Pake and Beppe, Babička and Dědeček, that’s how I call my grandfathers and grandmothers from Friesland and the Czech Republic. From an early age I have been interested in various cultures. This interest took me to different parts of the world. I got to know people’s motivations, norms and values, through which I gained a broader view on the world and who we are as humans. I learned that we’re all human, made and loved by God. The perspective of others, my broader view on the world and knowing and realizing that we are all made and loved by God led me to a choice.
I chose to be with God for the rest of my life. That choice made me think intensively about the life I led and the life I wanted to lead. My intrinsic motivation to read and understand the Bible grew. The Bible has become a source full of wisdom for life.
Someone came to me in 2011 with an article from a magazine of Wycliffe Bible Translators The Netherlands. This article was about translating the Bible into sign language. It immediately grabbed me. My passions: The Bible, sign language, deaf communities, and an international desire I saw coming together at Wycliffe. The following years I consciously filled my backpack with knowledge and expertise and I experienced that God guided me in this process. Now I am sufficiently equipped to embark on the adventure. I will commit myself to projects in which sign languages will be researched, language structures will be established, and the Bible will be understood and translated.