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Delft Bible Week 2002

A typical Delft scene A typical Delft scene

Two campaigns are held in Holland each year-one at Easter and another in August. This year the summer campaign was held in Delft, a university town, which is also famous for its 'Delft blue' pottery. The aim of the campaign was to advertise and hold the Dutch Bible Exhibition in Delft and also to advertise the 'Learn to Read the Bible Effectively' seminar to be held there starting in September. Time left over was used to distribute leaflets in Rotterdam offering a booklet called Outlook for the Future.

Five new seminars have been started in Holland in six years. This would be quite a challenge for an ecclesia with a large number of brothers and sisters, but The Hague ecclesia has done this with only fifteen members.

On the Sunday, the Breaking of Bread was conducted mainly in Dutch but with bilingual prayers and announcements. It always amazes us how brothers can switch from Dutch to English and back again so easily. Hymn singing was in two languages but we know we are all singing the same praise to our Heavenly Father. At home we might not be so keen on chapters with lots of names, but when following in Dutch the names sound recognisable and make it easier to follow!

After breaking bread the ecclesia and the campaigners always share a meal together and an afternoon activity, often a presentation about preaching work in another country-this time it was the Czech Republic.

For the members of The Hague ecclesia and the Dutch-speaking visiting brothers and sisters the Bijbelexpositie was the main activity of the week. This Dutch Bible exhibition was erected on the Thursday morning and was open until Saturday. About 100 visitors attended with some interesting conversations ensuing and some people registering for the seminar.

If you visit Holland on holiday or for business, do try to visit the brothers and sisters; they are very welcoming and it is an opportunity to encourage each other on our journey to our Heavenly Father's kingdom.

Paul and Jan Davies
from the Bible Missionary, no. 166, October 2002

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