The Holland Family

Sing to the LORD, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. Psalm 96:2-3

The Holland FamilyOne evening in college, while “working on Greek homework” with Danny, Nathan determined that if and/or when the decades-long civil war in Angola came to an end, he would have to seriously consider the door that God was opening and begin looking for a way to go through it. Surprisingly, that day came sooner than he expected! A few months later in April of 2002 the war ended. It was becoming more and more apparent that the peace in Angola was likely to persist. Nathan and the Reeses continued talking and praying about what they should do. They felt that God was leading them to go to Angola as a mission team, however they did not see themselves as a complete team, but merely the seed of a team. They began searching for those who would join them.

While waiting for God to send teammates, Nathan began using the time to prepare himself for future work in Angola in different ways. In addition to furthering his education by taking some graduate level missions and bible classes, he worked with the Picayune Church of Christ on the hurricane devastated Mississippi Gulf Coast immediately following Katrina and was later involved with a new church plant in Pearlington, Mississippi. He also spent time in inner-city North Little Rock, Arkansas working with the homeless. Nathan has traveled to Brazil and Mozambique, other Portuguese-speaking countries, to network and make contacts that will one day be a blessing to the work in Angola. These relationships and experiences will help his long-term ministry in Angola.

In 2013 Nathan’s life changed forever. He met Umoyo. While waiting for car repairs in Namibia, Nathan finally gathered the courage to ask her out, and less than a year later they were married. Umoyo was born in Zambia and raised in Namibia by a faithful Christian family. She serves people daily as an anesthesiologist with a special interest in gynecology. As of 2016, she and Nathan are the proud parents of beautiful little Anna.  Together the family looks forward to moving from Namibia to Angola in the coming years as the Lord allows. Meanwhile, Nathan and Umoyo invest themselves in the Wanaheda Church of Christ and the 3Measures church plant in Windhoek.

Nathan’s sending congregation is the Eastside Church of Christ in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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