We welcome your cheerful gifts for the following CURRENT projects

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Ice skating for TC women's home, Ukraine

A month ago we wrote about the fact that there would be no Weissensee fundraiser this year, but that we had already selected a great project: the purchase of a house in Berdychiv, Ukraine where women can live with their children. Women who come out of a life of addiction, prostitution, and sometimes homelessness.

We did not expect a big freeze in our own country, but it happened! And so Krijn Donk decided to go ice skating for 200 km (!) and well on the Rotte Lakes. Krijn said afterwards:

"It was not easy. I experienced a lot of hardship because of the wind and because I have not been able to skate much on outdoor ice this year. But, we had good quality ice and wonderful and beautiful scenery. Very Dutch."

Together with two ice skater friends, he rode the 200 km in a good time of 8 hours 48 minutes.

Many donations had already come in for the women's home in recent weeks, but last Saturday's skating campaign brought in even more. 👉 We have already received around 5,500 euro, which is great of course.

In the meantime, we have donated our pledge of 7,000 euro to Teen Challenge Ukraine. Last week we received a message that Global TC also pledged an amount for this project.

So, there is not only money to buy the house, but also to renovate and furnish it! You see, God always ensures that needs are met in a special way.

Thank you all!

All donations, large and small, for all our projects are always welcome and can be directed at St. Traveling Light in Papendrecht, IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U, stating the country or project you want to support.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Project coffee house Radovish, Macedonia

We are always happy with new initiatives from people who not only hear God's voice, but also obey and take action. Worldwide, there is an enormous call for connection, for people to come together and to look after each other. This is also the case in Macedonia.

Robert and Krasimira Salamanov had the idea of ​​starting a congregation in Radovish. Robert is an ex-addict who came to faith in prison because someone shared the gospel with him. Together with his wife Krasimira, he decided to rent a property in the city to start meetings there.

Nice plan of course, but in the meantime they found themselves surrounded by drug addicts asking for help. So they decided to open a coffee house as well as a church. Always a good combination!

The request to help with the start-up reached Traveling Light through Teen Challenge Macedonia. Funds are needed to furnish the property (it is completely empty) and to pay the rent.

About that prison story ...

Robert was in the same cell as Jordan Stoilov. We know Jordan from coffee house The Bridge in Tetovo. He was the one who shared the good news about Jesus and His Kingdom with Robert. Jordan spoke from his own experience, because God had also radically changed his life.

That's how fire spreads and that's how we keep it going!

We would like to help them with the establishing of a coffee house/church in Radovish and encourage them to keep spreading the good news that lives can be changed!

If you want to help, gifts (large and small) are very welcome! St. Traveling Light, Papendrecht IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U. Do not forget to mention: MACEDONIA.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Financial report 2020

We are quite big for a small organization, we often say jokingly 😀

  • An international network of more than thirty countries,
  • a prominent place in our own town thanks to Twinkeltje and De Schor,
  • a steady group of loyal supporters and
  • more than half a million euro given away to good causes since we founded Traveling Light 10 years ago.

Our treasurer Martin de Haas has made up the financial report over 2020 and it turns out that in 2020, despite the current global crisis, we received almost 78,000 euro in donations from all of you and we were able to distribute all this over dozens of projects throughout Europe. A wonderful result for which we are very grateful!

As you can see, we are not using the gifts for anything else than the announced projects. Whatever comes in is also given away, so you can always be sure that your donations will actually arrive at their destination. A short annual report will soon be available on our website.

👉The projects we support almost always have to do with offering help and hope to the poor, the homeless, the addicted, the prostitutes, the children, the prisoners, and the lonely.

At this moment donations are coming in for the purchase of a Teen Challenge women's home in Ukraine. Great to see this enthusiasm, despite the fact that will not have an ice skating fundraiser event this year.

In Twinkeltje and De Schor, the January proceeds will go to Brian Slater's work in Netanya, Israel.

With his organization Abundant Bread of Salvation, he cares for the elderly, the poor, Holocaust survivors, and single mothers. It is of course always possible to give a specified donation for this. We will make sure it gets there.

All donations, large and small, for all our projects are always welcome and can be directed at St. Traveling Light in Papendrecht, IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U., stating the country or project you want to support.

Friday, January 15, 2021

Project new women's home Teen Challenge, Ukraine

Each year in January we announce our Weissensee fundraiser project. The 200 km ice skating event is always our biggest, most fun, and most-watched fundraising event of the year. Our ice skating team has been in full training for months! 💪

This year, however, all ice skating activities on the Weissensee in Austria have been canceled. Pretty sad, but it is what it is.

We had already selected a great project, namely the purchase of a house in Berdychiv, Ukraine where women can live with their children. Women who come out of a life of addiction, prostitution, and sometimes homelessness.

Directors Sergey and Irina Romanenko are no strangers to us. Over the years we have supported them with donations for various projects in and around the existing Teen Challenge men's and women's rehab centers in the same region.

We have also visited several times. It is fantastic to see how people literally experience the love of Jesus and are being encouraged, equipped, and helped on their way to startting a new life

The house they currently want to buy has two floors, a garden, and several rooms. Obviously, it needs a lot of renovation, but that will be next 😀

The landlord is asking about 7,000 euro for this house. Traveling Light would like to help Teen Challenge Ukraine to take this step. Will you help too?

Please, send your gift as soon as possible to St. Traveling Light, Papendrecht, IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275, BIC: RABONL2U stating: WOMEN'S HOME.

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

It would be a wonderful and encouraging start of the new year if Teen Challenge could purchase this house. Since it is winter there, the sooner the better!


Saturday, January 2, 2021

Looking back at December blessings

Dear friends, first of all, we want to wish you a blessed, beautiful, and above all healthy 2021.

Project-wise, we can look back at an awesome month of December in which, thanks to your generous gifts, we were able to make many people happy.

  • We were able to donate 2,000 euro for Operation Christmas Joy from 222 Ministries, they handed out Christmas packages to Iranian refugee children in Turkey.
  • We have also been able to donate 2,000 euro for the food and fuel packages that have been distributed to the poor and elderly in Moldova.
  • We were also able to donate 3,000 euro for the renovation work of Atelier Café De Schor, in our hometown Papendrecht. A quotation has now been received and hopefully work can start soon.
  • We donated 2,000 euro for the coffeehouse work of Teen Challenge among the hopeless and addicted in Iceland. With that, we have planted our flag (so to speak) on Icelandic soil just before the end of 2020. We believe that when we sow seed somewhere, we can expect a harvest as well.
  • Another donation came in for the Christmas packages for the sailors in the ports of Ghent and Terneuzen, so we were able to help evangelist Alexander Ebserson with a total of 3,000 euro.

We know, it's just numbers and figures and they are not the core of the ministry. But it is still good to mention how many initiatives and projects we have been able to support, just in the last weeks of 2021 alone. December is the month of giving, after all!

Isn't it wonderful to make a 'tour' of Europe in this way? We are entering the new year full of hope and expectation. Hopefully, you will do so as well!

"So, let your light shine before men ..."

[Matthew 5:16]