A young Dutch couple accepted the challenge of taking a new message of faith to a small Caribbean island with a mosaic of religious traditions and post-Christian secularism. As a result, this year the Church of the Nazarene officially recognized the presence of the Nazarene church on the island of Curaçao.
Jonathan and Lissett Petrus met each other in the south of the Netherlands and joined the Church of the Nazarene in the city of Breda. They were married there and experienced six years of gratifying involvement in the local church. Then they took jobs on the island of Curaçao, an independent country that is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. God blessed them with two beautiful children, Nathan and Talitha.
Even before they left their home country, Jonathan had felt God leading him into some kind of Christian ministry. That sense of calling never left him even after he moved his family to their new home away from Europe. A few years later, God clarified his calling when Nazarene visitors came to the island.
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