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News from Esther, the young missionary from India that Bless Holland has supported. See and read Esther’s story of her Outreach in Israel and India before she goes home to India in June.
Bless Holland has supported Esther John for her Outreach with the YWAM to Israel and Russia. We pray that she will be able to be blessed by this training and bring what she’s learned home to India. Read Esther’s own story:
Bless Holland supported a young lady, Sarah Adeyinka with her Masters education in Peacebuilding in the UK. Please read Sarah’s own story of what she does and see some photos showing who Sarah is and what she is doing.
My name is Sarah Adeyinka, I’m from Nigeria, and my heart is for justice in diverse forms. From a young age, justice was something that was important to me; I wanted to see the right things done, and right wrongs where possible. That desire to see justice has grown in me over the years and is manifest in many different ways now.
I do anti/counter trafficking work, and one of my focuses is educating people about the global sex trade; i.e. the pornography industry, prostitution, and human trafficking for sexual exploitation, what our current response is as Christians, and what it should be.
I have a B.A in Counseling and I’m currently enrolled in an online M.A in Peacebuilding. I am learning about conflict resolution, peacemaking, peacebuilding, and so much more. I can already see how this will impact my work and ministry. At the moment I work with Youth With A Mission Amsterdam as a full time volunteer staff, I partner with other organizations, and I am excited to see God open even more doors for me.
God bless you as you do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with Him.
Board Member, LeeWee Rietberg-Chew organized an event at the Utrecht University of Applied Science with guest speaker, Mr Richard van der Kolk, lead pastor of Hillsong Church of Amsterdam.
July – Aug, 2015
Nicole, an intern from NL at Bless’ mission training.
Mission training at Bless Bethanie in France, kicked-in at the beginning of July 2015 with two teams of 10 getting ready to seek out people of peace in Livarot and Caen. A highlight was serving on the Mayor’s welcome team for the Tour de France in Livarot, running face-painting and other kids activities through the day. The town has never looked more festive and it was a privilege to be involved in this significant event. The Livarot team then ran a week of ‘Fun in the Park’ and of activities for our ‘Petits Pas’ toddler group, alongside prayer and worship in the streets and Bible study in local cafés. The Caen team worked for the first time alongside ‘Cap Sport’, a local association running sports activities for children whose families could not afford to go on holiday.
All of this took place against a backdrop of continued growth and development of our church(es) in Livarot and Caen. We’ve seen new people joining us from both places and are looking within the next few months to establish a rhythm of Sunday gatherings in two locations. Our interns have been massively helpful in this, building relationships in both communities and in particular helping to establish the student group in Caen. Thanks and Bon Voyage to Ashley, Jorit, Nicole, Sam, Anna and Claire…
January – May, 2015
24-7 Prayer NL
What if Dutch students all got together on their knees?
What will happen when students give God first place in their lives and ask Him to restore and heal our land?
24-7 Prayer NL and Bless would like to see answers to these questions. Therefore we are organizing 2KRON714: from late January till mid May where students will pray non-stop for 2015 hours.
By doing this we believe students will encounter God in a fresh, new and powerful way and we hope that God will give them a heart to restore our land. After all…many revivals in the history of the church began with students who started to pray.
Each student city adopts a week or weekend between the end of January 2015 till mid-May 2015. During this week they invite the local student community to come together and pray for an hour or more in their prayer room. So we’ll see sixteen weeks of prayer in different places in the Netherlands. We kick off at Focus weekend where more than 1000 students will be present. At the end of May we’ll close this period of prayer with a celebration in Rotterdam. Gerard Kelly from Bless will speak at this event.
The students who are organizing these local prayer weeks are supported by the national team from 24-7 Prayer NL and Bless.
Should you wish to help with prayers and financing this project, please let us know and contact :
LeeWee Rietberg of Stichting Bless Holland about helping with the funding (+31612509890 // firstname.lastname@example.org).
How we see coals while God sees diamonds
On Thursday, 13th November, Gerard Kelly gave a keynote address to students from the Utrecht University of Applied Sciences on Leadership and “how we see coals while God sees diamonds”.
This is one of the initiatives done by Bless Holland in conjunction with the University to get students involved and have a heart for God and for the Netherlands.