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:

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.