Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Thankful of how God is using us and our students to reach out to the refugees.

How do refugees really feel? And how can we identify with them just a little? It’s complicated, when they have lost so much and we have abundance in most things. It is really worlds apart.


Our Children at Risk (CAR) students were given the task of teaching a seminar about how to help children of refugees with their trauma. One of the leading organizations working with refugees in Holland had organized the evening in a local church and asked our students to give this presentation. We have great materials for a presentation such as this, but before launching into the seminar, the CAR students tried to help participants reflect on all the losses refugees have suffered, imagining how that might feel.

It´s really impossible to sense the loss refugees have experienced, but this interactive exercise was used as an imaginary bridge to their reality.


Your life on 16 slips of paper

Everyone received 16 pieces of paper on which they had to write their 4 favorite people, 4 favorite things to do, 4 most important possessions and 4 dreams for the future. Soon the slips of paper contained the names of husbands, wives, children, parents, hobbies like ice skating, running, cycling, photography, things like laptops, washing machines, cars, cameras and dreams like marriage, having kids, a new job, etc.
With the staff of the Children at Risk School
Only 4 left 

The atmosphere was nice—people smiled as they wrote all those things down. But when the next part of the exercise was announced, people suddenly became very quiet: Your neighbor would randomly choose 4 of your 16 papers, and you would tear up the other 12.

“An attack happened in your city, and you had to flee”, one of our students explained to the group.“ Those 12 things and people on your little papers, you just lost…” You heard people gasping. “But the four remaining pieces of paper you neighbor selected, you can take them back—you still have them”.

Quickly people looked at what was written on the remaining papers. Some thanked their neighbor: “You saved my brother”, I heard one whisper, “I’m so glad to still have him”. But the atmosphere felt loaded. Wide eyed, they looked at our students who gave each participant a balloon.

Popping balloons

“Please blow up the balloon and write the four items you still possess on the balloon. The room was very quiet as everyone was busy and still in shock trying to imagine what would happen next. Suddenly a few of the students went around and popped all the balloons. “As you were fleeing your city, your group got attacked, and now you have lost those last 4 things”, one of the students explained. “How do you feel now?”

“I am so angry”, called out a blond-haired lady.

“I feel scared, fearful”, another said quietly, “seems there is no reason to continue living”.

“I feel as if there is no more hope for me, I lost everything”, said a young woman with tears in her brown eyes.

“Angry, fearful, depressed, hopeless…” Suddenly the penny dropped—yes, that is how refugees must feel. Only for them it is not just an exercise with 16 pieces of paper, but their everyday reality….


"There is Hope" booklets

We sometimes give this kind of introduction for people in western countries who have not gone through a collective trauma, in order to help them understand a little bit of what refugees experience and identify with refugees’ feelings. Then we can explain how the “There is Hope” booklet can be used to help children deal with their trauma. Children who have suffered so many losses need a lot of help.

We teach parents, caregivers and teachers to listen to the children’s stories as they proceed through the booklet, in order to give them closure and new hope. It helps the kids see that God loves them, that He is with them and willing to help. God has not deserted them but wants to comfort them. In all the fear and uncertainty, Jesus remains the rock and point of reference in whom they can trust. Children learn to put their hand in the hand of Jesus.


Refugee camps in the Middle East

Our students did a great job, and it served as preparation for the three months of practical outreach among refugees in the Middle East, where they are scheduled to give this same presentation (but without slips of paper and balloons!) to parents and caregivers of children in the refugee camps.


Lecture phase is finished

The three-months lecture phase of our Children at Risk school at the Heidebeek base in Holland passed so quickly. Besides practical experiences as described above, the students received a broad spectrum of classes about Children at Risk, how to help them, how to structure different ministries, some pitfalls and best practices. The course is registered at the University of the Nations (the training arm of YWAM). They had to write book reports, make journals, take tests and develop projects. At the end of the course, we were so proud that all the students had passed with flying colors—so we celebrated!


