Welcome

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 2018-11 Cultural Issues & Syncretism

Chapter 50: Cultural Issues & Syncretism

Introduction

The apostles’ council in Jerusalem concludes that conversion to Christ suffices, whatever culture or religion one comes from. We convert to Christ only, not to a certain church or form of Christianity. In church history this rule has been trespassed against often.
Missionaries must understand that theological and cultural issues differ greatly. Biblical principles should be maintained strictly, whereas cultural issues should serve as exercises in love. We must realize that man’s theology changes long before his cultural habits do.

About syncretism we learn that the New Testament regards it as idolatry. This mix of truth and lie makes it a dangerous deception. It is one of Satan’s vilest tactics to deceive the church. Syncretism has many, even modern-looking appearances. It thrives well on a bed of carnal ‘Christianity’, and can only be defeated by the cross of Christ.

Scripture reference

Then some of the believers who belonged to the party of the Pharisees stood up and said, “The Gentiles must be circumcised and required to obey the law of Moses.” … James spoke up … “It is my judgment … that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God …” (Acts 15:5,14,19)

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