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Friday, February 10, 2017

Project update from Kazakhstan

Dorm room at 'House of Mercy'
Last year November we were able to send a nice donation to the Teen Challenge women's home in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The money was needed for insolation of the dorm rooms ...

Walls, doors, ceilings and floors ... everything is looking clean and new.

Washing up...
This week we received some pictures and a short video in which director Tamara Rishe extends her gratitude. Well, that's the beauty of the small-scale projects we support as Traveling Light; donations well spent by people with compassion for the broken-hearted!

It's great to see how happy they all are with the gift we were able to send from the Netherlands. A small gesture for us, a great blessing for them.

The proceeds of our 2nd-hand shop Twinkeltje (September 2016) were also part of this gift. So, we say it one more time, thank you for your help. Keep an eye on this blog to see how you can be involved in such practical projects.

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ [Galatians 6:2].

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Project news

Crochet workshop in Twinkeltje
Our 2nd-hand shop Twinkeltje has quickly become the talk of the town, and not only in Papendrecht :) We enjoy a good number of customers, visits and a nice and warm atmosphere where people feel free to tell their stories. Every month, the proceeds of the sales and of the workshops are designated for a particular project.

In January, more than 1,000 euro came in which we will donate to the work of Teen Challenge in Slovakia. We have good contacts with director Stanislav Kunak who runs the men's rehabilitation center in Sered.

Conversation with board members Senior Association
On January 19th Marja was invited to give a presentation about Traveling Light at the local chapter of the Christian Senior Association in Papendrecht. The room was packed and the response was one of both excitement and surprise ....

"Wow, we did not know this. Is all of this really happening in our town of Papendrecht?

We are extremely grateful for invitations to come and tell more about the work of our non-profit. The gift we received that afternoon will go towards the work of Teen Challenge in Albania.

In action on the Weissensee, Austria
Our skating team has returned from the Weissensee. We will soon publish a blog post about their performances and the final outcome of the sponsor event for the Teen Challenge women's home in Batumi, Georgia.

If you have made a pledge (or still want to give), please send your donation as soon as possible to IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U St. Traveling Light in Papendrecht. Make sure to mention WEISSENSEE.

Soup kitchen Hungary
The proceeds of Twinkeltje over the month of February will be for Michael and Janet van Boxtel who work among the poorest in Hungary. So come and visit us on Saturday afternoons and shop for a good cause, the coffee is always ready!

The new project on this blog will be about cows, a Bible school and a rehab center! You can subscribe to our blog by entering your email address in the space provided in the right column or by sending an email to janandmarja@gmail.com.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Visiting Teen Challenge in Copenhagen, Denmark

Allan & Pernilla Frederiksen
Last weekend we (Jan and Marja) were visiting Teen Challenge in Copenhagen, Denmark upon invitation. In September 2016 Teen Challenge Denmark celebrated her 40th anniversary.

They have a rehabilitation center (Betesda) in Jutland for men and women with addiction problems. In addition there are several coffee houses and street evangelism projects across the country as well as youth prevention work in Roskilde.

Denmark is, like the Netherlands, a rich western country, but that does not mean there are no problems. In Copenhagen, we were introduced to a growing number of homeless, drug addicts, prostitutes, refugees and displaced persons. Such pain in the streets ...

Street work in Copenhagen
Allan & Pernilla Frederiksen work for Teen Challenge with an enthusiastic team of volunteers. Pernilla manages the 2nd-hand shop Cirkelines Æske, a successful store in children's clothing. The revenue goes towards the rehabilitation center, but also to Teen Challenge centers in other countries. Giving makes rich!

Allan hits the streets on certain weekdays with students and volunteers. They offer coffee and sandwiches to the homeless and drug addicts and have conversations with them. They often hand out invitations to coffee house Klippen. This is a place where they can come several times a week to warm up, eat and drink a cup of coffee.

After dinner there is time to sing a few songs and to listen to a short message from God's Word. Over the years many people have made the decision to go to the rehab center where they received hope for a new life and came to know the love of God.

Sharing an encouraging message with volunteers in Klippen
It is not only financial support Traveling Light offers, but certainly also spiritual encouragement. It means we come to visit with encouraging words, we pray with people and we  listen to their stories.

Over the weekend we were guests at the annual volunteer party where Jan shared his testimony. We were also asked to share an encouraging message with the volunteers at Klippen. Jan went with Allan to the streets and on Monday night we were guests at the coffeehouse where we had interesting conversations with visitors and were able to pray with some of them.

