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King’s Day! by admin, mei 1st, 2014

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‘A truly unbelievable experience, great party and atmosphere with lots of fun, Music and people’ – Saz

‘I’ve never seen anything like it (in a good way); it was incredible’ – Hannah

‘I can’t describe it…it was the best party I ever had. I loved it…it was indescribable. If I could rewind time, I would do it’ – Daniel

‘My favourite part was Saturday morning with all the (flea)markets. I felt like all the partying in the city was a bit too crazy for me…not really my thing’ – Laure

Some answers to my question how the Mission House experienced their first King’s Day in Amsterdam. As you understand from their responses it was quite the event.

Orange everywhere (because our royal family’s name is ‘Van Oranje Nassau’ and Oranje means Orange); streets packed with people; the canals full of boats; music competing to be the loudest, the craziest, the coolest; flea markets all throughout the day; lots of food and drinks; tourists everywhere; and then us. It’s a thing in Holland.

For the first time we celebrated King’s Day this year. All my life it has been Queen’s Day. A little weird to be calling it King’s Day now and to have it on a different date as well! I had to keep reminding myself: ‘Remember, it’s all about the king!’

I think it’s safe to say that all the people in the Mission House and all their guests (of course everyone wanted to be friends with us this weekend and stay over here ;) ) had a great time at this typical Dutch holiday!

And only a week before we celebrated another major holiday: Easter. Major for Christians because the death and resurrection of Christ are the core events of our faith. It brings joy, it brings hope, it brings redemption. ‘This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life.’

And then again – daily – I have to remind myself: ‘Remember, it’s all about the King!’

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Easter! by admin, mei 1st, 2014

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Hi everyone,

It’s me Daniel again! What happened to the Mission House the last week? Let’s see! Last week was really interesting because of visits of families, parents. Hannah’s parents arrived in Amsterdam last Monday and stayed until Friday. My parents and godparents also visited me, they came last Thursday and stayed ‘till this Monday. I was really happy to see and meet them, because the last time was in January when it happened, so all in all after 4 months. So, I had a Hungarian-Dutch Easter, which means with lots of Hungarian foods in The Netherlands. I didn’t really spend much time at the Mission House during the visit of my parents and godparents, because we were walking a lot in the city, had boat trips in Amsterdam as well and went by train and coach to the wonderful Keukenhof garden with full of flowers in Lisse. The weather was perfect, so we could spend a lot of time outside! On Friday, Moritz, the boyfriend of Lydia also came to visit her and stayed until Wednesday. On Sunday, we had an egg hunting game, which was full of fun! Hannah was really enthusiastic during the game. Saz and Merit were at home for Easter, but they both came back yesterday. On Tuesday all of us started to work again. It was a bit strange to get back to work after 5 days and also my visitors weren’t in Amsterdam, but at home. Yesterday evening we had our House Meeting and we could say that the team was complete again!

Doei

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Tourists! by admin, april 2nd, 2014

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Hello world out there!

 

Time to let you know what is going on in here.

So this week, the new café “Hoftuin” in our beautiful garden has finally opened! That means our garden finally turned into a tourist-paradise! Drinking coffee in a nice garden seems to be very attractive. And it is very nice here! Lots of tulips are blooming now and today they started planting the new flowerbeds. Plus the weather is so nice and warm that everybody wants to be outside. But we will learn to share and maybe tourists are not THAT bad…

We also got a new upstairs neighbour! He already fixed my tab and we are excited to get to know him better on open meal coming Thursday.

This Sunday, a part of Mission House visited the ordination-service of Sjaak in Ermelo which has been very nice and “gezellig”.

And finally, Mission House will be complete again. On Wednesday Saz will return and Lydia will come back on Sunday. We hope that they will have a nice journey and get used to community life easily.

