We are Rieneke & Gert van de Pol and live and work in Blantyre (South Malawi). Rieneke is a nurse by profession, Gert is a minister. We have been blessed by five daughters, sons in laws and seven grandchildren.
From January 2017 till December 2019 we lived in the Northern part of Malawi: in Ekwendeni, approximately 20 kilometers from Mzuzu. Rieneke worked there as a nurse for the palliative care programme of Ekwendeni Mission Hospital. Gert worked for the CCAP Synod of Livingstonia as a Bible study coordinator.
Now Gert is working for the CCAP Blantyre Synod. His mission in Malawi is still the same: encouraging and training people to conduct Bible studies, using a participatory method that wants everyone to participate fully and actively.
Rieneke started working with Tidzalerana in Ndirande (Blantyre): a shelter where disabled people find a home.
Two congregations in the Netherlands took responsibility to send us as missionary workers to Malawi: the Johanneskerk in South Rotterdam and the Protestant congregation of Rijnsburg. Thankfully, also other congregations support our mission, as do family and friends. So, many congregations and people are involved. They support us and our mission through prayers, fund raising and paying attention.
We are happy to be part of the Dutch missionary organisation GZB, that in Malawi cooperates with churches like the CCAP Synod of Livingstonia.