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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!


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 💗

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.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Project tools for Teen Challenge Belgium

Last September Teen Challenge Belgium purchased the building of the Betel in Charleroi and opened up a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center for men with life-controlling problems.

Traveling Light was one of the first supporters to donate a substantial amount for the purchase of that building. We went to visit them in December, during their Christmas fair and open house.

It is a beautiful building with a very large garden. It needs no explanation that such a building requires maintenance and repairs continually. Frédéric and Natacha Hensgens are the directors and they placed a request on Facebook for work tools. They are looking for GOOD quality work tools, new or second-hand, it doesn't matter. We promised to share their request on this blog.

If you have tools that you do not use, we are happy to collect them, everything is welcome. 👉But again: only good quality, no Chinese junk, please.

Their wish list includes: screwdriver set, level, small grinder, jumping saw, sander, coping saw, circular saw, scale, small chainsaw, pneumatic nailers etc.) Well, you can come up with the rest.

If you prefer to give a financial gift, please do so. We will send them a donation that they can use to purchase tools they may further need.

Gifts for the purchase of tools are welcome and can be directed at St. Traveling Light in Papendrecht, IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U. Make sure to mention: BELGIUM.

Thank you in advance for your help!

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Project news

Happy with the truck
It has been a while, but halfway 2018 we sent a gift to Teen Challenge in Latvija for the purchase of a truck with a crane for the transportation of wood. They needed quite a sum, but they finally got all the funds together.

The barn that needs to be fixed
We recently received some photos. Great to see how donations are being used in a practical way. The cutting, transportation and sale of firewood helps the rehab center to be self-supportive. Thank you again for your help.

We are currently raising money for Mission Return in Belarus.

The drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in the Lyahovichi district needs about 5,000 euro to purchase 3 dairy cows, a small milking machine, dairy refrigeration, and machine for making milk products and the refurbishing of an existing cowshed. See our message HERE.

Work in progress
If you want to help, please send your gift to St. Traveling Light in Papendrecht, IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U. Make sure to mention COWS.

In the fall of 2019 we sent a donation to Carmen Ullersma for the installation of a heating system in a daycare center for the elderly in Moldova. The work is in progress and it is looking good, hopefully the center can be opened soon.

Carmen sent a few photos so you can see how for yourself how your gifts are being put to work.

Furniture for TC Albania
And then, we also sent a donation to Teen Challenge in Albania. The first Christian drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Tirana will be opening soon.

The house has been thoroughly renovated with the help of many volunteers. Hope for Albania donated furniture!

Many people and organizations have been blessed by your generosity!

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, February 6, 2020

Update fundraiser for Teen Challenge Armenia

Krijn (black and orange) in action
Last Tuesday Krijn Donk and Henk Swijnenburg showed up at the start of the 200 km long ice skating tour at the Weissensee in Austria. Their goal was to raise funds for Teen Challenge in Armenia.

Unfortunately temperatures were just above freezing that day and there was a lot of water on the ice. The skaters did their utmost to prevent falling down on the wet ice, because further skating with wet clothing can lead to hypothermia.

Krijn reported that he had fallen three times, the last time just 700 meters before the finish, after which he got a severe cramp in his calf. Yet, he was able to finish the tour in an astonishing time of 7:38 hours, with an average speed of 26:15 km per hour. Unfortunately, Henk had to stop the fight against the weather and ice conditions after 150 km, after more than eight hours of skating.

Krijn and Henk at the end of a long day...
Although the lack of good quality ice and freezing temperatures were disappointing, the fundraising campaign certainly was a success. The two men raised 8,200 euro so far with their action, an amount that will go entirely to the work of Teen Challenge among the homeless, addicted and desperate in Armenia.

"A good sum has been raised for Armenia," said Krijn. "Such a good cause is a great incentive to skate the 200 km and suffer through the pain. The assistance and care that we receive from Adrie Swijnenburg is indispensable!"

We contacted Gagik and Lusine Mkrtchyan from Teen Challenge Armenia. They were completely taken by surprise to hear about the funds coming their way. "With that gift, we might be able to buy a piece of property with a larger house (where electricity and sanitary facilities are already present). There is a property for sale close to where we are currently working. We did not dare to dream that this could be a possibility."

We will keep you informed of the developments via this blog. We would like to thank everyone who has, in any way, contributed to this fundraiser. If you have not yet transferred your pledge or given a gift, please do so as soon as possible at St. Traveling Light, Papendrecht, IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275, BIC: RABONL2U stating: WEISSENSEE.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Project cows for Mission Return, Belarus

Staff and students at Lyahovichi center
Our Weissensee fundraiser is in full swing. So, we take this opportunity to announce the following project, this time in Belarus.

