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Unexpected!

Our friend Jantien, recently became a mother after nine years of waiting! She wrote a lovely text in which she played with words and perspectives. I asked her if she wanted to be a guest blogger. And she agreed! Quite a change to have such a little one to take care of. Is n’t he…

By Janneke July 23, 2020 1

A walk to the well

          15 juni 2019- My friend and language teacher Laura invited me to celebrate her birthday in their Vikendica in Bistrinci. A small second home, where local people often spend their weekends. The literal translation is Little Weekend. It is localized on the outskirts of town. 30 kilometers away from Osijek.…

By Janneke June 11, 2020 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 4

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 3

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 6