Thursday, February 7, 2013

Papa and Mama

Today I want to highlight my parents.

 I've mentioned it before on the blog, they live in Benin, Africa, and are there to help out the local churches with advice, training and education.

the wild things in Benin

They've been there for over a year now, luckily with a few visits to Holland in between, and they've done some really good work, but it hasn't been all fun and adventure. 
They've been through some difficult and scary moments
Moments that when I heard about them all I wanted was for them to come home. 

And of course they miss their children and grandchildren so much. 
Especially when hard things happen Africa is so far away! 
And sometimes it makes them feel like they shouldn't be there, but here with us, their children.

But I believe that they're there for a purpose. That God has placed them in Benin because he has great plans for them! 
And that doesn't mean that they should stay there no matter what, even if their hearts tell them to go back. No, it means that their time in Benin how ever long or short it will be will have meaning and will matter.

And that belief only gets stronger when I read my parents blogs about their life in Benin. 
My moms blog is in Dutch (which most of you probably don't understand),
but my dad blogs in English and I promise you it is well worth the read.

I'm just so proud of what they're doing and I love them so very much! 
And I know that God is there, right beside them, 
to help them and to give them what they need to do this special work. 

Will you pray along with me for my parents?

Love, Maria


me and my dad doing what we love, cooking and baking



my mom meeting Micha for the first time


Micha's first visit to my parents house here in Holland





12 comments:

  1. joining you in prayer! what a beautiful mission and testimony!!! this made my morning. i love it! p.s. just wanted you to know that i nominated you for the Liebster Award over on my blog today! you'll have to check it out and play along if you want!!! XO

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    1. Thanks you! And I feel so honored to be nominated, just checked it out! xo

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  2. They are pretty awesome... !

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  3. Question- are you from Holland/living in Holland?

    Also, love love love missions stories and missionaries so will definitely be checking out your parents blog/praying for them

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    1. I live in Holland but I was born in Australia and spent a part of my childhood living in Canada. So I kind of see myself as a world citizen who happens to live in Holland :) ! It's nice here!

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  4. We love you, Maria!
    And we miss you guys also!
    He is there, where you are, He is here, where we are, He is everywhere and He looks after all of us!
    Thanks for being such an awesome, christian woman!
    Lots of love and hugs and kisses, your parents <3

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  5. We're so blessed with our great, loving, brave parents!

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    1. And they have the best children too, haha!

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  6. It´s always quite exciting when you talk about your big family. You have a beautiful family, I love to read the blog and the testimony of your parents!

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