In the past we have supported Mission Return (Teen Challenge Belarus) several times with donations for various projects. We also catch up with each other during the annual Europe Teen Challenge conferences.

We recently received an email from Michael Balakirev with a project proposal. Michael is the director of Mission Return and we know him personally.

Big farm house
Mission Return has 12 drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers at various locations in Belarus. On average, around 150 men and women live and work in these centers, receiving new life. Most houses are fairly self-sufficient, for example because they have livestock and land and make artistic products.

In the Lyahovichi district, however, there is a center that could use some help. They currently have 10 residents, some of whom are disabled. There are only a few small churches in the area that support them financially.

They have pigs, chickens and sheep
Now, they have made a plan to turn the center into a working farm. The question for Traveling Light is whether we want to help with funds for:
  • 3 dairy cows
  • refurbishing an existing cowshed
  • a small milking machine, dairy refrigeration, and machine for making milk products
A total of 5,000 euro is needed to get this all going. Well, we wouldn't be Dutch if we were not excited about such a project 😄. We want to help them, especially because we have seen with our own eyes what a great job they are doing in Belarus among addicts and homeless people.

Do you want to help? Then, please send your GIFT (large or small) to St. Traveling Light in Papendrecht, IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U. make sure to mention COWS.

This way you can shine your light in Belarus! How beautiful is that?

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Activities and project news

The center in Yerevan is already in use
The Weissensee fundraiser 2020 for Teen Challenge Armenia has kicked off. If you want to sponsor the ice skaters, read HERE how you can become a part of this great effort to bring hope to the hopeless!

We hope and pray we can raise a solid donation for the renovation of the recently opened drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Yerevan.

Full house at Winiarczykowka, Poland
This month, the proceeds in Twinkeltje will go towards the work of Teen Challenge Winiarczykowka, Poland. This center, located in a former border post, offers a safe home to the elderly. So come visit us in Twinkeltje on Saturday (Korenbloemstraat 20, Papendrecht) for a cup of coffee or a nice bowl of soup and who knows, maybe we have something nice for you in the store.

Last weekend we had Maria Meier from Italy visiting us. She runs Comunita Brezzano, a Christian therapeutic community in Tuscany. On Friday we organized a mission night in Twinkeltje.

Mission night Italy in Twinkeltje
We had a nice dinner together, then Maria shared her heart. We showed pictures of our most recent visit (workweek 2019), we prayed and sang many songs together. It was a very encouraging evening. The offering we collected turned out to be 1200 euro (!), which will all go toward Comunita Brezzano. Thank you, on behalf of Maria.

This coming Friday night we are hosting Prayer for the Nations (every third Friday of the month) in Twinkeltje. We always pray for the nations of Europe, for Israel and the Middle East, for current projects and we share news. This Friday we will have Marek Deicmanis from Latvia visiting. So come and join us! Coffee and tea will be ready from 19:30 hours.

The next project is in ... Belarus, more about that soon..

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

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Weissensee 2020 fundraiser for Teen Challenge Armenia

Adrie, Henk and Krijn
It's January again, the month of our most exciting fundraiser of the year! On Tuesday, January 28 the Traveling Light skating team is planning to skate the 200 km tour on the Weissensee in Austria again.

Krijn Donk (Papendrecht), Henk Swijnenburg (Bleskensgraaf) and Adrie Swijnenburg (support & care) want to raise money for Teen Challenge Armenia and well for the renovation of a second men's center.

Gagik & Lusine
Gagik and Lusine Mkrtchyan are the directors of Teen Challenge in Armenia. They run a center where men with drugs and alcohol addictions have a chance to start a new life. (We supported them back in 2017 (read here) with a gift for the daily operations of the center.)

Much work to be done!
The center is actually always full and last year they started a second center in an old house on a large piece of farmland. The acreage that belongs to the farm makes it a good location for a rehab center, animals can be kept and crops can be grown.

The farm in Yerevan is very primitive, there is no running water, electricity or sanitary provisions. However, the need is so big that several men are already living and working there, some of them are not that young anymore.

The farm offers many opportunities for work/therapy
A substantial amount is needed to renovate the house and outbuildings. We believe that with your help it can become a beautiful center where many men can find a safe place to live and work and ... to have an encounter with God!

You can sponsor Krijn and Henk as a team or individually:
  • with a donation per kilometer,
  • with a donation to finish,
  • with a general donation, or
  • with a donation according to your own idea (for example for breaking a pr or last year's time result)

👉If you decide to participate, please send an e-mail with your pledge and encouraging words to krijncora@gmail.com.

Of course, you can send your donation right now if you like 😁St. Traveling Light, Papendrecht, IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275, BIC: RABONL2U.

What do you think, will personal records be broken?

We are looking forward again to your heart-warming reactions and we wish the skating team lots of success and perseverance.