Now the students are away for an international outreach, using the things they learned during the lecture phase. We plan to visit them in June, then move with them to the next country in the Middle East. Please pray for protection on the whole group!


Hungary, Switzerland and a national revival conference

Next week Johan and I are going to Budapest, Hungary, where we have been invited to give a few workshops at a conference called “Reaching Europe’s Children”. Many participants come from the eastern part of Europe and represent many churches and mission organizations. We have also been invited to teach in a YWAM school in Switzerland this July. Between these two programs, we will be camping in a rented camper at an annual revival conference with two of our grandchildren. This is quite a happening, as the conference draws over 50,000 Christians from all over Holland. We are looking forward to this special time!

Health struggles

Over the last few months, we have been spending some extra time with doctors and at the hospital. First, Davi became very sick when he came to stay with us over the weekend. We rushed him to the local hospital, and they sent him straight to a specialist at the main university hospital. They soon admitted him with a kidney infection. As he is prone to such infections, we were happy that it was detected just in time. They put him on strong intravenous antibiotics, and a few days later he was able to go home feeling a lot better. But on a diagnostic scan, they detected something strange on his stomach. They scheduled a special test to identify this, and just yesterday we got the results. Everything is okay--what a relief! Please continue to pray for his health.

Celebrating the Dutch kings birthday with some of our kids and grandchildren
l (Jeannette) needed to look for a better brace for my foot that is partially paralyzed, because the last brace I got fits in only one pair of shoes and is too hot for the tropics or even summer in Europe. Looks like I have been successful finding an appropriate one. But, as I had already given away most of my old shoes, now I have to go shopping for new shoes! That is certainly something to look forward to! 😊

A day at the beach in Johans birth place, Zeeland, in the south of Holland
I also had to get some skin cancer spots removed. This is something I must be very careful about in the future. Would you please keep this in your prayers also?

We thank you for the ways you participate with us—in prayer, with gifts and in communication. We wish you all God´s richest blessings!

Prayer points:
  • Pray for the refugees and their children in the camps, who often lose all hope.
  • Pray for the students as they try to carry the hope of Christ to those camps.
  • Pray for the safety of long-term and short-term workers in the Middle East, and also for us when we go in June.
  • Pray for the lectures and seminars we are privileged to give in schools and conferences in different countries.
  • Pray for our health and also for Davi.
  • Give thanks for God´s love and faithfulness.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

How to help the children of refugees?

As we are having breakfast with our group of international students, a student from India put some red hot pepper paste on his bread, while another foreign student picks up a bowl with chocolate sprinkles: “What is this? Can you really put chocolate on your bread in the morning?” When we confirm this, a broad smile appears on her face: “Wow, this is heaven!” But one of the girls from Asia is a little less excited: “What, bread again? No noodles for breakfast?” Lucky for her, we have rice on the menu for lunch that day…
 

The first Children at Risk school in Holland started in January. The goal is to teach our students the Biblical foundation for reaching out to children at risk, basic principles and a lot of practical advice on how to start and maintain a ministry for vulnerable children. During a period of three months they get a wide variety of information related to this.
 


Kids’ clubs for refugee children

We have a wonderful group of international staff and students, who all have a special calling to reach out to children in need. The emphasis of this specific school is on refugee children. The classes our students receive during the week are put into practice on the weekends when they help in kids’ clubs for children from refugee families.

It is encouraging to see that in many places around the country of Holland, volunteers from churches have started support groups and programs to help refugee families and their children.

