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Prayer is much needed if the camp is so overwhelmingly big - Alan and Gaby doing a nutrition assessment in Kutupalong Rohingya extension refugee camp

Prayer. A lot of people are praying for the situation of the Rohingya and I’m thankful for that. A friend sent me this prayer for those who bear witness. It brought me to tears and it helps me in my journey of bearing witness and I will print it and read it more often – by publishing this I hope it helps you too on your journey. The writer is unknown to me, so I cannot give credit – but if you know the writer, please let me know! Read more about how I beard witness? Find one story here.

Prayer is much needed if the camp is so overwhelmingly big - Alan and Gaby doing a nutrition assessment in Kutupalong Rohingya extension refugee campA Prayer for those who bear witness

Kind Father, thank you for commissioning me into this ministry of disciplined remembrance.
I have answered your invitation today.
Even as you left the light of heaven to swell in the darkness of earth, I have followed you deliberately into stories of oppression and misery the details of which most people would desire to remain ignorant.

I have seen with my eyes, heard with my ears, touched with my hands, a kind of suffering and despair that is more than my humanity can bear.
Oh God of Light: By your mercy, dispel this darkness and speed the dawn.
At the close of this day, I leave all that I have seen and heard in your gently hands. May those whose lives lie at the centre of these stories remain in your watchful, tender care.
Receive especially these images that cling to my heart, soul, and mind.

Instruction: Call to mine, one by one, any particularly troubling things you have seen or heard. Leave them in the presence of God. It may be helpful to use a physical gesture, such as placing your palms upward with your fists clenched as you call each image to mind, then, as you release each image to God, open your hands. Repeat as God brings images to mind.

Lift from me the burden of sadness, fear, and despair that weighs me down because of my work today. Where the evidence of violence and oppression has tempted me to anger, lust, or hopelessness, fill me instead with your joy, love, and peace. Where I have been tempted to discount evidence of justice, healing, and restoration, allow me to more fully dwell on the reality of redemption.

In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
I step now out of darkness and into light –
acknowledging that in you there is no darkness at all.
I step now out of work and into rest –
acknowledging that you neither slumber nor sleep.
Renew me with your power, your love, and your joy.
In the strong name of Jesus,
Amen.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2017 - by Willem and Wendy

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2017 - by Willem and Wendy

Merry Christmas

For unto us a child is born
unto us a son is given:
and the government shall be upon his shoulder
and his name shall be called wonderful Counselor
the mighty God, the everlasting Father,
The Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6

We are happy that we are able to celebrate the reason for the season back home this year with our beloved family. We will only be in the Netherlands for a very short time, so we won’t be meeting with lots of people, but we will give you an update soon as new developments are on the way! So stay tuned.

When we look back into 2017, lots has happened and we look back with thankfulness in our hearts. We have been able to contribute to a well running project in Nepal where earthquake resilient houses are being built. And Wendy has traveled to Afghanistan and Bangladesh to be a voice for the most vulnerable.

We also saw lots of suffering. And while suffering is hard to explain, we would love to speak with the words of C.S. Lewis: ‘God always hears the cry of suffering, God always sees the oppression of the weak and God demands we be a people who do the same.’

We believe that when we all reach out, when we all stand up and do what God asks from us, in our neighbourhood, to our friends and family or overseas, everyone in his/her place. What beautiful would this world look. Love in action.

We wish you a prosperous and joyful 2018.