Since the end of 2017 Pier and Joke have lived and worked in Novi Sad, Serbia. They serve in cooperation with the Tabitha Foundation, the missionary and social arm of the Evangelical Church in Novi Sad. 

Church

The Evangelical Church in Novi Sad buzzes with activity. Alongside the Serbian community there is also a Roma community (the Roma were formerly referred to as 'Gypsies' but this term is now seen as inappropriate as it is not how the Roma call themselves). Over the years the church has developed a wonderful social work which is housed in the Tabitha Foundation and run by national workers. The Foundation runs a pre-school for Roma children and reaches out to the camps of various Roma groups.

Work

Pier and Joke will serve primarily within the Tabitha Foundation. Pier will not only bring his experience as a pastor but his background in agriculture will also be useful. Pier will be available as a Bible teacher to different Bible Schools but this role will grow as he builds relationships with the community and his language skills grow. Joke stands ready to serve in a care role and also bring her experience as a nurse to the table.

For Pier and Joke the first year is primarily occupied with learning the language and culture. Serbia is a European land but like many European lands the region of Novi Sad is an ethnic and linguistic mix. There are more than 18 ethnic groups with their own characteristics, including their own language, church or religion. The Roma are one of these groups but even then there are several different Roma groups. 

iTeams NL is a partner with Pier and Joke, the Novi Sad Evangelical Church and the Tabitha Foundation.

Newsletter and Home Church

If you would like to stay up to date with Pier and Joke's you can follow then via their website (in Dutch): www.meindertsmaservie.nl

Their home church is the Baptist Church Harlingen: www.baptistenharlingen.nl

Financial Support

If you would like to support Pier and Joke financially you can make a donation to this bank account:

NL27 RABO 0305 9373 75, in the name of ITeams, with the note RM-NS Meindertsma 

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