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.