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Monday, May 21, 2018

Travel and project news

Board meeting ETC, Krakow 2018
We recently made a trip to Germany and Poland, together with Jim & Lynda Hayes. We made some encouraging visits on our way to Krakow, Poland, where the Europe Teen Challenge conference took place. We will tell you more about that trip soon. Keep an eye on this blog!

"Let your light shine before men ..." [Matthew 5:16] is the motto on our website. Everyone who has been reading this blog for some time, will know that we do this on a local, regional, national and international level. Shining our light simply by (for example) offering a helping (technical) hand, raising money for a new washing machine in a rehab or through sharing personal prayers and encouraging words.

Over the last few years we have been organizing monthly prayer meetings: for Europe, for our region and for individuals. We meet on Fridays and Tuesdays in our secondhand shop Twinkeltje and pray for unity and a spiritual revival in our county.

It is therefore that we would love to sponsor the Slingeland festival that is being held from June 22nd to 24th June. Every year this festival is being organized by Hart voor de Waard, an interdenominational organization that aims to share the Gospel in a simple and outgoing manner.

Far away and close to home, let's support outreach events and in doing so encourage one another! You can send your gift to St. Traveling Light, Papendrecht IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U. Make sure to mention: FESTIVAL.

  • We were able to transfer 3,000 euro for project village kitchen Navazi in Georgia. As soon as we have photos/news, we will post it on this blog.
  • The next project will be the support of the Teen Challenge women's home in Lithuania.
  • This Friday, May 25, we organize a special Israel event in Twinkeltje. We have al kinds of products, snacks and drinks. Doors will be open between 19:00-21:30. Korenbloemstraat 20 in Papedrecnt. See you there!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Prison ministry

Cora Donk
Traveling Light visits and supports (small scale) projects throughout Europe. We are also very active in our home town, particularly since the opening of our secondhand shop Twinkeltje in September 2016.

Twinkeltje is so much more than a coffee house, we use the facility to organize workshops, prayer evenings, mission events, bicycle lessons for new immigrants and discipleship trainings.

👉 But did you know that we are involved in prison ministry as well?

Board member Cora Donk is the owner of Twinkeltje and takes care of daily business there, but she is also involved in prison ministry in the penitentiary prison in Dordrecht. She serves as a volunteer in the interdenominational team that organizes the church services and since last year she is involved in giving the Alpha course.

Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha is run all around the globe, and everyone's welcome. It runs in cafĂ©s, churches, universities, homes and prisons. More than 24 million people worldwide have done Alpha. In the Netherlands there were more than 265,000.

The current course is coming to an end and Cora has bought a nice present for all participants. The prisoners may choose an inspiring book, such as 'The Cross and the switchblade', 'Run baby run' and 'Knock-out'. All of them stories from people who have personally experienced that God can and wants to give everyone a new beginning!

Changed lives! It keeps us going because we believe it is always possible.

Gifts (large & small) for the various projects are always welcome! Make your gifts payable to IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U St. Traveling Light in Papendrecht.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Project UdruĆŸenje Restart, Serbia

Drugsprevention lessons
In the past we have supported UdruĆŸenje (foundation) Restart in Serbia. An organization that aims to reach and encourage homeless and addicted people to leave the streets and enter a faith-based rehabilitation program.

With a team of volunteers, initiator Boris Ć trbac is committed to helping people get a start on new life. The team of volunteers regularly visits the streets of Novi Sad and Subotica to make contact with homeless people and addicts. They also provide drugsprevention and information lessons in primary schools.

Good connections with rehabilitation centers in Serbia and neighboring countries are a must. At the end of last year, Teen Challenge Macedonia organized a 'Living Free' training in which participants from Albania, Romania, Slovenia and Serbia were present.

Living Free training
Living Free is a course that can be followed by people who do not want to enter a residential rehab but nonetheless are struggling with addiction problems.

According to Boris, one of the biggest problems today is to help people, who have finished rehab, to find useful jobs. Restart helps as much as possible and has now begun to raise funds in order to buy a van and to start a moving business (following the example of Teen Challenge Slovenia). In addition, the old computer equipment in their office needs to be replaced.

We received a request for support. Restart can do the work thanks to donations and a great team of volunteers. We know how that is!

Volunteers in front of the Restart office
Traveling Light would like to see that all the good work in Serbia continues. There are various christian organizations working in the field of rehabilitation and street outreach. Reintegration in society is certainly part of this work and ideas to create employment surely make us happy.

