What a day! Once again hundreds of cars taking a pleasant and blessed tour around our building. After half an hour in traffic, fortunately with live worship via the radio, you drive onto our site. Upon arrival you will be welcomed by Martin and Karin. To the question: ‘Where are you from?’ the most different places pass by. Drachten, Nuenen, The Hague, Woerden, Schoonhoven, Dokkum, Alphen a/d Rijn, Ede, Berlaar (Belgium!), Spain(!), Harderwijk, Nunspeet… an endless stream of beautiful places to live. What a party!
Several people brought us a present. Candy, tea, candles, a kettle, a bathrobe, a basket of Mars bars, drawings, beautiful cards and even a couple giving away their birthday money as a gift. We are overwhelmed by the tremendous friendship and connection with the ministry and people of Royal Mission.
With the beautiful flyer about the new building in hand, people drive past the cozy stalls. Hot chocolate, coffee or tea for everyone and something soft for the children with the tastiest oliebollen ever for everyone.
And then the year texts. Unique verses from the Bible that have been prayed for, so that they touch, encourage and give direction to people. Wonderful to see the reactions when texts go to exactly the right place. The ride continues. Suddenly it becomes clear that part of our building has been completely demolished and surrounded by fences. This is where the new hall will be located. Ben and Robbie explain it and invite you to help build it.
A little further on there is a huge sign with a large crown and the text ‘We are building God’s kingdom together’. Hundreds of building blocks are handed in and glued up, creating a beautiful structure for the King.
And then comes the climax. While live worship sounds from the tent, prayer teams come to your car to give everyone a personal blessing or prophecy. One after another is touched by God’s love and many leave the site with tears in their eyes. This was so worth it!
So many beautiful conversations, delicious oliebollen, beautiful annual texts, heartfelt conversations, unique prayers and prophecies and intense worship music. Even if you were waiting in a traffic jam, the unique radio signal with the music from the stage could be picked up miles away. The warm lights, the cozy stalls, the crackling fire pits, the decor of sleds, skates, sheepskins and the hot chocolate made it a day of meeting and receiving. Everyone, visitors and team, enjoyed it immensely. This was a day of celebration for the Lord and His work in and through us!