by Sandra Blackmer, courtesy Adventist News Network
When COVID-19 hit Norway late last February and turned the lives of its residents upside down, Delfred and Hannah Onde thought that everything their team was accomplishing in the Oslo community would come to a grinding halt. It wasn’t long, however, before the Holy Spirit helped them to begin thinking outside the box.
Originally from the Philippines, Delfred, a pastor, and Hannah, a nurse, have served as missionaries in various world regions—including South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, and most recently, Estonia1—for the past 15 years. Then in January 2019, together with their young daughter, Zion Amber, they moved to Oslo to serve as project coordinators at the Seventh-day Adventist centre of influence in Norway’s capital city. Working closely with the other core team leaders—David Havstein, Simon Martin, and Willy Aronsen—the Ondes began introducing projects and techniques that had worked successfully for them in other regions. Together with ideas generated at the group’s weekly brainstorming sessions, the facility, officially called the Adventist Centre (Adventist SENTER in Norwegian) is becoming a local household name.