A Chance for ValentinGRONINGEN, March 22, 2018
Psalms 121:1 and 2
'I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth."
Suppose you grew up as an orphan in Bulgaria. You had to take care of yourself from the age of 9 onwards. You have a congenital crooked growth (scoliosis), so you had to undergo a lot of surgeries because your chest didn’t grow along with your body. But you survived, you wanted to go to school and you went to school and learned a trade, you became a house painter. But there is no work for you – that’s been the story of your life: you’re always judged on appearances, that you will not be able to handle it.
Then you came to the Netherlands, because you’ve read that the people here are friendly and honest. Prepared to give someone who works hard and lives honestly a chance. You have hope, because an acquaintance tells you to give you shelter. But soon things go wrong, and you become homeless before you can integrate. You do not find work and therefore no permanent housing. You wander from city to city and you sell the Straatkrant to eat and to pay for night shelter. You have given yourself one promise: to remain faithful to your principles and to continue to hope for God.
During that 'work' one day, you meet a lady who buys the magazine and continues on her way. Suddenly she turns around and walks back and starts a chat. We talk about God and hope.
You tell her: I do not smoke, do not drink, I am not addicted but I do depend on the € 6 per day I earn from selling the Straatkrant. See, my Bible, I draw hope from its pages. She says: I will pray for you. We became friends.
During the past 2 years, my homeless friend, Valentin, has done everything he could to survive, but in the last six months I see his physical condition deteriorate, and I realize that he cannot even count on that € 6 and will not survive without help. But he still has hope. HOPE ON HELP.
How can I go to bed at night knowing?
I realized that I am a member of a community, who may want to help me to help my friend.
I WANT TO HELP VALENTIN; DO YOU WANT TO HELP ME?
When we donate together, we can take care with a group of volunteers that the money will be used to give Valentin a start of a decent life.
The aim is to help him improve his language skills (reading and writing), initial temporary housing, second-hand household goods, away from the street. An internship as a house painter, or in the cleaning business .... does not matter, ... a chance, the last one ?...
A separate account has been opened, which I - Ingrid Wijngaarde - will manage, so that the goal - an opportunity for Valentin - can be achieved, if you give.
V. Milev, NL02 ABNA 0817 4270 90
The BIC of ABN AMRO is ABNANL2A (international transfers).
The target amount is a modest € 5000.
Keep an eye on the facebook page.
The progress will be posted there. Also the end of the fund raising.
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Would you like to help spread this message for wider reach? Thanks in advance.
'And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.'