Saturday, February 26, 2022

Good times and bad times

The Russian invasion of Ukraine is world news. As you know we have many contacts and friends in that country. The Teen Challenge network is now looking at how they can help (Zoom prayer, collecting and getting money there, helping TC centers and churches in border countries to take in refugees, etc.)

Please pray for peace, wisdom, and protection) Monday will be a day of prayer and fasting!

In the meantime, our brave skaters Krijn, Esther, and Marieke skated 200, 100, and 76 km respectively on the Gulf of Bothnia in northern Sweden last Thursday. A tough, memorable day, according to Krijn.

With their action they want to collect money for the completion of the second floor of the Teen Challenge drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Falesti, Moldova. Almost 5,000 euro has already been pledged!!!

You can still donate towards this cause. We have now heard that refugees from Ukraine also arrive in Moldova and are offered shelter. Any amount is welcome.

Meanwhile, the Christian Evangelical Community Issacar, just outside Torino in Northern Italy, is busy installing a roof on the shelter next to the church. Traveling Light was able to send a donation towards this project at the end of last year.

We are receiving various photos of the progress of the construction project. The center will be used for practical and humanitarian aid (preparation and distribution of meals and emergency shelter).

From Italy we received the sad news that our friend Maria Meier from Comunita Brezzano in Tuscany has passed away from a cardiac arrest. Her passing is a shock to all who knew her.

Every year we visited her therapeutic community (with or without a group of volunteers) and she was a guest in Twinkeltje on several occasions for a mission night. She will be missed by us and many others!

Please pray for her children (Tobias and Manuela) and fellow worker Boris. We are going to Zurich at the beginning of May for a meeting with the board of the Comunita...

And then this: The project of the month we are raising funds for in Twinkeltje and De Schor is the work of Embrace in Hungary.

If you would like to make a donation, you can do so in different ways:

  • Send a donation to St. Traveling Light, Papendrecht IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U
  • 💳 Give by card
  • 👉When in the USA, make your tax-deductible gift payable to EEO Inc. Make sure to mention which Teen Challenge center the gift is for.

Friday, February 4, 2022

Extreme ice skating for Teen Challenge Moldova

Skating on sea ice! That is possible in Sweden. From February 24 to March 5, Grand Prix ice skating competitions will be held on the Gulf of Bothnia near Luleå in Swedish Lapland.

Besides the Grand Prix race, an ice skating tour will also be organized with various distances. On February 24th, Traveling Light skater Krijn Donk hopes to participate in the tour in the far North together with his daughters Esther and Marieke. 

Krijn will take on the 200 km and both ladies the 75 km tour.

Father and daughters would like to link their sporting achievements to a project that Traveling Light supports, namely the completion of the second floor of the Teen Challenge men's rehabilitation center in Falesti, Moldova. The center offers a Bible based program for men with life controlling problems.

Back in 2019, our skating team collected a wonderful amount for the construction of a 2nd floor on the existing rehabilitation house. You can read that amazing story HERE!

After that fundraiser, we transferred some smaller amounts for materials and further construction. The work was carried out with the help of a team of men from Teen Challenge in the Czech Republic. The planning was that the final finishing phase would take place in 2020/2021... but that has not happened (travel restrictions, lockdowns, quarantine, etc.)

The photos show that many building materials have already been purchased, but that a lot of work still needs to be done before the floor is ready for use.

With the skating campaign, Krijn, Ester and Marieke Donk want to make it possible for contractors, electricians, plumbers, etc. to finish everything so that the capacity in the center can be increased. How beautiful would that be!

👉It is possible to sponsor Krijn, Esther, and Marieke as a team or individually:

  • with an amount per kilometer,
  • with an amount for reaching the finish,
  • with a general amount, or
  • with your own idea (e.g. for improving a PR)

If you decide to participate, please send an email stating the amount you want to give to

Of course you can always send a gift directly to

  • St. Traveling Light, Papendrecht IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U and make sure to mention TC Moldova. Or
  • 💳 Give by card, or
  • 👉When in the USA, make your tax-deductible gift payable to EEO Inc. Make sure to mention Teen Challenge Moldova

We hope it will be an exciting event with a great outcome in many ways!