Hands to serve God’s servants

  • Cars for missionaries

    Cars for missionaries

    At this moment we have 20 cars available for missionaries on furlough. Missionaries apply for a car and if we have a car available, the missionary can use it for maximum a year. When the car is returned, our own Read More
  • Computers for missionaries

    Computers for missionaries

    With a large team we work on preparing computers for missionaries. The main goal is to help all missionaries and their organizations with high quality (used & new) equipment. All systems are cleaned and checked and refurbished with legal software Read More
  • Worldwide shipments

    Worldwide shipments

    It takes a lot of work to ship goods across the world: We are registered as a shipping agent in the Rotterdam Harbor and have our own woodwork shop to build shipping crates in any size. After steam-treating the empty Read More
  • Clothing

    Clothing

    All of the clothing we receive is carefully sorted and checked. A selection is stored and available for missionaries looking for clothing for their family. Everything from winter coats to football shoes. The remaining items are carefully packed in bags Read More
  • Newsletter

    Newsletter

    You can download our latest newsletter here Read More
  • Our Ministry

    Our Ministry

    Many people have a great ministry for the Lord. Some are preachers, some do youth work, and some distribute literature to carry on the important work of spreading the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. However, they often do not Read More

Oma to care home

This morning we (Randy and Ruth) took Oma to a care home in Dordrecht, a city about 7 miles from Strijen. Oma did not seem upset about this. Randy had several talks with her the past few weeks that this was going to happen. This due to his health problems and the strain of the work in combination with taking care of Oma, was just getting to much for him, but also for us.

On the way to Dordrecht she asked Randy several times: Where are we going? Are we going to the Hoge Weide (that is the care home in Strijen, and Oma has been there in the past for day care once a week) Randy kept explaining to her that there was no space in Strijen and she would first go to Dordrecht and once there is place in Strijen she would be moved to the
facility in Strijen.

Her next question was: We know somebody there who is that? She was referring to Gerrit’s Mom. Gerrit and Karen work with us at Hands to Serve and his Mom was also in Dordrecht and recently moved to the carehome in Strijen. So Oma did remember this.
At the moment she has a private room, but they cannot guarantee she will keep it. The other rooms are for 2 people. We had a long talk with the doctor and one of the nurses, they asked us plenty of questions and we asked them questions.

After that we put up some pictures in Oma’s room and when we left she was in a large living
room eating lunch with a big group of care home residents.

Please continue to pray for Oma that she will be able to get used to this enormous change and will feel at home there soon! Also pray for Randy with his health problems and also this big change for him!!

If you want to send Oma (Evelyn) a card, you can send it to:
Oma (E.M.) Snell
Het Parkhuis afd. KASTANJE
Haaswijkweg Oost 69a
3319 GB Dordrecht
The Netherlands

A big thank you for your prayers for Oma and all of us at Hands to Serve.


Heart ECG for Randy

An increased heartbeat followed by an irregular heartbeat made Randy (who is in charge of the Hands To Serve garage) travel to the emergency doctor here on our island on Saturday the 24th of March. The friend who drove him there then took him to the hospital in Rotterdam after the doctor directed him to go.

The outcome of a heart ECG and various other checks was a 95% OK, but they wanted to do a second blood test for safety reasons.. That same afternoon Randy came home and instantly continued taking care of Oma and his work at Hands To Serve. Looking after Oma (his mother) is not something you can put on hold.

The time in the hospital gave Randy a chance to reflect on his life. It brought home the need to prayerfully change his daily life. It’s the start of a renewed spiritual quest to ask the Lord what needs to change and how.

The constant care for Oma, together with Ruth, Steve, the local nurses and many friends and volunteers from our village has drained Randy of his energy. Long days with little sleep while mission work continues at high speed has not been easy. Also the departure of Doug, our full time mechanic, has made a big impact on Randy’s work life.

More medical tests are needed for Randy. The discussion to move Oma to a care home is now more real than ever. Please pray with us for wisdom and insight to make the right decisions. Much will depend on the availability of a room in a care home close to us.


50 years of blessing!

celebrating50_9518_600x500On the 17th of September we celebrated our 50th Anniversary. We had an Open House at the Mission building in Strijen and had festivities in- and outside the garage. We thankfully realize it has been 50 years of using the technical abilities given by Him to the glory of His Kingdom. Knowing it would never have been possible without Gods guidance and support.

Many were able to come that day en we really appreciate this. It is good to see that there is so much interest in the work we do here. Team members were in the departments to tell about their work and we had a power point presentation running. We also had wonderful food and drinks to serve. It was a successful day which we really enjoyed! We want to thank each and everyone who helped to make the day a success, in whatever way, food, cleaning, helping decorate, etc. We also want to thank everyone who sent cards, emails, flowers and gifts. All your support helps us to continue the work.

God bless you!

 

The Hands to Serve Team


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choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.
(Acts 6:3b-4)