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Introducing the Everts Family

Written by Garry Postma
Rev. Evert Everts and his wife Rina were both born in Hoogeveen, the Netherlands. Both grew up on a farm and enjoyed living in the country. In 1991 Rev. Everts was ordained to the ministry in the combined congregations of Ulrum and Lutjegast in Groningen, of the Christelijke Gereformeerde Kerk (CGK), where he served about 9 years. Mrs. Everts is a school teacher by training which will serve well as they have five young children.

Rev. and Mrs. Everts have a strong desire to work in missions. For several years already, a general interest in mission work led them to personally question themselves whether the Lord was calling them to the mission field. Now that their goal is near, the Everts' greatest desire is to bring the Word of God, with the prayer for the blessing of the Lord on their labours for the glory of His Name. In correspondence received by the Foreign Mission Committee, Rev. Everts writes the following:

Herewith we declare our hearty willingness to continue the
conversation with you about the appointment as mission worker in
Cubulco, Guatemala. From the moment that we read the call in ÒDe
WekkerÓ [official publication of the CGK] it has been a matter of
prayer for us. During the past several years the question that
often kept us busy was whether there would be a call to do
mission work. As we considered the nature and background of the
work in Cubulco, the desire became stronger and stronger to
devote ourselves to this task. We see this as a way in which the
Lord has led us and we trust that He will also provide all that
is required.

After more correspondence and an interview with our denomination's foreign mission committee, they were accepted, contingent upon an introductory trip to Guatemala. The next step in the process was training. The mission committee decided to enroll Rev. and Mrs. Everts at the IRTT (Institute of Reformed Theological Training) in Zwolle, the Netherlands. The Everts took a variety of courses including Missiology, Project Development, Conflict Management, Public Relations, Organizational and Management Skills, as well as courses related to various historical, anthropological and sociological aspects of Latin America. In addition, they also began their Spanish language training, which they hope to continue in Costa Rica.

At the time of this writing the Everts family is in Costa Rica for language studies until March, 2002, from there they will be going to Cubulco, D.V.

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