Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Project industrial workshop CIC Mission, Georgia

New shed at the farm
Our Weissensee fundraiser is in full swing, the pledges are coming in fast. You can still participate!

So, we have some time to share a new project.

Early last year we visited the Bible school and farm of CICMission (check out the website!) in Georgia. We then helped them with fundraising for the growing, harvesting and packaging of garlic. A practical project that literally yielded a great harvest.

Welding works
The Bible school is full with (new) believers from countries like Iran and Azerbaijan and there are already plans to build a new dormitory. We have an open invitation to come and teach some lessons in the school ...

The farm offers employment for the students and the people in the area and generates some income to run the school. Everyone is working hard and the villagers are seeing that too!

Reza N. (founder of CIC Mission) recently emailed us with a request for financial support for the construction of an industrial workshop at the farm.

A shop where students can learn to weld and do ironwork and repairs. The villagers could join for some technical lessons as well. A nice way to generate income and to grow goodwill in the village.

Harvesting time at the farm
The motto of CICMission fits perfectly with that of Traveling Light: Go, and make disciples of all nations.

We are grateful to see the beautiful work that is being done in that region by a group of passionate people with a ๐Ÿ’— for their land and village.

You can (indirectly) help to fulfill the great commission in that area by supporting this practical 'project workshop'. You can send your gift to IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U St. Traveling Light in Papendrecht. Make sure to mention CIC MISSION.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Weissensee 2019 for Teen Challenge Moldova

From left to right: Henk Vlot, Henk Swijnenburg, Krijn Donk
January is always an exciting month for Traveling Light, because we have our largest fundraising campaign of the year! On Tuesday January 29th the Traveling Light skating team will be ice skating on the Weissensee in Austria.

Our ice speed skating team has been in training for the 200 km tour for months. From October on, the men train a number of times a week on the ice skating rink in Breda.

This year Krijn Donk (Papendrecht), Henk Swijnenburg (Bleskensgraaf), Henk Vlot (Oud Alblas) and Adrie Swijnenburg (support & care) want to raise money for a great building project: the expansion of the Teen Challenge men's house in Falesti, Moldova.

The farm in Falesti (which we visited recently, namely this last October) is a Christian rehab home for men with addictions and other life-threatening problems. They can live there, work with their hands and above all have an encounter with the living God and start a new life!

We have encouraged them in the past with donations for the purchase of a dairy cow, the construction of a dairy kitchen and with personal visits.

This type of Christian help usually depends largely on donations. The program in Falesti is pretty self-sufficient though. They grow their own vegetables and keep animals.

Teen Challenge men's home in Falesti
In the picture you see another house in the background, that is a rehab house for women. Moldova is struggling with large numbers of alcohol and drug addicts and there is an urgent need to expand the number of beds.

The intention is to build a second floor on the existing house. The men in the program will do as much of the construction as they can, with the help of a team of men from Teen Challenge Czech Republic ๐Ÿ’ช

For the men in the Czech Republic program (who often have a background in construction work) it will be a great mission project ... going on a trip to help others! How beautiful is that? Helping hands extended, it will be a wonderful joint effort.

dorm room
We are expecting a great response to our Weissensee fundraiser. The full amount of donations coming in will benefit Teen Challenge Falesti.

You can sponsor Krijn, Henk and Henk as a team or individually:
  • with a donation per kilometer,
  • with a donation to finish,
  • with a general donation, or
  • with a donation according to your own idea (for example for breaking a pr or last year's time result)
If you decide to participate, please send an e-mail with your pledge and encouraging words to krijncora@kpnmail.nl.

With the Teen Challenge team at the Falesti church
Of course you can send a direct donation to St. Traveling Light, Papendrecht, IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275, BIC: RABONL2U.

May records be broken in every possible way!

We look forward to your heart-warming reactions and we wish the ice skating team lots of success and likewise perseverance.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Looking back at a great year

Abundant Bread of Salvation
Dear ones, we can look back at a great year thanks to your help and prayers. We visited many countries and supported even more projects. At the beginning of next year we will present you with a financial report from our treasurer and a brief overview of all activities. Be patient!

