We welcome your cheerful gifts for the following CURRENT projects

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Project community center, Georgia

We wrote several times on our blog about the work of CIC Mission in Georgia.

The training center (a Bible school and practical vocational school in one) is full of (new) believers from (mainly) Iran and Azerbaijan.

Their farm provides employment for students and people from the village and provides partial income to run the school. The farm has expanded enormously in recent years!

Founders and initiators Reza and Tamarika Nadirashvili are always full of enthusiasm and new ideas to reach the locals with the good news that God loves them. We met them years ago during a visit to Gardabani, Georgia.

Funds are currently being collected for the construction of a community center next to the existing training center. This will become a space that can be used as a coffee house, children's area, and business center. There is a great need, in particular, for a children's area.

Construction has now started. The community center will be located along the main road, so a beautiful location. Funds are needed, in particular for building materials, finishing, and furnishing.

You can help the team to reach the peoples in and around Gardabani (12 km. from the border of Azerbaijan) by supporting the work of CIC Mission.

You can (indirectly) help to disciple the nations by sending a gift to St. Traveling Light, Papendrecht IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U, make sure to mention CIC MISSION.

USA supporters: CIC Mission is considered an approved 501c3 by the US government, so tax-deductible receipts can be provided.

Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

10 Years of Traveling Light!

Hooray! This month Traveling Light celebrates 10 years!

To be honest, back in April 2011 we had no idea where the establishment of our non-profit organisation would lead us all to.

It was a small beginning of a great commission: "Go into the world and make disciples of all nations."

And we have been able to do incredible things in the past years; far away and close to home! We cannot thank you enough for your help and support! Just to give a brief summary:

  • Contacts in more than thirty countries in Europe.
  • Received more than half a million euro in donations and that amount has been used almost entirely (only bank charges are deducted) to support hundreds of projects.
  • Encouragement visits to many countries, cities, churches, organizations, and rehab centers.
  • Twinkeltje Papendrecht, coffee house where God's love is tangible.
  • Hundreds of prayer meetings and gatherings.
  • Hundreds of speaking engagements, seminars, lectures, workshops etc. throughout Europe.
  • Prison work
  • Alpha course

Unfortunately, prison work has been paused for a year, as has international travels. But that is at the same time the reason why we have been able to do more close to home. We hope and trust you know that your gifts and prayers have a tremendous impact - on individuals, on families, on towns, cities, and countries.

We believe in changed lives. We all have been changed through a personal experience with the grace and love of the Lord Jesus Christ. We want to pass it on, and that does not stop at the border of our country.

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." [Matthew 5:16]

GIFTS (large and small) are always welcome and can be directed at St. Traveling Light in Papendrecht, IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Project expansion Teen Challenge, Albania

At the beginning of last year, the Teen Challenge rehabilitation center for drugs and alcohol addicts in Albania was officially opened. There are currently five men in the center!

Orges Hysenaj, the director and founder of Teen Challenge Albania, oversees a number of coffee houses in the country, where the troubled and addicted often have their first encounter with the Bible and God's love.

From there, they can sign up to follow the residential program, if they are really ready to start a new life.

At the moment there are several men who have indicated that they want to build a new life, so it is actually time to expand the number of beds.

It is Orges' desire and plan to change the room that they use as an office into a toilet and bathroom, so they can have another room in which to receive students, the capacity going up to 10 students!

Donations are currently being received for these building activities and for the purchase of two solar panels that can at provide hot water. It has been estimated that this will cost around 3,500 euro.

Will you help us again? If you have a heart for Albania and want to bring hope to the hopeless...  you can 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.

We recently posted a prayer for Albania on our YouTube channel, which you can use as inspiration to pray for the country!

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Saturday, April 3, 2021

Project expansion Restart coffeehouse, Serbia

Last month we received an email from Udruženje Restart in Serbia. A Christian organization that works among homeless people and (former) addicts and supports them in their return to society.

With a team of volunteers initiator Boris Štrbac is committed to helping people on their way to start a new life. They do this through outreach, drugs prevention lessons at schools and prison work.

During the European Teen Challenge conference in Zeewolde (2019) we were finally able to catch up with Boris in person and following that meeting Traveling Light helped him with a donation for the opening of the coffee house in a new location in Novi Sad.

In the meantime, the coffee house is in full use, with weekly meetings that are well attended, as you can see in the photos. It's time for expansion :)

The back part of the building is currently not being used. They now have a plan to make the back of the building suitable for office space and rooms for individual counseling.

It will be quite a job, but they have a permit to start. They need funds for the following: knocking down the current wall, the building of a new wall, the purchase of windows and a door, wall and floor work, furniture, airco, and electrical work.

The main work will be done by a professional worker who is willing to do it as a donation, all other works will be done by members of Restart and the Church.  

So, Restart needs about 2,500 euro for materials, furniture, flooring etc. We hope you want to help with a donation, so they can begin this work soon!

GIFTS (large and small) are awelcome and can be directed at St. Traveling Light in Papendrecht, IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U. Make sure to mention RESTART.

