MY PEOPLE is a new category I added as a celebration of my 30th birthday, where I want to document all the people that have made a difference in my life and that inspire me, and maybe you too, to be a better human being.
Today I’ll tell you about another special lady. Nicole Weyts.
I met Nicole in church when I was around 15; her and her family moved from Belgium to Romania about 20 years ago as missionaries and settled down in a small Romanian village to help out poor families and the gypsy community. They’re doing an awesome job!
She has been and is an amazing friend.
Some context. In high-school, when I started going to church, my mom was very much against it and managed to make my frantic teenage years even harder than they should be. Nicole’s home was my home when I needed. She cared for me, she fed me, she spent a lot of money and time investing in me, probably not even realising how much her friendship meant to me all along.
I can never forget the night my mom kicked me out, it was pretty chilly outside and I was only wearing a red sweater and jeans and, luckily, a phone card in my back pocket. I called her in the middle of the night and she drove to pick me up like nothing happened. It is because of people like Nicole that I can look at adversity with no worries.
Being around her and observing her back then made me realise what kind of a person I want to be, and suddenly I had a new example to follow, other than what I already had.
When I finished high-school and was thinking about going to college, she did everything in her power to find sponsors that would pay for my rent and expenses so I can live in a new city, finish college, make a new life and make my dreams come true. (The sponsors will be featured in a different post.)
And she keeps being this awesome friend to me and so many others that need her without any condition, without any judgement, without expectation. Just pure kindness, generosity and joy!
If I had to choose one thing about her that I should learn, I would probably pick PRESENCE. I may never have the same exact ability to properly and materially help the people around me, but I can, apparently, make a difference for someone just by being there. By saying I am here for you and really mean it and really care.
While writing this I am actually overwhelmed by the thought that I was so privileged to have these people as pillars…divine appointments, my friends.
Have a great new week!
Nicole and her family created Talmid Ministries to help their community. If you ever decide to help, you can learn more about them pressing the link.
To see all the people I featured on this category, please see MY PEOPLE.