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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Weissensee 2017 for Teen Challenge Georgia

Whether there will be any ice skating in the Netherlands this winter, we don't know. But what we do know is that thousands of brave Dutch skaters will travel to Austria for the 29th Weissensee event.

Our very own Traveling Light ice skating team is planning (after months of intensive training) to participate again this year.

Krijn Donk & Henk Swijnenburg
Krijn Donk (Papendrecht) and Henk Swijnenburg (Bleskensgraaf) are aiming to finish the 200 km ice skating race, which will be held high in the Austrian mountains. And who knows ... maybe personal records will be broken.

But more importantly, they want to raise funds for the new Teen Challenge women's home in Batumi, Georgia which is currently being constructed. The house will be a shelter and rehabilitation center for women who are victims of human trafficking and/or are struggling with addictions.

At least 4,000 euro is needed to buy and install all windows and doors in the building! A few few months ago we were there for a visit, and we were so impressed with the work already done.

Women's home under construction
The new women's home is an idea and initiative of Doug & Anna Boyle who have been serving as missionaries in Kazakhstan and Georgia for years. Most of the construction work is being done by staff and students of the Teen Challenge men's rehabilitation center in the capital Tbilisi.

You can sponsor the skaters as as a team or individually as follows:
  • pledge a certain amount for finishing the race
  • pledge a certain amount per kilometer accomplished
  • pledge a certain amount no matter what the result will be
  • pledge a certain amount for breaking personal records
  • with whatever idea you have! We just LOVE to hear from you!
Kuanysh & Madina Akkuzov
Of course all proceeds will go to this project in Georgia. You can send your pledges by email to (krijncora@kpnmail.nl) or Facebook. 

We are in good contact with Kuanysh & Madina Akkuzov, the directors of Teen Challenge Georgia. They keep us informed about developments and needs. For the work among the drugs and alcohol addicted, the homeless and the prostitutes they depend on donations.

It would be awesome if the women's home could be opened as soon as possible, because the need is enormous. Will you help to make God's love visible to these women?

You can also donate right now by sending your gift to IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U St. Traveling Light in Papendrecht. Make sure to mention WEISSENSEE.

Click HERE for Weissensee actions in previous years.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Cross and the switchblade in Albania

Coffee house Tirana, Albania
The work of Teen Challenge among the homeless and drug addicts often begins in so-called coffee houses. Coffee houses are meeting places where once a week or several times a week the door opens for people who need a chat, prayer and coffee, of course :)

How do people know where to find a coffee house? Well, simply because Teen Challenge teams hand out flyers and invitations on the street and at methadone clinics for example. Starting a coffee house is like planting a seed that will bring change to a nation ...

Blerina & Orges Hysenaj
Orges & Blerina Hysenaj live in Tirana and last year they started a coffee house in Albania. We were able to be of service with a financial gift for the start-up, a visit and through maintaining regular contact.

Orges now has quite a group of interested men who visit his coffee house, most of them are in serious addictions. Yet, Orges gives Bible studies and has conversations with the men about Jesus and His love for mankind. One day he expects to open up a Teen Challenge rehab center in his country!

One way to get in touch and seriously talk with addicts is still the book 'The Cross and the switchblade' by David Wilkerson (the founder of Teen Challenge). The book has been translated into more than 30 languages ​​and millions of copies have been sold.

The books are distributed throughout the world and used to reach the homeless and drug addicts with the good news that another life is possible if you choose to live with Jesus Christ!

The book is currently being translated into the Albanian language and Orges wants to print 2,500 copies for distribution. We want to help him to pay for the costs of translation and printing of the book. We know that the message will bring hope and a chance for a new life will to many Albanians.

Do you believe in changed lives? Do you have a heart for the nations of Europe? Then send your donation to  St. Traveling Light, Papendrecht, IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275, BIC: RABONL2U. and do not forget to mention ALBANIA.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Project news and activities

Teen Challenge women's home Kazakhstan
At the end of yet another great year, we can do nothing else but thank you all very much!

