Missionary of the Week ____________________________________________________________
van Reijn was born in the Netherlands, where his parents served as missionaries
for over 30 years. His father is a Dutchman who
was a vocational church planter in the Netherlands. He heard the gospel through his parents' faithful teaching,
and his mother had the joy of leading him to Christ when he was a young boy. The
Lord called Theo into the ministry during his teenage years and gave him a
burden to serve the Lord in his home country.
Theo received his ministerial and theological training at Bob Jones
University in Greenville, South Carolina where he obtained a Master of
Divinity in 2007. During his college years he also met his wife Sarah,
and they were married in July of 2002. They have three children,
Peter, Miriam, and Luke.
Sarah van Reijn was born in Richmond, Virginia. She trusted Christ as a
young child and still remembers the wonderful forgiveness
that salvation brings. During her high school years, she attended the
summer music camps at Bob Jones University. The Lord used the daily
preaching to work in her heart a definite, growing submission to the
Lord and His will for her life. Later, as a student at Bob Jones
University, Sarah received her undergraduate degree in Music Education
and her graduate degree in Church Music.
Reijns departed for the Netherlands on October 20, 2010. Their goal is to plant
churches in the primarily Roman Catholic province of Limburg. The area is
commonly recognized as one of the hardest areas of the Netherlands to reach with
the Gospel. Strong family ties and a wariness of non-Catholic religious groups
keep people loyal to their Catholic traditions. Using widespread evangelism as
well as personal, evangelistic Bible studies, the van Reijns desire to
communicate the Gospel clearly in an increasingly Bible-illiterate
They envision two main phases of ministry. First, they will endeavor to
establish a church which can serve as a mother church for future church
plants. The target location for the church plant is the city of
Landgraaf, which is part of a cluster of cities in the province of
Limburg with a total population of 250,000. Currently there are several
believers living in the target area who will make up the core group, as
well as others who are planning to move into the area for the purpose of
joining the core group.
Once the church in Landgraaf is established and financially
independent, the second phase of our mission will be the training of men
to go out as church planters from the mother church into other
locations in the Netherlands. With each additional church plant, the
base of churches that can participate in new church plants will grow.
The exciting potential of this model is the exponential growth that can
take place over time. For more information on the van Reijns' ministry, visit their website at www.hollandforchrist.com.