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Saturday, May 30, 2020

2nd Phase project rehab center, Lebanon


We do not physically travel to other countries yet, but we are in contact with dozens of people within our network through social media, newsletters and email. This is also the case with Garo Margossian in Lebanon.

About two years ago, he began the construction of a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Beirut. Garo is the founder of the nonprofit organization No For Drugs (NFD), an organization dedicated to promoting drug prevention. They offer awareness campaigns, prison ministry and legal aid.

NFD is part of Global Teen Challenge and we have known Garo for years from the Teen Challenge conferences in Europe, we regularly attend.

The construction of the center is taking place in phases. Every time funds are available, the work continues. The exterior is now covered with stucco, work is being done on a terrace and inside they are working on floors, walls and sanitary areas.

It is good to see that this huge project continues and that Garo remains in good spirits and believes that his long-cherished desire to open a faith-based residential center for drugs and alcohol rehabilitation will become a reality.

We know every country has its own struggles with addiction issues and we also know that a program like Teen Challenge can have a big impact on people's lives and society. We would like to be part of the blessing this work brings to Lebanon.
Gabriela, Adelina Grace and Garo

Traveling Light wants to contribute once again to the construction of this center in Lebanon. How wonderful it is to invest in human lives in the Middle East from wherever you live. Let's encourage one another without ceasing!

If you want to help, please send your gift to St. Traveling Light in Papendrecht, IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U and do not forget to mention: Lebanon.

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

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Project news

Last month, we already announced it: During the month of May, Atelier De Schor in Papendrecht would open her doors every Friday and Saturday between 10:00 and 17:00 for the sale of super nice flea, vintage, and retro items.

Half of the proceeds will go to a project in Uganda and half to Traveling Light! We will add it to the proceeds of Twinkeltje over May and this time the amount will go to Sokrat and Lena Apostolovski and their work among Roma children in Macedonia. The sale of flea, vintage, and retro items is going well, so shop owner Chantal de Jong wants to continue in June. So, please come by and visit. It's fun, the stuff is awesome, and you support a good cause with your purchases.

The other project that we are currently raising funds for, is the work of non-profit organization Embrace in Hungary. Michael and Janet van Boxtel work there among the poor, the homeless, and the addicted. This week the Dutch embassy in Hungary posted a video about the work of Michael and Janet.

Nice to see that their work is getting noticed. We will transfer a donation this week. So, if you still want to donate, do it quickly!

We received the following message from Stella Saghian, in response to a gift of 3,000 euro that we were able to give to 222 Ministries for the support of Farsi speaking Christians in Turkey.

"Through our churches in 15 cities in Turkey, we offer this support to our brothers and sisters in Christ and we hope to relieve them in this desperate situation. We are so grateful for your cooperation. We see positive aspects as we come into contact through our online church (the Persian Community Church) with people in Turkey and Iran ...

We have shifted our monthly church services (with an average of 2000 participants) to weekly services. Last Sunday we had about 5,000 participants. In the past two months, we have seen more than 200 people come to faith who are now joining in our discipleship training. Even in the midst of turmoil, God reaches for the lost! Thank you again for your support and cooperation in helping Farsi-speaking Christian refugees. We pray that your light will travel further and shine even more in this dark world."

Practical help, financial support, and spiritual encouragement, ... a triple cord, really. And it works, we see it everywhere!

GIFTS (large and small) for all our projects are always welcome and can be directed at St. Traveling Light in Papendrecht, IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Project support for Embrace, Hungary


Michael and Janet van Boxtel, founders of the non-profit organization Embrace, work among the homeless, addicts, and the poor in Hungary.

They wrote to us about the current situation in the country and especially the consequences of all the restrictions for their target group; the people they have been helping for years.

Various economic support measures have been announced for companies and individuals. Apart from a ban on evictions, these measures do not offer any benefit for poor people or the homeless, the target group we are committed to. This is a group that is hit hard because the demand for short contract workers and day laborers has largely disappeared, leaving many without income.