We were able to donate 1,500 euro this month to the work of Brian Slater in Israel. With his organization Abundant Bread of Salvation he runs a food bank in Netanya, he visits orphanages and organizes trips and meetings for Holocaust survivors. Thank you for your gifts.

We also donated 1,500 euro towards the work of Teen Challenge The Gate among students in Wroclaw, Poland.

During the coffee house conference this December
We furthermore donated 1,500 euro for the coffee house work in Ukraine. It is our prayer that they will reach many people again in the coming year with the message of hope and life!

The proceeds in our secondhand store over the month of December were over 900 euro, all of which goes to the work of Radko Kratsov (Roma Ministry International) in Bulgaria.

We are very grateful looking back at 2018 and we will enter the new year full of courage and hope. We are looking forward to your support and prayers again.

Happy New Year, may 2019 be filled with His goodness and grace!

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Project van for Church Novi Sad, Serbia

As we wrote earlier on this blog, there is also some good and encouraging news to report from Serbia.

The work of Teen Challenge in that nation has produced a lot of fruit over the years; many addicts have found freedom and new life in Christ.

Often these people have a big heart ๐Ÿ’—for outreach (bringing the good news to a world in need), street work and rehabilitation. It is great to see that new initiatives emerge from an existing ministry; that people feel inspired to reach other people with the good news as well. Truly, there is no competition in God's Kingdom, just multiplication and network enlargement. In Serbia new churches are being planted and ministries have been started.

Through Teen Challenge conferences we have been in contact with a group of people who have founded Church Novi Sad. For the time being they are meeting in an office of Eus Serbia, an evangelical student organization.

They meet several times a week, organize meetings like a women's breakfast in the neighborhood, search after addicts and homeless people, visit other churches and conferences, evangelize in their own and surrounding countries, share their life stories and give worship concerts ... music is their gift!

Because they are usually on the road as a team, they have a need for a passenger van, one in which all instruments will fit as well :) In cooperation with the Norwegian organization Euromission (who has been supporting and encouraging them for some time) we want to help them to buy a good van.

Would you like to see the good news spread in Serbia, where not even 1% of the population is evangelical Christian? Do you, like us and Jesus, have a heart for nations and people?

Then send your gift to St. Traveling Light, Papendrecht IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U and don't forget to mention: CHURCH SERBIA. Make sure to check out this video!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Sponsoring Teen Challenge coffeehouse conference, Ukraine

Coffee House team Kiev
As promised an update on the Teen Challenge coffee house work in Ukraine. What exactly is coffee house work? It is part, or rather the basis, of the work that Teen Challenge does among the homeless and addicted worldwide.

In order to reach people who are in great need, we have to go into the world ๐Ÿ˜. Teams of Teen Challenge volunteers go to the streets around the world to talk to homeless people, addicts and prostitutes. They often hand out invitations to come to a 'coffee house' meeting, which can be in a church, store, business or home location.

Coffee House is a support group for people who struggle with life-controlling problems, it also ministers to their friends and family. There is room to talk, pray and give testimony of God's love and care. Very often a coffee house is the first place where people come into contact with the gospel and for many it is a stepping stone to go to a drugs and alcohol rehabilitation center.

The annual Coffee House Conference of Teen Challenge Ukraine will take place in Vinnitsa and well from December 19-22. They will be celebrating their 10-year anniversary! It is amazing what happens in the 30 locations around the country. Coffee house staff from Belarus and Moldova have also been invited to this conference.

Coffee House locations in Ukraine
By meeting annually, people involved are being encouraged, built up and inspired. So important! We want to help them with the costs for the conference. It takes 25 euro per person to participate. Some people come from very far and the journey by itself is costly.

If you have a heart to help spread the good news in Ukraine, invest now!

You can send your gift to St. Traveling Light, Papendrecht IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U. Make sure to mention: COFFEEHOUSE.

Thank you!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Follow-up project The Gate, Poland

As promised an update on the youth work of The Gate in the student city of Wroclaw, Poland.

