Blythswood, Mission Partners of Castle Street, Missions

Blythswood Update – June 29th 2022

Daniel Centre

Robi has found work at a nearby supermarket, Ionuz is still inactive, had to be put out for a few days and has returned quite chastened.  Dani too moved out with friends for a few days but has now moved back in.

The Ukrainian refugee family in the Daniel Centre apartment are now preparing to return to the Ukraine.

Balazs is very taken up with channelling Christian Aid money to three mainly Baptist NGOs in the Carpathia, Odessa and Ternopil areas of the Ukraine.  The first tranche of money – £420,000 – has already been forwarded, but this is only the beginning of a 3-year programme.  Pray for the NGOs as they handle this amount of money and for Balazs as he is responsible for keeping them accountable.

He has a 10-hour drive from Cluj to the Ukraine to meet with representatives of the NGOs, speaks no Ukrainian and has to rely on a translator.

Talita Kum

Because Balazs has been spending so much time with the Ukraine connection, he has not been in touch with Adi in Jimboliya for an update on his activities there.

Blythswood, Mission Partners of Castle Street, Missions

Blythswood Update – June 21st 2022

Daniel Centre

Robi has successfully found work at the nearby supermarket, but Ionuz is still inactive, had to be put out for a few days and has returned quite chastened.  Dani too moved out with friends for a few days but has now moved back in.

The Ukrainian refugee family in the Daniel Centre apartment are now preparing to return to the Ukraine.

Balazs is very taken up with channelling Christian Aid money to three mainly Baptist NGOs in the Carpathia, Odessa and Ternopil areas of the Ukraine.  The first tranche of money – £420,000 – has already been forwarded but this is only the beginning of a 3-year programme.  Pray for the NGOs as they handle this amount of money and for Balazs as he is responsible for keeping them accountable.

He has a 10-hour drive from Cluj to the Ukraine to meet with representatives of the NGOs, speaks no Ukrainian and has to rely on a translator.

Talita Kum

Because Balazs has been spending so much time with the Ukraine connection , he has not been in touch with Adi in Jimboliya for an update on his activities there.

Blythswood, Mission Partners of Castle Street, Missions

Blythswood Update – June 7th 2022

Daniel Centre

Luisa came online today to be introduced to me and a couple of the Daniel Centre lads are in phone contact with Alex, Soreen & Ovidio in prison.  They will be able to visit them soon and take in food parcels that Luisa is preparing for them.   The expected new arrival has materialised – his name is Robi and he is in the process of applying for work at the nearby supermarket.

The new Ukrainian refugee family in the Daniel Centre apartment show little sign of wanting to learn Romanian or English and have little meaningful contact with Balazs.

Balazs and Finlay MacKenzie were able to visit churches in Ukraine but encountered issues in channelling Christian Aid and Blythswood money through them.  They were put in touch, however, with a Dutch-sponsored Christian NGO in the Ukraine which is eager and available to interact with them.

Talita Kum

Because Balazs has been visiting Scotland recently and also spending a lot of time getting involved in the Ukraine, he has not been in touch with Adi in Jimboliya for an update on his activities there.

Blythswood, Mission Partners of Castle Street, Missions

Blythswood Update – May 18th 2022

Daniel Centre

Development work at the Depot has gone well and is almost ready.

Luisa has now contacted Alex, Soreen & Ovidio in prison and is working on getting food parcels to them as prison food is minimal.  Luisa continues to be very effective in getting the lads more co-operative in the Centre which, with a new arrival expected, will be back up to capacity.

The Ukrainian refugees who were in the Daniel Centre apartment have now returned to the Ukraine and a new family has come to replace them.

Balazs, along with Finlay MacKenzie, Blythswood’s Elpis Foundation in Romania and churches in Ukraine, is now building up a team to handle the money channelled through Christian Aid and Blythswood for reconstruction and for internally displaced persons in Ukraine.

Talita Kum

TK1 and TK2 are now working normally again, have added extra-curricular activities and are preparing their children’s fair for the town onsite at TK1 on June 1st this year.  Adi is also preparing a summer camp and an HIV camp and possibly a children’s outing in Austria.

Blythswood, Mission Partners of Castle Street, Missions

Blythswood Update – May 4th 2022

Daniel Centre

Development work continues at the Depot.

Luisa is still seeking with contact Alex, Soreen & Ovidio in prison and André, with his own case still under investigation, is now proud to be working at Carrefour.  Cipri is having tensions in his work at H & M.

The Ukrainian refugees are still in the Daniel Centre apartment, and 3 more – a severely traumatised grandmother, mother and 13-year-old daughter – are now in an apartment owned by Balazs’s wife Agnes.

Danny and night worker Sergiu are well again.

Balazs has been approached by Christian Aid to use their DEC (Disaster Emergency Committee) aid for the Ukraine.  He has to draw up plans for using this funding in partnership with Ukrainian churches for reconstruction and helping internally displaced people there – an even more complicated project than applying for EU funding.

Talita Kum

Adi has shut one of their supporting shops in Jimboliya, has had no update on their EU funding but continues to run the Talita Kum houses as normal.

Blythswood, Mission Partners of Castle Street, Missions

Blythswood Update – April 20th 2022

Daniel Centre

Development work is now progressing more quickly at the Depot.

