"It is just over a week ago that we had the last meeting of our debriefing. What a special time it was to walk this path together, going to the cross, laying down the burden and leaving it there. In Israel, spring is a busy time as the Jewish mothers do the Pesach cleaning every year. No bread crumbs should be found. This Pesach cleaning gives expectation, and creates a new beginning.
I was raised in a family where my mom did spring cleaning every year. She was busy for six weeks cleaning the house, turning it upside down and inside out. My mom planned it carefully in order to finish a week before Good Friday. She always said: “Not only the house should be clean but also our hearts, to know and understand in a better way what the Lord did for us on the cross.” I remember her that week, doing little things, polishing the silverware, and listening to a sermon on the radio. She made herself ready. When I received an email from Mintie at the beginning of this year offering the debriefing, I knew it was for me. I cleaned my house and in March I was ready for the cleansing of my heart. At the last meeting, I felt a burden was taken off my shoulders. A wound had been opened up and cleansed in the presence of Jesus. It was presented to Him. It wasn’t spectacular; it was done in gentle spirit, with Jesus waiting at the cross to receive my burden and treat my wound with His cure, His Word and by prayer.
The next day, I felt as if I was in rehab., a cast having been taken off after a long period. I asked myself, “Is this real, am I able to walk in newness of life, is a wound starting to be healed?” I heard the birds singing, my step was light. I believe it is real, the Lord has done great things. I give thanks to the Lord. He used Mintie and Jan to be His vessel."