Partner Newsletter
August 2018
Dear partner,
Warm greetings from the office in Driebergen. 

As the summer is slowly coming to an end in the Netherlands we look back, gratefully, at a time of relaxation and possibility to recharge our batteries. We are grateful that we have been given this opportunity to take a step back, look at what the Lord has done during the past year and to prepare for the year ahead.

Next week, the schools will be starting again, church activities will commence, working life may become more intense. We don’t know the circumstances that you are in right now. Whether God has blessed you with a period of joy and peace or whether you are in a period of uncertainty and worry. May Romans 8:28 be your stronghold in both: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” As you are called according to His purpose, you may rest in His promise. All times, good and bad, He will make together for your good. 

In the beginning of 2018, changes in government policies led to many protests in Nicaragua. Over the months, more followed. The local police forces responded very strongly, leaving the country in a state of unrest. Over time, these protests have led to over 170 deaths and left more than 1500 people wounded. The effects seep through in all areas of daily life. Many people have lost their jobs, children cannot go to school and societal life has come to a halt due to all the barricades.

In Nicaragua, the GZB is partnered with Iglesia Reformada. The burden on the local church is very heavy as many members have lost their source of income and daily life is now coloured by worry about safety and uncertainty. Please pray for peace and rest in Nicaragua and that the local churches may be a light and stronghold in these times of uncertainty. 
“Whoever welcomes a child like this, welcomes Me”
In Mark 9 we read about Jesus’ love for children when He says: “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in My name welcomes Me, and whoever welcomes Me does not welcome Me but the One who sent Me.” How important it is to lead our children to Jesus. The Dutch Sunday School Union guides many churches throughout the whole of the Netherlands in their Sunday School Programs. These teach the children about God and His unending love while the parents attend regular church. During Sunday school, the children often donate a little money as well. This year, the total amount that has been collected by the children so far resulted in an amount of € 18 428, and the amount is still growing.

This money was sent to the children of a church in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. It will be used to build the classrooms that are needed for both, regular elementary school and Sunday school. We are grateful that the Lord is teaching these children already what it means to be members body of Christ. 
Programmatic way of working
Many of you have joined us over the past few months in our journey towards a programmatic way of working instead of the project-oriented way of working. We are very grateful for this change and the new opportunities that it provides. It is beautiful to see how together, as partners, the commitment and contact becomes even deeper. It shows again that methaphorically speaking, a lot of sticks tied together in a bundle are stronger and harder to break than each stick individually. We are looking forward to seeing how the impact of all of our work will increase as we slowly combine our forces and invite Jesus in the center of it all. 



Praise and prayer

• We would like to ask you for specific prayer for our mission workers that have been sent out all over the world on behalf of the GZB to obey Gods calling and serve in His kingdom. Thank God for all the people He has called and the strength that He has given them to obey Him. Thank Him for using them as instruments of His love and grace.
• Please pray that they may see His loving, guiding hand, also when times get tough. It is not easy leaving your country, family and friends to surrender to the unknown future. Pray that they may trust in their Father and in His never-failing plan, that they may find peace in Him. Please also pray that the current vacancies will be filled with the right people. 



Let's get introduced 

Every newsletter we introduce you to one of our staff members. This time you meet Anja de Wildt!

1. What is your position within the GZB?
I am an administrative employee for the foreign department. This means that I deal with all the paperwork that comes with mission. Whenever people need to travel, I book their tickets, request visa, and deal with many documents that need to be in order for people to do their work properly.

2. How do you like working at the GZB?
Well, I have worked at the GZB for about 32 years now, in different positions. The GZB  really has helped me to grow in my faith. I grew up in a quite traditional congregation. It has taught me to look past the walls and see that there is more than the one way that I was brought up with. I looked at the world and discovered that there are children of God everywhere, and everyone expresses their faith and relationship with God in their own way. It is beautiful to be a witness to that!

3. How did you see God work within the GZB throughout the years?
I really see God’s blessing on the GZB and in the work that we do, especially when I look at all the travelling that is being done in a world like this and how we have never experienced great despair. His protecting hand has covered us through time, he has protected and guided us. I am very grateful for that!


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