Longing for God

Last weekend I drove towards one of the beautiful villages in the far north of Friesland. During the ride I was praying for the churches in this area. I prayed to God to pour out His love for these churches and make them visible. I begged Him to show His faithfulness, and not to abandon what His hand once started in people in these villages and towns. You should know that in most of these churches Jesus is still central as God’s Son and Savior of the world. You may be able to find out something about the way in which church and faith are experienced, you can identify processes in which it appears that young people no longer want to go to church, and families are coming less and less, but Jesus is still central. This is different in many churches in other places in the country. While I am still praying, the most beautiful rainbow I have ever seen appears while driving over the Frisian landscape. It was such a complete clear double arc that started on my left in the meadow and ended on the far right on the other side of the road in the other meadow. (At the bottom of this blog is a link to my Facebook page where I posted a video) It touched me so much that I started to cry. I was overwhelmed by God’s timing and the awesomeness of the moment. I pulled the car over and watched, thanked and cried for a few more minutes. At that moment there grew a renewed and expanded desire for God, for more of His power and tangible presence in these churches. Because I have been hearing hopeful stories from people from various villages and places in this region in recent years, the conviction is growing that God is working on something new. These are, for example, stories of people from the Randstad or the other side of the country who experience a specific calling to Friesland (you don’t want to go there, do you? 😉 ) to come. A number of other people who live here themselves receive images and visions about what God has planned for the North of the country and subsequently for the whole of the Netherlands. New activities arise and hunger and expectation grow. I am always somewhat critical of these types of stories, in the sense that I often check whether these people know or have spoken to each other. I am somewhat allergic to creating some kind of self-fulfilling prophecy. Each time it turns out that this is not the case and that these are unique encounters with the Lord. The number of prayer groups is also growing in number and size. I think a good example is Zwaagwesteinde, where the 3 churches (Full Gospel, PKN and CGK) have been coming together with 50-70 people for a few years during the prayer week in January to pray for the village and the various churches. The PKN has a weekly prayer group as well as a full gospel congregation that is (very) well attended. The Pastors meet regularly to pray and bless each other. This autumn, Royal Mission will also allow us to station youth workers in 15 churches (largely PKN) in North Friesland (6-16 hours per week) to support youth work and church renewal. New questions come in every month. You understand that my desire for God is growing. I hope that through the things I say, this will grow in you too! God also wants to do new things where you are. He wants to make His Kingdom visible through you, as an ambassador. You may represent Him where you are. Ask God to increase your desire for Him. Ask Him to renew His church in the Netherlands and fill it with His Spirit. Pray for a revival of His church! https://www.facebook.com/100003046320360/posts/1656515867793275/

About Gerlof Wiersma

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

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