Jan talked about John 3:17: God did not send his Son into the world to condemn it, but to save the world through him ... and as the Father sent Him, He sends us. How good to see that even in the darkest streets of Copenhagen God's love is revealed.

Be Free youth prevention work at Roskilde skate park
We furthermore visited a skate park in Roskilde. Teen Challenge has a meeting place in that location where some 60 young people come every week to chill and hang out together. Be Free is a fascinating project!

We believe that God has not forgotten Europe. We see His heart at work through people, in all countries, cities and neighborhoods. Everyone can join in by making a contribution towards that work. Donations are always welcome at IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U St. Traveling Light in Papendrecht. Because of the connections and network we have, we can ensure that the money ends up for the designated project.

Project Cross and the switchblade Albania is still open, we have almost raised 3,000 euro.
Weissensee 2017 for Teen Challenge Georgia is also in full swing, we have already received more than 4,000 euro in pledges.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Weissensee 2017 for Teen Challenge Georgia

Whether there will be any ice skating in the Netherlands this winter, we don't know. But what we do know is that thousands of brave Dutch skaters will travel to Austria for the 29th Weissensee event.

Our very own Traveling Light ice skating team is planning (after months of intensive training) to participate again this year.

Krijn Donk & Henk Swijnenburg
Krijn Donk (Papendrecht) and Henk Swijnenburg (Bleskensgraaf) are aiming to finish the 200 km ice skating race, which will be held high in the Austrian mountains. And who knows ... maybe personal records will be broken.

But more importantly, they want to raise funds for the new Teen Challenge women's home in Batumi, Georgia which is currently being constructed. The house will be a shelter and rehabilitation center for women who are victims of human trafficking and/or are struggling with addictions.

At least 4,000 euro is needed to buy and install all windows and doors in the building! A few few months ago we were there for a visit, and we were so impressed with the work already done.

Women's home under construction
The new women's home is an idea and initiative of Doug & Anna Boyle who have been serving as missionaries in Kazakhstan and Georgia for years. Most of the construction work is being done by staff and students of the Teen Challenge men's rehabilitation center in the capital Tbilisi.

You can sponsor the skaters as as a team or individually as follows:
  • pledge a certain amount for finishing the race
  • pledge a certain amount per kilometer accomplished
  • pledge a certain amount no matter what the result will be
  • pledge a certain amount for breaking personal records
  • with whatever idea you have! We just LOVE to hear from you!
Kuanysh & Madina Akkuzov
Of course all proceeds will go to this project in Georgia. You can send your pledges by email to (krijncora@kpnmail.nl) or Facebook. 

We are in good contact with Kuanysh & Madina Akkuzov, the directors of Teen Challenge Georgia. They keep us informed about developments and needs. For the work among the drugs and alcohol addicted, the homeless and the prostitutes they depend on donations.

It would be awesome if the women's home could be opened as soon as possible, because the need is enormous. Will you help to make God's love visible to these women?

You can also donate right now by sending your gift to IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U St. Traveling Light in Papendrecht. Make sure to mention WEISSENSEE.

Click HERE for Weissensee actions in previous years.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Cross and the switchblade in Albania

Coffee house Tirana, Albania
The work of Teen Challenge among the homeless and drug addicts often begins in so-called coffee houses. Coffee houses are meeting places where once a week or several times a week the door opens for people who need a chat, prayer and coffee, of course :)

How do people know where to find a coffee house? Well, simply because Teen Challenge teams hand out flyers and invitations on the street and at methadone clinics for example. Starting a coffee house is like planting a seed that will bring change to a nation ...

Blerina & Orges Hysenaj
Orges & Blerina Hysenaj live in Tirana and last year they started a coffee house in Albania. We were able to be of service with a financial gift for the start-up, a visit and through maintaining regular contact.

Orges now has quite a group of interested men who visit his coffee house, most of them are in serious addictions. Yet, Orges gives Bible studies and has conversations with the men about Jesus and His love for mankind. One day he expects to open up a Teen Challenge rehab center in his country!

One way to get in touch and seriously talk with addicts is still the book 'The Cross and the switchblade' by David Wilkerson (the founder of Teen Challenge). The book has been translated into more than 30 languages ​​and millions of copies have been sold.