Restart is a ministry of the New Life in Christ Church in Novi Sad.

You can (indirectly) let your light shine in Serbia by sending a gift to IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U St. Traveling Light in Papendrecht. Make sure to mention RESTART.

If you know of someone who can help with equipment or a van, that would be great. Contact us!

Friday, April 27, 2018

Events & year report 2017

Free market Kingsday 2018
On April 27th we celebrate King's Day in The Netherlands, it is the birthday of our king Willem Alexander van Oranje. It is a public holiday with lots of festivities going on everywhere.  Our stall at the free market was busy all day long. Thank you to everyone who came by for a visit. We sold secondhand stuff for 300 euro.

That amount will be fully added to the revenue of our 2nd hand shop Twinkeltje this month. The project of the month is Teen Challenge Winiarczykowka, Poland. This is a home where the elderly and lonely can live safely and work on the farm.

Making cupcakes
Earlier this week we were pleasantly surprised by a gift of 250 euro from our church the Hoeksteen in Etten-Leur. The children made cupcakes and sold them last Sunday. This amount will fully benefit the work of Brian Slater in Israel. His organization Abundant Bread of Salvation helps the elderly, single people and immigrants in Netanya.

Last week Jan visited the rehabilitation centers of Teen Challenge in Latvia. Wonderful work is being done there! The adventure continues, more about this on our blog soon.

Our annual (financial) report 2017 is short and simple... and in in Dutch only (sorry). But we can quickly share the results: 12 countries visited and over 58,000 euro donated to more than 25 small-scale projects. Yes! Click HERE for the annual report.

Gifts (large & small) for the various projects are always welcome! We are currently collecting funds for project church kitchen Navazi in Georgia. Make your gifts payable to IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U St. Traveling Light in Papendrecht.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Activities and project news

Presentation in Alblasserdam
Tuesday April 3rd, Marja and Cora gave a presentation about the work of Traveling Light  at the PCOB (Protestant Christian Elderly Association) in Alblasserdam.

The Easter message (new life) was illustrated with practical examples: the down and out receiving new life at the Teen Challenge rehabilitation centers throughout Europe. We were encouraged by all the kind comments.

On Thursday April 5th, Michel & Janet van Boxtel of non profit organization Embrace were present at our mission night in our second hand shop Twinkeltje. They shared about their work among the homeless people in Budapest, Hungary. We were able to bless them with a nice check of no less than 2,300 euro. That was the revenue of Twinkeltje over the month of March and the offering we took up.

Cora presents the donation
The mission nights we organize from time to time are an ideal opportunity to bring supporters and the people behind the projects together!

Thursday April 19th you have another opportunity to sponsor Traveling Light and well by participating in the Lukassen & Boer non-profit Run.

Join our team!
Each participant can run or walk a maximum of 10 km and the organization will donate 1.50 euro for every 2.5 km round towards the Traveling Light account. Entry cards are available at the start. Take your Traveling Light t-shirt with you or ask Jan or Cora for one

It promises to be an exciting event again. feel free to come and join us. It is great to be outdoors!

In The Netherlands we celebrate the King's birthday on Friday April 27th. We will be present with our sales booth at the flea market in Papendrecht. Used books, clothes and household stuff ... we have it all. Every year we are able, thanks to your purchases, to donate a nice amount towards our projects.

Kings Day 2017
Come by for a cup of coffee, a chat or just for fun!

We receive many requests for help and the waiting list is growing. Without your gifts we can help no one. So donations are always welcome! Spread the word.

Please, send your gift to IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U St. Traveling Light in Papendrecht.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Project church kitchen Navazi, Georgia

Temuri & Mziya and their youngest son
We have received your generous gifts for project garlic farm in Georgia, we are able to donate 4,000 euro. Thank you! We will keep you informed about the developments.

We will stay in Georgia for the next project as well.

In January we also visited Temuri & Mziya Muzashvili. We were welcomed in their home with much love and hospitality. Years ago this couple started meeting with a small group of believers in their house. Their fellowship was given the name Evangelical Faith Church.

Soon, the house became too small for the growing group of people. So, on a plot of land next to their house Temuri started the construction of a church. That building project lasted three years and in 2016 the doors were opened. Now, even more villagers can come and hear the good news.

Visit to the church building
It was obvious to us that this couple has a great vision for their region. The building has an upper floor where a Bible school is located. Every other week about 30 students gather for Bible study.