Wroclaw is one of the largest academic cities in Poland with over 120,000 students attending the thirteen largest schools in the city. The technical university alone has about 33,000 students!

The Gate is the local Teen Challenge youth work and is run by young people from local churches. Among the students, The Gate is known as an 'alternative club' because no alcohol is being served and there is room for personal attention and conversations.

We visited The Gate a number of times. It is a nice club location where workshops, open stage evenings and mini concerts are organized. Every week a growing group of students comes together. For some, a visit to The Gate is the first introduction to the Christian faith.

The young people from The Gate organize meetings on the campus of the universities as well and are active during festivals and large events. Several times a year they organize a so called 'Movement', especially around Christmas and Easter.

In such a week there are all kinds of activities such as outreaches, concerts and workshops. The goal is always to meet and interact with students about God and the Bible.

This autumn they also started drugs- and alcohol prevention at highschools. We would like to encourage them with a gift for planned activities in 2019. There is a whole generation that is particularly open to an encounter with God.

If you have a heart ๐Ÿ’–for young people in Europe, this is your chance to invest in the future of our continent. Poland needs our prayer, not our criticism! Please, send your gift to St. Traveling Light, Papendrecht IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U. Make sure to mention: THE GATE.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

One more month to go in 2018

Christmas atmosphere in Twinkeltje
December is just around the corner, a month in which we will look back on all the beautiful and special moments ... but also look forward to a new year.

We were able to support many projects, thanks to your generosity. We have again visited many countries and, closer to home, we also had lots of interesting encounters in our shop/coffee house Twinkeltje.

In December we pay particular attention to the fact that God gave His Son Jesus to mankind. The greatest gift a person can ever accept. December is for us (even more than usual) a month dedicated to GIVING ๐Ÿ’Ÿ Following God's example, we also want to give abundantly and bless and encourage people to enter the new year with hope and expectation.

Visiting Teen Challenge men's rehab in Berdychiv
During the month of December, we often receive end-of-year gifts in addition to the regular donations.  We would like to offer you a choice in the projects you want to support [read: whom you want to bless by giving from your wealth]. In the coming weeks we will post some encouraging stories from different countries on this blog. If you decide to send a gift, please clearly state for which country it is.

We are currently raising money for a passenger van for Teen Challenge in Berdychiv, Ukraine. We have also selected a project for the Weissensee fundraiser 2019, we can confirm that it will be Teen Challenge Moldova. Furthermore, you can expect the following inspiring stories in the coming weeks:
  • The youth work of Teen Challenge The Gate among students in Wroclaw, Poland is expanding more and more. They do fantastic outreaches on the campuses of the major universities as well as during festivals and other events. We would like to encourage them with a donation for upcoming activities.
    The Gate in Wroclaw, Poland
  • In December the proceeds of Twinkeltje will go towards the work among the Roma in Bulgaria. We see beautiful things happening there, but at the same time there is struggle around all kinds of political decisions that will be effecting the evangelical Christians.
  • From December 19-22, the annual Coffee Conference of Teen Challenge Ukraine will be organized, celebrating their 10th anniversary. It is amazing what happens in the 30 coffee houses around the country. We want to help them with the costs for the conference.
  • We also have great news from Serbia. The work of Teen Challenge has produced a lot of fruit over the years; new churches have been planted and ministries have been started. Encouragement is very welcome!
  • And of course we want to bless the work of Brian Slater in Israel with a donation.
Gifts are always welcome at IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U St. Traveling Light in Papendrecht. When in the USA you can send your tax deductible donation (Note: only for Teen Challenge projects) to EEO, just make sure to mention which country.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Project Passenger van Teen Challenge Berdychiv, Ukraine

Teen Challenge Berdichyv, Ukraine
If you search in the column on the right side of our weblog for the tab 'key words' and click on Berdychiv, you can find all the messages we have written about the work of Teen Challenge in Berdychiv, Ukraine over the years and that is quite a lot!

