A place to practice hope and faith

On the rocky road, a few passengers step by along with a goat, a few cats, and a few dogs. A child is walking a goat as you might usually see a kid walking a dog. The horse wagon is a useful way of transport for whatever needs transporting. The village of Darda is full…

By Janneke August 2, 2019 1

A snapshot of our life

We might have moved to the Netherlands, but I just would love to give you a little snapshot about our life. Many things will change, but Jelle will continue in the coming year to teach and visit Osijek every two months. I take you along. What did you actually do in Osijek? The main focus…

By Janneke July 27, 2019 0

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