Saturday, March 27, 2021

TC Ukraine new women's home purchased

Our alternative ice skating campaign brought in 7,000 euro this year and that money was intended for the purchase of a house in Ukraine where women can live with their children. Women who come out of a life of addiction, prostitution, and sometimes homelessness.

👉 We can now inform you that the house has been purchased!

Director Sergey Glushko from Teen Challenge Ukraine sent us some photos and an update. If all goes well, they will receive the key April 1st and then they can start refurbishing and furnishing.

Because a donation had also come in through Global Teen Challenge, they were able to buy a larger house in much better condition than originally intended.

This house is already connected to water, sewerage, gas, and electricity.

The house has a floor space of approximately 90 m2, there are three bedrooms, a living room, kitchen and pantry, and an attic.

There is also a lot of land near the house, more than enough to create a playground for the children and a vegetable garden where the women can grow their own vegetables.

In the first photo, you can see directors Sergey and Irina Romanenko in front of the house. They are very happy and grateful that very soon another safe place can be offered to women and their children.

They expect to be able to accommodate twelve women and children in the new women's home.

So thank you again to everyone who made this possible. We will keep you informed.

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 project you want to support.

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Project school for children-at-risk, Armenia

In January 2020 our ice skating team raised funds for the work of Teen Challenge in Armenia. TC was able to purchase a big property and opened up a second rehab center. You can see their thank you video HERE.

The rehab centers are running, the work continues. Praise God. But because of the current situation in Armenia (war, political unrest etc.) Gagik and Lusine Mkrtchyan decided to also start a ministry for orphans and children at risk.

They will be opening up a school for spiritual, educational, and professional skills teaching, depending on the children's abilities. Because of the war, there are at least ten thousand orphans and widows in the country at the moment.

Gagik and Lusine already took away almost a hundred children (see pictures) and women from villages on fire and from very dangerous places. Many children are in the risk zone to use drugs, alcohol and to be out in the streets. That's why they want to have this school for them. 

As a Christian nation, Armenia is surrounded by hostile groups and countries and experiences a war of terror attacks and persecution.

Teen Challenge Armenia fights this war without weapons, because they realize they are not fighting against flesh and blood, but against forces of spiritual darkness. 

They wrote us a letter, asking for our participation. They will need funds to set up the school, to purchase materials, to feed the kids etc.

If you want to help to give these kids hope and a future, please send your donation to St. Traveling Light, Papendrecht, IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275, BIC: RABONL2U and don't forget to mention: TC ARMENIA.

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

Let's do it! Let's follow up on God's Word and take care of the widows and orphans.

THANK YOU for your donations and your prayers!

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Project water installation Life House, TC Netherlands

In January we visited Stephan & Marianne Barendse from Teen Challenge Netherlands. Since 2014 they have been using the beautiful building that is now known as the Life Center.

The Life Center receives people who have life-controlling problems associated with housing issues (homeless, in plain Dutch).

The center has 17 rooms including staff and guest rooms. Teen Challenge was able to buy the building in March 2020!

As the owner of the building, Teen Challenge is now also responsible for all safety measures in the building. There are strict requirements for residential buildings. Fire safety has already been brought up to code.

Unfortunately, it turned out that the water installation does not meet the legionella prevention requirements (pfff). Fortunately, no legionella has ever been diagnosed (this is checked regularly).

It has been decided to make the heating installation more sustainable, instead of rerouting pipes. This will also result in energy savings. Sponsoring for this project has already been found.

An amount of approximately 7,000 euro is still needed for the replacement of pipes and tubes. These are costs that are outside the normal daily expenses to run the center. So, we want to help bring (part of) the needed amount together.

If you also want to participate, make a donation to St. Traveling Light in Papendrecht, IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U, stating TC Netherlands.

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


Friday, February 26, 2021

Project updates

It's always nice to get enthusiastic messages and photos about the projects we have recently supported. Good to see how donations are spent!

We are happy to share it with you ... and please, do spread the word 😀

In October last year, the proceeds from Twinkeltje went to Teen Challenge Winiarczykowka in Poland.

Janusz and Bogusia Gornicki run a home for the elderly, for broken people, and for those that cannot take care of themselves. They were looking for a project this winter that the men (as far as their health allows) could work on.

Our donation was used to build a goat stable. It is great to see the enthusiasm that they have shown in the work. They now have six goats in the stable and there will undoubtedly be little ones this spring!

Warm greetings from the residents and staff and a huge thank you for the beautiful gift.

In December, we also made a donation to Pilgrims International for food and fuel packages that they distributed among the poor in Moldova.

Our friends from Teen Challenge and Pilgrims delivered the packages with their 51 year old Steyer truck. They have visited about 500 homes and made people happy!

Thank you for your contributions.

In December we also gave a donation to Passage to Life in Greece for their street work in Athens. The money has been used to build a large tent on the roof of their building so that they can continue with meetings despite all the restrictions.

Very nice that we were able to help there as well with part of the necessary funds! Again, thank you all!

👉 In the meantime, we have also been able to donate 7,000 euro for the women's home in Ukraine and 2,500 euro for the opening of a coffee house in Radovish, Macedonia.

Isn't it encouraging that our support continues as usual ?!

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 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]