We were able to support a wide variety of small-scale projects. In recent months for example we donated to several Teen Challenge drugs and alcohol rehabilitation centers in countries such as Kazakhstan, Poland and Ukraine. We will share some photo's of the work in these centers soon!

Girl's home in Moldova
We are also very pleased with your enthusiastic response to our new store Twinkeltje. We receive a lot of donations, we are selling well and the workshops we have organized so far are quite popular. Come visit us on a Saturday afternoon in the Korenbloemstraat 20 Papendrecht.

Each month the proceeds from the sales are for a specific project. In December is is the girl 's home in Moldova. A safe and loving place for girls who have been victims of human trafficking.

new Teen Challenge women's home in Batumi, Georgia

It's coming up again... Early January we will start with the PR for the Weissensee 2017 event. The ice skaters have been in training for months. The project for which our volunteers will skate the grueling 200 km in Austria is the new Teen Challenge women's home in Batumi, Georgia (still under construction). They will be needing about 4,000 euro for the purchase of windows and doors.

Project Christmas gifts for sailors taken on by seafarer's evangelist Guus Peters is up and running. We have already received sponsoring for forty goody bags. For eight euro you can bless a sailor with a warm sweater, some sweets and a DVD.

ALL donations, big and small are welcome at St. Traveling Light, Papendrecht, IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275, BIC: RABONL2U. Make sure to mention which project your gift is for.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Winter Fair for a good cause

Coziest store in town
This past September we opened up Twinkeltje (Dutch for 'shop'), a unique store in Papendrecht where we sell nice 2nd hand stuff. Board member Cora Donk is the owner of the place.

Together with a group of faithful volunteers she has very creatively decorated Twinkeltje. It is cozy, hip and happening! Everyone is welcome, not just to shop, but also for a cup of coffee and something sweet from the oven.

Every Saturday afternoon during the month of December we are holding a warm and welcoming winter fair. The store is beautifully decorated, there are lots of Christmas goodies for sale.

You can come in for soup, cookies, coffee, tea and hot chocolate. Or maybe you want to play a game, read a book, do some coloring or simply have fellowship with others. Everything is possible!

Especially in this dark winter month, people need comfort and warmth. The beauty is that we also can share the warmth with people who need it even more. 

You are welcome
Every month a specific project of Traveling Light will be highlighted. The total sales proceeds during December will be for the girl's shelter in Moldova.

We invite you to come and look around and shop for a good cause!

See you soon!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Greetings from Teen Challenge women's home, Kazakhstan

Teen Challenge women's home 'House of Mercy' Almaty
It's been several weeks since we finished the fundraising for project Teen Challenge women's home in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

The proceeds of the sales in our newly opened second-hand store during the month of September also went entirely to this project. All in all the 4,500 euro towards this project came in really fast.

Tamara Reshe
This week we received pictures of the construction work in the dorms, which is now in full swing. They are working hard on the insulation of the walls, which is not a luxury because winter has already set in over there!

Tamara Reshe, the director of the women's house, asked us to send you greetings from the women who are very happy with the renovation of their dormitory.

Isn't it wonderful to help provide a safe and warm place for these women and young mothers with their babies, a place where they can rest and recover? Sometimes they have lived on the streets or went from place to place without finding a true home.

Ready to go...
It is also great to see the donation we gave them being put to work almost immediately and in a very practical way, improving the living conditions of women and girls. Gifts well spent... that makes us all happy.

Traveling Light wants to continue to support practical, small-scale projects which are (most of the time) set up by the locals. And, last but not least, to build long term relationships.

There you go!
Only with your help can we do it. Thank you for your gifts, prayers and visits to our store.

We are currently raising funds for the expansion of the Teen Challenge men's rehabilitation center in Berdychiv, Ukraine (donation thermometer has already risen above 3,000 euro, yeah!).