For Tápiobiscke village, Embrace has been granted an exemption from the mayor to be able to move freely for assistance. For Budapest, the Baptist Aid has been granted an exemption to enter the homeless center and provide support and assistance. Within the rules that exist, Baptist Aid gives us the freedom to do what we want and/or can do to help.

In Tápiobiscke, Embrace provides assistance to the elderly, single mothers, and poor families. The help consists of a weekly food package, prescription medicines, and other things such as diapers and baby food. it used to be approximately 50 addresses per week, but this number is now increasing rapidly due to the fact that more and more people are losing their jobs (if they had any).

We have continuous and intensive collaboration with the mayor and the Bureau for Family Affairs. The number of homeless people we reach used to be around 50, but is currently already more than double that number per week! This is because many other organizations and locations no longer provide help.

Well, it may be clear that any support is welcome. Michael and Janet hand out around 70 packages per week in the village of Tápiobiscke, which cost 18 euro each, making a total of 1260 euro per week. In addition, about 100 packages per week for the homeless (another 600 euro per week). The packages contain food for a week.

Embrace works through donations. We will be happy to send them a generous gift. Any amount is welcome. You can make your gifts payable to: St. Traveling Light, Papendrecht IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U. Make sure to mention: HUNGARY.

Thank you!

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Support knows no restrictions

The proceeds of our secondhand shop Twinkeltje over the month of March went to the work of Teen Challenge among the homeless and addicted in Slovakia. This week we spoke with director Patrik Hipp over the phone.

At the time the government measures were announced, they had 15 men in the center in Sered. Many of them then chose to end the program early, not wanting to be "locked down" without knowing for how long.

So, seven men remained and no new students are allowed to enter the program during the lockdown. 'That is quite difficult for the men,' says Patrik. 'Part of the program's strength is that students come and go, which brings refreshment and perspective. When new students arrive, the others realize how far they have actually come.'

The atmosphere in the center is good and a lot of hard work is being done in the vegetable garden, as shown in the video below. Patrik wants to thank everyone for the gift and sends a warm greeting from Slovakia.
Last week we also received a newsletter from Pastor Steve Telzerow from Slovenija. This included a documentary about the work of Teen Challenge there, which was recently shown on television. The video is really worth watching.
As you can see, the support we offer as Traveling Light knows no restrictions.

GIFTS (large and small) for all our projects are always welcome and can be directed at St. Traveling Light in Papendrecht, IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U.

Video Teen Challenge Slovakia
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Friday, April 24, 2020

Twinkeltje, Refugee help, and sponsoring

Twinkeltje
Our secondhand shop is open every Saturday afternoon between noon and 5 PM, although with some restrictions. We temporarily removed the coffee table and only three customers are allowed in, at a time.

It is very obvious that for many of our 'regular visitors' it is an important part of their week to stop by for a chat. Especially for those who are single, handicapped, or lonely. They are super happy that our door is still open.

We do of course have a lot of nice things for sale, so you can take your time to look around. The proceeds from all sales this month, will go to the Teen Challenge juvenile home in Kazakhstan.


Refugee Help
We regularly need items for refugees who have been assigned a house or apartment. You could think of: lamps, curtains, bed linen, pans, plates, cutlery, mugs, and glassware.

We have no storage room for large items, such as furniture, refrigerators, or washing machines. We can, however, contact Refugee Help in our town to see whether there is a place directly with the refugees themselves or in the Refugee Help storage.


Atelier De Schor
Throughout the month of May, atelier De Schor is open every Friday and Saturday between 10:00 and 17:00 for the sale of super nice flea market, vintage and retro items. Please note: only two customers can enter at the same time. Half of the proceeds will go to Traveling Light. The address of De Schor is Bosch 6 in Papendrecht.

We love it when people think and act. Remember, 👉raising money for the projects continues without pause. Currently, the work of 222 Ministries among refugees in Turkey is what we are raising funds for.

We have contact with people in different countries of Europe via email, Whatsapp, and social media. So, we stay somewhat informed about the happenings in each country.

