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Jul '17

We’re Moving

For a while now, we have been feeling that a change was coming in our ministry.  We just didn’t know what it would be.  We have been here in The Netherlands for 12 years, and our kids club is going really well. On a Monday morning a few months ago, I had a meeting with […]

Mar '17

Catching Up

Looking back on our website, I realize that I am WAY behind in posting anything.  So, it’s time to play catch up.  We started our kids club again in the autumn, and it’s continuing to go very well.  We’re reaching new kids and have several parents who stay for the entire thing as well.  We’ve […]

Jul '16

High School Bound

Today marked Grace’s official last day of middle school.  How is it possible that the little girl who moved to The Netherlands when she was three-years old is now a high school student?! People often ask us what her school is like and what classes she takes.  In some ways, it’s similar to her American […]

Jan '16

Driving and Diplomas

A few months ago, I had to take several Dutch tests given by a government department.  If you can’t pass the tests, you eventually will not be able to stay in the country.  The tests are reading, writing, listening, speaking and culture.  I thought that my diploma from the university in Leiden (Dutch Studies program) […]

Dec '15

Prettige Kerstdagen

Today is 23 December.  All of the craziness of Christmas preparation and services is over for us.  We had two weekends in a row with Fundag (Funday), our kids club.  One was a normal day (on the 12th), and the following week, we had a special Christmas party for the kids and invited their parents […]

Jul '15


We have been in the planning stages of a monthly outreach in the area of Leiden where we live, Merenwijk. We have been praying about this for quite a while.  We have contacted a few places about the possibility of renting from them.  We never heard anything from a school we contacted, so we went to a […]

Mar '15

Life with a Baby

When we came back to The Netherlands, we came with a 13-year old and a baby who was days away from being 4-months old.  The travel alone with a baby was different.  You have to realize that Grace was almost 4 when we moved here the first time.  All my experiences with a baby were […]

Mar '15

Zuper Zondag & Our New Ride

People often ask me if we’re adjusting to being back in The Netherlands.  Yes, we are.  Last Sunday, we led Zuper Zondag, our special children’s service.  It was a lot of fun, but one of the most satisfying parts was being able to lead it with teenagers who used to be in our children’s church […]

Jan '15

Observations after 48 Hours

When we moved back to the States in the summer of 2013, I wrote a blog 24 hours after we arrived.  I just wanted to write down some things we noticed.  I fully intended to do the same thing after moving back to The Netherlands this time after 24 hours, but between jet lag and […]

Dec '14

The Countdown

We have tickets to go back to The Netherlands.  We were going to leave a little earlier, but we’ve been having trouble getting our Visa this time.  We were officially rejected, but we have appealed the process and are waiting to hear from the immigration department.  Please pray with us that we will get it […]