Leading a program for children until eleven o´clock at night
Another practical application of the lecture happened when the students were invited to help with a weekend conference for Arab Christians. The conference leaders had fled many years ago to Holland, and now they help other Arab Christian refugees, strengthening them in their faith and encouraging them to put their hope and trust in the Lord Jesus. All the kids in the children’s program came from an Arab background, and although they spoke Dutch very well and had lived in Holland for a number of years, there were some obvious cultural differences. Like going on very late with the program, until eleven o’clock at night! Of course this was no problem for the children, haha, but for the children’s workers?!? Well, they had to adapt a little ☺

To the monastery

In February we went for a week with the whole school, students and staff, to a European conference about refugees. It was held in a monastery in the south of Holland and brought together a big group of people from 60 different churches and organizations that work directly with refugees all over Europe. We heard a lot of impressive stories and had the privilege of hearing firsthand the stories of some of the refugees themselves. It was a very special week where we learned a lot.
 

Halfway

We are so proud of our staff and students, how they have adapted and are working hard! We´re about halfway through the lecture phase, and it is going really well. The first book report, newsletter and test are already done. And very soon the first three months will have passed and the practical outreach will be in front of us. The plan is that a team of staff and students will go to some locations in the Middle East to help refugee children and their families in the refugee camps.

Refugees in different countries

Some of the countries around the world that have recently been overwhelmed with huge numbers of refugees are Bangladesh, Uganda, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. For example, Lebanon is a country of about 6 million people, but more than 1 million of those are refugees. That means that one in every six people in that country is a refugee. If you would have the same proportions in Holland, that would mean there would be 3 million refugees, but in reality, Holland has only 250,000 refugees.

Turkey is the country in the Middle East that has received the largest number of refugees. Official figures state 3.7 million. Roughly half the refugees are children. Most of these children have to deal with severe trauma from the past, and are now growing up in families that have to deal with losses and challenges of coping and providing on a daily basis.

Our team will go to reach out to these children and families in as many ways as possible, including dealing with trauma. We expect that this will be a great blessing and help for many children and families.

We are planning to join the team for the last month of their time in the Middle East, and will report more on this in our next letter.
 

Back in Heidebeek after 38 years

It is really nice for us to be back at the YWAM base of Heidebeek in Holland. This is where we did our Discipleship Training School (DTS) 38 years ago. At that time we had no idea how long we would be in YWAM. Our original plan was to stay just one year in this mission movement and then go back to our jobs as teacher and nurse. Yes, it all went a little differently! We are so thankful to the Lord for the privilege of participating in so many ministries with children at risk in Brazil and around the world.

Teaching in Australia

And how privileged we still are to be able to make new plans with Him, giving classes and schools, equipping students and staff. In April Johan is scheduled to go for two weeks to Perth, Australia, where a Children at Risk school has been running for many years with a focus on the children of Asia, in countries like Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and the Philippines. Since we were able to give a school and seminars last year on that side of the globe, the children there have been very much on our hearts!
 

Enjoying winter

All the before-mentioned countries tend to have hot climates. So we are enjoying the cold weather here in Holland this winter--especially Johan, whose favorite sport is ice skating! He enjoys skating at the longest artificial skating rink (3 km long) in the world, which is actually very close to our little cabin where we are staying.
 


Of course we had lots of fun with our children and grandchildren during the Christmas break. Celebrating Christmas, 5 birthdays (!), New Year’s Eve, throwing snowballs, building an igloo, going ice skating, going to a Christmas concert, to a playground, to a dolphin show and to church together. Our family even played a game of wheelchair basketball! We were challenged by Davi and his team, and we all had to use wheelchairs. It was not a very big surprise when Davi’s team won!
 


Our daughter Michele, our son-in-law Romeu and their two children returned to Brazil last week after a wonderful time of furlough, which we enjoyed just as much as they did, after not having seen them for a whole year. And now we look forward to visiting Johanneke and Jonathan and their 3 daughters after they move to England. And of course we enjoy the extra time we can have with Pieter and Melissa and their children, as well as Dilma and Davi, before we hope to travel back to Brazil again in September.
 

Thanks to all

We would like to thank all of you who help us and pray for us. We are aware that all of you have your ups and downs, small and big problems, but through it all, you have been faithful to God and have continued to be a support to us as well. Thank you so much! This week I received a very special poetic translation of Zephaniah 3:17 which I would like to share with you!

