Last Saturday, February 15, we festively opened our Royal Mission building in Drachten. We are impressed by this day which we describe as one of the most inspiring and exciting days of our lives . The entire construction team has worked hard in recent months and the result is impressive: a beautifully renovated building with enormous possibilities.
- 8 bedrooms with 4 beds each and associated sanitary facilities, so 32 sleeping places
- A room with a stage for training and meetings for up to 80 people
- A large kitchen connected to a spacious living room/dining area
- A beautiful prayer room
- A guest room for guest teachers
- 2 offices for Royal Mission and Royal Mission School
Yet this day it was not about the building, but about gratitude for what God has done in the past 4.5 years of Royal Mission. Before the official ceremonies took place, we first invited the neighborhood in the morning to come and take a look at our building. Around 60 people from the houses and neighborhood around our building came to have a look. The best conversations started there, such as a man who spontaneously offered to become a concierge. Or an older woman who asked if we wanted to start coffee mornings here for the neighborhood. It wasa royal start to an unparalleled day . The official opening was scheduled for the afternoon. About 200 people from all kinds of backgrounds and organizations were part of this event. Arie Slob, leader of the Christian Union’s House of Representatives faction, had come especially for this moment. Martin Dol and Martin Koornstra gave a short speech about the mission of Royal Mission and Royal Mission School to help, serve and see people grow. Arie followed this up with a sincere story about the impact of a formative year, as he himself experienced it 30 years ago. That was also the moment to go outside with the entire group for the unveiling of the logo on the building and a prayer of blessing from Arie Slob . Unique and intense! In the evening it was time to start blessing. Nearly 400 people were part of a very beautiful evening. The singing was one great cry of gratitude to God. In three short speeches we were greatly encouraged. Joop Gankema mainly talked about the importance of young people and the great work that Royal Mission does with young people. Willem Ouweneel spoke in his unique way about the necessity of heart relationships in the transfer of knowledge. Wilkin van de Kamp touched everyone’s hearts with the statement: ‘This is our building. If it is the King’s building, then it is OUR building. That was also the moment to bless every employee and volunteer of Royal Mission in the 3 couples: Gerlof and Margreet (team leaders RM-Noord), Martin and Annemarije (school leaders RMS) and Martin and Karin (leaders RM). We are grateful to God for this milestone. He has led us this far and our confidence for the future is in Him. At the same time, we would like to thank all partners, supporters and prayers for their incredible support. This work is made possible by your enormous and loyal (financial) support. We would even like to thank the team members and boards of Royal Mission (School). Your input, willingness to sacrifice and continued commitment is why we are here today. THANK YOU! If you want to see more photos, clickHERE .