Iris Global. There are about 650 members, people coming from all over the Netherlands. After Summer I will start participating in various ways. For now I am trying to get to know people and adapt to all changes.
The caravan life is fine in Summer, but I was stressed out because come September it is going to be too cold and I was warned that it would cost me an arm and a leg, i.e. hundreds of euros, to keep warm. There is a severe shortage of housing in this area. Prices consequently are pretty high. Whenever something becomes available, it is gone in a moment. Sounds pretty desperate, eh? But for God! He is just so amazing in His ways! My team leader at work had invited me over to her place for dinner and use of her WiFi. Her boyfriend was there too, and he has some connections. He emailed his landlord asking if he had anything available. And… he had! One room, with a little kitchen in the corner, on the first floor, and a bathroom with toilet and shower on the second. I went to look at it and talk with the owner. The end result: I will move in August 16th! I am so grateful for God’s provisions – a job, temporary housing and now permanent housing!
I will send pictures when I am able. Unfortunately my phone died after I came back to Brazil and I make do with an old smart phone with limited abilities.
For now I want to ask you to give thanks with me for the great things God is doing and has done for me! I am so grateful! ?
I also request prayers for healing in my body – my right shoulder and arm were initially doing okay, but I am now using pain killers as it is bothering me a lot. I would love for this problem to finally be resolved. Besides that, please pray for smooth transitions, the last two months have been pretty rough.
And last but not least: I really like to hear from YOU! I love knowing what is going on and what I can pray for you. I miss you all a lot. Once I move I will have WiFi, so I can Skype again! ?
Peace and Joy in Him!