In August the De Lange family joined the OM France team. Martin and Petro arrived from South Africa along with their youngest son, Samuel, 13. They left their two other sons behind to continue their education: Martin, 21, and Benjamin, 18.
On leaving South Africa and their two eldest children, Psalm 126:5-6 became particularly dear to Martin and Petro: “Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them” (NIV).
Previously in South Africa Martin worked for the crime investigation police unit, while Petro was a cook in the Air Force. Following a theological course, Martin became a pastor, prior to joining OM in 1992. Martin and Petro were involved in a church-planting ministry in eastern Turkey from 1993 to 2006, before having to leave the country. Three colleagues were killed on account of their faith in 2007. Martin has written a book about their ministry in Turkey; The Edge of Paradise is available on your national Amazon Internet site.
On returning to their home country, Martin and Petro worked until 2011 as part of the OM leadership team in South Africa. A conversation with Jan Coetzer (also a South African by birth, and director of OM France from 2003-2011), brought the need for a witness among the Turkish population in France to their attention. They are working with OM France in this capacity for an undefined period of time, but a minimum of five years.
This year, they will be concentrating on learning the French language, and afterwards begin work among the Turkish community, in co-operation with Parisian churches. They will also start a follow-up work among Turkish contacts made through Sat-7, a Christian satellite TV channel for Middle Eastern and North African peoples.