GIFTS (large and small) for all our projects are always welcome and can be directed at St. Traveling Light in Papendrecht, IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Project support Farsi speaking Christians, Turkey

If you have been reading this blog for a while, you will know we have written several times about the work of 222 Ministries and Pearl of Persia in Iran and also among the often forgotten Christian refugees in central Turkey.

Lazarus & Maggie Leghnazar are the founders of 222 Ministries and Maggie has been a tremendous help for us when we were publishing the Farsi edition of Marja's book Grace of Giving here in the Netherlands. Stella Saghian (pictured) has been our contact for several years.

Many Farsi-speaking Christians have become refugees because of conflict or have been persecuted for their faith. Christian refugees are especially vulnerable. Healthcare and employment issues are the major challenges they face. For most people, the church is the place of hope and comfort. With the help of 222 Ministries, (house)churches for Farsi speaking believers have been planted in about 14 different cities in Turkey.

Unfortunately, the current measures make it difficult or impossible to get together. 222 Ministries has started offering limited quantities of hygiene products, but more support is urgently needed for the months ahead.

You can help the Farsi speaking Christians in Turkey by sending your precious gift to St. Traveling Light in Papendrecht, IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U. Make sure to mention: 222 MINISTRIES. Or (if you are in the USA for example) you can donate directly through their website.

You can also support the work of 222 Ministries by ordering a copy (or several copies) of the Farsi edition of Marja's book Grace of Giving from their website and give it to someone in your area who speaks Farsi.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Proceeds of secondhand shop go all over Europe

Last week we received a message from Poland and well from Teen Challenge Winiarczykowka. Janusz and Bogusia Gornicki are the directors of a home for the elderly which is located in a former border patrol post. 'We're painting the whole house,' Bogusia messaged.

👉The proceeds of our secondhand shop/coffee house Twinkeltje over the month of January went to the work of Teen Challenge in Winiarczykowka. They wanted to paint the house on the inside, which is the first time since they came to live there, 10 years ago.

'We are so happy with your gift,' Bogusia wrote, 'we were able to buy a lot of paint and now we can give the men a nice job. At the moment we are more or less confined to the house with these elderly people, so it is great to have such a beautiful project that we can all work on. They love it!'

Well, back in January we had no idea how our donation fro them would be put to use. But we are very glad to hear that the timing was perfect. For sure, the home will look wonderful when all the work is done.

👉The proceeds of Twinkeltje over February went to the work of Brian Slater and Abundant Bread of Salvation in Israel. Thank you all, on behalf of Brian.

Brian also works a lot with the elderly in his food bank and soup kitchen and he has to take the necessary measures nowadays. But the work in Netanya continues. Watch the video of his adopt-a-holocaust-survivor program HERE.

👉The proceeds of Twinkeltje over March went to the work of Teen Challenge among the homeless and addicted in Slovakia.

We (Jan and Marja) were scheduled to visit there last week, among other things for the presentation of the Slovak edition of Marja's book 'My Neighbor's House' which is now available on Kindle. All events and meetings have been postponed.

Twinkeltje (like other shops) is open on Saturday afternoon, albeit under the currently applicable rules. There is no coffee table, but shopping is always possible, we have good stuff!
👉The project in Twinkeltje for April is the Teen Challenge juvenile home in Kazakhstan.

GIFTS (large and small) for all our projects are always welcome and can be directed at St. Traveling Light in Papendrecht, IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Looking back at our visit to Malta


All our planned speaking engagements, meetings, conferences, lectures, book presentations, and trips have been canceled. That does not mean that the work we sponsor has come to a standstill, on the contrary.


Most drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers across Europe are full. In addition, there are also a few who have just opened their doors (Belgium and Albania).

With the necessary regulations and adjustments, everyday life continues 'as usual'. In some countries, there is a curfew, in others a travel ban and elsewhere, people have been asked to stay indoors as much as possible. We pray that in all of this God will show His presence in a special way.

In the meantime, we are taking the opportunity to tell you something about a special trip we made in 2019.

In December we were in Malta, or rather on the smaller island of Gozo. We got to know Todd and Lawrence through the Teen Challenge conferences. Todd is an American missionary who has lived on the islands for years and Lawrence is a true Maltese.

