Bianca and Berné with their children
Running with hope | January 2016
A PROMISE TO HOLD ON TO
BIANCA & BERNÉ LEUVENNINK
A NOTE FROM LAUREN
Bianca is thirty-five, two years my senior. She is married to Berné, who co-wrote their story titled A promise to hold on to. They have two children, Mirja and Adrian. Bianca and I first met at a New Year’s Eve party in Wimbledon, London, while I was visiting my sister in 2006. She recently reminded me that I told her at this party I believed her husband was one of the guys living in the house hosting the party. She liked one of the guys, but it wasn’t Berné, who happened to be confidently dancing around with a human-sized stuffed tiger. They are loads of fun as a family and always keen for authentically celebrating as a community of friends.
We met again in Johannesburg and for a whole year Bianca and I got together once a week with two other friends to encourage each other and pray as we waited for God’s promises of babies for them and a husband for me. Besides walking the journey of falling pregnant with her, there were so many weighty principles that emerged from her experience, that I hoped it could be included in the book. I learnt with her that God isn’t always going to highlight a name or face to work with on a project, but that He places desires in our hearts. I eventually asked her and she responded that God had told her that same morning that her story would be in the book.
A NOTE FROM LENKA
In the beginning of the year God spoke to me saying: “Put me in remembrance, and press on”. His words strengthened me to boldly approach a new year, despite a lot of uncertainty. When struggles and storms arise I can confidently and securely rely on Him, and my hope in Him anchors my soul in that which is constant, never failing. A hope in Him will never disappoint. (Romans 5:5)
As I read Bianca’s story I recalled His words to me in the beginning of the year: “Put me in remembrance and press on”. Her story is a powerful reminder not to look to circumstances during difficult times, but rather to grab hold of hope in the One that holds true.