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Steef and Tineke lived in South Africa with their four children for 8 years. In 2006 they came back as a family, but Steef kept on traveling to teach his courses on mission awareness throughout Africa. Now that the children are all out of the house and having families of their own, they have decided to work in missions together again.

On this website you can read about their adventures, news when traveling as a blog, and Steef's articles on Bible based missiology. 

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Newsletter no. 56 September 2017

Newsletter no. 56 September 2017

Dear friends,

We are so grateful with all your prayers and support! Thank you so much. Here you find an update on where we are and what we do.

Yesterday

Today is the 22nd of September; yesterday was our eldest daughter’s birthday. Happy birthday, girl! We’ve missed it again because of all the travelling. May the Lord reward you for supporting us in going and loving us in spite of all our travels… ;-)

 

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Article 2019-04 Missions & Money

Chapter 54: Missions & Money

Introduction

Missionaries are free to receive or refuse financial support but every missionary should test his motives for receiving support. Refusing support does not prove a lack of apostolic characteristics. Receiving money should never be a stumbling block to spread the gospel, and greedy acceptance of funds can expose the receiver as a false apostle. Paul disliked receiving support from people among whom he ministered, but gladly accepted it from churches outside his ministry area. He asked for others, but never for himself or his team.

Scripture reference

After this, Paul … went to Corinth. There he met … Aquila … with his wife Priscilla … Paul went to see them, and because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them (Acts 18:1-3)

The story

The issue of missionary finance is tricky. Paul hadn’t brought it up because he didn’t hide the slightest selfish motive behind his ministry. On the contrary: some Corinthians interpreted the visible result of Paul’s highly integer financial policy – his tent-making – as a sign that he was not a real apostle. They hadn’t understood why Paul did this, and often we also have a hard time to correctly esteem the value of his extremely selfless support principles. Below we explore some of these.

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