"The eternal God, the God who is three in one; He who abides in the center of your being, is a powerful and courageous warrior. He has come to set you free, keep you safe and give you victory.

We cheer for Him. He glows with extraordinary pleasure and enjoys your presence. He has engraved a place in himself for you, where He relaxes in love and tenderness for you.

He cannot contain Himself when He thinks about you and with the greatest joy He dances around as He waits for you… He has placed you above all other creatures and creations onto the highest level in His priorities. In fact He shouts and sings in triumph, with pleasure proclaiming the ecstasy in His heart in a song of pure joy!

All because of you”


May this God, who loves each of us so much, bless you richly!

With lots of love,

Johan and Jeannette

Prayer points 
  • Pray for the students, that they will continue to learn a lot during the school, and will obey God´s will for their lives. 
  • Pray for the staff and students during their outreach in the Middle East. 
  • Pray that many families will be touched by the love of God. 
  • Give thanks for our family and friends, and the way we were able to enjoy each other’s company. 
  • Give thanks for the first half of the school that went really well. 
  • Pray for Johan’s trip to Australia in April, where he will teach in a Children at Risk School. 
  • Give thanks for our health.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

The greatest gift, the greatest joy!





We, Johan and Jeannette Lukasse,
wish you a meaningful Christmas and a blessed New Year!


God with us! The greatest gift, the greatest joy!

Watch for this—a virgin will get pregnant and bear a son;
They will name him Immanuel (Hebrew for “God is with us”).

"I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age."

During this time of 

being together

with family and friends,



With six of our eight grandchildren.
 

we also want to 

remember and pray for 

all refugees worldwide.



For them there was no place in the inn, and later they had to flee to Egypt...

Thursday, November 23, 2017

We are grandparents with a Mission

Last week I turned 60! And now?


“Are you guys planning to retire?” is a question people ask us regularly.

No, not really. Certainly not in the sense of stopping with our work. We are very thankful that we can continue what we are doing. For weeks and sometimes months, we train groups of young people, journeying together, living and learning how to follow Jesus in a more meaningful way, discovering together how to share His love with children and families that live in challenging situations. We really enjoy being able to do this in different countries: in Brazil, in some Asian countries and soon here in Holland, through the Children at Risk School that we will be leading in January 2018 at the YWAM base in Holland.

G-G-W-M

But, of course, we are getting older. “Which organization do you work for?” asked one of the ladies in the sports group where I am participating.

“With YWAM -- Youth With A Mission!”

She gave me a puzzled look. Well, yes, my hair is getting grey, there are wrinkles in my face, I use a brace on my foot to keep it straight—we are not so youthful anymore… 37 years ago when we started this adventure with YWAM, we were both very young. But now? Maybe we could change the name to G-G-W-M: “Grandfathers and Grandmothers With a Mission” 😊

Loren and Darlene Cunningham, the founders of YWAM. Loren is 82 and is still traveling
to minister in many countries every year

Change in rhythm

Some things change a little bit as you grow older. When our kids were still small, we thought it normal to work 6 days a week and stay very busy pioneering a growing ministry, while caring for our big, expanding family. Looking back, we sometimes wonder how we did all those things… Yes, our rhythm has changed a bit, and we do need a little more time for things we used to do in the blink of an eye!

A wonderful children program in one of the slums in the Philippines, just on some mats on the grass.  

LORD what can we do?

But even if we are on a slower track, the Lord has been faithful and still wants to use us, lead us and guide us. Instead of long-term, 10-year plans, we now look only one or two years ahead, always with the thought in the back of our minds: “depending on how our health will be.” But really, things have not changed too much--we still keep searching for the will of God, asking Him, “Lord, what is it that we may do next?”

So we believe that in early 2018, we are to lead the Children at Risk School here in Holland that will focus on developing ministries among children of refugees and their families.

