Sunday, February 21, 2016

Graafschap CRC

The season of teams has begun. It is always a joy to watch people step on this campus for the first time and see their hearts grasp the mission. The past 10 days have been full of moments like that for the team from Graafschap CRC in Holland, Michigan (USA). The 11 member team, have been in the houses serving the house mothers by caring for the children, scrubbing all the walls, washing windows and floors. They also went up and down the road to BG and picked up 56 large trash bags of garbage. The children and the house mothers have really appreciated all the extra love and attention they have received.

For me, a fun aspect of this team was watching some of their hearts grasp the mission. People can come to BG and work put never really allow themselves to fully understand what needs to happen to make things run smoothly here. Some of the team members on this team did. They say the long hours, the hard work and the tender care that is needed. They grasped that these children are not orphans, but children who need to be loved and the house mothers are not here just for a job, but to care and invest in the hearts of the children. The team also so the great joys in simplicity, like a child who arrived terrified and within a week is smiling with the other children.

Thank you Graafschap for you continued service to BG. Your hearts are ready to leave here and grow the mission in your own surroundings. May you know and embrace the calling God has on your lives and cling to His finger tip as you trust in Him.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Do Not Be Afraid

“Don’t be afraid; just believe.”
Mark 5:36

Fear has a way of controlling who we are.
Fear has a way of clouding our “lens” to the things around us.
Fear has a way of stealing our joy.

The past few days I have thought about fear. On Friday we received a new child. This child came to us scared. Their eyes showed the fear, there was no hiding it. The crying and tears that ran down their face, proved that everything at BG, the staff, the children, the volunteers, were all too much and this child was very overwhelmed by it all.

Friday morning, a team from the United States arrived to serve a week at BG. I could tell that this team just added to the child’s fear so in the afternoon when all the children were out playing with the team members, Tyler, Bryan and I took some time to just hold this precious child in our arms. Once we held them close to our body, the crying stopped. The child’s eyes were still wide and trying to take everything in, but while they were held, the world was a little safer.

Saturday, the team, Tyler and I went to Semonkong, a village in high up in the mountains of Lesotho. I have to say it is one of the prettiest drives someone could take. Not only do you see true Lesotho living, but at the end you get to see a beautiful waterfall. (Due to the drought the fall is not as big as normal, but it is still beautiful.) As we were driving someone in my car asked if things, like this drive, were bittersweet, because I new my time at BG is coming to a close. This struck up the “million dollar” question and I was asked, “What is next?” We didn’t talk about it for a long time, but through the twists and turns of the road on the way back to BG, my mind started soaking in the mountains and thoughts of “what is next?” Normally, a situation of uncertainty can be a big trigger for fear. We are taught to care for ourselves and know who to provide, but when there is nothing in the future, how does one do that?


Trust is a word, just like fear, that can trigger emotions in a person. For me as I drove through the mountains, I felt an extreme peace, because I trust and know that the Lord has a “next” for me. I didn’t look at the drive as sadness or a “last” but as a blessing. The Lord gited me with an amazing opportunity to serve others and soak up more of His presence. The past few years have been one of the biggest blessings in my life. I want to celebrate them. I want to look at them with joy. I do not know yet what is next, but I know it is there and at the right time, He will reveal it. And before that time comes, I do not want to miss the “now” because I am fearful of the “next.”

Trusting is hard. Like the new child on our campus, they had to learn to trust us as safe people who will love and care for them. Along the journey of trust there are moments when fear can rise in you and you have to choose what to do. I am not a master at the lesson of fear verse trust. There are moments my trust feels strong, and then there are moments when fear creeps in and I wonder, “what is next?” In those moments I cling to the truths Jesus spoke in Mark 5:36 “Do not be afraid, just believe.” The Lord is whispering in our ears all day long, “I am with you. I am for you. I have a plan.” He is wrapping His arms around us when the fear overtakes us and takes away our trust.

One thing that the Lord has been telling me, is that if you have fear, it doesn’t mean you do not have faith or that your faith is weak. It more is the Lord revealing areas in your life where you need to stop and seek His face and allow His voice to louder than the fear. It is not an easy thing to do, but as I have learned, when you do see His face instead of the fear, He shows you the beauty in the mountains and then gives you someone that will sit with you as learn to trust.

Thursday, February 11, 2016


Each day I sit in my office, I look out over the campus and see joy. The children here are overflowing with God's joy. Yes there are moments of fighting and typical things when you have 65 children in one space, but the laughter you here and the huge smiles makes up for all of that.

Yesterday I went into South Africa to run some errands. I left before everyone was moving around BG, so I didn't get to se the children. When I arrived back to BG at 4, the children came running to me. It was like I had been gone for 6 months, not 8 hours. There are two boys here, 3 year old twins, who have a special place in my heart. They were the first to me, demanding many kisses and squeezing me hard with their hugs. I cannot even begin to explain how great it felt. The rest of the afternoon, those two would not let me out of their sight.

Last night, as I reflected about my warm welcome, I couldn't help but think of God's love for us. He purses us every moment of every day and if there is a moment when we walk away from him, the second we take one step towards him, he runs to use and holds us tights and lavishes his love over us. The comforting thing though is that if we take a step away, he never takes his eye off of us, because God is everywhere. There is no where we can go away from His presence. This is comforting to me in the moments when children leave BG. We do not know what their future holds, but one thing I do know, is that the Lord will never leave them.

There is so much JOY in that!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Funding Update

For 4 years you all have been faithful supporters to me finically. I am grateful for the sacrifices you have made, so you could give to my missionary support fund. I do not take those sacrifices lightly and strive to be a good steward of the gifts that I have received so that I can proclaim God's truth to those I meet, both at BG and while traveling and speaking in North America. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to follow God's call to serve. I love my job and know that I could not be where I am and do what I do without all of your gifts. 

Last year when I announced that 2016 would be my last year at BG, I saw a significant drop in my funding. I apologize for not fully explaining that this year I will still be working a full year with BG. That will mean six months serving in Lesotho (January to July 1) and six months touring around the United States and Canada (July 2 to December 31). This year will include more travel and meetings as I will be introducing Tyler Robbert, the new North American Ambassador to supporting churches, organizations and individuals. My hope and prayer is to finish this year setting Tyler up for success, so that he is fully equipped to serve in this role. I have full confidence that the Lord will use Him to move mountains for BG and excited to see the Lord use Tyler's many gifts to proclaim His truth. 

In order for me to complete my responsibilities here, I do need more funding. I never want to use this blog as a way to ask for funds, but I also know that I cannot keep serving this way if the funding does not come in. For those of you that donated in November and December, thank you so much. They were big months, but unfortunately more is needed. 

If you would like to support me financially, checks can be made out to AFBGMI and sent to...

c/o Terpstra Missionary Fund
100 S Pine Suite 107
Zeeland, MI 49464

Remember not to put my name anywhere on the check. 

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