Kempers: Update 2016

Dear Friends, There are some new developments in our lives and family, we would like to share with you. After having lived and worked in Curacao for 7 years, we as a family have decided to move back to the Netherlands. For several reasons. 
First of all, for a longer period of time Henk doesn’t experience joy and satisfaction anymore in his work and isn’t reaching his full potential. Fruits are there: people come to Jesus, get baptized, get a job, receive training and coaching and either go or don’t go to a local church. We’ve invested in people’s lives, but building a deeper relationship with them remains hard and stays superficial. The wall Henk keeps hitting, is lack of spiritual hunger. This hunger he does see in the Roma people, whom he baptized in the Netherlands last October. Till this day there’s daily contact and they keep asking ‘When are you coming back? We need you!’
Secondly, especially Joan and the boys miss the family a lot. Leaving our family has been a huge sacrifice. Henk’s mother as well as Joan’s father are hitting their eighties, so we really would like to be near them and the rest of the family at this stage of life. We think it’s very valuable and precious.
A third reason is the on-going financial stress. The monthly support, being structurally or one-time donations, even combined with temporary paid work, isn’t enough to get by. It feels like surviving instead of living, and that’s not God’s purpose. Our decision has not come suddenly. We’ve prayed about all three points for quite a while, talked about it with each other a lot and asked feedback from our board and counselors. It’s a process in which God lets us look honestly at the situation, ourselves and our hearts.
We experience joy and peace in our decision, and at the same time sadness and insecurity. We look forward to our ‘new’ life in a familiar –but certainly changed- country together with family, new work, new schools. And yet it’s also challenging… we do realize who and what we leave behind, and that we start all over again in the Netherlands. With four suitcases we came, with four suitcases we go back. Such a transition won’t be easy, but we believe God will be in this too.
We would like to move to Enschede (in the East of the Netherlands) where our families live, as well as the Roma people Henk will be working with. There are some job opportunities already. If these don’t work out (on time), Henk will be applying for social security in the beginning. Furthermore he’s looking into possibilities to earn money to get financially healthy as a family, and no longer than needed be dependent on social security. He’ll still be available for speaking engagements, conferences, training and coaching.
At the moment we’re already busy with practical and organizational matters for migrating back. Our goal is to move during the Summer Holidays, so the boys can start their new schoolyear in the Netherlands. Also in this process of preparation and transition with all its challenges, regulations, letting go’s and goodbye’s, we ask you for your prayers. Please pray for us, for wisdom and understanding, for strength (Joan still has some medical exams), for the right contacts etc, but above all for God’s peace in everything. We will keep you up-dated and are grateful for your commitment to us! Warm greetings from Henk, Joan, Nathan and Ezra
Last week I was in a mall, busy sending out the breaking news to our readers. Suddenly a man stood in front of me: ‘Thank you so much for the time you invested in me and my wife. Our marriage is now healthy.’ A few days ago another encouragement… Because our car broke down again (radiator is leaking), I had to hitch hike for a bit. I stopped a car that was passing. The man in the car said: ‘Henk, long time not seen!’ Two years ago I had prayed with him in the car and afterwards I had counseled him. I believe we met about 5-6 times, after that he went of the radar. Before I met him two years ago, he had lived in the Netherlands for 20 years and used coke. So now he told me that he first wanted to be ‘on the right track’ before contacting me again. ‘Henk, you don’t know what happened with me after you prayed for me. I now have a healthy family and in 4 months I’m done with my studies for tax consultancy. I’m going to church every Sunday and we have a home group. I experience such peace!’ Meanwhile we had arrived my destination and we said goodbye to each other. So sweet of God to show me in these ways how He keeps working in the lives of the people I invested in…

16 maart 13:32


9 april 

Beaking News, Like most of you know, I was in the Netherlands in October 2015 when 34 Roma’s were baptized. Since that moment 47 Roma’s and one Dutch man have been baptized. One of the reasons we came back was the Roma’s request for coaching and guidance. And now we are already 3 months (Joan and the boys 2) months in the Netherlands and live in a beautiful house in Enschede. Meanwhile there were many meetings and conversations with several Roma families. They all have a strong desire for a Roma church. In our neighbourhood is a community centre with a big playground, a perfect location for meetings. I created a facebook page called Kangeri Enschede, just as the church. (Kangeri means church in Roma language.) I won’t be their pastor, I am brother Henk and we will be family to each other. We will surely keep moving organically and organise activities for the youth and women. The location is perfect for it. We will also build relationships with other kangeri’s in Europe.
hello nancy for the eagle website,is that oke …bless you from the netherlands

11 september 22:11

The first kangeri Enschede is a fact and is directly written history, we have 14 people baptized and two people have given their lives to God, we are now a roma church and we started with 60 people with no church background. All new believers, what a party… we danced… ate… encourages each other and went away shouting and calling kangeri Enschede..
see my facebook
is to new info for the website from ccm
and we life not in curacao any more but in enschede in the netherlands
Pray for our new believers in Christ there al baby’s in Christ,A lot of attacks,there are now 69 new baby believers there have never see a church in there life….God is bringing revival in the Roma community
15 oktober Dear Prayer Friends , Would you please pray for us specifically? We need wisdom, and breakthrough in the hearts of the Roma people, so that they will choose to leave their old lives behind. If you get revelation in the spiritual realm about us, the Roma church or Enschede (the city we live in), please let us know. Warm greetings, Henk Kempers..
2 oktober Today we had our second service of Kangeri Enschede, the Roma Church. God was in our midst. There was teaching, a lot of interaction and practice. Roma people prayed for each other, for healing, for baptism with fire of the Holy Spirit. Another Roma man gave his life to Jesus. One man got healed from pain in his back, another man’s leg got healed. Beautiful! Every Tuesday morning we have Biblestudy for the women about identity. Soon we’ll start a men’s group as well. Our vision is to go and make disciples…. and we see it happening. Please keep praying for us and the Roma’s… what God started, He will complete! (Philippians 1:6)
11 september The first kangeri Enschede is a fact and is directly written history, we have 14 people baptized and two people have given their lives to God, we are now a roma church and we started with 60 people with no church background. All new believers, what a party… we danced… ate… encourages each other and went away shouting and calling kangeri Enschede..
Henk Kempers heeft een pagina gedeeld. 11 september Prayer request ,now we have Baptize 50 Roma people ,there ask me to start a Roma[Gipsy] church,that’s what we do today,there is 1 roma church in the Netherlands, please pray for us… we start with a great BBQ……but there really need to walk out the crime world that is a big subject i need a lot of wisdom…..i am not the pastor but the big brother we want to move like a family and discipleship is the core …Business……. Greetings from the Netherlands……
1 september Beaking News, Like most of you know, I was in the Netherlands in October 2015 when 34 Roma’s were baptized. Since that moment 47 Roma’s and one Dutch man have been baptized. One of the reasons we came back was the Roma’s request for coaching and guidance. And now we are already 3 months (Joan and the boys 2) months in the Netherlands and live in a beautiful house in Enschede. Meanwhile there were many meetings and conversations with several Roma families. They all have a strong desire for a Roma church. In our neighbourhood is a community centre with a big playground, a perfect location for meetings. I created a facebook page called Kangeri Enschede, just as the church. (Kangeri means church in Roma language.) I won’t be their pastor, I am brother Henk and we will be family to each other. We will surely keep moving organically and organise activities for the youth and women. The location is perfect for it. We will also build relationships with other kangeri’s in Europe.