Monday, 3 November 2008

Eastern European Outreach, The Netherlands




One day in May I was springcleaning my house and I noticed that I had too many clothes. Every year I empty my wardrobes, clean them and put all my clothes back, always the same clothes, which I hadn't worn for years. So I decided to bring them to the Eastern European Mission. When I came there I was told that they needed someone who could answer the phone.I got a tour on the premises and then I decided to take this job as a volunteer if they wanted to have me there! And they did. So that's what I do on Tuesdays! It has become a part of my world.

My place at the reception desk,
souvenir department,
one of the many offices,
canteen

Church hall,
sittingroom,
canteen and kitchen,
one of the trucks loaded with clothes, furniture and many other articles.

 
 
 
 
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Here's a piece of the history of Eastern European Outreach.

Who we are
In 1967, a 19 year old Dutch Christian, Kees van Olst, first smuggled Bibles into former Czechoslovakia. Kees' burning passion to help Christians living under the Communist regime caused him to start an organisation in 1974, known as "OostEuropa Zending" (OEZ). This work extended to other countries including the UK, where in 1984, "Eastern European Outreach UK" (EEO UK) was founded as a registered Charity, Nr. 290643.

Although EEO UK is an independent Christian Charity, in its national and international activities it still works closely together with its Dutch partner mission and 15 related missions in various countries, known collectively as "Eastern European Outreach International".

Working area's
UK and the Netherlands (Education and recruiting). Eastern Europe, with emphasis on Ukraine, Romania, Poland, Albania, Hungary, Serbia, Moldova and other areas. Asia (with emphasis on Israel and China), Africa and Latin America (education, recruiting, material and financial aid)

Working goals
To propagate the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world by all means with emphasis on Material and Financial Aid and Relief to the poor, specifically: Child Sponsor Programme (CSP), Relief Transport, Care Projects, Children’s and Medical Relief (Children’s Homes and Hospitals), Prisoners Relief and Human Rights.

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39 comments:

Louise said...

I have always wanted to do something like that. Now, with kids, my world is too busy. OK,there are things besides kids, but THEIR world overrides mine.

I'm happy for you doing this!

fishing guy said...

Wil: A wonderful stance on your world and beliefs.

leslie said...

BRAVA! Your world and the world at large will be the better for your investment of time there.

Maria said...

Great job you are doing there!

ellen b. said...

How wonderful that you can volunteer for an organization like this. It's a mission I can get behind...

RuneE said...

Although I'm not a religious person, I highly respect those who through unselfish work try to improve the living conditions, education and health of others.

Sara G said...

Great post and what a wonderful thing for you to do!!

Take care and thank you for commenting on my blog.

WillThink4Wine said...

How marvelous that you can volunteer! There is no better feeling than helping one another.

Mojo said...

What a great way to expand your world!

mirage2g said...

You seem to have a cozy corner there! This world of yours has a good purpose!

LeenaM said...

It`s an important work, thank you for sharing this post, what makes us think!

Rebeckah said...

See, I could tell right away that you had a heart of gold! I LOVE this! thank you for volunteering your time and services to make a difference in the world! What a blessing you are! Thank you for praying for Quince and his stroke! I appreciate it from the bottom of my heart!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Wil,
I'm very impressed with your volunteer job! You live in beautiful world because YOU are there. ;-)

imac said...

Very interesting and I bet you do enjoy it.

Ivar Ivrig said...

Thanks for sharing. You did the right thing to volunteer. Well done Wil :-)

Jeanne said...

What a wonderful thing to do and I so love that you shared this part of your world with us.

dot said...

Enjoyed hearing about your world. Very worthwhile things you are doing. God will surely bless you.

babooshka said...

It is a very good thing you do and more people like you would make this world a better place.

Leora said...

Interesting to hear about your organization's mission and about how you give clothes to Eastern Europe. Once a year I try to donate clothes; it always seems to be a big production.

momgen said...

Like your world its really good place to be with...

Mine is up

TCKK said...

What an interesting post. Thanks for sharing.

Ladynred said...

What a lovely story. Great job on that! Thanks for sharing.
My entry:
Travelherethere

Kelly said...

How wonderful you are!!! I have always wanted to do something along the same lines as you! I'm doing spring cleaning now as well and have called the salvation army to come pick up things. I wish I had known about your place and could have donated things to you all or to some other organization like yours. Didn't even think of it and didn't know of any other place to call! Thanks for sharing and my hats off to you, my friend!!You're doing great works!!

kjpweb said...

Hat's off to you! Work that actually does help someone! A great glimpse into your world!
Cheers, Klaus

ewok1993 said...

This is something I was thinking of doing too. Show my work world. Thanks for sharing this and giving me more push towards that goal.

Janice Thomson said...

Love your banner Wil!
Neat photos of your world and your workplace.

BNS said...

That sounds like interesting and worthwhile work. Thank you for sharing this part of your life.

Bobbie in Hawaii

Gattina said...

That's a very nice occupation for you and allows you to be amongst a lot of other people too !

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

Very interesting and worthwhile work

Lawstude said...

wow. you have a very kind heart. i appreciate people like you. lovely pics too. take care always.

antigoni said...

I've knew you're a good,giving and loving person. It is so good for your soul to give love, help and happiness to others. I'm so proud i'm your blog friend.

Arija said...

Helping others is so rewarding and you certainly have found your niche.

Wren said...

What a great story. Thanks for sharing your world and showing us the good work being done.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Each day the world gets a smaller place, reader wil. Love the work you are doing.

Lilli & Nevada said...

great place and great as to what your doing.

Jedediah said...

Volunteers have my greatest respect, so many things woudn't work at all without them, especially social organisations. Great post.

Lily Hydrangea said...

what a wonderful world it is when people give of themselves and volunteer. Great post!

Rambling Woods said...

It's nice to give something back like that..I admire that...

Texas Travelers said...

Thanks for sharing the story of this very worthwhile organization...
Well done. It's a very worthwhile thing that you do.

Hope you enjoy your trip to Egypt. We look forward to seeing the photos and some great stories.

Troy and Martha