Saturday, January 7, 2017

Weissensee 2017 for Teen Challenge Georgia

Whether there will be any ice skating in the Netherlands this winter, we don't know. But what we do know is that thousands of brave Dutch skaters will travel to Austria for the 29th Weissensee event.

Our very own Traveling Light ice skating team is planning (after months of intensive training) to participate again this year.

Krijn Donk & Henk Swijnenburg
Krijn Donk (Papendrecht) and Henk Swijnenburg (Bleskensgraaf) are aiming to finish the 200 km ice skating race, which will be held high in the Austrian mountains. And who knows ... maybe personal records will be broken.

But more importantly, they want to raise funds for the new Teen Challenge women's home in Batumi, Georgia which is currently being constructed. The house will be a shelter and rehabilitation center for women who are victims of human trafficking and/or are struggling with addictions.

At least 4,000 euro is needed to buy and install all windows and doors in the building! A few few months ago we were there for a visit, and we were so impressed with the work already done.

Women's home under construction
The new women's home is an idea and initiative of Doug & Anna Boyle who have been serving as missionaries in Kazakhstan and Georgia for years. Most of the construction work is being done by staff and students of the Teen Challenge men's rehabilitation center in the capital Tbilisi.

You can sponsor the skaters as as a team or individually as follows:
  • pledge a certain amount for finishing the race
  • pledge a certain amount per kilometer accomplished
  • pledge a certain amount no matter what the result will be
  • pledge a certain amount for breaking personal records
  • with whatever idea you have! We just LOVE to hear from you!
Kuanysh & Madina Akkuzov
Of course all proceeds will go to this project in Georgia. You can send your pledges by email to ( or Facebook. 

We are in good contact with Kuanysh & Madina Akkuzov, the directors of Teen Challenge Georgia. They keep us informed about developments and needs. For the work among the drugs and alcohol addicted, the homeless and the prostitutes they depend on donations.

It would be awesome if the women's home could be opened as soon as possible, because the need is enormous. Will you help to make God's love visible to these women?

You can also donate right now by sending your gift to IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U St. Traveling Light in Papendrecht. Make sure to mention WEISSENSEE.

Click HERE for Weissensee actions in previous years.