These lessons are provided by the Evangelical Alliance in Georgia and pastors / teachers who come from far away are welcome to stay the night. There are two nice guest rooms next to the classroom (we were kindly invited to come and give lessons).

Evangelical Faith Church
Every month the church prepares and distributes food parcels for 15 poor families in the Navazi village. It is obvious that this is much more than just a 'church', they also provide humanitarian aid. Temuri, full of enthusiasm, shared the plans to expand the church building with a communal kitchen. A kitchen where they could cook meals, eat together, organize events etc. It would be a great outreach tool to the community.

We just love such practical ideas. To distribute not only spiritual food, but also natural food. Temuri and Mziya furthermore have plans to facilitate an Alpha Course, so the kitchen will be useful for this purpose as well.

Handing out Russian editions of Grace of Giving
The intention is to start construction this spring. Traveling Light would like to help them get started by sending a donation which will be used to buy the first building materials and possibly also some kitchen equipment. Temuri is a real doer, so you understand that he is eager to start :)

We find it very encouraging that in the remotest corners of Europe, people hear and obey God's call to share His love with a world in need. Be doers of the Word, not hearers only!

You can (indirectly) let your light shine in that region by sending a gift to IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U St. Traveling Light in Papendrecht. Make sure to mention KITCHEN.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Project news

Teen Challenge Life center
This week we visited the Teen Challenge Life Center in Heerhugowaard, The Netherlands (yeah, close to home this time). Life Center is a local care network that aims to provide a warm and safe meeting place for the city.

Life Center is a good example of cooperation when it comes to care, welfare and mental health. There is Life Care (care and counseling rooms), Life House (shelter and support for people who are in trouble), Life CafĂ© (meeting place and community center) and recently, Life Store (2nd hand shop). Director Stephan Barendse visited our 2nd hand shop Twinkeltje last year and was impressed with the possibilities that a simple and inviting meeting place offers. Glad that we can be an inspiration in this!

At the beginning of January we raised money for project heater hostel Bialogardzie in Poland. We received an email and photos from Jan and MaƂgorzata Kwiatkowscy, the directors of the re-entry house. They write:

"Many thanks !!!. Winter and frosts are not terrible anymore !!!

Thanks to your kindness and generosity in the form of transfer of funds for the purchase of the furnace for our TEEN CHALLENGE branch in BiaƂogard, we can now function peacefully. One furnace has been functioning for several weeks and gives us great joy in giving us warmth. The second furnace will start running any day, and this is because the order and assembly takes a while.

All our students were very pleased and touched by your generosity, openness and readiness to support others. For many of them, this is a great testimony of God's love expressed..."

Teen Challenge men's rehab in Berdychiv
Last year we raised funds for the expansion of the Teen Challenge men's rehab home in Beryichiv, Ukraine.

It is really worth seeing how beautiful the new room has become. The Star of David in the ceiling is really something to be jealous of :) It is fantastic!

Many meetings are being held  and trainings are being given there. What a beautiful room to live and learn and come together, especially when we consider that most men used to live on the street for years.

We are so happy and thankful to see how our donations are being spent and it is our joy to share that with you as well.

You are always welcome in our 2nd hand shop Twinkeltje, but in particular at:

Thursday evening April 5: Mission evening Hungary
Friday evening April 20: Prayer for the Nations
Friday evening, May 25: Israel evening

Gifts for all those beautiful projects we support are always welcome at IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U St. Traveling Light in Papendrecht.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Project garlic farm, Georgia

New years lunch at the Bible school
On January 1st of this year we visited the Iranian training center and farm of CIC Mission (check out the website!) in Georgia.

We have supported them several times over the last few years with donations for various things: the construction of the training center (the Bible school), the purchase of a number of dairy cows and the construction of a small farm house for workers, just to name a few.

The Bible school is now finished and in full use, especially by (new) believers from Iran and Azerbaijan. It looks beautiful! It is also the place where the printing and publishing of books and flyers is being done. Marja's book Grace of Giving in Farsi language is one of the publications. A translation in the Azeri language is being considered.

CIC Mission publishing house
Pastor Reza is the founder of CIC Mission and he wants to reach as many Iranian and Persian people as possible with the good news and disciple them, and give them social and economic development opportunities. The farm offers employment in the area and generates income to run the training center.

