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Erna, Kor and Bauker--with baby Jozua a prayer away!

Along the way, with all the challenges and sad things going on in the world, God reminds us that He is still here, bringing life, beauty, redemption and answering prayer.

I have a wonderful friend, Erna, who lives in Holland. The first time I heard of her was when  I found out she had put Ministry of Motherhood in Dutch so that her country could have the message. She and her sweet family came to visit us a couple of years ago. She has worked diligently to reach out to moms, put our messages on radio there, and now she has translated Missino of Motherhood into Dutch.

God blessed her and her wonderful husband with one son, but for 15 years, they have wanted another child, but with no answer. So you can imagine how excited I was yesterday to see how generously the Lord as answered their prayers. He does listen to us and wants us to persevere. May He give us the will to keep reaching for His blessings. Here is the announcement I received over email.

“Have I not commanded you? be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you werever you go.”

Joshua 1:9

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“O God, insolent men have risen up against me; (...), and they do not set you before them. But you, O LORD, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. Turn to me and be gracious to me; give strength to your servant and save the son of your maidservant. Show me a sign of your favor, that those who hate me may see and be put to shame because you, LORD, have helped me and comforted me.”

Psalm 86:14-17Jozua was born Thursday, the3rd of March, 2011, at02M40

Many of you know of our long cherished desire for a larger family. In 2007, physicians told us that, humanly speaking, there was no chance of pregnancy.

This way, God prepared us to start an adoption process. In the beginning of 2010 this appeared to proceed very well. The adoption of four children from an Eastern European country, however, was cut short irrevocably on a Wednesday in June 2010, because agencies did not want to respect the rights of parents as laid down in the constitution of both the Netherlands and the sending country. We laid the situation at Gods feet and prayed that we were very much willing to raise more children, although we did not know how this could become reality.

The following day God remembered us en gave us pregnancy. It is a great joy for our entire family to welcome another son after 15 years and 38 weeks.

Kor, Erna, Bauke & JozuaStelma

the Netherlands


All our love and prayers of blessings are with you today, sweet ones!