Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Tracting across Europe !?!


Eliza did tell me that we couldn't go home until I had knocked on one random door with her. So in Delft, she picked a door, taught me how to say, "We are missionaries," in Dutch, then after a nice woman opened the door, I said my 3 words, then smiled while she and Eliza talked and talked about religion (in Dutch). Eliza made "doing doors" look fun and easy!

Days 11 and 12 - Zoetermeer, then flying home to Florida

Broeder en Zuster Van der Put! Went to wijkzoetermeer with them on our last day after staying at their place. 

 With Ton and Wouter!
 Celina and Willemina came to church!
 The lovely Lister girls.
 Alexandra came to church so we got to see her, too!
 With Whitney, and Ilsa (she recently got baptized!). (:
 Artsy nametag photo.
 Sweet young women from wijkwassenaar (English-speaking ward).
There was a Surinaamse potluck after church- here are some native Surinamers

 Dancing to some traditional music
 With Roy and Anja Zeggen!
The Palacios (she's Russian and he's Brazilian) had us over for dinner- such an inspiring and amazing little family. So much love. 

 Saying good-bye isn't easy!
 One last photo with Zusters Mashburn and Lemich. Keep up the good work in Zoetermeer!
Stuffing all the goodies into our suitcases at the Van der Puts' house. 

 Jet-lagged selfie.
We stopped in England.. does this count towards our weeklong tour of six European countries? (;
Sister Hendricks (sweet and fun YW leader from Florida) met us in Dallas on our way home!

She's back! At the airport (late at night) with grandparents who flew out from CA, younger siblings, and some friends from the ward. 

Days 9 and 10 - Groningen and Delft

We met up with Elwin and Swapna (friends who've come to church/ made us dinner/ met with us a few times) and some of the missionaries serving in Groningen, and ran into Oviedo (a YSA) downtown at the market!
With Marleen, a recent convert YSA (well, not so recent anymore- she and Koen both got baptized when Eliza was a greenie in Groningen, and are doing great now). 

The group... pre-herring.
The open market - watch out for bikers



Apparently, jawel, 't is lekker!

I bravely sampled Belgian frites (with curryketchup) and a fresh stroopwafel while these others sampled raw herring. 
Sending off some last postcards from Europe.

Climbing the Martinitoren- glad Koen took us to do that, beause despite serving in Groningen twice, she hadn't climbed it yet. 
With Koen!

Bird's eye view of where we just were.

Her bike has had a good long life, but is still barely hanging in there.. currently being used by a new missionary, actually. 
Matching genie pants with Zuster Romig! 

 So nice of the Romigs (senior couple in Groningen) to let us stay the night with them and get to know their awesome selves.

 You pass so many of these along the road.
 We drove along the afsluitdijk (closure dike)- over 20mi (32km) long!

 Some Dutch cows (preparing some lekker Dutch cheese?)


2 - and one wannabe- Nederlanders.