Mission 4 Unity is the result of prayer over more ten 25 years by Roger Maatje-Fortin.
Roger has spiritual grow up in an ecumenical and interdenominational environment. Via a friend, he came in contact with other youth the cafe bar of Youth for Christ. And he became involved in Youth for Christ Bible study and prayer groups. He has done a diaconal training year at Youth for Christ in the Netherlands. Later attended Bible college and theology study. He has worked for Youth for Christ in the Netherlands.
He is born and raise up in a Catholic family, when he was 16 he had a personal encounter, Jesus. He is connected with the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, Pentecost and Evangelical Churches and Ministries.
In his hometown Eindhoven he has been involved with a local foundation of different churches who work together in street evangelism. They, also and organising every year in January the night of prayer ‘‘ St.Steven’’.He was also a presenter for 8 years of a Christian radio program 'St. Perspective'.
Roger meeting with Brother Roger of Taize
During a retreat in Taize, he was sitting alone in the Church of the Reconsecration after the prayer meeting. When one of the Dutch-speaking brothers, Sebastian came to him and invite Roger to the brother house.
There in the middle of the living room before the Icon of the Trinity Brother Roger came to him and he was very surprised to meet a young man with the same name. They both drink together with a cup of chocolate milk. During that time Brother Roger has told the story about his life and explain about the Icon of the Trinity, in the relationship with the calling for the Unity.
As a worker for Youth for Christ, he has visited the different church denominations and was involved in different projects, to bring the youth of different churches together. For more than 10 years he has worked for YFC in the Netherlands.
He was for 18 years a member of a local evangelical church, but he was also at the same time involved within prayer group of the Catholic Emmanuel Community. He has worked for Dutch organisation part of the World Youth Days that was held in Paris1997. He became a member of the Anglican Church in Eindhoven.
Via contacts inside the Anglican church, he became involved in the Community of Chemin Neuf, with as circle w member and Net for God Prayer group. Roger still have contacts with the Community Chemin Neuf.
The vision of the Corpus of Jesus with cut off hands.
It was in Toronto Canada where he received in 1995 a Vision during a time of prayer and adoration, the Holy Spirit let him see the Corpus of with cut off hands.
Roger responds to that was to pray and take a time of fasting to seek the answer for that. After one week he saw another vision, he saw the corpus of Christ, and both hands, who still were separated, each of them one meter.
He asks Jesus why they are cut off your body?
Jesus by the Holy Spirit answer; The right hands are the Catholic church and all of them who connected with them. And the left hands are the Protestant Churches and all who are connected with them.
Roger say, Lord, what can I do, how the can come together? Jesus by the Holy Spirit says: be a bridge-builder for me, I have trained and equip you to bring those hands together. Be a bridge of reconciliation, help Me to bring My hands back into my body.
Marriage Maud & Roger
Roger meets Maud in France in August 2010 during a mission trip in the South of France where he was invited to baptise some people, also to bless in a married with a good friend of him who is a missionary in France. He gets during this period a calling for France and in August 2011, Maud and Roger getting married, association and became missionaries for the Unity.
Roger & Maud sharing the same background and carry the same Vocation for the Unity of Christians. At Passover 2012 the Association Mission for Unity-France was founded in France. In June 2013 the Foundation Mission 4 Unity International has been founded as a religious Charity in the Netherlands.
Roger is Ordinated pastor/priest in the Anglican Orthodox Episcopal Communion and missionary in France and speaks regularly in churches and home groups together with Maud, she is Orinanated pastor.
Rev,fr. Roger & Past. Maud Maatje-Fortin
Foundaters Mission for Unity International
Mission for Unity-France