Any amount, large or small, is still welcome at St. Traveling Light, Papendrecht IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Project 2nd floor Teen Challenge men's rehab Berdychiv, Ukraine

Sergey & Irina Romanenko
Thanks to the sales in our newly opened second hand shop during this month of October, a generous gift from RegioPraise in Etten-Leur and your loving response, the 5,000 euro needed for project bedroom sinks Teen Challenge Łękinia, Poland came in. Hooray! Great to see how we can quickly join together to support such a practical project. And we happily move on :)

Pastor Sergey Romanenko from Berdychiv is no stranger to this blog. He is the founder and leader of a Messianic congregation and a men's and women's rehabilitation center in the Ukraine.

Expansion men's rehab
We were able to help him fund several projects, such as the purchase of the women's house, the expansion of the work in the coffee houses and the construction of an animal barn. The summer camps that are organized annually are also sponsored by Traveling Light.

Some time ago we received a request from him to raise funds for the expansion of the men's rehabilitation house in Berdychiv, which operates under the flag of Teen Challenge Ukraine. For several years he has had plans to build a second floor on the existing house, so they can have more beds and help more people.

Coffee house
Through the coffee house outreach the addicted, homeless and desperate come in contact with the gospel. Friendships are being built and when people decide to turn away from a life of drugs and alcohol addiction, they go into rehabilitation. Once they experience the grace, love and healing touch of Jesus Christ, lives are changed forever.

The rehabilitation program takes a year, sometimes longer. We have already seen many lives changed which is very, very encouraging. Lives are saved, relationships restored and families reunited. We would love to see a bigger number of beds available, so even more lives can be saved!

New life!
They will need about 5,000 euro for this huge construction job. Pastor Sergey has been in contact with a number of contractors and workers who are willing to help. Will you help as well?

Please your gift to St. Traveling Light, Papendrecht IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U. Make sure to mention MEN's REHAB BERDYCHIV. This will also be the project in our second hand shop during the month of November.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

News + prayer points

New kitchen
The awesome thing of supporting small-scale projects is the direct contact with the people involved. We regularly receive emails with words of gratitude and of course lots of pictures. Look how practical gifts were used recently.

Storage room
In July, we placed project renovation kitchen Winiarczykowka, Poland on this blog. They have worked hard in the past few months to meet all government requirements.

The kitchen was upgraded, bath and washrooms redone and the pantry is equipped with nice storage racks. Residents, staff and volunteers can now enjoy even more living, working and rehabilitating in a safe and clean environment, partly a result of your generous donations. Thank you very much.

Later that month, we announced project Campaign Nick Vujicic, Slovenia. Pastor Steve Telzerow mailed a detailed report of the event where thousands of students were present and thousands more followed it on television.

Nick and interpreter Barbara Telzerow
It was an honor for them to work with the Ministry of Education, Science, and Sport and many new friendships were made. Nick's prayer with and for the President of Slovenia was a special moment. Let's pray many will get to know the Lord in Slovenia. Pastor Steve writes in his newsletter:

Grateful for volunteers
"We are very grateful for the participation of so many that made this broadcast and event possible. I want to say a special thanks to Stichting Traveling Light, Josiah Venture (Društvo Več), Beltway Park Church, Christ Community Church in Harrisburg PA, HarvestNet in Ephrata PA, Gosport Church England... "

Last month, we asked for help on behalf of seafarer's evangelist Guus Peters in project Tagalog Bibles. Thanks to your quick response the Bibles could be purchased and Guus has already been handing out the first copies on the ships.

Happy with the good news
He sent us this photo. We like to see happy faces! Again, thank you for your generous gifts.

Last week Jan attended the Europe Teen Challenge Fall Meeting in Norway on behalf of Traveling Light. For us it is always a good time to speak leaders from many countries. 

Europe Teen Challenge family
Traveling Light received a lot of positive feedback from all over Europe. Please continue to pray for our work, so we can continue to bless those who need it most!

PS: We already received more than 3,000 euro for project bedroom sinks Teen Challenge Łękinia, Poland. So we are well on our way to reach our goal. Fantastic! If you would like to help, please send a donation to St. Traveling Light, Papendrecht, IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275, BIC: RABONL2U. Make sure to mention LEKINIA.

