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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Laptops for Teen Challenge Ukraine

As you probably know by now, each month the proceeds from our coffeehouse/shop Twinkeltje and the retro/vintage shop in Atelier-Café De Schor are going towards a Traveling Light project.

The proceeds from July went to the work of Teen Challenge among drug addicts and homeless people in Ukraine to buy 2 laptops for the Simcha women's home in Berdichev and one for the Freedom rehabilitation home in Kovel.

The laptops have now been purchased and put into use. The men and women in the program can now take online classes, church services, and Bible studies, when travel is not available.

For many of them, it is the first time they are coming in contact with the gospel, often after years of addiction. In addition to daily Bible studies, counseling, and group lessons are part of the program.

Thanks to you it is possible for them to stay connected online with others, especially with the coming winter just around the corner. The pictures show how happy they are with the laptops.

This month, the proceeds of our stores will go to the work of Radko Kratsov among the Roma community in Bulgaria. We always have a practical and manageable goal for our donations ... and personal contacts of course.

Come and visit us on Friday in De Schor or on Saturday afternoon in Twinkeltje. Twinkeltje's door is currently open for prayer every evening from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. We participate in the 10 days of prayer and fasting as part of The Return (to God).

Donations are always welcome at St. Traveling Light in Papendrecht, IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U. Our next project is Teen Challenge Albania.


Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Travels in Italy

For the past 7 or 8 years we have organized workweeks in Italy. With a group of volunteers we would stay in Casa Shalom, the guesthouse of Comunita Brezzano.

Unfortunately, we did not succeed in getting a group together this year. Nevertheless, we (Jan and Marja) decided to go to Italy and visit a number of people within our network. Perhaps, encouragement is more needed than ever before!

We first went to visit Francesca Spataro who translates Marja's books into Italian. We listened, talked, laughed, and prayed together. Very nice. Nel mio Nome is now available online through the distributor as well as in Italian bookstores. 

Then, we drove on to Comunita Brezzano in beautiful Tuscany, where we spent some delightful days. We did some small jobs, but mainly talked with and listened to our friend Maria Meier who runs the community.

The Italians went through a lot this year and many conversations are about the pain their nation is experiencing.

Marja also wrote the first (draft) chapters for a new book in the series about the Ten Commandments in the 21st century.

Years ago, Traveling Light made a donation for the completion of the jam kitchen in the Comunita. Maria is always inventing new recipes: fig and grape jam with cashew nuts. The jam is mainly sold in Switzerland.

And finally, we spent time on the east coast of Italy with Roberta Rapezzi (see picture below). We have known her for years from the Teen Challenge conferences where she is always working as an interpreter. She is a proofreader of Marja's Italian books. It was very good to meet and spend time together.

We realized again, more than ever, that the 💓 of Traveling Light is a spiritual ministry. Meet people, keep in touch, talk, listen, pray, and above all encourage ... whenever and wherever!

And yes, financial support of course. After all, it is more blessed to give than to receive.

Donations are always welcome at St. Traveling Light in Papendrecht, IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U. We are currently raising funds for Teen Challenge in Austria.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Project Teen Challenge Austria


It is always a special moment when we can announce a project in a 'new' country. Up until now, we have not supported a project in Austria, although we have been in contact with Mirko and Maria Mitrovic for years. They are the directors of Teen Challenge (Reset) in Austria.

Mirko is originally from Serbia, where he went through the Teen Challenge program to deal with his addictions. A program where he also first experienced the love and grace of God.

He now lives with Maria and their two children in Vienna. Teen Challenge does not have a residential rehab center in Austria, so Mirko sends addicts and/or homeless people who agree to get help, to programs in neighboring countries.

They do have a weekly coffee house breakfast meeting in Vienna where people can come for fellowship and wholesome talk and where they sometimes hear words from the Bible for the very first time in their lives.

In addition to the meetings in the coffee house, they have street outreach. There are more people with life controlling issues in Vienna than we can imagine. Mirko brings hope by sharing his own testimony.

Furthermore, drug and alcohol prevention classes are given in schools and by invitation, they present the work of Teen Challenge in various churches. There are also 'Reset' outreach teams in the cities of Amstetten and Graz.

