|This photo was taken of me by a professional photographer on the day I|
arrived in the Netherlands for a newspaper article that came out over the weekend
|While in the Netherlands, I preached at a Sola 5 Conference where the Dutch|
version of the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith was introduced for the first time
|The Sola 5 Conference attendance in Ede was a pleasant surprise for |
the organizers, as the numbers jumped from the usual 60-70 to well over 200
|These are old windmills used to control the water levels.|
20% of the Netherlands is below sea level, hence the need for this.
|The A-Team! These are the brethren I went with all over the Netherlands|
The team leader was Arjan, who reminded me of Martin Holdt in his younger days
|There are a few life-size replicas of Noah's Ark around the world. I have visited|
the one in Hong Kong as well. I commend the builders of this model for their
effort at making it look as ancient as possible--even on the inside.
|The city of Dortrecht is where the Synod of Dort met to come up with the famous|
Five Points of Calvinism, long after Calvin was already dead. Above is a model
of the Synod of Dort. I wish I also had time to visit The Hague!
|My last evening was spent ministering to some rappers (Hip Hop) in|
Amsterdam at the invitation of JayWay (on the right).
|Jan Kamminga with his wife Tineke|
After chemotherapy and physiotherapy Jan is now able to move his hands slowly but he is still unable to move the lower part of his body. I was reminded afresh of the need to serve God zealously while we still have strength and health. We don't know when the Lord may cast us into such frowning providences. (I had similar thoughts when I wrote "Why do good men suffer?" on my way to the Netherlands. You just never know when God will have a Job-like conversation with the devil about you!).
|Any Zambian carpenter willing to build me a new|
pulpit? I have an idea what it should look like.
Well, this was not meant to be a description of Holland but rather a narrative of a few things that struck me while I was there. I'm sure it is not a representative description of the country. I am grateful to the Sola 5 Baptist churches and the Heartcry for Revival ministry of Holland for their invitation to minister in their country. They hosted me very well and did a lot to bring in the crowds to hear me preach the Word of God.
I end by recalling what I wrote on Facebook. Having preached 19 times in 13 cities, towns, and villages in the last 10 days, I have laid many eggs in the Netherlands. These eggs are now in many thousands of souls. I leave them in the hands of God to hatch them at his own time. Who knows what God can do with his Word?