Three of the Centre lads – Alex, Soreen & Ovidio –  are now in prison for past crimes, particularly disappointing for the latter two as they had been getting their act together more recently at the Centre with the counsellor, Luisa.  A fourth lad, André, is still being investigated for his role in the vandalising of a vending machine and could also face prison, but also preparing to work at Carrefour.  Cipri has also found work at H & M, so of the current 6 residents, only Danutz who is physically handicapped is without work.

The Ukrainian refugees at the apartment, 3 ladies (1 a grandmother) and 3 children are currently settled.  The father in Ukraine has now returned to their home town.

Balazs’ deputy Danny and their night worker Sergiu have both been off sick, but Luisa has been a really good addition to the Centre staff.

Talita Kum

No new update from Talita Kum this month.

Blythswood, Mission Partners of Castle Street, Missions

Blythswood Update – March 30th 2022

Daniel Centre

Development work is progressing slowly at the Depot.

One of the lads at the Centre who had joined the Centre in 2021 for only a few days before going to Germany had returned recently to Cluj and asked the Centre to get an ID card for him.  When the Centre manager took him to the government office, Alex was arrested as they left.  He had been a wanted man, on the run for theft.  Now 3 other lads at the Centre are running scared, all having been charged with theft in the past and appealing.  If they lose the appeal, they will go to prison like Alex.

Some of the Ukrainian refugees at the apartment have now moved on to Germany, but have been replaced by 3 ladies, 2 children and a grandmother.  The father of the children is a driver in the Ukraine and would like his family to now return to their home town there, but his wife still sees it as too dangerous.

Romeo, the 1 Centre lad to have moved out to his own apartment under an EU scheme, is doing well.  Istvan has now left his relatives, but they have sent him to Germany to work and he is in a mess there.  Daniel has suspended his studies till September but is working hard on a construction site in the meantime.

Talita Kum

Blythswood are still raising money for the TK3 and TK4 project but would prefer to give up on the EU grant which would have tied them to the current Council building.  That has all kinds of issues with the current Council in Jimboliya, so the present strategy would be to move the TK3 and TK4 project into the TK2 building.

Blythswood, Mission Partners of Castle Street, Missions

Blythswood Update – March 16th 2022

Daniel Centre

Hungary’s Africa Fair has been interesting but not greatly productive for Blythswood’s Kenyan NGO.

Development work still drag on slowly at the Depot.

The lads at the Centre should prepare their own food once they have found work, some three of them have not been looking for work and still expecting the Centre to provide food for them.  They have not been taking this well.

8 adult Ukrainian refugees and 5 children have now taken up the offer of the apartment behind the Centre and have even offered to help out at the Centre but Balazs and their night supervisor Sergiu had asked the three Centre boys who are not working to help get the apartment ready for the refuges and the lads were very rude and unwelcoming to the Ukrainians who fortunately could not understand the insults being made in the Romanian language.

Three new candidates for the Centre have now been interviewed, but all of them from the same Gherla orphanage where the three recalcitrants also came from – where they spent most of their time on the TV and computer games.  Much prayer is now needed in those areas.

 Talita Kum

The December deadline has now passed for getting an EU grant in time to build TK3 and TK4 and so the project will have to be abandoned.

The taxes levied on Talita Kum last year have been repeated this year.  Adi has now regrouped the Talita Kum 1 children into Talita Kum 2 to save on energy prices which have now doubled with the present crisis.

Blythswood, Mission Partners of Castle Street, Missions

Blythswood Update – March 2nd 2022

Daniel Centre

Balazs and the Hungarian volunteer were able to accomplish all that they had set out to do in Kenya – the volunteer helping set up chicken and fish farms, and Balazs getting the building projects underway and counselling the 6 recipients of Hungarian scholarships for further education.  They now await planning permission for the school extensions.  Balazs and Louisa leave for Hungary’s Africa Fair today and return on Sunday evening with potential chaos at the border because of the Ukrainian crisis.

3 of the Centre lads have had varying degrees of suicidal thinking, Soreen being the most serious.  Istvan has left the Centre against their advice to spend a week with friends who have young children and has been warned that he will now no longer be allowed back to the Centre.

The Centre are offering the apartment behind it to Ukrainian refugees but most refugees are staying close to the Ukrainian border in hope of a return home or are heading through Romania to the West.  Agnes has herniated discs in her neck and they are considering both Romania and Hungarian options for treatment or surgery.

Talita Kum

The December deadline for getting an EU grant for building TK3 and TK4 is fast approaching and there is a serious likelihood now that the project will have to be abandoned.

Blythswood, Mission Partners of Castle Street, Missions

Blythswood Update – February 16th 2022

Daniel Centre

Balazs and family have come down with Covid when he was due to leave on 15th for Kenya to start the building programme that they had received funds for from the Hungarian government and also from a Romanian donor.   He was due to have a PCR test on Sunday 13th, get the results on Monday 14th and fly out if tested negative.  A volunteer was scheduled to fly out with him to set up a Tilapia fish farm to help the school there to self-finance in future.

All the lads at the Daniel Centre are now back at their jobs after having had to self-isolate for Covid.

There have been no other significant developments at the Daniel Centre since the last update.

Talita Kum

There is nothing new to report on Talita Kum for the time being.