Then in September 2018 we hope to return to Brazil for a year, where our focus will be helping and strengthening existing ministries and schools for Children at Risk. After that? We are not sure yet--maybe work with a stronger focus in Asia, the Middle East, India or Africa? There are children in need everywhere, as well as many YWAM bases that would welcome us to run a Children at Risk School, training their staff to reach out to more children and families in need. Our work continues to be challenging and exciting; we want to give our lives again and again to God for Him to use us.


Lonely feelings

We enjoy the time we get to spend in so many different places—seeing new things, learning new cultures, meeting new people. But sometimes we can feel lonely, as we never really “belong.” We stay somewhere for a few weeks, a few months, sometimes a year, but then we move on. Even now, as we are in our cabin in the small city of Ermelo, Holland, where we have family and friends, we know that it is only for a short season. Soon we will have to say goodbye again. But in all these moves, there is great comfort in knowing that wherever we go, God is with us, our heavenly Father, who knows us better than anyone.


Feelings of insecurity
Sometimes this also gives us feelings of insecurity: “Will the people who support us in prayer and finances continue to do so? Do we communicate clearly and enough about what we do, how the Lord leads us, and what we believe? About how children are helped and supported through the young people we train?”

Things were a lot clearer and easier to understand when we were still leading the base in Brazil where many kids were being helped and supported in the different homes. Now, we are primarily using the experience and knowledge we accumulated so we can train others. We know this is the right next step for us, but is this clear for all of you who have been following and supporting us over the years?

If you have any advice for us, we would love to hear from you!

In all those questions, however, we know that the Lord continues to take care of us. He knows our needs--He is faithful and good and continues to surprise us.


More than 30 million children had to flee
And so we continue. We are now busy with preparations for the Children at Risk School that we will lead from January to March next year, here in Holland. It will be followed by a practical outreach period, probably in refugee camps in southern Europe, the Middle East or even Uganda where more than a million refugees from South Sudan live, or in Bangladesh where suddenly almost a million Rohingyas from Myanmar are staying in extremely poor conditions.

There are more than 65 million refugees worldwide, and about half of those are children. These children have suffered big traumas and have great needs, yet they are all loved by our Lord Jesus. Will you pray for this school? That the right students will apply, and that by the end of the school they will have a clear understanding where the Lord wants them to serve and show His love to the children?

For more information about this school, please follow the link: http://ywamheidebeek.org/nl/car/

The Children at Risk School is registered at the University of the Nations

Busy bees

In the meantime, we are trying to build a website to serve all the Children at Risk Schools worldwide. This is quite a challenge! We just had an international meeting with others who lead Children at Risk Schools in South Africa, Brazil and India.

We also had the opportunity to teach about international development in a leading college here in Holland--we loved it!

Quality time with family

But, of course, we also try to set some time apart for our children and grandchildren who live in Holland. We had our grandchildren, Pieter and Melissa’s kids, stay for a couple of days during their autumn break, and Davi and Dilma will come and stay over the Christmas holidays. Michele and Romeu and their kids are coming for a three-month furlough from Brazil to Holland. We are really looking forward to that, as we haven’t seen them for a whole year. Just Johanneke and Jonathan won’t be here this Christmas, but we hope to see them next year when they move from Brazil to England. We know how blessed we are to have such a family, and we pray regularly for those who are alone, hurting and suffering.

Prayer points
  • Thank God with us for our health
  • Pray for the Children at Risk School at the YWAM Heidebeek base January-March 2018. 
  • Thank the Lord for all the YWAM bases around the world, and pray for the start and growth of ministries to Children at Risk.
  • Please pray for the refugees worldwide, especially the children. 
  • Give thanks for family, friends, and all who support us faithfully.
  • Thanks be to God who has promised never to leave us and to always care for us.
  
 
Christmas wish
We wish you all a wonderful Christmas, with the Lord Jesus at the center, celebrating his love for all--especially the least, the last and the lost.

We wish you all God’s richest blessings!

