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.