We not only visited on several occasions, but we also provided financial support for projects such as the animal barn, the expansion of the men's house, the local youth coffee house work, the purchase of the women's home and of course the annual summer camp.

Last summer we were there again and it is such an inspiration to see how they are working with little money and resources but with great enthusiasm to give men, women and young people a new chance in life and hope for the future.

The old and faithful Mitsubishi
They drove us around in the old Mitsubishi which was living out it's final days. We asked director Sergey Romanenko what the mileage was ... "Probably more than a million" was his answer. A while ago he emailed us with the message that the van had given up altogether and whether we wanted to help raise funds for a newer passenger van.

The van is used to transport men, women and children from the rehabs, to the city, to the church, to the coffee house or to the doctor when necessary.  They are currently looking for a good, reliable, not too expensive passenger van. They will need at least 3,500 euro in order to purchase such a vehicle.

What do you think, can we raise the needed funds in a short time? Sure, we can! If you want to support the work of Teen Challenge in Ukraine, please send your gift to IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U St. Traveling Light in Papendrecht. Make sure to mention: VAN.

When in the USA you can make your tax-deductible gift payable to EEO Inc. Make sure to mention: TC Ukraine, Berdychiv.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Project updates and travels

Foundation of the kitchen
Earlier this year we gave a donation for the construction of a church kitchen in Georgia. The work has finally started.

Pastor Temuri Muzashvili of the Evangelical Faith Church in Navazi sent us drawings and some pictures of the initial phase of construction. In the picture on the left you can clearly see that the kitchen will be added to the side of the church building. The foundation has now been laid.

Floor plan kitchen
When we visited in January, Temuri shared his plans with us and we were immediately excited. The church distributes monthly food parcels to the poorest families in the village. The idea is to cook meals in the new kitchen and have meals together. In other words, a beautiful meeting place will be added. We will keep you informed.

We are already in the first week of a new month which means we have announced a new project for  our secondhand shop Twinkeltje. The proceeds will go to the work of Teen Challenge in Croatia. Last year a restart was made with street outreach, drug prevention work and coffee house work. We helped them with a donation for the translation of the Living Free curriculum.

Team Teen Challenge Croatia
They can certainly use funds for the rent of the coffee house, where they also have training and counseling sessions. So come and visit us in Twinkeltje this month if you want to help.

Specified gifts are always welcome of course. Please use IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U St. Traveling Light in Papendrecht. Do not forget to mention: CROATIA and perhaps you can also pray specifically for that country!

This week we will be attending the fall leaders meeting of Europe Teen Challenge which will take place in Ciudad Real in Spain. We will be guests at Casa Betel. An organization we know from our visits to Berlin.


Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Project Teen Challenge study material, Slovenia

Teen Challenge Slovenia
Last June, Jan visited the Teen Challenge drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Slovenia. It is always great to see how men enter that home, usually from totally hopeless situations, and receive new life.

It is important to come to a point of surrender, that is step 1 in every recovery program ... acknowledge that you have no power over your addiction and that your life has become unmanageable. And then there is our loving God and Father! In most cases the men change so much when they get to know Him, that you do won't hardly recognize them ๐Ÿ˜€

Study material TC Slovenia
In addition to Bible study, work and household duties, the men also follow individual and group lessons, the so-called Teen Challenge curriculum. The lessons cover all kinds of topics, such as dealing with anger and disappointments, but also about how to live as a Christian in daily life (relationships, marriage, work, etc.).

There is a huge amount of (Teen Challenge) teaching material available in the English language, and that material is being translated bit by bit. The question for Traveling Light is, whether we can help with part of the costs for translation and printing. Of course, we just LOVE to come alongside. It is so important (for every Christian, for that matter) that good education is available!

Group studies at TC Slovenia
Teen Challenge in Slovenia was the first program we visited, even before Traveling Light was founded in 2011. We have a special bond with the staff and students.

Do you want to help us help them? They still need about 1,500 euro to cover the costs.

Please, send your donation  to St. Traveling Light, Papendrecht IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U and make sure to mention: SLOVENIA.