Kempers: December 2016


Enschede, December 22nd, 2016
Hello dear friends,

Our first December in the Netherlands is a busy, cozy, somewhat emotional month. We look back at the past year, one tumultuous and stressful year… What a roller coaster it was! At times we thought we would fall out the cart, but God held us. Re-entry has not been easy so far, but God is good and faithful! Besides organizing all the practical things, it’s also important to stay emotional on track…. but sometimes you can go into a skid and then you need some help getting back on track. Unfortunately, due to stress and overburdening Joan has become overstrained. Overcoming this is a proces of ups and downs. But God is in this as well. The boys enjoy going to school. Ezra has regular playdates and is building his own social network. Fun to see. For Nathan it’s a bit harder and needs some help with it. And Henk is in his element amongst the Roma. Together we are trying to find our way and take root in the Netherlands…

The Gypsies

The first weekend of December we had a great time with the Kwiek family, Roma’s from Germany. They spoke and sang in our Roma church. God was tangibly present. Over 200 Roma heard the Word, 40 gave their lives to Jesus and 8 got baptized.

After this weekend we welcomed Radko Kratsov (national leader of Youth with a Mission Bulgaria) into our home. He stayed with us for a week. He’s a Roma too, married to a Turkish Roma. He’s a man of God, has a lotto knowledge of the Bible and Roma culture and has many years of experience working with the Roma. We concluded the week with a mini conference about the Roma culture in light of the Bible.

Last Sunday we had a Christmas meal in our church. Everyone brought some food and we shared it with each other. We closed off with breaking bread and drinking wine together. Beautiful closing off the year like this. In the first week of January activities start again, now it’s family time.

Looking forward

We’re excited about what God will be doing in and through us in 2017. Hopefully it will be calmer than 2016 and we are able to settle and experience His peace through it all. In February we’ll hear if we can stay in this home (the vicarage of the Dutch Reformed Church here in Enschede). What the outcome may be, we trust God He knows best where our home should be. Meanwhile we enjoy this home to the full!
Coming year Henk will continue his trainings for becoming self-employed so we don’t have to rely on welfare any more.
In April 2017 Henk wants to take a group of Dutch Romas on a mission’s trip to Bulgaria. We want to research what we can do as a Roma church for the Romas in the city of Sliven (hometown of Radko), home to 60,000 Romas living in very baren conditions. We consciously don’t choose Romas in Rumania, because they already receive more attention. Besides we would like to reinforce the relationship with Radko which developed when he was here.

Gratitude and wishes

We would like to thank every one who supported us this past year! Being it in prayer, financially, practically (our first housing, helping with painting, hauling, drilling, planning and chauffeuring around, watching the boys etc), in kind (furniture, decorations, clothing, groceries, bikes, bedding, a printer etc), emotionally (a smile, encouragement, a card or message, a spontaneous visit etc). We’re sure we left things out… There’s simply too much, we are so blessed by you all! Without God and you all we would not be where we are now!

We wish you a blessed Christmas and all the best for 2017!!

Warm greetings,
Henk, Joan, Nathan and Ezra


He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers.
Maleachi 4:6a


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Henk, Joan, Nathan and Ezra Kempers
Zijpendaal 6
7544 NR Enschede
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