vrijdag 23 maart 2012

March 2012

Dear people,
Revelation 7: 9,10
After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude, which no man could number, out of every nation and of all tribes, peoples, and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, dressed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands.
They cried with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation be to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”

Before you go on reading this letter, be still and think about the question: what’s the reason I live? What is God’s plan for me, for my country, for the world?
That prominent plan of God, with a beautiful final destination, as described in Revelation. Just read the Bible verses one more time, and ponder on them!

John sees the future in a vision. And he is able to see heaven and the scenes that are going on there. A glimpse of God’s Throne. In a vision he sees history, till its final destination that God has in mind. Uncountable are the followers of Jesus Christ. Together they celebrate the victory. Together clothed in white robes. White as the color of victory, of purity. Together with people who speak another language, with people we don’t understand their ways of living and thinking, they are connected together by one belief, by one cross. Together we celebrate the victory of King Jesus. He will conquer! He already conquered. The victory of the Lion of Judah, who is the Lamb of God at the same time. This is the plan of God, and the message of King Jesus! (Sermon pastor H.J.J. Pomp during the service where they gave me their blessings and sent me off to PNG)
I am looking forward to going back to share this victory with the people in Papua New Guinea, to invite them to become part of His Kingdom.
I have been quite busy the last couple of months. I spent hours and hours behind my computer, to organize everything that needs to be done before I leave Holland for a long time. Insurances, sponsoring, visa, appointments to say goodbye etc. Sometimes my oldest brother kept me company.
Another highlight was the weekend I spent with my 2 sisters. Unforgettable memories. Crazy moments, having a face mask on your nose that makes you look terribly sick. It felt so good to spend time together, before having to leave them behind again. I needed it to prepare myself for all the goodbyes and to have memories to hold on to when I feel homesick.
I have been doing a lot of presentations, especially at Primary schools. It happened to be during the week the kids were learning about fruits and vegetables.
So for some of them it was confusing to tell their parents where ‘this lady’ is working,
something like
Paprika New Guinea....
Their response was heart warming, so were the teachers and the parents. A new connection between the kids in Holland and New Guinea. Although our life circumstances are so different we are one in
the Lord! And we can pray for each other, always, at every time. When we will be sleeping, the children in New Guinea will pray for us, and when they will be sleeping, we will be awake and pray for them! This is an eye opener for the kids!

The most beautiful moment was the special service on Sunday, March 4th, to bless me and send me off to Papua New Guinea. We listened to
a song, ‘Are you ready to give yourself away to Me, to find your life and security in Me?’
The sermon: The victory belongs to King Jesus. He already conquered. I only need to sow the seed, King Jesus will give the fruits.

And the blessing I received from Psalm 134: “The LORD that made heaven and earth bless
thee out of Zion.” What else do I need?
And while I was holding hands with my earthly father, we sang together: Peace be to you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you. Abide in My Spirit, He will guide you. (John 20, 21,22) King Jesus Himself goes before me. What a beautiful adventure. We are on our way to His final destination. He will gather all His children to be Home with Him, one day, for ever and ever.

It has been so great to see and to talk to everybody. It’s like a warm blanket to know that there are so many people standing behind me, to pray, to encourage, to support. Thank you so much, for who you are, for what you mean to me, and for everything you have done for me! Thank God for the great time this year, and His help and support to get everything done. Sometimes it was hard, but God has given me the perseverance to finish it all.
Pray for a good journey back to PNG, a smooth transition, and to feel at home again in PNG.
May God bless you all! Marjan Sikkema 

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