Both have been saved by God from a life of drug abuse. Together, they are involved in street evangelism and have the desire to open a Teen Challenge center for men with life-controlling problems.

For us, it was a first visit to Malta and Gozo. We were deeply impressed by the natural beauty, the historical cities and impressive coastlines.

We stayed in Victoria Town in the Gozo Jesus Center, a small church building with several living areas above. Teen Challenge would like to purchase the property to start a rehab center there. A fundraising campaign has already been started by Todd.

Todd showed us many beautiful places on the islands. We participated in the weekly Bible study and spoke at the 'Word of Life Pentecostal Holiness Church Malta' in Valletta. Of course, we enjoyed good food, a lot of walking, catching up and praying together.

We believe (for example, based on Psalm 67) that God has a plan for all nations ... which is that people will get to know and acknowledge Him. This also applies to Malta!

How beautiful to see that there are people, always and everywhere, who respond to the call to share God's grace and love with a world in need.

GIFTS (large and small) for all our projects are always welcome and can be directed at St. Traveling Light in Papendrecht, IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

3rd phase project Teen Challenge Moldova

TC home Falesti
In September of last year we posted about phase 2 of the construction work at the Teen Challenge men's home in Moldova.

The Weissensee fundraiser we organized in 2019, brought in a nice sum for the expansion of the Teen Challenge rehabilitation house in Falesti. The house provides help for men who struggle with life-controlling problems.

A team of students from the Teen Challenge program in the Czech Republic traveled (twice) to Moldova to help insulate the roof, finish three rooms and a classroom and install all the electricity. The third phase, installing plumbing, lighting and heating, was planned for April 2020.

2nd floor Falesti home
Due to the travel restrictions that currently apply to many countries, this planned trip had to be canceled. A later date will be chosen.

What we can do in the meantime to encourage them, is to collect funds so that the construction team can get to work as soon as the green light will be given.

TC rehab home in Soceleni
If you want to help (again), you can send your precious gift to St. Traveling Light in Papendrecht, IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U. Make sure to mention: TC MOLDOVA.

In October 2018 we visited Moldova, you can read that story HERE. The new rehab home for men, in the village of Soceleni, is also in full operation. For sure they can use some (financial) help there as well.

So, we think it is the right thing to do to raise funds for the work of Teen Challenge in Moldova, because the work among the desperate never stops!

THANK YOU ALL.

PS: We raised 5,000 euro for the cow project in Belarus!

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Year report 2019

We are thankful for the opportunity to present an infographic (click on the picture for a better view) of our activities and finances in 2019. We can report a record in donations for 2019 đź’—

Together we have raised more than 89,000 euro for the various projects and that amount has almost entirely gone towards the intended projects. Only the bank charges have been paid from the donations. If you give to Traveling Light, you really give towards a project! (As board members and volunteers we pay all travel, process and overhead expenses out of our own pockets)

We have visited fifteen (!) countries, conducted Bible studies, preached in churches and supported more than 25 different projects. In doing so, we have responded to the great commission Jesus gave us: Go into the world and disciple the nations!

Our light shines closer to home as well. Our secondhand shop/coffee house Twinkeltje has become a household name in Papendrecht and the surrounding area. Every month, the proceeds (on average 1,000 euro per month) go towards one of the projects Traveling Light supports. On Saturday afternoons it has really become a living room for the neighborhood, while Tea & Talk on Monday afternoons is also very well visited, especially by immigrant women.

We are very grateful for loyal volunteers who help on Saturdays and offer creative workshops each month. We have also received visitors from abroad, from Georgia, Sweden and the USA. The mission nights we organize, give a platform to our visitors to present their work. We also celebrated the Seder meal in Twinkeltje and held a special Israel night.

And then there is prison work, Alpha prison, discipleship evenings, regional prayer meetings, Re-Store (healing room) and Prayer for the Nations. too much to mention really. We would like to thank everyone who made 2019 a good and fruitful year. It would not be possible without your help.

GIFTS (large and small) for all our projects are always welcome and can be directed at St. Traveling Light in Papendrecht, IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U.