We are the Hofmann family: Jurgen & Katja and our 5 children Vanya, Issa, Abbey, Dani and Simeon. Since long we have longed and have received a call to serve as missionaries among unreached people groups. Since we have started to travel along this road it has become clear that we will serve in Madagascar. We have become members of Africa Inland Mission (AIM) in 2013.
We (Jurgen & Katja) were married in 1997. Our children were born in 2004 (Vanya), 2006 (Issa), 2008 (Abbey), 2011 (Dani) and 2015 (Simeon) respectively. We enjoy our family life together.
Jurgen’s study brought us to England, where we lived in a hamlet near Bridgnorth for a year. We deliberately chose for the opportunity to spend time abroad to see what it would be like to be away from friends and family and to adopt to a different culture. We value our experiences and relations that have enriched us. We are still involved – although distant – in the life of Bridgnorth Baptist Church, who also support our work through prayer. In the Netherlands we are part of an evangelical church, where we have been most active in youth work and preaching.
Early in our marriage we got involved in missionary work. We have supported missionaries and have been on a short mission trip to China in 2001. You can find some photos of that trip in our multimedia section below. Since then we have longed to serve the Lord full time. The time just did not seem ripe just then. In 2008 this changed as the Lord began to nudge us towards mission work dependently from another. By now we work and live since 2015 on Madagascar. Here we live among the Antanala people.
Jurgen was trained and has worked as a bread-baker. Through the testimony and efforts of his first employer he has embraced Christ Jesus as his Lord. After our oldest daughter was born he became a homemaker until he started studying Theology & Mission in 2011. He is preparing himself for our missionary work through his studies, reading and various courses. In his spare time he maintains his website on defending the faith.
Katja has helped her mother in her flower shop from a young age. During her Law Study she worked at a bailiff’s office. After graduation she became a lawyer in 2002. Since Jurgen started his Theology Study she took his place as a homemaker and started home educating the children, also in preparation for conditions on the mission field. Now, on the field, she is still the children’s teacher which gives us great flexibility. She loves being there for her family. As a passtime she enjoys being in the outdoors and reading.
Vanya is our oldest child (2004). She loves to read and play music on her flute and violin.
Issa (2006) likes to have adventures. He often sets out on long hikes. Besides that he loves to help repair the car or motorbike.
Abbey is our third child (2008). She is the creative one. Give her some tape, glue and paper and you’ll end up with fantastic creations.
Dani (2011) is a real trooper. He loves to walk around barefoot through the ricefields and woods. He can be busy like that all day long in order to return home with a bag full of berries.
Simeon is our youngest (2015). He is the lucky one as he gets all the attention of his siblings. Simeon is a smart boy and very easy going. Without much trouble he switches between the rural and urban life and between the spoken languages.
On this page you can read about mission in the 21st century, about the work of Africa Inland Mission and about the work we do on Madagascar. Below you can see the other subjects we have written about.
Do you have questions? Please contact us.
We love to share with you about our passion.
Would you consider supporting us in our work? We thank you if you do.
The homefrontcommittee is a team of enthusiastic people who help us with all sorts of practical issues. They were and are the link between us and the homefront during our studies and time on the missionfield. The team consists of people with different talents and qualities. They all have their own specific task but they often need to improvise as well. We are blessed having them to help us!
General: Willem & Renske Bas
Willem and Renske Bas joined the team in 2018. They both have a heart for mission and the un-reached. Willem and Renske are practical people and when we asked them to join the homefrontcommittee they first wanted to know what their function would be. They are very employable so we gave them the label ‘general’ They are people of prayer, they love children and they are never to busy for a chat! We value their input greatly, and are happy with them in our team
Logistics: David Pavlotzky
Logistical support can entail many things. David helped us when we moved to England and later he send our newsletters. When we came back to Holland he helped us getting a house. Now, whilst on the field, he supports us in practical matters like maintaining a server on which he hosts our website. Also other thing which we can’t manage from Madagascar, David is our man.
David is also our contact person in Holland:
Prayer: Fer van Strijen
A very important task within mission work is prayer. Fer loves to pray. What’s more, Fer love to incourage others to pray as well. He also keeps the several prayer groups informed, and he organises prayer meetings when necessary.