Mirko is currently looking for a facility for Teen Challenge, where a coffee house can be opened, counseling sessions can be given and other meetings will be organized.

We wholeheartedly support the work of the 'Reset' team and would also like to do our bit to bring HOPE to the homeless and addicts in Austria.

Jesus said: Go into the world and make disciples of all nations. This can be done by reaching people, one by one, with a message of hope, forgiveness, and life!

If you have a heart for this work, you can send your gift to St. Traveling Light in Papendrecht, IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U and do not forget to mention: TC AUSTRIA

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

Monday, July 27, 2020

Project Nes Farm Teen Challenge, Czech Republic

It has been quite a few years since we supported a project of Teen Challenge Czech Republic. Some of you may remember the coffee bus for outreach purposes among the homeless and addicted.

It has also been a few years since we visited the center, but fortunately, we can keep in touch via emails and social media.
The faith based center for drug and alcohol rehabilitation in Poštovice currently houses 15 men and 4 women. Two of the women will soon get their children back into care and they will have them in the program. That is very nice!

The men's rehabilitation home is just outside the city of Prague in a beautiful 12th century, former monastery. One of the buildings on the premises has been converted into a women's home.

Teen Challenge recently started the project 'Nes Farm'. In one of the big barns on the premises, they started a product line, processing crops, fruit, and veggies  from their own land. On their FB page you can see photos of the various natural products.

Water and sewerage has been brought to the barn (a big job), and the roof needs to be renovated. The students do the work on and around the land and all kinds of Nes Farm products are now being added. In this way the residents learn new skils and eventually income will be provided to run the center.
It is really great how they work together as a community on all these products. Remember, that they are all people with a sad story on how they took a detour in life with costly consequences. But...  the sunny side is, they have also taken the opportunity to have a new beginning in life.

Jirka and Gabriela Zavadzka are the directors there. They did not have a recent photo, so here's one from a few years back 😀 We always like to introduce the people behind the projects. We have met them at conferences and other meetings.

Any help is very welcome at the moment: a visit, prayers, finances, etc. We hope to visit them later this summer. In any case, we can make them happy now with a gift to continue their beautiful, hopeful work.

You can send your gift to St. Traveling Light in Papendrecht, IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U and do not forget to mention: TC Czech.

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

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Visit to Switzerland

Just like last year, we received an invitation to come to Zurich for the annual meeting of Comunita Brezzano. In addition, also for leading a brainstorm meeting and for conducting a seminar about the theme 'identity'. A full weekend.

Of course, it was also an opportunity to share meals together and to catch up on life, in short: to strengthen the friendships!

We have supported this ministry for years, through our workweeks in their therapeutic community in Italy and also with financial donations for the construction and maintenance of the rehab homes that our good friend Maria Meier is running there.

For the first time in months, we were on the road again throughout Europe, exciting and nice. The meetings were held in the Evangelical Methodist Church in Zurich, where there was sufficient room for everyone.

We generated ideas about the future of Comunita Brezzano as a non-profit organization, about the possibilities of rehab homes, street work and discipleship in Switzerland and about alternative ways to use guest house Casa Shalom in Tuscany.

It was an inspiring weekend, everyone went home encouraged!

Unfortunately, we (Jan and Marja) received a message early Sunday morning that mother Verschoor had passed away and so we had to drive home earlier than planned.

At the end of August, we will visit Maria Meier in Italy.

Donations are always welcome at St. Traveling Light in Papendrecht, IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U. We are currently raising funds for Teen Challenge in the Republic of Georgia.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Project Teen Challenge Georgia

We are currently raising money for the expansion of the CIC Mission Training Center in Georgia.

The proceeds from our shop Twinkeltje over the month of June were also for a project in Georgia, namely the work of Teen Challenge among the homeless and addicted. The total was 1,400 euro (yeah!).

Of course, that amount will go entirely to the intended goal, but we would like to double it (at least). Teen Challenge in Tbilisi has a number of projects that we could help with.

For example finances for the further construction of the international training center, the conversion of a van into a coffee bus, and the start-up of a production line for making plastic and aluminum windows and doors.

