‘Twas five years in country, God’s work in my heart
Had been quite a journey for me from the start
From selling our home and then moving away
To starting a walk of dependence that day

My husband and I had done missions before
But now, yet again, we would walk through that door
Of moving and fundraising, sharing with people
These introverts stretched, but God again faithful

When funds were all raised, we were given the go
We packed up our crates, suitcases in tow
Welcomed with heat and a language unknown
Again all was different, we had to be shown

Debbie with her daughter, Sarah. Photos by Debbie Klynstra.

Year one was spent trying to learn the new ways
While being the object of everyone’s gaze
New driving, new food, and a new way to live
Homesick and tired, we gave all we could give

We learned all we could, then the time came to move
Packing, good-byes, we were now in the groove
Arriving and greetings, for the kids a new school
My husband was glad to be using his tools

Riding the currents of overseas living
We’re grateful to those who are faithful in giving
So we can be Jesus’ hands, and His feet,
Trusting in Him with each challenge we meet


This Christmas again is a great time to think
That God gave us Jesus to be our True link
Now we have a way to our heavenly Father
We belong to His family, and it’s like no other

Be it serving in big ways, or sometimes in small,
Be it seen or in secret, we can give Him our all
So whether you live in your hometown or here,
The goal is His glory all times of the year!


  • M. Young says:

    Debbie, what a lovely Christmas poem. You are blessed with the ability to write! Praying you all have a Merry Christmas!

  • Mom & Dad says:

    Deb, that is just beautiful . Chris, Deb, Sarah and Benjamin how thankful we are for all you give. Love, Dad ,Mom Pop & Gram

  • Martha Bamford says:

    Such a beautiful poem. God’s love compels us to do hard things. He knows, He understands, He loves us, He is doing wonderful things in the lives of His children. You are in our prayers.
    John and Martha Bamford

  • Gail R. says:

    Hi Debbie and Family! Merry Christmas! I know you’ll find “He is Faithful and True” in the New Year as you have in the past. He’s the same yesterday, today and forever! In your “old age” (LOL!) you’ll look back and see what a “wonderful life” you’ve experienced. Keep serving and giving thanks.

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