04/07/1955 - 18/05/2022
On 10th May, Lia, wife of Corneel, suffered a cardiac arrest. She remained in a coma and passed away on 18th May. Totally unexpectedly Corneel, his children and grandchildren have to go on without his wife, their mother and grandmother.
Together with Corneel, Lia had been actively involved in planting churches in Lokeren (1980 - 1991) and also in Hoogstraten (1991 - 2017) within our Mission. During her period in Hoogstraten (when the children had left home) she was also involved for many years as a teacher in the Protestant/Evangelical religious education in their area. Since last year she was officially retired. Lia kept a low profile in their ministry, but she was felt everywhere and her influence was great. She was a woman who radiated peace and love, a mother who imparted wisdom to her children.
On 27th May we said goodbye to Lia in Baarle-Nassau (NL) with several hundred relatives, friends and acquaintances in a special thanksgiving celebration and with impressive testimonies about her from all her children and from Corneel. We remember his words: "She was my princess..." Her funeral followed, at the nature cemetery in Alphen (NL).
Their and also our consolation is that Lia may now be with her Lord and already share in the great joy to be found before His face. We pray for Corneel, his children and grandchildren, for the strength, comfort and nearness of the Lord!
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