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Stichting Voor Bijzondere Noden in de Doopsgezinde Broederschap en Daarbuiten (Foundation for Special Needs within the Mennonite Brotherhood and Beyond) is a Dutch Mennonite foundation founded on 3 June 1947, upon the instigation of A. P. van de Water, who was its first president. This foundation aimed to give relief in special needs, both material and spiritual, which were the result of world conditions; it also continued the work formerly done by the Committee for Foreign Needs (see Fonds voor Buitenlandsche Nooden). It is administered by a board (the director in 1958 was R. de Zeeuw); there were a number of subcommittees for the different branches of the work and contact persons in every Dutch Mennonite congregation. This foundation represented the Dutch Mennonites in the International Mennonite Relief.

Its activities included the Children's Home at Oud-Wulven near Houten (1947-1958, and then at Schoorl); the care of a number of displaced persons from Eastern Europe; continued care for fatigued housewives, who were temporarily lodged in one of the Mennonite brotherhood homes; after 1958 the care of 30 aged repatriating Dutch Indonesians, lodged in a special house at Baarn. During 1953-54 extensive relief was given to the victims of the flood which struck large areas in Holland on 1 February 1953.

Among the international relief projects are to be mentioned aid to the Mennonite refugees everywhere; material and spiritual aid to the Mennonite congregation of Berlin through the Mennoheim; and support to the Mennonites behind the Iron Curtain. The foundation also supported the activities of Mennonite Voluntary Service and cooperated with other churches and groups in the Foundation of Ecumenical Relief to Churches and Refugees operating in Hungary, Greece, Poland, and Italy. It received its funds from the Pentecost offering held in all the Mennonite congregations (annual proceeds in the 1950s about 60,000 Dutch guilders) and collected food and clothing (processing center at Groningen) regularly for Berlin, and formerly in connection with the Dutch Peace Group also for Emden and Vienna. -- RdeZ

1989 Update

Since the state has taken increasing responsibility for welfare affairs in many areas the church could withdraw from aspects of its earlier work, e.g., the children's home in Schoorl and the home Patria in Baarn for repatriated Dutch people from Indonesia. Consequently increasing interest focused on overseas, with the intention of cooperating with the Mennonite congregations there. Thus 30 percent of the 1986 budget of the foundation went to Latin America in support of the work carried on among the Indians by Mennonite congregations. Short- and long-term volunteers have also been sent. Adoption programs for school children in Bangladesh and Indonesia were initiated.

In Germany help was given to Mennonites returning from Latin America and from Russia, including material, pastoral, and educational support. The Mennonite congregations in Europe formed the International Mennonite Organization (IMO) to coordinate these efforts. The foundation was particularly active in forming this coordinating agency.

Stichting Stuwkracht 10 (Foundation Power Reservoir 10) was an organization of anonymous donors pledged to tithe their income in behalf of the needs of the world. The organization arose as a result of the inspiration received at the Mennonite World Conference in Amsterdam in 1967. In 1985 there were 60 members.

Stichting Tabor (Foundation Tabor) was founded to give help and support to children and young people, both in The Netherlands and beyond, in their educational and developmental needs to the end that they may become self-sufficient persons finding their place in society. This organization originated out of the Stichting voor Bijzondere Noden in de Doopsgezinde Broederschap en Daarbuiten and several other funds designated specifically for help to Mennonite children in the Dutch brotherhood. -- LLau

See also Algemene Doopsgezinde Sociëteit; Relief Work; Development Work; Mennonite Central Committee; Samenwerkingsverband van "de Vier Instellingen" in de Doopsgezinde Broederschap.

[edit] Bibliography

de Zeeuw, R. "De vlucht van Bijzondere Noden." Doopsgezinde Jaarboekje (1987): 22-32.

Author(s) R. de Zeeuw
Leo Laurense
Date Published 1989

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de Zeeuw, R. and Leo Laurense. "Stichting voor Bijzondere Noden in de Doopsgezinde Broederschap en Daarbuiten (Foundation for Special Needs within the Mennonite Brotherhood and Beyond)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1989. Web. 28 May 2017.

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de Zeeuw, R. and Leo Laurense. (1989). Stichting voor Bijzondere Noden in de Doopsgezinde Broederschap en Daarbuiten (Foundation for Special Needs within the Mennonite Brotherhood and Beyond). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 28 May 2017, from

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 632, v. 5, p. 860. All rights reserved.

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