European English Aglow Team
Carolyn Jones-van Heezik
A Spirit-filled worshipper at heart with a love of God’s wisdom, intercessor and teacher, Carolyn‘s ministry flows in the multi-cultural, multi-contextual landscape of Europe’s international Christian community. Carolyn puts her vision for the European English Aglow like this: “The unique bond I have seen the Holy Spirit create among us not only transcends our differences but creates a place for God’s Presence, where He equips and energizes us to meet the unique challenges of our day. Christ in us, the hope of glory!”
A New Zealander by birth, Carolyn moved to the Netherlands at the age of 12. She lives in a new town just outside The Hague, called Zoetermeer, with her British husband, Mark. This is where they raised their three sons. Carolyn also has the privilege of being a doting grandma to her 4 grandchildren!
Carolyn and Mark are active members of St John and St Philip, the Anglican church of The Hague.
Sharmila is a gentle woman of pure and effective prayer, heartfelt worship and vital, enduring service. She has a remarkable “With the Lord I can!” approach to all she puts her hand to – a true woman of faith.
Raised in a Roman Catholic family in her native Sri Lanka, Sharmila was introduced to a Catholic charismatic prayer group as a teenager. This was a turning point for her personal faith as she experienced the renewal of a Spirit-filled walk with the Lord. After marrying her Dutch husband, Martin, in Sri Lanka, she relocated with him to the Netherlands.
Arriving in The Netherlands she discovered an English-speaking Aglow group in her neighborhood. Aglow became a spiritual home, connecting her with women from different denominations and national backgrounds, either living in or passing through Europe. Sharmila’s vision is to call forth, equip and prepare the Bride of Christ in the ministry of Aglow.
Sharmila lives in the Dutch city of Leidschendam with her husband Martin and their three children. She is a member of the Glorious Global Church of Prophet Jerome Fernando Ministries.