In 2021 we celebrated dutch L'abri 50th Anniversary! And as a part of this celebration we gathered 100 articles that were published through the LEV newsletter.
In 1996 the first LEV newsletter was broadcast. It was the fruit of a lot of creative thinking and passionate work: literally a new expression of the mission and vision of Nederlands l'Abri. As an introduction to the first edition, Wim Rietkerk put it very nicely:
The name LEV was chosen not because we feel so heroic, but because the word 'lev' in Hebrew means 'heart'. In Proverbs 4:23 we read that "out of the heart are the goings out of life." In l'Abri's work, we are always concerned with person-to-person contact at that level: from heart to heart. We give studies, lectures and weekends that always want to get to the bottom of the question: what are the starting points of your life? From the heart, all life also comes into view. L'Abri can also be recognized by this.
The whole breadth of our culture and society is addressed in our work… the main content of LEV will always be an up-to-date lecture – given here and now in our work and launched directly because of the importance of what it broaches for the confrontation between the Gospel and Modern Man. We look for the heart of our fellow man. Where is he or she? What drives them? How can we understand them, identify with them and answer their questions?
LEV has had this role in our work for 25 years. It has taken different forms, all adapting choices according to the developments and the needs of a particular moment. And now at a time when all kinds of digital means allow even more expansion of our reach, it seemed an appropriate time to stop publishing LEV in print for the transmission of our lectures and studies.
And yet. So that this material would not only be stored somewhere in a folder or a digital archive, we also thought it appropriate to make such a bundle now to celebrate our 50th anniversary. In this bonded form, these articles will have another chance to continue to play their part in what we do. Not only as a retrospective but also as an ongoing testimony to the relevance of the gospel for all time.
We hope and pray that this material will, as always, end up in the right hands and in front of the right eyes. Thanks to the God who provides and blesses us with our head, heart, and hands in this work, we are publishing this volume for building His kingdom.
There still some books avaliable for purchasing. If you come and buy them here, it will cost 13,50 euro. But we can also send it to your house, just let us know through e-mail. The cost then will be 18 euro (book + delivery).