Steef and Tineke lived in South Africa with their four children for 8 years. In 2006 they came back as a family, but Steef kept on traveling to teach his courses on mission awareness throughout Africa. Now that the children are all out of the house and having families of their own, they have decided to work in missions together again.

On this website you can read about their adventures, news when traveling as a blog, and Steef's articles on Bible based missiology. 

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Newsletter no. 56 September 2017

Newsletter no. 56 September 2017

Dear friends,

We are so grateful with all your prayers and support! Thank you so much. Here you find an update on where we are and what we do.


Today is the 22nd of September; yesterday was our eldest daughter’s birthday. Happy birthday, girl! We’ve missed it again because of all the travelling. May the Lord reward you for supporting us in going and loving us in spite of all our travels… ;-)


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Article 2019-07 From Aroma to Persuasion

Chapter 57: From Aroma to Persuasion


Display of Christian character is of vital importance for every missionary, and learning your people group’s language and culture shows your respect for them. In this learning process new missionaries should become ‘like children’, as Jesus said; it helps a missionary, when he can laugh about himself, instead of being insulted. Being an ‘aroma of Christ’ is an indispensable missionary quality, but we also need to learn how to persuade people of the truth of the gospel.

Scripture reference

But thanks be to God, who … through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him. For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life (2 Cor. 2:14-16)

The story

Traveling through many countries, Paul met people groups whose language he knew and others whose tongue was unknown to him. When he ministered in Athens he had the big advantage of knowing Greek language, culture, history, religion and literature. It helped him to address the Greeks at an academic level. There may have been reasons for his limited success in Athens, but it was not his lack of knowing the language and culture.
Yet, what did he do when he came through areas where he did not know the language? He did not give us direct advice, but there are some things that can help us to guess his approach. One is his encouragement to ‘be an aroma of Christ’. He wants us to ‘smell like Christ’, even when we cannot yet ‘talk about Christ’. We can radiate His character, even if we don’t master their language yet.

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