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My Birthday! by admin, maart 17th, 2014

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It wasn’t really my birthday, but as my birthday is after the project finishes, I selected a date to celebrate my Fake Birthday, and it was last Wednesday! read more

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Adventures by admin, maart 14th, 2014

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Like Daniel wrote last week, the Mission House is quiet at the moment.
Unfortunately Saz and Lydia had to leave for a while, due to some things that are going on in their personal lives. Prayers would be appreciated.
It is nice to be able to support our fellow house mates and friends in this difficult time, even from a distance. It shows the friendships that have developed over the past couple months. And we know that God is with them.

Fortunately there are also good things happening in the house. The weather is beautiful, spring is coming (see photo) and yesterday we celebrated Hannah’s ‘birthday’ together! It is actually in July, but hey, we won’t be here anymore by then, so why not have a little pre-birthday party already? I’m pretty sure Hannah enjoyed it :)

Daniel and Laure will be going on a weekend with one of their projects this weekend. We hope they’ll have a really good time.
Merit is enjoying holidays right now and Hannah just spent a few days in Switzerland with her family.
I went to the East of the country for a few days off, which was really restful as well.
What a travellers we are! It is nice to be able to do these things, to take a break, to enjoy ourselves.

Oh, and today our upstairs neighbours, Sjaak and Hadassa and little Douwe, moved to a village more in the East of Holland. Sjaak will be a pastor of a church there. We will miss them for sure; they have been really nice neighbours!
Merit was especially fond of little Douwe and Daniel will miss his mentor (Sjaak, not Douwe that is)…
May God bless them on this new adventure.

Meanwhile we are living towards Easter, one of the most important holidays for Christians. And we are being reminded of the time of Lent every time we cannot eat meat, or chocolate, or sweets (lent), or whatever we chose to not eat or do for 40 days. It reminds us of Christ’s suffering for us… And then suddenly, our craving for something doesn’t feel so much like ‘suffering’ anymore. It is a good reminder I think.  It makes me aware of the season we’re in. On Good Friday we will commemorate Jesus’ death on the cross for our imperfection, for our sin, for our shortcomings, for our sicknesses.
‘Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. All we like sheep  have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.’ (Isaiah 53)
This is such great news! Because Jesus did this, God now sees us through Jesus. If we believe in Jesus, His perfect life and sacrifice count for us! Then we are HOLY for God! I mean, that to me is just too wonderful to explain. I can be free, I am restored creation (with mistakes of course).

And, not only did Jesus die, He also rose again. He conquered death so that death is not the end. He is alive. And in Him, we can have true life and life everlasting as well. What a hope that brings! Eternity starts now. An amazing adventure.

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March is here! by admin, maart 10th, 2014

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Hi-hi everyone,

This week we had no special programme. Mission House is so quiet and I feel a bit empty, since Lydia and Saz went home. I think spring has arrived with March, because the weather is mild and sunny, so we really enjoy it. The looks of our garden changed a lot during the months, but I can also say that the last couple of days it varied so much! We’ll have a café in our garden that will open in a few days. On the 5th of March Lent started, so most of us vowed something not to eat during these 40 days.

Bye-bye,

Daniel

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House leader by Hanske Mulder, maart 3rd, 2014

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The Mission House is looking for a new house leader. Do you feel more at home in an international community? Are you a born leader who can draw out the talents in others? Are you studying or working in Amsterdam and looking for somwhere to live and work? Then we are looking for you!

Click on the links below for more information and how to apply.

Vacature Huisleider

Funciteprofiel

 

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Quiet by admin, februari 25th, 2014

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Hello everybody,
This is a quiet period in Mission House,no special events at the moment. We are lucky with the weather and I particulary enjoy walking in Amsterman under sun shinning. This city still surprise me. I have just discovered an other floor I nerver saw before in the Rijksmuseum. I use to spend a lot of time in museums here. Our place is so close from every important cultural point of the city including the handsome librairy next the central station where we spented our last family time. So, everithing fine !
Kind regards,
Laure De Man

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Midterm evaluation training by admin, februari 11th, 2014

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Hello out there!

A part of Mission House went to the Midterm training last week. This training is like the On Arrival training part of EVS program. For Daniel, Hannah, Laure and me it took place in the big city Den Haag. read more