Nr.186 ended with, “The building would not be officially opened until the next year and then there would be another totally different surprise……….!” (See

While in Canada for several months, Marina and I were able to stay in the home of Allan and Helena Hoffman, who were going out of the country on a mission trip. They even let us use their car. We thanked God for them and for another one of His provisions. We had a precious time with our daughter Rosa and also with our home church and other people and churches that supported us. I was speaking in a different assembly every Sunday and at some week night meetings.

And then, as many of you will probably remember, came New Year’s Eve of 1999 and the Y2K bug, also called Year 2000 bug or Millennium Bug, a problem in the coding of computerized systems that was projected to create havoc in computers and computer networks around the world at the beginning of the year 2000. Quite a few people, especially in North America had taken precautions as they were afraid of power failures and all other kind of things happening. So some bought generators, stocked up on groceries and other items. I didn’t believe much of this, but to be honest, I did take the car out of the garage, in case the power failed and we wouldn’t be able to get the garage door open. That night we sat watching TV and saw how there were New Year’s parties in Australia, while nothing had happened. And nothing happened here either, ha!

We flew to Belgium the beginning of January and were glad to be back and able to continue with our ministry there. The new building wasn’t finished yet as there were many little things to be done. After painting the whole place we were able to start using it, which was a real joy. We had also planned an official opening where we could invite the neighbors and other folk. We talked about inviting the Mayor of Ghent, but someone laughed and said that he would never come as he is a real socialist and never, really never enters a church building, not even when the King visits Ghent.

However, one of our church members, a doctor, was a city councilor and he talked to the Mayor, who accepted the invitation. So, as the building was filling up with Christians and non Christians, we really wondered whether he would keep his word. And sure enough, there he came, with his wife! What an unbelievable surprise, who would have ever thought that! We had a wonderful meeting with singing, speeches and also having the Mayor speak, after which I spoke, or rather preached. I doubt whether this man had ever heard the gospel, but he sure did that afternoon as I did not beat around the bush, but as I was speaking I sure wondered what his response was going to be…………….! (Go to Musings).


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