The day of national prayer in the Netherlands Mar 18, 2020 16:08:54 GMT 1
Post by pjotr on Mar 18, 2020 16:08:54 GMT 1
Evangelische Omroep (EO, English: Evangelical Broadcasting) is one of the twelve member-based broadcasting associations contributing to the Netherlands Public Broadcasting system. It has as its mission to bring people into contact with Jesus Christ and its statement of faith is a form of Evangelicalism. EO is one of the few broadcasting associations in the pillarized Dutch broadcasting system to have remained totally faithful to its religious roots.
The logo's of the 2 mainly Protestant christian biblical parties in the Netherlands. Aslo called biblical principial political parties of christians who live according to the Gospel like American Evangelicals. Maybe the Dutch version of American Evangelicals.
The logo of the Council of Churches in the Netherlands. Member churches are the Protestant Chruch in the Nedtherlands (PKN), the Roman-Catholic chruch in the Netherlands (RKKN),
the Old Catholic Chruch in the Netherlands (Oudkatholieke Kerk van Nederland) (OKKN), the Mennonite Church in the Netherlands (Algemene Doopsgezinde Sociëteit), the Remonstrants
(Remonstrantse Broederschap), the Hussite Moravian Church (Evangelische Broedergemeente in Nederland (EBG)), Religieus Genootschap der Vrienden (Religious society of friends: Quakers), the Syrian-orthodox church in the Netherlands, The Salvation Army (Leger des Heils), The Anglican church in the Netherlands (for the British community in the Netherlands and Dutch Anglicans), The Coptic Orthodox church (Koptisch-orthodoxe Kerk), the Covenant of Free Evangelical Congregations in the Netherlands (Bond van Vrije Evangelische Gemeenten in Nederland (VEG)), the Foundation Orthodox Church in the Netherlands (Stichting Orthodoxe Kerk in Nederland (OKiN)) and the New Apostolic Church in the Netherlands (Nieuw-Apostolische Kerk in Nederland).
The Netherlands, like large parts of the world, is severely affected by the Coronavirus COVID19. The situation is getting graver every day and the measures are affecting everyone in their daily lives. As Christians, we are not immune to the suffering and uncertainty that this situation entails. But we don’t have to be guided by that. We can trust that God is the Lord of all, even in this situation.
Christians have no need for panic. After all, we live for Christ, who enables us to remain sober and to seek the good for others. Whenever we are tempted to give in to fear, we can make a conscious choice to respond with peace of heart and confidence.
And we have hope. Not only for ourselves but we have hope to pass on. Just like the corona in a solar eclipse, the light is never completely gone. In fact, the light is stronger than the darkness. Especially in dark times we can show that hope to the people around us. First of all because of our attitude. But also by practically giving renewed attention to the people around us.
That is why the Reformed Political Party (SGP), the ChristenUnie (CU), the national evangelical broadcasting association EO, the christian radiostation Groot Nieuws Radio, the Council of Churches in the Netherlands and the national Mission association MissieNederland are jointly initiating a Day of National Prayer for our country in this uncertain time.
Prayer helps to surrender our anxiety to God, to bless others, and to ask God to show us his intentions in difficult circumstances. That is what we like to do with as many Christians across the country as possible, not through physical gatherings but through a “virtual” prayer movement through the Internet in general and social media canals in particular.
PS - The text is from the christian organisation of this National day of prayer. These are not Pieters words, but I wanted to share the fact that christians in the Netherlands exist and that they are active like Roman Catholics in Poland and the Protestant and Orthodox christian minorities in Poland.