“The God Who is real.”


You know that my book ‘The God Who is real” has been on Facebook under the title “Musings of an older man.” However, there are changes in the book and it is shortened. Here are 5 previews:

“From the very first page, I knew this book would pull me in. Nothing prepares you for the true life experiences that Richard and Marina have faced in their life time. They have learned to lean on God in all circumstances and their faithfulness has seen lives changed, including their own. If you’ve got questions, the answers you are looking for may be right in front of your eyes.”
–Mrs. Susanne O’Connor. “Office Manager, The Spinal Garage Wellness Centre”, Kitchener.

“Rarely have I been so impacted by reading a book as I was at the conclusion of “The God Who is Real.” Richard and Marina Haverkamp have served God for more than 55 years together, through “plenty and in want”, joy and sorrow, constantly counting only on the Lord to provide for them, their family, and their ministry. If you are wondering if God is “really real”, this very personal account will convince you that He is real indeed! This is certainly a very encouraging book for anyone desiring to serve the Lord.”
–Gerrit Blok, Co-founder and past Executive Director of New Life Prison Ministry.

“Although I was privileged to know about Richard and Marina’s involvement in Belgium, I was unaware of the many interesting experiences during their years of missionary service. Their real life stories in this book are an affirmation that “God is real” and provides in many unusual situations. This book’s easy-to-read style helps the reader to journey through the years with the Haverkamps and appreciate how God has used them to accomplish His work.”
–Mrs. Evelyn Hoffman. A friend.

In a world often characterized by uncertainty, confusion, doubts, and distrust, it is such an encouragement to learn from people who have been ‘on the other side’, asking the questions honest skeptics ask about the relevance of God and the Bible. The majority of the time, we turn to biographies of people who lived and died a long time ago. But God has blessed countless numbers of us by allowing us to personally know the Haverkamps, and to now have the privilege of observing the adventure of their life as it is freshly retold. As I was reading the original version of this book in blogging format, I could barely wait for more! I felt like a child sitting on a rug in front of a fireplace, while Richard was masterfully recounting a story that not only drew me in but challenged me in my own degree of faith. This is a must-read for believer and skeptic alike. A true story of real people trusting a real God!
Peter Bolton – Bible teacher, and retired Math/Science Educator (30 years in public high schools)

“In post-modern, post-Christian Europe, a most unlikely setting for seeing God’s miraculous working, the author relates candidly yet engagingly, his first-hand experiences of the reality of God. As a friend of Richard, I can truly attest to what he writes since I have heard him tell story after story, not only proving the existence of God but how God stops at nothing and uses whatever method He needs to get our attention. You will love reading of a God who shows up and wastes no circumstance or crisis to bring about the miracle of change that we need. What we all need is less theory and more reality, less orthodoxy and more life. The reader will not be disappointed as he reads about “The God Who is Real”.
–Les Frey, for forty years active in Christian service in Spain.

Help needed.


In 3 or 4 weeks my book “The God Who is real” will be published.I wrote this book to show both Christians and non-Christians that God is really real. I did not write it to make money, in fact, I don’t think I will get the money back that I put into it, but that doesn’t matter. I am working with a self-publishing house, which has pros and cons. One of the pros is setting the price, one of the cons is that I myself am responsible for the selling of the book. So I am looking for people who are interested in helping me in promoting and selling the book and get this good and positive message out. More information later. Let me know if you are interested.

Book Cover



Update front and back cover of my book. I really enjoyed and appreciated the many helpful comments I received the last time. Your input is important to me, so I hope to hear from you.Cover

Make sure to read to the end, you’ll get a surprise!



The Arctic Ocean is warming up, icebergs are growing scarcer and in some places, the seals are finding the water too hot, according to a report to the Commerce Department yesterday from Consulate, at Bergen, Norway.
Reports from fishermen, seal hunters and explorers all point to a radical change in climate conditions and hitherto unheard-of temperatures in the Arctic zone.
Exploration expeditions report that scarcely any ice has been met as far north as 81 degrees 29 minutes.
Soundings to a depth of 3,100 meters showed the gulf stream still very warm.
Great masses of ice have been replaced by moraines of earth and stones, the report continued, while at many points well-known glaciers have entirely disappeared.
Very few seals and no white fish are found in the eastern Arctic, while vast shoals of herring and smelts which have never before ventured so far north are being encountered in the old seal fishing grounds.
Within a few years, it is predicted that due to the ice melt the sea will rise and make most coastal cities uninhabitable.
I must apologize. I neglected to mention that this report was from November 2, 1922, as reported by the AP and published in The Washington Post – 93 years ago. This must have been caused by the Model T Ford’s emissions.

Hoe kan ik veranderen?



Door mijn denken te veranderen, Rom.12:2!

Een uitdaging: lees deze teksten iedere morgen na het opstaan en iedere avond voor het slapengaan, en indien mogelijk, enkele malen door de dag.

Houdt dit een maand vol en ik garandeer u dat u verandert, indien niet, krijgt ge uw geld terug!

8 teksten:

1. 2Kor.5:17, God zegt dat ik een nieuwe schepping ben. Zo ziet God mij! Wat een wonder!

2. Rom.8:1, God zegt dat er geen veroordeling voor mij is omdat ik in Christus Jezus ben!
Wat een bevrijding!

3. Ef.1:6, God zegt dat Hij mij begenadigd heeft (gratie verleend), (Engels: “accepted in the Beloved”, “aangenomen, aanvaard in de Geliefde”)
Wat een liefde!

4. Ef.1:7, God zegt dat mijn zonden vergeven zijn, (mijn verleden is uitgewist!).
Wat een geruststelling!

5. Fil.1:6, God zegt dat Hij een goed werk in mij is begonnen en dat Hij dat ten einde toe zal voortzetten.
Wat een zekerheid!

6. Rom.8:31, God zegt dat Hij voor mij is, zo, wie kan er dan tegen mij zijn?
Wat een bemoediging!

7. Rom.8:17, God zegt dat ik een erfgenaam van God ben en een mede-erfgenaam van Christus.
Wat een toekomst!

8. Ef.1:1, God zegt dat ik een heilige ben.
Wat een voorrecht en uitdaging!