Let’s go camping! The Dutch often vacation in France, where they like to camp out. They prefer Dutch food over French cuisine and fill their cars with supplies. One Dutchman’s car actually broke down under the weight of so much food. In addition to these campers, there is another group of Dutch that come to France – those who have decided to live there. In 2004, the Dutch purchased more homes in France than in any other country except Spain. They typically mingle with other Dutch rather than with the French. Their physical needs are being met, but not their spiritual ones. Intercede that the Dutch in France will hunger for the Lord and will soon be partakers of the feast at His banquet table.
A home away from home is what many Dutch have established in Germany. A housing shortage has led them to move across the border, but they continue to work in the Netherlands and send their children to school there. The Dutch understand German, but are reluctant to speak it. This language deficiency, their daily commutes, and cultural differences cause many Dutch to live as strangers in this land. A Dutch woman stated, “Sundays…are terrible. The place is dead, nobody does a thing…you donʼt hear anything and you canʼt do anything…” Intercede that the Dutch in Germany will find a friend in Jesus and that their Sundays will then be filled with meaning, as they worship and fellowship with other believers.