There is a caring married couple who takes care of the Christian community and all the volunteers who live there. They pay attention to the spiritual and personal life of each volunteer along with the practical aspects of maintaining the house. Let us introduce you to Hans and Marlies, our house parents! An extremely passionate couple that is of great value in the community.
Hans was a manager at the Shelter back in 2004. Back then, they were already interested in serving God through being house parents. Since then, they have worked with OM Ireland and then lived in the south of Holland for a few years. It wasn’t until late last year that they felt it was God’s timing for them to be the house parents. They “laid out the fleece” and saw confirmation from God over and over.
Now they’re here, and their passion for every staff member is obvious. They are always around whenever you need them. Whether you want to hang out in the office and chat, visit their cozy apartment for a deep conversation, pray, or just goof around. They’re always welcoming, and they really create a loving, vulnerable atmosphere in the house.
The main vision that Hans and Marlies have for the house is that we will be a Christ-centered community.
They are always praying for the community and for the hostels, and they create an atmosphere of prayer and worship in our house. They long to draw people into God’s presence and to keep us focused on the One who called us all here and holds our community together in His love. They’re also physically creating more space for us to be with God, in the form of a new prayer room in the house.
Hans and Marlies are constantly finding ways to empower each individual and bring out their gifts and talents. They help equip leaders in the house, while still giving plenty of space for individuality and growth. They play an important role in supporting the small group leaders, and they also mentor several people in the house. I know for myself, that Hans and Marlies have really encouraged me and supported me in my role as an occasional worship leader in the community. And I know, with lots of people, they are bringing unknown gifts to life!
We’re so blessed by Hans and Marlies. God has called them here and is working through them in beautiful ways.