The New Work in Rotterdam…
We arrived back in The NL in FEB. 2016 after itinerating in the USA to share the need across Europe. We are teaming, this term, with EC Europoort, a Dutch church in the center of Rotterdam. This Fall we will be starting an English-speaking service as we join in the vision of Pastor Daniel Pasterkamp to reach this intensely multi-cultural city for Christ. EC Europoort is a church of around 500 people on Sunday mornings. We will be holding our services at 12:30 after the morning Dutch service. The need here is absolutely HUGE! Close by lies Erasmus University and two Hoge Scholen (colleges) with around 60,000 total students in this thriving city. Many of thes hail from foreign lands and are taught in English. Over 50+% of this city is from a non-Dutch back ground. Many of these will speak English and prefer this over the Dutch language. This is a great opportunity to reach many nations and cultures with an English context.
Please pray that the Holy spirit will anoint our efforts and many will come to know Jesus as the loving and forgiving Savior that He is!
We are currently working to establish a Launch Team from members of EC Europoort. We are praying that the Lord will raise-up all the needed people to make this service a wonderful experience as people are introduced to Christ… many for the very first time. This is our hope. All we want to do is share the love of our Father with every person we meet. What He has done for us… He wants to do for others. Please pray with us!
The last church plant in Maastricht:
Maastricht hosts a large international population. Forty percent of students at Maastricht University come from other countries, and ten percent of Maastricht’s 117,500 residents are international. Many of the expats living, working, and studying in our city speak English, yet few opportunities exist here for people to worship God together in English. Damascus Road is an international church connecting with the English-speaking people in our city.
The church has grown steadily in its first year. Since the first public meeting on Easter 2010, God has brought people from 50 nations to Damascus Road. Students and business people come through Maastricht for a time before going back to their home countries. God is making this international crossroads into an starting point for His gospel to travel to many nations.