Yes yes, they are always full of good ideas. Physical work is also a daytime activity for the men in the program, while street work is the way to get in touch with other needy people, and setting up businesses helps to generate income so that a higher degree of self-sufficiency can be achieved.

We have visited Teen Challenge in Georgia a number of times and have seen for ourselves the impact of the program, the Bible studies, the activities, and the fellowship among the men. They know they are loved and forgiven!

Livan (see photo), for example, got a new life and a shirt from Traveling Light 😁

If you want to participate in doubling the 1,400 euro from Twinkeltje, please send your gift to St. Traveling Light in Papendrecht, IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U and do not forget to mention: TC Georgia.

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

Monday, June 22, 2020

Project expansion CIC Mission training center, Georgia


We have written several times on our blog about the work of CIC Mission in Georgia.

Their training center, a Bible school and vocational school in one, is full of (new) believers from (especially) Iran and Azerbaijan. Work is currently underway to expand the facilities, including a women's  dorm.

The CIC Mission farm offers employment to students and people from the village and provides partial income to run the school. A lot of work is being done and people in the area have noticed! See also our message about the farm that we wrote last year.

Reza and Tamarika Nadirashvili live near the center with their daughter Sara Elizabeth. We got to know Reza (founder of CIC Mission) and his family years ago, during a visit to Georgia.

Funds are currently being collected for the expansion of the school (and in particular for the women's dormitory). A certain amount is needed for the construction of the dormitory and another amount for the furnishing (beds, tables, chairs), washing machine, lighting, and heating. We have received a specified list, but we assume that you all understand it costs to build.

A few years ago we sent a donation for the construction of a cow shed and the purchase of good dairy cows from the Netherlands. It is about time we will go there and say hi 😀

The vision of CIC Mission is equal to the one we have at Traveling Light: Go, and make disciples of all nations. It is their desire to see to it that every Iranian and Persian person has heard about the Good News of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to finish the task of the Great Commission among these people groups.

You can (indirectly) help to disciple the nations by sending a gift to St. Traveling Light, Papendrecht IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U, make sure to mention WOMEN's DORM.
USA supporters: CIC Mission is considered an approved 501c3 by the US government, so tax-deductible receipts can be provided.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Growing in times of crisis

In a time when people often think in terms of limitations and impossibilities (this cannot be done, that is not allowed etc.) we can see that God draws His own plan and pours out His blessings without restriction. That makes us very happy!

The proceeds of our shop Twinkeltje over the month of May were a surprise, partly as a result of the help of volunteer Chantal de Jong who has been selling nice vintage and retro stuff for the benefit of Traveling Light in her Atelier Café De Schor in Papendrecht. A total of 1,600 euro was raised for the work Sokrat & Lena Apostolovski are doing among the Roma children in Macedonia.

So many nice items kept coming in that Chantal and Cora designated part of 'De Schor' as a vintage shop. The store is open every Friday from 10:00 to 17:00 hours. The proceeds will always go towards Traveling Light. How great is that! We are expanding in a time of crisis 😁

So, go visit Chantal on Fridays! On Saturdays our own Twinkeltje is open from 12:00 to 17:00 hours, as usual. Every month we choose a different project as beneficiary of the proceeds (from both shops now). For June, that will be the work of Teen Challenge among the homeless and addicted in Georgia.

We have also been able to donate 3,500 euro towards Embrace, the work of Michael and Janet van Boxtel among the poor and addicted in Hungary. As you can see in the picture, Michael makes music and sings undisturbed, during the distribution of food parcels.

As of June 1st, we have started our prayer meetings again:

  • 1st Friday afternoon of the month: we facilitate Lunch Prayer Papendrecht
  • 1st Friday evening of the month: Regional prayer Alblasserwaard
  • 2nd Friday evening of the month: Re-Store (healing room)
  • 3rd Friday evening of the month: Prayer for the Nations
Gifts for our current project, the construction of a Christian drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Lebanon, are coming in daily. Thank you very much for that, keep 'm coming. We would like to sow a donation of 4,000 euro!

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.

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.