In the past year, Royal Mission has entered a new phase. Due to recent growth, we have reached the limits of our organization. Reasons enough to examine and renew processes and procedures in all kinds of places. It seems as if we have to rethink everything together, so that we are ready for what is to come. We are about to introduce a new CRM system, so that we can take better care of partners and pour endless Excel sheets into one database. Our corporate identity is being overhauled behind the scenes. Our logo will be modernized and all communications such as the website and flyers will have a new look in 2018. But personnel management is also organized differently, the development of our part-time schools has been updated and teachers have been classified differently, the vision on work in North Friesland has been renewed, internal training takes a different form and so on. We are changing and that takes time and effort. These are major changes, but we can still say that the greatest transformation is happening elsewhere. Not in the organization or the vision, not in the software used or a new office, but in our own hearts. Last September, God explicitly told me to ask forgiveness for my ‘judgment’ of the behavior of certain people. I still objected that such individuals were ‘misbehaving’. Then God replied, “That may be true, but even then you are not allowed to condemn them.” Ouch! Looking back, a process of pruning and cutting began in my heart, to make room for more of Him and more power in our ministry. Last summer in the youth program at the Free His Summer Week, the highlight was not a breakthrough of strength, joy or victory, but rather the moment when the holiness of God entered the tent. It started quietly until we shouted out with 350 young people: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, who is and who is to come.’ Two months ago I was in Brazil. A unique journey in which I was allowed to walk with Randy Clark and was immersed in the power of God. We witnessed hundreds and hundreds of miracles of healing. But there too, the moments of holiness once again impressed me the most. At one point I prayed, “Kill me, Lord.” With this I expressed the overwhelming desire that ‘my passions’ would die and only Jesus would remain. Once again God pointed out something that was not right for me. My view of ‘Baptists’ was incorrect and crying on the ground I asked for forgiveness. Upon returning to the Netherlands, I have done this several times before and during sermons in Baptist churches. God changed me! God’s plan for each of us is unique and at the same time God’s destiny for all of us is the same: to become a man or woman after His own heart. As you pursue the dreams God gives you, He works on your heart and fruit of the Spirit grows in your character. That process is slow, but the result is beautiful! God asks if He can break your heart, because then He will do His best! David describes it beautifully at the lowest moment of his life: ‘The sacrifices for God are a broken spirit; You will not despise a contrite and contrite heart, O God” (Psalm 51:19). We are changing. It is not so much the processes and procedures, but especially the condition of our hearts that are in motion. Painful, but beautiful at the same time. We do not prepare Royal Mission for the future, but God prepares us for what He wants to entrust to us. Can He also change your heart? Then you will be prepared for the next phase in His adventure with you!