The books are distributed throughout the world and used to reach the homeless and drug addicts with the good news that another life is possible if you choose to live with Jesus Christ!

The book is currently being translated into the Albanian language and Orges wants to print 2,500 copies for distribution. We want to help him to pay for the costs of translation and printing of the book. We know that the message will bring hope and a chance for a new life will to many Albanians.

Do you believe in changed lives? Do you have a heart for the nations of Europe? Then send your donation to  St. Traveling Light, Papendrecht, IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275, BIC: RABONL2U. and do not forget to mention ALBANIA.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Project news and activities

Teen Challenge women's home Kazakhstan
At the end of yet another great year, we can do nothing else but thank you all very much!

We were able to support a wide variety of small-scale projects. In recent months for example we donated to several Teen Challenge drugs and alcohol rehabilitation centers in countries such as Kazakhstan, Poland and Ukraine. We will share some photo's of the work in these centers soon!

Girl's home in Moldova
We are also very pleased with your enthusiastic response to our new store Twinkeltje. We receive a lot of donations, we are selling well and the workshops we have organized so far are quite popular. Come visit us on a Saturday afternoon in the Korenbloemstraat 20 Papendrecht.

Each month the proceeds from the sales are for a specific project. In December is is the girl 's home in Moldova. A safe and loving place for girls who have been victims of human trafficking.

new Teen Challenge women's home in Batumi, Georgia

It's coming up again... Early January we will start with the PR for the Weissensee 2017 event. The ice skaters have been in training for months. The project for which our volunteers will skate the grueling 200 km in Austria is the new Teen Challenge women's home in Batumi, Georgia (still under construction). They will be needing about 4,000 euro for the purchase of windows and doors.

Project Christmas gifts for sailors taken on by seafarer's evangelist Guus Peters is up and running. We have already received sponsoring for forty goody bags. For eight euro you can bless a sailor with a warm sweater, some sweets and a DVD.

ALL donations, big and small are welcome at St. Traveling Light, Papendrecht, IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275, BIC: RABONL2U. Make sure to mention which project your gift is for.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Winter Fair for a good cause

Coziest store in town
This past September we opened up Twinkeltje (Dutch for 'shop'), a unique store in Papendrecht where we sell nice 2nd hand stuff. Board member Cora Donk is the owner of the place.

Together with a group of faithful volunteers she has very creatively decorated Twinkeltje. It is cozy, hip and happening! Everyone is welcome, not just to shop, but also for a cup of coffee and something sweet from the oven.

Every Saturday afternoon during the month of December we are holding a warm and welcoming winter fair. The store is beautifully decorated, there are lots of Christmas goodies for sale.

You can come in for soup, cookies, coffee, tea and hot chocolate. Or maybe you want to play a game, read a book, do some coloring or simply have fellowship with others. Everything is possible!

Especially in this dark winter month, people need comfort and warmth. The beauty is that we also can share the warmth with people who need it even more. 

You are welcome
Every month a specific project of Traveling Light will be highlighted. The total sales proceeds during December will be for the girl's shelter in Moldova.

We invite you to come and look around and shop for a good cause!

See you soon!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Greetings from Teen Challenge women's home, Kazakhstan

Teen Challenge women's home 'House of Mercy' Almaty
It's been several weeks since we finished the fundraising for project Teen Challenge women's home in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

The proceeds of the sales in our newly opened second-hand store during the month of September also went entirely to this project. All in all the 4,500 euro towards this project came in really fast.

Tamara Reshe
This week we received pictures of the construction work in the dorms, which is now in full swing. They are working hard on the insulation of the walls, which is not a luxury because winter has already set in over there!

Tamara Reshe, the director of the women's house, asked us to send you greetings from the women who are very happy with the renovation of their dormitory.

Isn't it wonderful to help provide a safe and warm place for these women and young mothers with their babies, a place where they can rest and recover? Sometimes they have lived on the streets or went from place to place without finding a true home.

Ready to go...
It is also great to see the donation we gave them being put to work almost immediately and in a very practical way, improving the living conditions of women and girls. Gifts well spent... that makes us all happy.

Traveling Light wants to continue to support practical, small-scale projects which are (most of the time) set up by the locals. And, last but not least, to build long term relationships.

There you go!
Only with your help can we do it. Thank you for your gifts, prayers and visits to our store.

