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April - June Ministry Update

Greetings from Amsterdam,

It is hard to believe half of 2017 is now in the past! My goodness, this year is flying by. There’s been so much happening with our ministry that I’ve hardly been able to catch my breath to provide an update until now. I do intend to communicate more often. Your prayers are invaluable.

“All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them… and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always…” - Jesus’ words, Matthew 28:18b-20

There’s been much spiritual battle in our outreach to the refugees and at the same time some very beautiful doors have opened for the gospel.

Praises:

  • The Lord has provided a number of persons of peace along my path. I’m spending regular time at the refugee “camp” (as they call it). This has allowed for opportunities to build into the lives of many families and individuals, while getting to know new people almost every week. Pray for hearts to be softened to the message of God’s love through Jesus.
  • I’ve had the opportunity to make 3 home visits thus far to families whom I had met at the refugee camp. Once status is received they are placed in an apartment. Then they lovingly open their home (even if it’s quite sparsely furnished) and enjoy receiving visitors. And, on 2 occasions I was treated to incredible Syrian cuisine.
  • In May we had a “High Tea” for the refugees. It was very well attended and I was able to meet more women and their children. Pray for opportunities and openness for deeper conversations.
  • Over the past month it’s been exciting to lead a young Iraqi man through discovery bible studies. He is soaking up God’s Word while receiving deep insights from the Holy Spirit. Obedience in baptism is his next step, which will take place in the coming weeks. Please pray for his continued growth & legal status being granted by the immigration department.
  • We’ve had several people from Yemen, Syria and Iraq participate in the Al Massira course over several weeks. However, when Ramadan began their availability diminished resulting in a pause until July. Pray for clarity for moving forward and that our friends commit to “the journey” of finding the real Messiah.

Challenges

  • Many of the adults speak little to no English and most have not learned Dutch yet. I’m not able to speak Arabic, Farsi, or Turkish. Some of the older kids know some English. With the young children we talk to each other in Dutch, which is fun. Usually, photos are shown from one another’s phone in order to learn about family members who may still be in transit, etc. or for them to meet my “family” here in Amsterdam– the 2 cats. It’s not unusual for people to use a translating device on their phone to communicate. Please pray for translators and clear communication.
  • Most of the refugees I’ve met are struggling deeply with stress, depression and anxiety related to their unknown future, current levels of provision, culture shock, missing family members that are not yet in the Netherlands, etc. Pray for the powerful peace of God to rule their hearts and for provision.

United with you for the gospel,
Linda
linda.kitchen@reliant.org