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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Visit to Teen Challenge, Sweden

Gotabro Bible school Sweden
The purpose of non-profit organization Traveling Light is threefold, we offer practical help, financial support and spiritual encouragement to Christian organizations and communities in Europe and the Mediterranean.

Earlier this month we were invited to come to Sweden and so we went. We were staying at the Götabro Bible School where Teen Challenge also has their office.

The Alderblad family
We were invited to 1) encourage the young team of Teen Challenge, 2) teach several classes at the Bible School and 3) speak at the annual Teen Challenge conference.

Director of Teen Challenge Sweden is Christian Alderblad. He leads a team of volunteers who do street work in the nearby city of Örebro (reaching out with coffee and sandwiches to the homeless, refugees and addicts and establishing conversations en relations) and are active in schools.

Teaching at the Bible school
The Bible school is a community school subsidized by the government. Every year, about fifty young people register for a year of evangelical education. After completing the course, a number of them volunteer at Teen Challenge for a year.

Two years ago (during the refugee crisis in Europe) the school opened its doors for asylum seekers. The great thing about that is that a number of refugees are now students at the Bible school!

TC office Swedish style!
It was great to spend six days with all these young people who have a heart for God and desire to bring positive change to their country. We have had great conversations, we shared our experiences and took extensive time to pray with and for each other. It is so beautiful to see that God speaks through the Holy Spirit personally to everyone ... words of knowledge and wisdom and prophecy.

When we evaluated the week on Sunday afternoon it appeared that almost everyone had experienced the time of personal prayer as very special and encouraging. For us this was confirmation (again) that it remains necessary to go out and equip and encourage believers and thus respond to the great commission ....
Praying with and for each other

Make disciples of all nations!

During the conference an offering was taken up for Traveling Light. We received a nice donation that will fully go towards the follow-up project shelter/rehab Teen Challenge Belarus.

During the conference
We are very grateful for all our international contacts and it sure is a blessing to be a blessing to Sweden! 

(End-of-year) gifts are most welcome at St. Traveling Light, Papendrecht IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U. 

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