Much love,

Johan and Jeannette


Monday, August 7, 2017

Six months on the road in Asia, and counting!

Narrow streets, lined with homes that each have their own Hindu temple, exquisitely decorated with dark gray masonry. Little woven baskets with portions of rice, soy sauce, flowers and incense cluttered the entrances of these temples and the corners of the streets. Yes, we could clearly see we had arrived in Bali! Over 49,000(!) Hindu temples are spread out over this island. It is a beautiful part of Indonesia, but the worship of ancestors’ spirits plays such an important role that it keeps the local people under heavy bondage.

Since the beginning of March, we have been on a long international trip through different Asian countries. For the first three months, we led a Children at Risk School, and now we are giving seminars in different countries and locations--beautiful places with delightful people and endearing children, but each with its own particular challenges.


Hinduism, fear and poverty

If someone in Bali wants to become a Christian, his or her parents, who are most likely Hindu, will react very negatively. They expect their children to continue the custom of bringing daily sacrifices to appease the spirits of the ancestors; also, when parents pass away, their children must pay for a very expensive cremation ceremony in the local Hindu temple. Most families end up in great debt because of these customs. A large portion of the population is very poor and getting poorer. It´s an almost endless spiral of poverty.

The people in Bali who have continuously offered sacrifices to their ancestors are afraid. They ask themselves, “Who will take care of my spirit after I have died?” For when the next generation becomes Christian, they will stop paying for expensive rituals and daily sacrifices.

The Hindus in Bali have lived their whole lives in fear of the spirits of ancestors and demons. They find it difficult to receive the liberating love of God and the sacrifice that Jesus made for them. It is heartbreaking to see an island that looks like paradise, but where the people are in such bondage.


YWAM in Bali
YWAM has had a beautiful base in Bali for many years, hosting a large group of international missionaries who reach out to children and families in poor communities. Roberto, our friend from Brazil, is part of this base and is trying to start a community center in a poor neighborhood to reach families with God´s transforming love and power.


There are also many Indonesian staff on this base, and some of them became our students, together with people from local churches and from other YWAM bases. One person even came all the way from Papua New Guinea! For this very diverse group, we gave a two-week seminar about how to work with Children at Risk. On the weekend, they put some of the things they had learned into practice when a group of children were invited to the base. The students had prepared an attractive children’s program and it worked wonderfully well!

“This is the first time I really enjoyed doing a children’s program--it is a pity it is already finished,” said one of them.

“This was just thrilling and fulfilling,” exclaimed another.

After two very intense weeks, we finished with a night of thanksgiving. One of the Indonesian students, who had lived on the streets as a child and teenager, gave a testimony:

“I have learned so much about working with children at risk. I will do many things differently from now on. But besides all that I learned, I also received lots of healing of some deep emotional and spiritual wounds. I am so thankful to the Lord!”

We so enjoyed our time there, but after this evening, it was time to catch the next plane to Jakarta.



Jakarta--what an enormous city!
Many people in Bali had told us how different Jakarta was from Bali, and we could already see that as we flew over the city. The capital of Bali, having no high rises, looks like an inflated village; however, Jakarta is obviously a mega city with a sea of high rises and a population of around 20 million people. Instead of the many Hindu temples, here there were lots of mosques. Walking through the city, we could see the strong Muslim influence.

In 2016 YWAM launched a small pioneer team in heart of Jakarta. They live in an old wooden house with steep stairs that dates back to the time when Jakarta was called Batavia City, built by the Dutch who had colonized Indonesia.


Our students here were the missionaries on staff, all Indonesian, one girl who works on a YWAM team in Thailand, as well as some people from local churches and organizations. They were so eager to learn more about children at risk that they had scheduled classes in the morning, afternoon and evening! Little time to catch our breath :) But we loved it! It was very meaningful (and fun!) to teach such a motivated group.

Classes
Just to give you an idea about the classes we give during such a seminar, have a look on the page "teachings" on this blog or click on this link, and you´ll find a list of teachings.


