A Reflection of Oceans’ Vision

  Blog Written by Patty Spykstra As Tim and I were preparing the upcoming board retreat we spent some time extra time praising the Lord for His blessings, thanking Him for His faithfulness in the unknown and unexpected, and asking for His discernment and wisdom. The sign posted on Oceans Retreat Centre has a logo […]

“All the Lonely People…”

  “All the lonely people, where do they all come from? All the lonely people where do they all belong?” The Beatles sang these words back in 1966 in the midst of a cultural revolution in the west. A revolution that promoted self as god-where you could explore and do anything your heart desired. The […]

“When Satan should buffet…”

Written by Mike Verkaik I’m not sure how many years ago it was, but I remember the day I finally looked up the word “buffet” in the dictionary. I had sung It Is Well With My Soul by Horatio Spafford countless times in various settings before, but for some reason on that Sunday I needed […]

“Father, How are You Feeling”?

“How are you doing Father?” I had just dropped off the car to be serviced and was walking back to the Retreat Center when this question entered into my conversation with God. So often in my journey with the LORD I share my heart, feelings, requests and He patiently listens and leans in with compassionate […]

Enduring Faith

Her face had a radiant glow as she stood confidently sharing her testimony before the church family. Almost a year to the date she was facing a violent storm as her husband of 15 years walked away for another woman, a close family friend. She shared how she was sinking in despair-overwhelmed with emotion. Patty […]

A Slice of Life

Written by Patty Spykstra It is hard to believe that Tim and I relocated to South Africa in January 2020. I must admit that missions for us isn’t quite the same as my childhood recollections, and I like to think that we are all called to be missionaries and reflect Christ in our work places, […]