Natasha fights for peace

Natasha points to some words on the street: “Now is the time to make your dreams come true!” I walk with her along the Drava River in Osijek. “Look! We put this kind of phrases here to give depressed young people a little courage. There is so much despair! The aftermath of the Yugoslavian war…

By Janneke May 23, 2019 2

Stay With Me

Here are a few reflections on the latest small silent retreat in Hungary, as some of you asked so kindly how it went: The rain poured down, two days in a row. It was cold outside, but cosy inside. A little heater can make a difference!   Why would it be me, I wondered, to…

By Janneke May 17, 2019 0

Four things we’ve learned from our dog Vanda

If there is only one thing what we have learned in living in Croatia, than it is the force to accept the vulnerability and brokenness and embrace it. Brokenness in buildings, in people’s lives, in relations, and in many other aspects. One example of that brokenness was also visible in our dear dog: Vanda. We…

By Janneke May 2, 2019 2

Choosing peace

While preparing for this weekend’s silent retreat in Hungary, I came across this piece of art with the title: Choosing peace. It is not only the harmonious art that I love, it is also the freedom that we have to choose. Sister Wendy Beckett writes: “An acceptance of the vulnerability on which peace is based,…

By Janneke April 23, 2019 1

How a beggar became a pastors wife

How a beggar became a pastor’s wife It was Summer 2013, and our family visited the little church in Darda for the first time. We met the Nicolić family: Đeno, Biljana, and their four children. Đeno led the service, and Julianna, our translator, whispered: “This is remarkable. He is here just for a few months…

By Janneke April 16, 2019 2

Ash Wednesday Explained

Dear all, Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. But what does that actually mean? And why should we mark this day? I found this article very insightful and am happy to share it.   What is Lent? The word ‘Lent’ comes from the old Saxon name for the month of ‘March’ and came…

By Janneke March 6, 2019 0

The religious map of Croatia

In the heart of the square of Osijek is an angular bronze statue. A big, heavy man points to the ground while he gazes with a stern look to the horizon. This country, this land, is Croatia. Only God and the Croats themselves make out what is happening here! These are the words on the…

By Janneke February 28, 2019 4

Welcome to the plains of Hungary!

Silence in Hungary: 26–29 April 2019 Stay with Me A quiet time between Easter and Pentecost. You are warmly invited for a weekend women’s retreat where silence, chapel moments, local food, and fellowship are all coming together on the plains of Hungary. These days, we will focus on the time between Easter and Pentecost and…

By Janneke February 13, 2019 0