We have had a few wonderful months. We have been open every week again after the summer. It's nice to see that everyone always brings enough food. Due to the great interest in language lessons for beginners, we are no longer allowing new participants for the time being. But there is certainly room for more people in the advanced class! On November 1st we made sushi. That succeeded very well and was super tasty.
A visit to Café Connect
Café Connect is a new place for refugees and Dutch people to meet each other. It is not far from the new asylum center, namely in the Kruiskerk. On the first day, Friday, May 12, 2023, it was a lot of fun with perhaps 50 people, tasty snacks, games and, above all, many amicable conversations. Some people we know from House of Joy were also present. Hamayun used his skills as a hairdresser free of charge for the refugees (see photo). Great job, Hamayun!
A funny King's Day
On April 26, House of Joy was all about King's Day. We played old Dutch games. That was great fun! On the photo you see Willemien with one of the children. Afterwards we had a nice meal together. There were so many people!
Good Friday is an important day for Christians. At House of Joy, Hans explained what that day means.
How special: an Eritrean and a Dutchman help an Iraqi and a Chinese move. Yet that happened last Sunday. Ghadeer (from Iraq) and Hao (from China), who both fled their homeland because they were persecuted for their faith in Jesus, had to exchange their temporary home in Hoofddorp for a permanent home in Nieuw-Vennep. Hans knew that Goytom (from Eritrea) had a van for his work at DHL and asked him for help. This allowed Hao and Ghadeer to move their heavy items easily. How happy they were! Goytom said: "Hans has done a lot for me, so I'm glad I can give something back to you. And I hope you will be helpful to others again." In this way, House of Joy functions as a catalyst to pass on God's love to each other, across cultural boundaries.