Friday, June 28, 2019

Building project Teen Challenge Moldova

construction men's center Falesti
Earlier this year, our Weissensee fundraiser brought in the nice amount of 9,000 euro, purposed for the expansion of the Teen Challenge men's rehabilitation center in Falesti,  Moldova.

The house offers a Christian rehab and discipleship program for men with life controlling problems.

Construction work is now in full swing and they sent us some photos to share with you all. It is wonderful to know that the donated amount is indeed being used for the construction work: to realize a 2nd floor on the existing house. Which simply means there will be room for more beds and therefore more men will be able to get help.

Starting to look like something...
As we wrote earlier, a team of men from the Teen Challenge program in the Czech Republic drove to Moldova to help. What a great servanthood mentality, an example for all.

In every Teen Challenge program there are men who have a background in construction work, and such a project as this is a great opportunity to roll up sleeves and work together.
New room!

Again, we would like to thank all donors, and of course our ice skating team, for your generosity. A great fundraiser with a fabulous result!

The team in Moldova sends their greetings.

They worked really hard this week and we are really proud to see the work of their hands prosper. It gives us great joy to be part of the]is life changing ministry. God is good!

What can we say? Wow!
Donations for all our awesome projects are always welcome at St. Traveling Light in Papendrecht, IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U.

We are currently fundraising for Teen Challenge in Albania, where such a beautiful center must also be opened!

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Project Teen Challenge Albania

Gesi and Jan
As promised, a short report about our recent visit to Albania. Last month, Jan spent a few days with Orges Hysenaj (Gesi) in Tirana.

Gesi is the director of Teen Challenge Albania and an excellent travel guide and planner ... unbelievable how many activities he can fit in just a few days 😁

We have written about the work of Gesi among the addicted in Tirana on several other occasions. He visits methadone clinics, has started several coffee houses where addicts are welcome for a conversation, coffee and a touch of God's love. He gives Bible studies and courses and has been seriously searching for a building or house that can be turned into a rehabilitation center. As for now, there is no Christian rehab in Albania.

Coffee house TC Albania
A few of the men, whom he has taken under his wings, have already gone to rehab centers in other countries (Romania and Slovenia), but the language barrier makes it really hard.

Unfortunately, real estate prices in Albania are quite high, but Gesi is not discouraged by that. Nevertheless, a substantial investment is needed ...

Gesi took Jan to the methadone clinic, among other things. Jan was given the opportunity and time (by the doctor and nurses!) to tell the staff and clients what brought him to Albania and what his connection with Teen Challenge was ... how wonderful!

The meeting in the coffee house in Elbasan was also very special, more than fifteen men showed up and together they sang songs and shared a hope filled word from the Bible.

Dutch bicycles in Tirana
On Friday night, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association hosted a big dinner event to which Gesi was invited, and so Jan came along. This summer, for the first time in the country's history, a major evangelistic campaign will be held in Tirana. During the dinner, the organization of this event was discussed with the hundreds of volunteers who will participate. A good prayer point: spiritual revival in Albania.

Last year we donated two bicycles to Gesi and they certainly came in handy now! The men spent the entire weekend cycling. They also visited a number of real estate properties that are listed for sale. Watching, praying, talking, thinking and above all listening to God's guiding voice.

Good exercise!
We fully support the work of Teen Challenge in Albania. Gesi has shared Jesus with many desperate people and given them hope for a better future. We are standing with him in faith that the opening of a Christian drug and alcohol rehabilitation center will be happening soon.

Do you believe that Albania can change? Then please pray and/or send a gift to IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U St. Traveling Light in Papendrecht and make sure to mention ALBANIA.

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

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Twinkeltje, Sweden, Italy and Moldova

Jan, Teus and Cora
We love it when people get creative and come up with ideas to sponsor what we do. Friend and family member Teus Donk decided to participate in a 10 km run in our town and raise funds to support the daily operations of our shop/coffee house Twinkeltje.

It was a very successful campaign. Together with his daughter, Teus ran the 10 km in an excellent time. He raised 1,000 euro. Last Saturday he handed the check to Traveling light board member Cora, who runs the shop.

With that money we can continue to receive people with hospitality and free coffee and tea. All sponsors, thank you! Come visit us.

Community meals
Talking about Twinkeltje ... Last week we had visitors from Sweden, Christian Alderblad (director of Teen Challenge) and his family were our guests for a week. We had a great time together.

During the mission night on Wednesday June 5th, Christian shared about Englahaket, the shop/coffee house that they recently opened in their city Örebro. The offering that evening was more than 1,000 euro which will also go towards the Teen Challenge coffee house work in Sweden. Thank you all very much!

Work week Italy 2018
From August 26 to September 2 we will again travel to Italy for a work week in Comunita Brezzano. Do you enjoy hard work (chopping wood, sawing and stacking) and good fellowship? Please contact us.

Every year we enjoy being in beautiful Tuscany.

Construction work in the Teen Challenge Men's Rehabilitation Center in Falesti, Moldova will start next week. The Weissensee fundraiser brought in 9,000 euro (!) for this purpose earlier this year. They will be adding a second floor to the existing center.

A team from the Teen Challenge program in Czech Republic will go to Moldova to help with the construction. They have promised to send photos so we can follow along 😀

We still owe you a report of Jan's visit to Albania and our recent visit to Switzerland.

Donations for all our awesome projects are always welcome at St. Traveling Light in Papendrecht, IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U.

We are currently fundraising for project summer camp Teen Challenge Ukraine.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Sponsoring summer camp Teen Challenge Ukraine

Last year during summer camp
As in previous years, we want to sponsor the annual summer camp in Ukraine which is being organized by Teen Challenge Ukraine and the Jewish Messianic congregation in Berdychiv.

The camp is a special time for men and women who are (or have been) in drugs- and alcohol rehabilitation centers all over Ukraine. But also volunteers, workers, children and family members are welcome.
They are expecting around 230 participants this year.

A mid week camping out, playing games, laughing, Bible study, music, food, prayer and friendship is a very special time for the participants. For many it will be the first time they go on a summer trip like this, especially if they have lived in the streets or been in prison.

Outdoors class room :)
We (Jan and Marja) have been invited again to participate in the camp, to give Bible studies, encourage and minister to people. The camp will be held from July 1-5, 2019 and it costs about 25 euro per person to attend this summer camp.

If you have it on your heart to help, please send 25 euro (or a multiplication thereof) to St. Traveling Light, Papendrecht IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U and make sure to mention: SUMMER CAMP.

Sponsoring the summer camp is a very direct and practical way to give heed to the Biblical calling to go and make disciples of all nations. We believe people as well as nations can and will change!