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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

New Bertine House, Ukraine

The new Bertine House
We have good news from the Ukraine and we would love to share it of course!

Do you remember that some of our guys ran the Etten-Leur half marathon last October to raise funds for the women and children from Bertine House, who had to flee Donetsk?

Magne & Olga Gulbrandsen
Bertine House was founded by Magne & Olga Gulbrandsen. It is a christian rehabilitation home (part of Teen Challenge Ukraine) for women coming out of addiction, abuse and prostitution. Together with their children they find there a safe place where they receive true love and often for the first time hear about Jesus. Last year September the war made an end to the work in Donetsk and they all had to leave everything behind to go to a safer place.

Large yard and play ground
Since then the women, children and workers have lived in a rented flat in the city of Poltava. But of course they kept looking for a big house with an even bigger yard and we all kept praying for the funds to come in to purchase such a house.  

A few months ago a substantial donation came in from the USA... and yes! This past week we received the news that a house has been bought.

A huge house with many rooms and a very large yard and play ground. Everyone is very happy and thankful. It is expected that the women and children will move to the new house in September.

Some ladies are inspecting the rooms
We will probably start a new fundraiser campaign during the upcoming marathon in Etten-Leur (October 25th 2015). Funds are (obviously) needed to fix up the house, to buy furniture, to beautify the yard etc. etc. so the house will become a real cozy HOME for the women and children.

If you have it on your heart to give a donation NOW you can certainly do so by sending your love gift for the women and children to St. Traveling Light, Papendrecht IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U. Make sure to mention BERTINE. We will collect all donations and make one transaction towards the new Bertine House.

When in the USA, send your tax-deductible gift to Eastern Europe Outreach, make sure to mention TC UKRAINE BERTINE.

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