Children: Ilja van Polen
During our time on the mission field we want to guide our children as good as possible. That means keeping in contact with friends in Holland. Ilja is helping us with this. But this is not the only thing she does. Often enough she is the one we presents us in front of groups. Ilja is with us from the very beginning!
Read our latest posts.
Live-Stream the 25th of May
Tuesday May 19th, 2020Dear friends, We are going live on the 25th of May 2020!! Tune in on YouTube at 20:00pm (CEST): https://www.jurgenenkatja.nl/live-stream-2020 We invite you to join us… However, the stream will b...
A Field Guide to Fruit on Madagascar
Saturday April 25th, 2020Our village’s name is Maroamboka. It is located in the south-east of Madagascar between the coastal towns of Mananjary and Manakara. Our area is rich in coffee, vanilla and … fruit! We hav...
Home education tips
Monday April 6th, 2020The Corona virus is spreading and everybody needs to stay at home. Working and learning at home can be a challenge. With the ungoing crisis we thought it is time for some home education tips. You can ...
Interesting reads? Read on in our archive!
Sometimes it is fun just reading them through.
To discover what God has done in our lives. And how things can change on the way.
Below you can watch our latest videos. Go to the video page to watch all our videos.
Shortly before our departure to Madagascar we’ve made a promotion DVD with a lot of intresting information about the big island. We have made the DVD available online as well.
Mission trip to China in 2001
Below you find some of the pictures we have taken during our mission trip to China in 2001. This trip settled the longing to do mission deep in our hearts.
We are happy to tell you more about this trip, so don’t hesitate to ask.
These are the first stories of the Bible translated in the Malagasy-Tanala language.
The stories still undergo corrections but are very usefull for those who just want to start and do mission among the Antanala.
Feel free to use our materials. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you think somethings needs to be corrected.
U can reach us through our contact page.
All Available Files
You can find all here and download them.
41 Bible stories in Malagasy-Tanala (district Mananjary) in video format (MKV with chapters) 492.1 mb.
The pictures that are used alongside the stories.
Audio Recordings of the 41 Bible stories.
41 Bible stories
41 Bijbel verhalen in Malagasy-Tanala (district Mananjary) with Dutch translation, PDF 1.9 mb.
41 Bible stories
41 Bible stories in Malagasy-Tanala (district Mananjary) PDF 1.8 mb.
A missionary does not do the work alone. Support is an absolute necessity. Support can be given by a church, a mission organisation, family and friends. It is very important to have a network of people who want to share in the missionary work. On this page on the left you can find what you can do: pray, encourage and give.
In October 2013 we have become members of Africa Inland Mission (AIM), an organisation with over a 100 years of experience in Africa. They will facilitate the mission work, which means they (help) provide the practical means that enable the missionary to function properly.
You also read our leaflet, with all the important information, in your own time: Download here
Saturday June 29th, 2019The most important way in which you can support us is through your prayers. We believe God has led us sofar and that his blessing cannot be missed. More specifically you can pray for the current event...
Saturday June 29th, 2019A sportsman receives a lot of support from his supporters, who cheer and exhort the sportsman, especially when the going gets tough. In the same way missionaries needs supports, a ‘Keep up the g...
Saturday June 29th, 2019A third important form of support is financial support. As we are not paid a salary by AIM or by the churches that support us, there is the need of financial support to make our mission possible. All ...
We hope to have made you enthusiastic about our work on Madagascar and to have invited you to walk up with us. If that is the case and you would like to be informed of our progress and news you can fill in the subscription form below:
Subscribe to our newsletter
We will send you our quarterly newsletters if you do.
Here you can find the old newsletters:
You can follow us through:RSS Feed
How do you use RSS feed?
- Rightclick on the link.
- Select “Copy Link Location” to copy the URL of the feed.
- Open your favourite RSS Feed Reader.
- Paste the URL in your Feed reader.
Example of a RSS Reader: RSSOwl (Compatible with: Linux, Windows and MacOSX)
BP714, Antananarivo 101
Contact person Netherlands: