Who else could have planned this? Steve (Who has been the leader of Hands to Serve for 50+ years) travels to the UK, meets a lovely lady and falls in love….

Subsequently Steve went to the UK and married Helen, he is now going to live in the country of his birth. Helen is a woman after Gods heart and also Steve’s heart!

Wedding cake for everyone

At Hands to Serve we have been privileged to see this process happening during the last year and you can imagine how happy and thankful we are for what God has done in their lives.

Oma came too!

After the official wedding in the UK and the honeymoon in France, we were able to finally congratulate them in person here in the Netherlands. They had a wonderful reception in Oud-Beijerland and in Steve’s church in Rotterdam the next day, the pastor prayed for a blessing over their marriage.

Steve speech

With the UK as his new home base, Steve will be doing English P.R. for Hands to Serve, because preaching Gods Word is one of the most important things in his life as well as talking about Hands to Serve.

After more than 50 years of faithful service to the Lord in the Netherlands, Steve has decided to move back to the UK. God brought a new love into his life. He and Helen plan to get married in February 2019. Here are the details of the wedding service:

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” Matthew 7:24

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There was a request from ‘Oosteuropa zending’ (Eastern Europe Mission) for computers to be used in their Dutch office. We had just been given a stack of computers from a school which matched exactly with their need.

Of course we also gave them the screens, keyboards, mice and cables they needed.

 

 

 

 

 

They came by to collect it all.

We could also help them with a color laser printer.

 

 

 

 

Their system admin will now install all these computers in their office.

 

 

Easy loading with the fork-truck.

 

 

Dear Prayer partners,

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!!

Update: Oma has now moved to from Dordrecht to a more permanent location in Strijen. This makes it a lot easier for us to regularly visit her, because she is now only a 10 minute bike ride away compared to a 20 minute car trip when she was still in Dordrecht.

If you want to send Oma (Evelyn) a card, you can send it to:
Mw. E. Snell-Netzley
Hoge Weide
Unit 144
Grote Weel 1
3291 DA Strijen

It is possible to visit Oma, but please get in touch with us so we can coordinate the visits. It’s important to tell her distinctly who you are when you arrive so she can understand you are not one of the regular nurses. She recognizes people from their voice, because her eyesight is limited, but this is difficult for new voices.

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

An increased heartrate 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.

We were invited by the American Protestant Church to their annual bazaar. They offered us all the clothes left at the end of the day. This turned out to be a lot of boxes filled with clothes.

It was a busy day with the  sale of a wonderful selection of international foods, pies, jams and cookies. People could browse through stacks of books, cd’s and films. As well as children’s toys and items for their home. All of it sold to financially support the many missions the church supports.

A large selection of donated clothes was offered for sale

In the boutique they sold the fancy and more special items.

At the end of the bazaar many people helped to pack all the left over clothes in boxes and bags. We were thankful for all this help, because it was far to much for just the two of us to pack.

People from the missions committee (and others) helped carry it to the van, we had brought to take it all to Hands To Serve

Stacks of boxes with shoes and clothes were piled into the van in some form of organized chaos.

Back in Strijen we started unloading the content in carts to start the sorting process

Four carts loaded to the brim with boxes and sacks. Wow, we are thankful for all this material.

The ladies already started sorting the clothes. Some of it will be used to serve missionaries and a part of it will be transported to people in Romania.

Even this week two people came by to pick up clothing for missionaries that had recently moved to France. They had first served in a different hot climate country and hadn’t been able to bring many of their worldly goods to France. So they desperately needed some warm clothing. We found coats, sweaters, shoes and lots of other things that would be boxed and posted to this couple in France!

 

This Friday I went to YWAM in Amsterdam to give a presentation about the new European data protection laws. This also has some influence on the way IT is organized and we like to help them with this.

We also discussed how to improve the internal WiFi network. To start this improvement I installed a new network switch (one of the devices you see in the picture). This allows me to remotely monitor the internet load on each of  these cables and maybe help me determine some areas of future improvement. Thankfully this switch was donated to our mission recently so we could save YWAM the money of buying a new one.