Sunday, July 22, 2012


It has been interesting walking through the park at the King's Palace lately. There has been an exhibition of 35 monumental 5-metres tall sculptures representing a number of unmistakeably Belgian products (the only healthy one being Brussels sprouts). Quite bizarre, I would say, but interesting to look at.

Different variations of...
French fries
A mussel
My favorite

And beer of course

Yesterday was also National Day in Belgium, with most of the spectacle revolving around the King's Palace. I have been to the military parade two years ago (see my blog), but I'm not really keen on going again, especially as it fell on a Sabbath this year. So I was trying to circumvent the whole spectacle after our afternoon programme at church, but I was not aware that all the activities (different booths by the fire brigade, military, etc.) would get so close. Our church is about half a mile from the Palace, however there were crowds of people everywhere - but finally I made it to the metro station. In the evening, I watched the live stream of GYC in Linz. It's great that they managed to organize this in Europe this year. David Ascherick was speaking, and I felt so sorry for the interpreters. I really don't know how it would be possible to slow down this man! 

In the meantime, our camp meeting is getting closer. I'm still a bit apprehensive of all the organisational aspects, since we have never been at this new place, but I pray that everything will work out.  this year, we will have Joel Meyer and his family with us. I got to know the Meyers while I was at Uchee Pines. Joel was the farm manager then and Joella, the eldest daughter, was my classmate. In the meantime, they are working among the Navajo nation in Monument Valley (Utah), where my Dad and I had the opportunity to visit them in the spring of 2009, just before my return to Europe. They are a lovely family, and I'm glad that they are going to be with us to share about agriculture, country living and their experiences from the mission field. In fact, they have already been in Europe for over a week. They already gave a seminar in France, and we organized two more speaking engagements for them in Germany before they come to our meetings. So far, they have been enjoying it. Another speaker will be my friend Ann-Marie Scott who currently works as a medical missionary in Arkansas. She was also at Uchee while I was there and we got to work together in Hungary already twice since I came back from the US. She will actually fly into Brussels already a week from Tuesday, stay here with me for a few days, and then we will drive together to the camp meeting. Her mother will also join a week from Thursday. I'm excited!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Heysel Park

This past Sabbath afternoon, there was a special church programme at a park in Brussels. We had fellowship together and there was also the opportunity to distribute some literature. Unfortunately, we only had Dutch material, however if you are somewhere in Brussels, you rather bump into people who speak French than Dutch. So for next time, we will have to be better equipped. Anyway, the weather was nice and it was good to have some change of surroundings. This park is situated at the so-called Atomium; one of the tourist attractions in Brussels. It was originally built for the World Fair in 1958. It has the shape of a unit cell of an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times. Quite impressive.

The Atomium - it's possible to get on top of it

The children had fun playing together in the park

There has been a change of leadership again at our church. our Romanian Pastor, who had only joined us last year, received a call from Canada - so off they went. In fact, this is already the second Pastor we loose to Canada within a year. I have no doubt that they are needed there, and I wish them well, however we need  pastors here also. Now the associate pastor, who joined us in the beginning of this year, took over. He is a young fellow from the Netherlands, who originally came to pastor one of the Flemish churches here. So we will see how things are going to develop. The church in Belgium definitely needs a vision. I still wonder how the gospel can be spread in this country and throughout Europe. No doubt it will take dedicated members filled with the Holy Spirit. Lately, I started feeling this urge to pray this for me personally. We can claim the Lord's promise after all that He will give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him (Luke 11:13). I just read an interesting quote in Acts of the Apostles, p. 110:
Christ is saying, "Why stand ye here all the day idle?" and He adds, "Go ye also into the vineyard." Matthew 20:6, 7. Why is it that many more do not respond to the call? Is it because they think themselves excused in that they do not stand in the pulpit? Let them understand that there is a large work to be done outside the pulpit by thousands of consecrated lay members. 
Long has God waited for the spirit of service to take possession of the whole church so that everyone shall be working for Him according to his ability. When the members of the church of God do their appointed work in the needy fields at home and abroad, in fulfillment of the gospel commission, the whole world will soon be warned and the Lord Jesus will return to this earth with power and great glory. "This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come." Matthew 24:14.