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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Visiting Izhod Teen Challenge, Slovenia

Marjan lived in the streets for 26 years, now he has a home
We are currently visiting with the team from Izhod Teen Challenge Slovenia. In 2010 they opened their first men's center in Nova Vas, the Dennis Griffith House. We love this place and have visited several times. At the moment there are four men in the residential program who used to live a life of addiction and crime. They live, work and learn there for a period of one year.

Praising the Lord in the morning!
Remember how we raised money to buy a chainsaw? Well, that gift has surely been a blessing! With the chainsaw they were able to do a lot of work, clearing woods, cutting trees and cleaning yards. They made enough money this way that they were able to buy another saw, and they can do even more work. They got so many requests to cut down trees that they have gathered enough wood for at least the next two coming winters (the heating system in the house works on wood). Besides this wood work they run a small moving company that brings in some money too. The guys hand out Bibles to every customer they work for.

This morning Jan spoke at the center during the morning devotion. We had a powerful time of prayer and confession. We made some photo's, had lunch together and talked some more with the guys. They proudly showed us the 25 chickens they have now. We are absolutely delighted to see how well this house is being managed and how the Holy Spirit is at work in the lives of these men!

Picking up the last parts for the bunk beds
Matjaz and Dejan work shifts as leaders and counselors. We had the opportunity to visit with Dejan's parents who live in the mountains about two hours away from the center. Dejan used to be addicted to heroin and was a student in the Teen Challenge program in Czech Republic. Now he is a leader here in Slovenia, his home country. His father has a woodwork shop, and there they made new beds for the guys in the Dennis Griffith House. Wow, we were amazed at the beautiful work.
Dorm room with new beds
TC Slovenia still needs to pay 650 euro's for the beds, which is really not much for such beautiful handy work. If anyone is interested in helping them to pay this off... don't hesitate. make your donation to
Rabo bank nr. 1185 82 275
IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275
and make sure to mention BEDS FOR SLOVENIA.
For those of you in the USA, you can donate HERE.

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