We are currently raising funds for the expansion of the Teen Challenge men's rehabilitation center in Berdychiv, Ukraine (donation thermometer has already risen above 3,000 euro, yeah!).

Any amount, large or small, is still welcome at St. Traveling Light, Papendrecht IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Project 2nd floor Teen Challenge men's rehab Berdychiv, Ukraine

Sergey & Irina Romanenko
Thanks to the sales in our newly opened second hand shop during this month of October, a generous gift from RegioPraise in Etten-Leur and your loving response, the 5,000 euro needed for project bedroom sinks Teen Challenge Łękinia, Poland came in. Hooray! Great to see how we can quickly join together to support such a practical project. And we happily move on :)

Pastor Sergey Romanenko from Berdychiv is no stranger to this blog. He is the founder and leader of a Messianic congregation and a men's and women's rehabilitation center in the Ukraine.

Expansion men's rehab
We were able to help him fund several projects, such as the purchase of the women's house, the expansion of the work in the coffee houses and the construction of an animal barn. The summer camps that are organized annually are also sponsored by Traveling Light.

Some time ago we received a request from him to raise funds for the expansion of the men's rehabilitation house in Berdychiv, which operates under the flag of Teen Challenge Ukraine. For several years he has had plans to build a second floor on the existing house, so they can have more beds and help more people.

Coffee house
Through the coffee house outreach the addicted, homeless and desperate come in contact with the gospel. Friendships are being built and when people decide to turn away from a life of drugs and alcohol addiction, they go into rehabilitation. Once they experience the grace, love and healing touch of Jesus Christ, lives are changed forever.

The rehabilitation program takes a year, sometimes longer. We have already seen many lives changed which is very, very encouraging. Lives are saved, relationships restored and families reunited. We would love to see a bigger number of beds available, so even more lives can be saved!

New life!
They will need about 5,000 euro for this huge construction job. Pastor Sergey has been in contact with a number of contractors and workers who are willing to help. Will you help as well?

Please your gift to St. Traveling Light, Papendrecht IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U. Make sure to mention MEN's REHAB BERDYCHIV. This will also be the project in our second hand shop during the month of November.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

News + prayer points

New kitchen
The awesome thing of supporting small-scale projects is the direct contact with the people involved. We regularly receive emails with words of gratitude and of course lots of pictures. Look how practical gifts were used recently.

Storage room
In July, we placed project renovation kitchen Winiarczykowka, Poland on this blog. They have worked hard in the past few months to meet all government requirements.

The kitchen was upgraded, bath and washrooms redone and the pantry is equipped with nice storage racks. Residents, staff and volunteers can now enjoy even more living, working and rehabilitating in a safe and clean environment, partly a result of your generous donations. Thank you very much.

Later that month, we announced project Campaign Nick Vujicic, Slovenia. Pastor Steve Telzerow mailed a detailed report of the event where thousands of students were present and thousands more followed it on television.

Nick and interpreter Barbara Telzerow
It was an honor for them to work with the Ministry of Education, Science, and Sport and many new friendships were made. Nick's prayer with and for the President of Slovenia was a special moment. Let's pray many will get to know the Lord in Slovenia. Pastor Steve writes in his newsletter:

Grateful for volunteers
"We are very grateful for the participation of so many that made this broadcast and event possible. I want to say a special thanks to Stichting Traveling Light, Josiah Venture (Društvo Več), Beltway Park Church, Christ Community Church in Harrisburg PA, HarvestNet in Ephrata PA, Gosport Church England... "

Last month, we asked for help on behalf of seafarer's evangelist Guus Peters in project Tagalog Bibles. Thanks to your quick response the Bibles could be purchased and Guus has already been handing out the first copies on the ships.

Happy with the good news
He sent us this photo. We like to see happy faces! Again, thank you for your generous gifts.

Last week Jan attended the Europe Teen Challenge Fall Meeting in Norway on behalf of Traveling Light. For us it is always a good time to speak leaders from many countries. 

Europe Teen Challenge family
Traveling Light received a lot of positive feedback from all over Europe. Please continue to pray for our work, so we can continue to bless those who need it most!

PS: We already received more than 3,000 euro for project bedroom sinks Teen Challenge Łękinia, Poland. So we are well on our way to reach our goal. Fantastic! If you would like to help, please send a donation to St. Traveling Light, Papendrecht, IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275, BIC: RABONL2U. Make sure to mention LEKINIA.

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