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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

News items & prayer

Enjoying the shade

Shalom! Greetings from Israel. We are enjoying a shady afternoon on the porch in kibutz Metzer where we are staying with our friends Nahum & Nomi. We can't think of a more enjoyable place right now for relaxation and a little work ;) From here, we just love to share the following news and prayer items with you:
Prayer meeting with Brian & the volunteers
  • Yesterday we spent the whole day at the food bank in Netanya, Israel, where we volunteered with Brian Slater. Last year we were able to donate 3,000 euro for the set up of this new food bank. Remember Mara, the little blond 5-year old who baked and sold muffins for this project? Now, we have seen with our own eyes how the new food bank operates, thanks to Brian's hard word, the help of many volunteers and the gifts you provided. The people were lining up outside long before the food bank opened. Brian lets 5 people in at the same time, after they show their welfare ID cards. Then he talks with each person, blesses and comforts them and shares a joke. He truly makes everyone feel comfortable and loved. He uses many languages: Hebrew, Russian, English, Yiddish. Spanish etc. In the meantime we packed hundreds of bags with dry foods and had time to talk with the people, hug them and even pray with Aleksander, who was very said and missed his wife who passed away recently. In the evening we prayed with the whole team for the work being done among these, often poor and lonely, people of Netanya. The group of volunteers that day came from Holland, USA, Uzbekistan, Romania, Cuba  and Norway. Next week we will go and help in the soup kitchen.
  • During the 3rd quarter of 2012 we were able to donate (as in the 2nd quarter) more than 1,500 euro towards our project Stepping up 4 Serbia, wow! That is awesome. We recently received a newsletter from Teen Challenge Serbia with two testimonies of changed lives. The work goes on, despite the difficult times. The directors Sasa & Svetlana Ivanovic are very thankful for the help they are getting from Traveling Light. "We feel we can finally see the light at the end of a dark tunnel. God has not forgotten us...", Sasa wrote in a recent email. We hope to meet up with them again at the end of November, during the Teen Challenge Fall leaderships Conference in Slowakia.
  • The 5,000 euro for our project Coffee Bus TC Czech Republic is almost in. We have set our eyes on several really GOOD second hand buses, which are must cheaper when purchased in Germany. We are looking for contacts in Germany who can handle the necessary paper work to export such a bus to Czech Republic.
  • For our next project we will take you to Macedonia! A country (region) with a strong biblical history. Nowadays a third of the population is muslim and two third Macedonian orthodox. Evangelical christians make up 0,5% of the population. Needless to say this is fertile ground for sharing the good news. We will share more about this, soon!
Practical things to pray for: a spiritual breakthrough at Teen Challenge Serbia, protection for Brian and his family, the purchase of a good bus for TC Czech, wisdom and the leading of the Holy Spirit in choosing our next projects, more supporters for Traveling Light!

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