|Frédéric & Natacha|
We receive requests for support from all over Europe. Sometimes it is about fundraising for a new kitchen or a roof repair for a rehab center, sometimes it is a question whether we can come for a visit.
Last month we received an interesting request from our southern neighbors. Frédéric and Natacha Hensgens of Teen Challenge Belgium have been running a coffee house in Charleroi for years and since 2016 also the women's home Sela.
|Open house at Maison Sela|
We have visited them several times, last December we were there during the open house of Maison Sela!
Currently the possibility has opened up to purchase the Betel building. Betel is a global organization (similar to Teen Challenge) that is committed to heal broken lives. They have rehab centers around the world.
Betel now offers their residential center in Charleroi for sale at a very favorable price. They are going to relocate their activities to France where there are little to none Bible-based recovery centers.
It is a beautiful building (we have seen it) with space for at least 35 beds. The value is approximately € 445,000 but it is offered to Teen Challenge for € 236,000. A great investment opportunity.
The beauty of this building is that everything is 'up to code' as it is called: fire safety, rooms and sanitary facilities. A wonderful center for the expansion of Teen Challenge's work among the homeless and addicted in French-speaking Belgium.
The challenge is to raise the necessary funds by the end of September. 😁A large fundraising campaign has been started to make the purchase of the building possible. We have offered to promote the fundraiser in the Netherlands and beyond through this blog and social media.
We pray that Frédéric & Natacha will raise the money for this beautiful building with the help of God and people. Any gift (large or small) is welcome.
If you want to invest in the work of Teen Challenge in Belgium, donations are welcome to IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U St. Traveling Light in Papendrecht. Make sure to mention: BELGIUM.