Saturday Evening Post 27 March Barneveld

Written by Jack van Ommen on March 27th, 2011

The Boonzaaijers were my hosts for most of the weekend. I last saw them in the anchorage in front of the “Jimmy Buffet” cafe on Huaini in French Polynesia, in 2005. Maria grew up in the same neighborhood, Rivierenbuurt, as I did, in Amsterdam. A couple with many talents and well travelled. Stephan is a Protestant pastor and the leader of a community in Barneveld where several families and individuals live together and share meals, discussions and devotianals in their community center “de Bondgenoot”

Maria has recently published her book “Papa Tango”. I could not put it down. It will be available in English and I will let every one know. Voor de Nederlanders “a must read”:

It is a story about a classical soprano searching for her Argentinian father and younger sister in Argentinia. I shared some of my life’s experiences with the community in their Friday evening meeting and I felt very blessed by their response and sense of community with each other.

Sunday morning I will bicycle with Riet, my cousin’s wife, to the mass at the basilica in Haarlem, Sint Bavo. There will be pictures, I promise and   most likely of bulb field we’ll be passing on our way, I promise.

The community in Barneveld, part of Stephen on left


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