Changing the diet makes you eat

When I tell them that I invest a large part of my time in traditional churches, many people think that is crazy and strange. As an evangelical Christian, it doesn’t seem logical that you would be enthusiastic about working in traditional churches. Reactions such as, ‘but things are not going well at all within the PKN’ or ‘That you can do that and are looking forward to it!?’ I hear regularly. Yet I am very sure that God has called me to the traditional church and I feel completely at home there. I believe I will spend most of the remainder of my ministry there. I feel God’s heart beating within me for this beautiful part of His bride and I have a strong hope for the revival of these beautiful denominations! Royal Mission now allows us to help with the deployment of our youth workers in 7 traditional churches. We are also in discussions with a number of other churches that are interested in this way of working together. Through trial and error we are discovering where the opportunities and possibilities lie. We want to help build the local church. Why then do we believe in the possibility of restoration and revival of the traditional church? Because in many, if not all, churches it is said almost every week that…. Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth. (Psalm 124:8)who keeps faith forever and does not forsake the works of His hands. (Psalm 138:8) Beautiful words that have power and reveal truth every time they are spoken. If we go to work with wisdom and passion and, as fellow workers with God (1 Cor 3:9), we put our shoulders to the wheel of His work, then things can turn out well. We have to get moving because things won’t go right by themselves, they will go wrong by themselves. After working for more than four years in the small but enthusiastic village of Jistrum, we started Ferbining (Frisian for ‘Connection’). In Ferbining we want to reach and inspire the village and community with the message of Jesus.Preliminary process Before we organized the first meeting, we first put together a good team. The first three meetings first considered: “How do we want to be known as a church in the village and how are we currently known?” Only after we had formulated an answer to this did we start thinking about how we wanted to shape a new meeting.The practical implementation. The outcome is that we have been meeting once a month during Ferbining for over a year now. The room is furnished with tables and chairs around them. There are treats on the table for young and old as well as coffee, tea and soft drinks. When you enter, there is music playing and people spread out over the tables. We want everyone to feel at home and at ease. There are regularly one or more new people that we have not seen before. They are often acquaintances from the village or church. Congregants who have not been to church for a long time also show their faces again. The concept means that children are allowed to walk around freely during the meeting, they belong and are allowed to be there. We always play a game with the whole audience, usually sing 3 at most 4 songs, including at least 1 or 2 children’s songs. Each time there is an accessible, but clear biblical message, and there is always an interactive moment where we put people to work. Finally, we eat a simple meal with everyone present. Sometimes pancakes, sometimes a sausage sandwich or something else. The number of visitors varies between 50 and 70 people, of which approximately 25 are children. Families with children in particular (but also a group of elderly people) are very enthusiastic and like to come. We are going in the right direction! Changing your diet makes you eat! I look forward with hope to a bright future for the church in Jistrum. We are not there yet, but we are on the right track!

About Gerlof Wiersma

Man van Margreet - Vader van drie kanjers - Jeugdwerker, spreker en gepassioneerd voor de PKN

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