Community Event :: Nessebar, Bulgaria

Community Event :: Nessebar, Bulgaria

On May 17, 2014, COHEU sponsored a Festival of Hope in Nessebar, Bulgaria, an historic city on the Black Sea. There were about 120 volunteers from 7 different churches in the region prepared to serve the guests that day. Around 1,500 adults and 250 children attended the festival, which started in the morning and ended at night with a concert by Menora, a gospel group from Bourgas. We had areas for haircuts, manicures, and medical checkups. There were also many games available for all ages like chess, foosball, and table tennis. Children’s activities included balloon animals, paper flower crafts, face painting, and a bouncy castle. There was even a portrait artist and seaside souvenirs given out. Bethel, an organization who works…

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Arise Easterhouse 2013

Arise Easterhouse 2013

Easterhouse Community Church is situated in an old bingo hall in the middle of a local shopping center in Glasgow’s East End. With a population of 27,000, it is an inner city area associated with generational issues of extreme poverty, gangs, drugs, addiction, crime and hopelessness. On Saturday, 10th of August, 2013, Convoy of Hope Europe sponsored a major community event with Easterhouse Community Church for the second year running. Even more local residents - over 1400 - from local housing estates turned up to enjoy the day and the sun shone over them in every possible way. The kids enjoyed a fun afternoon with face painting, bouncy castles, games and tombolas.  Meanwhile, the mothers could get a manicure and…

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Community Event :: Novo Selo, Bulgaria

Community Event :: Novo Selo, Bulgaria

The COHEU team recently traveled 4 hours into the northwest mountain region of Bulgaria to reach the small village of Novo Selo, located on the Danube River, population, 1,015. Once a thriving community of over 7,000, producing grapes for the surrounding wineries, today, Novo Selo has the feeling of a ghost town. The majority of the wineries are gone, stores are closed, and there is no industry nor manufacturing. There is one school, no churches and one orphanage. Because of the lack of business and vocational opportunities, and resulting unemployment, the majority of the young adults have gone to larger cities. The people left in Novo Selo, according to Lord Mayor Ivan Stoenelov, are “depressed, the suicide rate is up…

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Community Event :: Shkoder, Albania 2013

Community Event :: Shkoder, Albania 2013

From September 3rd -7th, 2013, Convoy of Hope Europe, in partnership with Lifehouse Church, Hagerstown, Maryland, dedicated a week of service to the city of Shkoder, Albania. A medical clinic was set up in two gypsy communities serving a total of 300 people with free medical check-ups. We also distributed 100 bags of clothing and 150 bags of groceries to families in the surrounding area. At the end of the week, the “One Day for our City” community event hosted 3,000 guests of honor with free medical check-ups, refreshments and a kids zone with bouncy castles, puppet dramas, games and popcorn. It was a privilege to serve the people of Shkoder, Albania for the second year in a row and…

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IHeart Derry 2013

iHeart Derry 2013

For the fourth year in a row, Convoy of Hope Europe has partnered with Cornerstone City Church in (London)Derry, Northern Ireland for their annual “iHeartDerry” city outreach from July 1st-7th, 2013. This year we joined 80+ youths and university students from across America, along with volunteers from the local church. The week opened up with a high energy “volunteer rally” which set the atmosphere for the week to come. Volunteers were then broken up into teams and sent out to four locations; Donemana Primary School, Lisnagelvin Primary School, The Gasyard Centre, and New Pin Centre. Every morning teams held energetic, children-friendly programs which included games, songs and dance, sports, and storytelling. While this was going on, the team at New…

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