Recently Verre Naasten published its annual report for 2018, the year in which we celebrated our 40th anniversary. In our anniversary year, we received more than 5.2 million euros in income. An amount higher than 2017 and higher than budgeted. This allowed us to spend more on our mission: to share faith worldwide, in words and deeds. 89% of the total income was spent directly on our objective. In 2018 we supported 59 cooperation partners in more than 30 countries.
The higher income in 2018 is due to a successful anniversary campaign, unexpected donations from legacies and legacies and a substantial contribution from the ‘Pharus Foundation’ for the construction of a nursing school in India.
In 2018 our worldwide collaboration with all sorts of partners offered various encouraging results. For example, 29 new churches started, 20 churches became independent, 1.275 people received medical help, 18 pastors completed their theological studies, 25.000 people were reached via various radio stations, 1.l800 people received practical training and 1.629 families received emergency help. All the supported mission work has one common thread: sharing the love of Jesus Christ in one’s own environment, in keeping with the local culture and context, in words and deeds.
In 2018 we also made budget available – for the first time in our history – for mission projects in the Netherlands. We want to explore whether, with our expertise in foreign mission projects, we can play a role in domestic missionary projects. We currently focus on domestic mission projects for people with a foreign background. Thereby we explicitly seek cooperation with existing diaconal missionary partners within the Dutch churches. We also prepared the launch of Lume in 2018, a worldwide movement of women who want to spread the light of the gospel in their environment.