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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Project bedroom sinks Teen Challenge Łękinia, Poland

Teen Challenge men's center in Łękinia
A new month, time for a new project! We were able to help harbor evangelist Guus Peters with 100 Tagalog Bibles and the Teen Challenge women's home in Kazakhstan with a nice donation (4,500 euro) for the renovation of the dormitories.

Thank you all for your generosity and for coming to our thrift store in September ... we were able to collect 1,150 euro in sales, which all went to the women's house!

And now our next project. Do you remember our stories about the Teen Challenge men's rehab center in Łękinia, Poland? The former army barracks where about 50 men are staying who have decided to break with drug and alcohol addiction. The grace, forgiveness and love of God are now ruling in this place.

Former army base, now rehab center
Recently a new law was introduced in Poland stating that not only hospitals, but every treatment center must have a sink in each room. We are talking about 25 rooms in both the men's center and the historic women's center and all that work needs to be done this year.

Women's home Broczyna
The Teen Challenge women's home in Broczyna is a beautiful historic building, but that means that all pipes must be put inside the walls and floors, which makes the work more costly.

The Teen Challenge work among the homeless, alcohol and drug addicts and prostitutes is largely dependent on donations. This usually works fine... until a situation like this comes up, then extra funds need to be raised.

Sinks, pipes, connecting elements, renovating of floors and walls, plastering and paintwork... It will be quite the job which, according to the estimate director Zbyszek Urbaniak sent us, will cost about 5,000 euro. Whether we want to come alongside and help fundraising? Yes of course!

It's so inspiring to see what is happening in both centers. Lives that were completely destroyed, are being changed by the power of God's Spirit. Restoration, healing and deliverance takes place. A new chance, a new future. The picture on the right shows more than a thousand words can tell.

Will you help us again? If so, please make a donation to St. Traveling Light, Papendrecht, IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275, BIC: RABONL2U. Make sure to mention LEKINIA.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Project Tagalog Bibles

Guus on board a ship
Donations for Project Teen Challenge women's home in Kazakhstan, are coming in nicely. During the month of September the proceeds of our recently opened 2nd hand shop Twinkeltje will also go towards this project.

We hope, that with your help, we will reach the target amount of 4,500 euro by the end of this month.

In between projects we received a request from seafarer's evangelist Guus Peters.

He urgently needs at least one hundred Tagalog Bibles. Tagalog is the national language of the Philippines. These Bibles are eight euros each; so do the math.

As we have done several times before, we would like to help him with the purchase of these Bibles. Guus uses them in Bible study sessions on board the seafaring vessels and hands them out to the sailors upon request.

If you have a heart for spreading the good news ... to the ends of the earth, make a donation to St. Traveling Light, Papendrecht, IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275, BIC: RABONL2U. Make sure to mention BIBLES.

We will ask Guus to send us some pictures after replenishing the stock!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Work week Italy 2016

Italy group 2016
We all returned safe and sound from a wonderful work week in Italy, which we organized for the third year.

With a small group of volunteers we stayed at Casa Shalom for a week. It is one of the houses in the Christian therapeutic community Comunita Brezzano in beautiful Tuscany.

Massa Marittima
We all worked very hard, sawing, chopping, cutting and stacking firewood to replenish their supply for the winter. The three houses in the residential community are being heated by wood stoves, and this requires quite some wood before winter begins.

With the help of Adrie, Anja, Arno, David, Henk Jan, Johan, Marja and Michael the job was done.

hard work with a smile!
The theme for the week was more than conquerors and each night we did a Bible study on that topic. It was a good combination of fun and seriousness... a day at the beach, a visit to the medieval town of Massa Marittima, and praying, talking, and singing together. We got to know each other better each day and also to function as a group.

We can truly say that all of us gained some new insights about gaining and keeping the victory!

We were able to let our light shine in Italy and it is our prayer that it will have a great and positive effect on the lives of the people there as well as on us as a group!

It is so much more fun to give than to receive.

See our photo album on Facebook.