Greetings from Major Rintje Taekema

- Victoria, Australia

Thank you for looking on our web site. May the Lord Bless and guide you during the year 2017

Just to tell you a little about myself, I was born during the second world war in Steenwijk the Netherlands. At the age of 16 years my family decided to immigrate to Australia, my Dad Gerlof and my mother Jeltje Taekema Meijer, plus us three boys (Myself) Rintje John and Gary, plus my four sisters Willy, Wietske Lonie and Froukje, all came to Australia. (Click Shalom to read more )

Before coming to Australia as a family we were living in Nijverdal, between Zwolle and Almelo in the Province of Overijssel. I worked for 2 years in Rijssen at a Jute factory Ter Horst & Co,(1958-1960) the factory was there for over 100 years. It was the major source for employment.
Nijverdal is a beautiful Town, and I have been back there many times since leaving to come to Australia.

In 1960 I met my wife to be, Pam Draper, we first met at the Salvation Army Millicent.  My wife Pam and I have been married for over 52 years now, we were married in Broken Hill NSW. Pam and I have two sons Peter and John they both have been married for over 30 years to Wilmien and Femmy respectively, we have seven grandchildren. Kylie our eldest grand daughter was married March 2007. Since late 2011 we have 3 great grandchildren, Jericho, Ulani & Judah born to Kylie and Shannon in WA.

Going back a little.  After the sad and sudden death of my mother in 1972 My family, returned to The Netherlands. My wife Pam and I were commissioned as Salvation Army officers in January 1970, and we served as officers at the following appointments, Golden Square, Scottsdale, Devonport, Huonville, Burnie, we also served in the Netherlands, at Sneek, Zutphen and Hotel Elim in the Wagen Straat The Hague.

Further in Australia we served at Thornbury, Mildura, Dandenong and Norwood, after retirement we also helped at The Tea Tree Gully Salvation Army Church Corps and while in WA for two years we helped at York in Western Australia. During 2007 we were privileged to serve at Shepparton for a short period of 6 weeks.

Scottsdale, Tasmania. In 2009 from the 1st March through to 1st June. Pam and I filled in as the Salvation Army Officers in Beautiful Scottsdale Tasmania, we had earlier served there in 1971-2 and again in 1975.
This time we filled in for 3 months helping out.It was great to catch up with old friends and make new ones.We continue to pray for the folks at Scottsdale.
Interestingly that during 2009 a group of four came with us to Israel from Scottsdale. They were very blessed learned a great deal about the Land of the Bible.

Update: March 2017.  Pam and I have just returned from Tasmania, and 5 dear friends have registered to come to Israel and Jordan with us this coming October 2017. We shared in various Churches while there, Scottsdale, Huonville, Kingsborough, New Norfolk, St. Helen's ,Burnie, Ulverstone, and Devonport where we shared a word about Israel and a message from Colossians chapter 3:1-17

What was most interesting, to meet so many people from the mainland who now call Tasmania home.
They come from all over Australia, and now enjoy living in Beautiful Tassie.

During the past 43 years I have had the great joy to Visit the Holy Land 12 times.This has been a tremendous blessing. The last 10 years as group leader. As you will see from our Israel Tours Story. Plans are well in hand for 2017 The Lord willing.

My daily prayers are for the Peace of Jerusalem. And praying Thy Kingdom Come Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. He will come. His Feet will stand upon the Mount of Olives which is before Jerusalem.
May we more then ever study His word, stay true to the Teachings of Holy Scripture. We are living in challenging days.  The Bible speaks a great deal about the last days.  Do not underestimate the importance of Doctrines, what we believe, Holiness unto the lord, commitment, and trusting wholly on His wonderful abounding Grace.

Jesus Christ is the Hope of the World. For God so loved the World that He gave us Jesus.

I am very grateful to our son Peter for setting up this new Web format.Well done Peter.

May the Lord Bless you.

Yours most sincerely

Rintje Taekema