Cebu in the Philippines

Now we have arrived in the city of Cebu in the Philippines, where we will be conducting our last seminar on this extended Asia trip. This country has more in common with Brazil than any other place we have been so far. It was colonized by a Catholic country, it has problems with drugs and corruption, and there is a huge gap between the rich and the poor.

We are staying on a beautiful YWAM base which sends teams out to nine different locations, reaching children in poor neighborhoods, under bridges, and in slums, using any open area they can find.


They would like to have a complete Children at Risk school here in the Philippines to train their staff, and we are trying to see how this could quickly become a reality. We are praying that this school will then be multiplied into different locations in Asia; the need among children is immense.


And how are things in Brazil?
Recently we received some wonderful news from Brazil. The base we started in Belo Horizonte and led for 27 years (until 2013) has just celebrated its 30th anniversary! So many blessings to recount over the last 30 years. So many children and families transformed. We praise God for his faithfulness. So much to be thankful for!

In other news from Brazil, the church in Rio, which last year housed our 8-month DTS/Children at Risk School, sent us some beautiful photos from the children’s program started by our students in the very poor community behind the church. It continues to grow, and whole families are being changed through the love of God.


January 2018: Children at Risk School in Holland

When we arrive in Holland this September, we will prepare for the upcoming European Children at Risk School that will have a special focus on refugee children. It will start January 10, 2018 at the YWAM Heidebeek (Holland) base. The lectures will all be given in English. After the 3-month lecture phase, the students will go on outreach, most probably to a refugee camp in southern Europe or the Middle East.

Please help us promote this school, so we will get the right students. Join us in prayer, and help us pass the information on to potential students. For further information, please go to the YWAM Heidebeek website: http://ywamheidebeek.org/nl/car/

Thanks for standing with us in this!

Prayer points:
  • Thank God for our restored health during this trip.
  • Pray for the Hindu families in Bali that live in fear and bondage. That the love they see in Christians may convince them of the hope Christ offers.
  • Thank God for the new pioneering team in Jakarta.
  • Pray for them, that God would give the right strategies to share God’s love with the people in their community and city. 
  • Pray for the children in Cebu, that they may really get to know the Lord Jesus from a very early age.
  • Thank God for all the eager students with whom we could share during this trip.
  • Pray for multiplication of Children at Risk schools in Asia.
  • Give thanks that the work in Brazil continues so well. 
  • Pray for the next Children at Risk school in Holland. 


We are so grateful to all those who have been praying for us during this trip, and for all the financial support, emails and messages we’ve received. We couldn´t do this without your partnership. We pray for God’s richest blessings on each of you.

With lots of love from Johan and Jeannette






Sunday, July 2, 2017

Teaching in Indonesia and the Philippines

We are still on our 7 months teaching trip in Asia. What a beautiful part of the world! But also what a big need among the children!

Today we started our seminar about reaching Children at Risk in Bali, Indonesia! We will be teaching from July 3-14.

 After this we hope to give the seminar in Jakarta, Indonesia from July 17 till 21.


And then another seminar in Cebu in the Philippines from august 7-16


We will be teaching about:

1. Reasons to work with children and God´s love for every child
2. How girls and women are treated in different worldviews
3. Child development and characteristics of children
4. Stimulating and developing different types of Intelligence and gifting in children
5. Nehemiah and strategies for transformation
6. How the broken wall represents the different categories of the children at risk. 
7. Justice and mercy in Urban Missions
8. Street kids, rescue and restore.
9. Transformation of a poor community
10. Combatting human trafficking
11. Abortion, children at risk in the womb
12. Adoption and foster care.
13. Leadership communication styles. Understanding your team members
14. How to prevent falling into the trap of manipulation
15. Methods for effective communication 
16. In your ministry with children: How to deal with stress and keep mentally healthy



Please pray that many young people will be called to work with Children at Risk.