The farm currently has a barn where dairy cows are being kept. Reza was recently in the Netherlands to learn more about dairy farming. Further more there is a small farm house now where the workers live that are connected to the Bible school, it also functions as a men's rehab. Fruit trees have been planted as well as a number of hectares of garlic.

Last year's harvesting
It is for the upcoming garlic harvest that CIC Mission is now asking for help. Georgia can officially export garlic to all European countries because of a free-trade agreement. A nice opportunity! This does require several things: harvesting equipment (implement for tractor), packing boxes and tools and the building of a wooden platform to dry garlic.

We are witnesses of the wonderful work that is being done there. Recently they also started a creative project for the women of the village: 'Work of her hands'. More about that in one of our future blog posts.

The motto of CIC Mission fits perfectly with that of Traveling Light: Go, and make disciples of all nations.

You can (indirectly) help to fulfill the great commission in that region by supporting project GARLIC. You can send your gift to IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U St. Traveling Light in Papendrecht. Make sure to mention GARLIC.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Project The Gate, Poland

Students at The Gate
Last October we were in Poland and one of the cities we visited is Wroclaw, a student city with various colleges and universities. We were invited to visit The Gate, a student club in the old city which has been set up following a Dutch concept.

Teen Challenge in The Netherlands has, in cooperation with local churches, opened up eight locations of The Gate over the last few years and now there is one in Poland as well. These are centers were young people can come after school to meet, to watch a movie, play a game or talk about serious matters and have Bible studies.

The young people involved in The Gate in Wroclaw are part of an enthusiastic and creative group. The organize open-mike nights, mini concerts and workshops. Every week they open the doors and a growing group of students has found the way to The Gate.

During a summer festival
They also organize events on campus and are active during festivals and holidays. The Gate is commonly known as an ‘alternative club’ because they do not serve alcohol, an oddity among students. It attracts a colorful crowd!

For 2018 they have planned several events and outreaches to share the gospel and meet with students. Of course they are active on social media, but handing out flyers and designing posters is still a very effective method to get attention and to invite students to come to The Gate.

The Gate outreach on campus
It is very encouraging to see that these young people are not ashamed of their Christian identity amidst a very secular culture and share the gospel with students who quite often have never heard the good news before. We would like to encourage them with a gift which will be used to pay for the costs of several upcoming events. Check out their YouTube channel if you are curious about their activities.

We mentioned it in a previous blog post, we received several requests to support children’s and youth work in Eastern Europe, which is great! What a wonderful way to invest in the future of Europe.

If you have a heart for young people, send your gift to IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U St. Traveling Light in Papendrecht. Make sure to mention THE GATE.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Project news

Haha, happy face at Bertine House
The first two months of this new year have gone by fast and we would like to share some (project) news with you. The final result of our Weissensee fundraiser 2018 added up to 5,800 euro. A terrific result for which we want to thank you on behalf of our ice skaters and of course the staff, women and children of Bertine House in Ukraine.

Speaking about Ukraine. Do you remember we donated towards the work of Teen Challenge youth coffee house in Berdychiv, last December? Well, we received some pictures and an enthusiastic report about their first meetings.

Many young people showed up and valuable conversations about God, school, relations and the future are taking place. We will keep you updated about this work on our blog.

Youth coffee house in Berdychiv
The proceeds of our second-hand shop Twinkeltje during the month of February will go towards the work of Brian Slater in Netanya, Israel. Under the name Abundant Bread of Salvation Brian and his team run a foodbank, soup kitchen and clothes distribution center for the elderly, single mothers and new immigrants. He also has good contacts with a local drugs- and alcohol rehab and he supplies the guys with clothing, food packages and (no doubt) spiritual encouragement. Check out this VIDEO CLIP.

Food bank Netanya
If you would like to invest in this work among the Jewish people that are considered ‘the least of these’, please come by our store and contribute. We are open on Saturdays from 12:00-17:00 hours. Or you can send your donation directly to IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U St. Traveling Light in Papendrecht. Make sure to mention ISRAEL.

We furthermore have been able to transfer 4,000 euro towards the purchase and installation of a new heater in the Teen Challenge re-entry hostel in BiaƂogardzie, Poland. As soon as we have some photo’s, we will publish them on this blog. Thank you so much for your fast responses to this request for help. Together we can make it happen!

Visit to The Gate in Wroclaw
For the next project we will go to Poland again, to the student city of Wroclaw and the work among young people (The Gate) that’s happening there.

It is a very encouraging development that we receive requests for children’s and youth ministry work all over Europe.

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