COHEU accompanied a team of 45 youth from Nebraska to help in a week long event in Derry, N. Ireland. There were daily kid’s events, a large concert, street meetings, social services and a massive food distribution. Prayer tents were set up in the center of the city and the volunteers prayed for hundreds of people. Altogether about 7,000 people were reached. Thank you COHEU for your sponsorship and participation. Our city was touched in a special way and we wait to see the results. Brian Somerville, Pastor, Cornerstone City Church, Derry.
On July 25th, 2010, Convoy of Hope Europe (COHEU), Christian Center Brussels and Tri-County Assembly, Fairfield Ohio, will host the International Friendship Festival. It will last from 12.30 until 16.30 and there will be free food, all kinds of activities for children, music and a large garage sale. All proceeds will go to the Convoy of Hope Europe projects in Haiti.
The Republic of Macedonia is a former province of Yugoslavia which gained independence in 1991. Convoy of Hope Europe has been active here since 2004. In 2010 COHEU has continued with several ongoing projects. In the town of Negotino, COHEU, together with local partners organized a three-day “Hope Festival” that included a backgammon tournament and a special evening event for women. On Saturday more than 1,200 guests gathered and were served with free sandwiches, free haircuts, medical help and lots of other services. In Shutka, which is not far from the capital of Skopje, volunteers from the Master's Commission program in Amsterdam, Holland, helped with preparing for the events. This work, mainly among the Roma community, consists of several initiatives, including feeding up to 150 children 5 days a week. COHEU is also helping a preschool move from rented facilities into a local church. Several of the children who have graduated from this preschool have gone on to high school. In this culture this is very unusual. This project is a priority for COHEU this year.
Saturday, April 24th 2010 was a great day for the town of Cornesti in Moldova. More than 500 people were served a free meal and given a haircut, listened to music and watched their kids participate in numerous activities. 75 volunteers from 10 churches came to help in this huge event sponsored by Rockford First Church in Rockford, Illinois, U.S.A. and Convoy of Hope Europe. Every family also received a generous food packet before they left. The following week, further help was provided to orphans, a mother and baby center and an agricultural micro business. The volunteers also helped to construct a new city water well. Convoy of Hope Europe has initiated an Adopt-A-Community program in several places across Europe. They work in co-operation with churches and organizations. Their goal, with the help of Rockford First in Rockford, Illinois, is to socially, spiritually and physically change the town of Cornesti. Moldova is recognized as the poorest country in Europe.
“Convoy of Hope Europe is helping to change the thinking in Bulgaria,” according to an unnamed deputy minister of the Bulgarian Government. In the month of May, COHEU organized three community events in Bulgaria which were attended by more than 4,300 guests. On May 8th, 2010 in the town of Lovech 1,656 guests attended and 1,096 grocery bags were distributed. On May 15th in the city of Pleven, COHEU served more than 1,390 people. While children played in the Kids zone, parents were served with coffee and home made pastries. For many of them, having their picture taken and then being offered a free printout to take home was an unexpected blessing. More than one thousand pictures were handed out to our guests. The third event took place in the town of Cherven Bryag where more than 1,300 hundred were in attendance and over 1,000 grocery bags were distributed. Several hundreds of volunteers were active in serving the less fortunate. They are helping to fulfill the mission of Convoy of Hope Europe, by making their community a better place to live.