Welcome

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.

Yesterday

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 2019-08 Sowing & Reaping

Chapter 58: Sowing & Reaping

Introduction

Preaching the Word is half a ministry; relief aid is another half. From the Macedonians we learn that poverty is no reason not to give; giving is a spiritual choice. We cannot make Jesus Lord, without making Him Lord of our wallet too. Money matters should be handled in accountability to God and man. Finally, there is the ‘reverse-principle’: giving materially yields a spiritual harvest and sowing spiritually yields a material harvest.

Scripture reference

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously … God loves the cheerful giver (2 Cor. 9:6,7)

All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do (Gal. 2:10)

And now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. Out of the most severe trials, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability (2 Cor. 8:1-3)

The story

Right from the beginning of Paul’s ministry he had received the request from the apostles to ‘remember the poor’, in other words, to not care for people’s spiritual needs only but pay attention to their physical needs as well. Paul wrote to the Corinthians how generous the Macedonian churches were, and pleads with them for the principle of equality among believers. They should be open and honest in their material dealings. Then he explained the principle of sowing and reaping: the spiritual/material exchange between missionaries and the congregations they planted.

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