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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Ezra & Erik

This is a picture of Ezra with his "reader" Erik. They have lots of fun playing while Lisa reads with Erik's mom.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Things Are Great in Peine

We just wanted to let you know how great things are going here in Peine!

We had our information meetings yesterday. They only had 4 people call in response to the ads, so we weren’t sure how many would come. We had to set up more chairs to accommodate everyone. Oh, we of little faith! We signed up 16 people at the meeting, and are up to 19 readers now. Candy went to a school today and talked in a couple of classes. We also handed out cards to all of our readers to give to their friends, so we are confident we will have even more readers in the next few days.

We had our first full day of reading today. It was fantastic! Kelsey and I had a combined total of 7 readers today. Even Ezra had a “reader.” One of my readers has a 6-year old son who has been learning English, so he comes and practices with Ezra during our session. He’s feeling like pretty hot stuff.

The church here is really active. It seems like there’s always something going on here at the building. They are all very excited about the number of readers we have and are actively getting to know them already. Several came to the information meeting because they were so excited to meet the new readers.

We love the city. The part we are in is small and quiet. There’s a great downtown area that we have driven by, but haven’t had the chance to visit yet. Lots of outdoor cafes and beautiful old buildings.

Thanks for all of your prayers. Pray for Kaylen. She turns 3 at the end of our trip, but we need it to happen now!

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Greetings From The Netherlands

We’ve been in the Netherlands for almost a week now. We have really enjoyed our time here. We arrived in Amsterdam on Thursday. Jim Krumrei picked us up from the airport and took us to Haarlem. Jim and his wife Ruth have been missionaries in Haarlem for 44 years. We had a little less than 24 hours in Haarlem, but it was a great place to start getting used to the time change. We spent lots of time walking around the city. It is a very picturesque Dutch city with lots of bicyclists, windmills and flowers. Being out in the sunshine was a great way to get our bodies on the right schedule.

The next day we met Nancy and Tracy Menard. Nancy and Tracy are the LST team to The Hague. We met them at a famous tulip garden called Keukenhof. We spent the morning and early afternoon in the garden, and then took a bus, a train and a tram to get to the church building in The Hague where we’ve spent this week. We met with several of the church members on Friday night to talk about the LST project. We encouraged the church members to stay involved and helped them think more about their follow-up plans.

We had information meetings on Saturday and Sunday. This is a time when readers come and meet the team, find out more about LST, and sign up for their first appointment. Trancy and Nancy signed up 13 readers each. That is fantastic! The maximum they would want to have is 15 each, so they have a few spaces open for people they meet and friends of other readers.

We are so excited about what God is going to do here in The Hague. This is a congregation with lots of young people from all over the world. This city is very international. Almost everyone we’ve met on the street can speak English. Since there are so many people from so many different places, English is kind of the common language. Many of the readers are desperate to learn English to either keep the jobs they have or to get better ones. We know that when the readers get to know Jesus and the Church members here great things are going to happen!

We are off to Peine, Germany tomorrow. After meeting the readers here we are so excited to meet the people that we’ll get to share Jesus and share ourselves with for the next 3 weeks in Peine. We know that God will do amazing things!