I so enjoyed last weekend’s visit to the Redeemer International Church in The Hague and was encouraged to see its progress.
I first met Chris and Karin Taylor in Jubilee Community Church in Cape Town when Chris was leading the youth work of that exciting Newfrontiers church formerly led by Simon Pettit and now by Stephen Van Rhyn. David Holden invited Chris to be under his wing at New Community Church in London for a year and then planted him to The Hague four years ago
Newfrontiers has been involved in the Netherlands for many years and I am so grateful for the long-standing friendships expressed by those present at the meetings including Lydie Geurts, who has translated several of my books into Dutch and most recently ‘The Spirit-Filled Church’.
At a well attended Saturday morning leader’s event I was invited to speak on the vital themes of worship and prayer in the life of the leader and the local church.
In addition to Newfrontiers leaders from across the Netherlands, we were joined by church planters and leaders from other streams across the nation.
Seeing people respond to my sermon on a packed Sunday morning meeting was so encouraging. Now, however, the church has a growing Sunday evening congregation with the potential for ever increasing impact in this important international city where ancient and modern are united in such pleasing and fascinating style.
What a joy also to see Matt and Jo Simmonds and their recently gathered team of church planters, who are involved in an Amsterdam church plant. Things are on the move and major cities in Europe are being invaded with the gospel. Following my recent visit to Stockholm, where there were church planters not only there in Sweden but also from Estonia, Latvia and Finland, I am more than encouraged to see how the Newfrontiers family is breaking out into city after city with the good news of Jesus.