Common Change Stories: Meet Emiel and Philippa and family.

Common Change Stories: Meet Emiel and Philippa and family.

The way Common Change works is that you sign up and join a group and commit to giving a regular amount to a common group fund. At any point if anyone in the group knows someone [one degree of separation] with a need, you can present the need to the group and together hopefully come up with the best way of meeting that need. Our group tries to follow the code that‘It’s not IF we will meet a need, but HOW we will meet that need.’  Emiel and Philippa and their children are friends of ours who, when suddenly faced with a crisis, gave us an opportunity to get involved in helping out and being an encouragement to them.

Here Emiel and Philippa share a brief glimpse into their story:

When God first sent us to Japan nothing could have been more exciting.  As a young couple in ministry we had been waiting for years for God to send us, and knowing we would be on this adventure with our gorgeous children, 18months and nearly 3yrs old, made it all the more amazing.  From the moment we were given the opportunity until we stepped onto the plane was 3months!

We both taught at an international school attached to a church. It definitely took us a while to get settled but once we had we really enjoyed our time.  Our children were happy even though we all missed family and home.  Our life was beautiful and interesting.  A family tragedy, however, upset the balance, but we had decided to stay in Japan.

At this point God closes the door.  We can’t really describe the feeling that came upon us when we heard the news.  Needless to say we were unprepared for what lay before us.  We were told we had to leave immediately but did not have the means to do so.  We contacted a few friends asking them to pray for us, Brett being one of them.

Brett shared our story with his Common Change group and they decided to help us.  An amazing woman e-mailed regularly during that time, encouraging us and when we returned home the financial support they had given us helped us get back on our feet.  We are so grateful to Brett and Val and Common Change for coming around us when we really needed it.

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Brett Anderson

Brett "Fish" Anderson from South Africa (the country) is passionate about seeing the church live out what it says it believe in all areas of life. He is married to the beautiful Val (tbV) and hates raiSINs with a different kind of passion.