Blythswood, Mission Partners of Castle Street, Missions

Blythswood – November 15th – Update 2

Daniel Centre

The Daniel Centre is now stable with 6 positive residents and little drug issue.  3 social work students have been doing their practicum there and have been having good interaction with the residents.

Contractual negotiations have started for renting their Cluj depot as they wait for the completion certificate on their rebuilding project.  The Blythswood chairman David Laing has now visited Montenegro and has given his blessing for their support to the Roma church there.

Balazs has just returned from a 3-day workshop in Chișinău, Moldova with Blythswood’s Richard from Belfast, 2 Christian Aid staff and representatives of their 3 Ukrainian partners – the Heritage Foundation in Odessa, Light of Reformation in Ternopil and Serve Now in Irpin, to discuss their ongoing aid to that country.  Some of the partners’ workers have miraculously escaped relatively unhurt from having their van bombed by a Russian drone.

Blythswood have now taken on Olga, a Ukrainian living in Cluj with her husband, to be responsible for their Ukrainian work.  She will make quarterly visits to the Ukraine but not initially with Balazs and Jeremy Ross for the filming of the next Shoebox appeal as it will clash with her daughter’s singing in the church choir.

Balazs leaves soon for a sponsored walk with a friend in the Annapurna range of the Himalaya in Nepal.

Talita Kum

There is no current update on Adi’s afterschool work with the children in TK1, TK2 and TK3.