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Service in Christ’s Name In the resurrection, God gives us the true hope that dares to change the world, and Christ’s gentle words of re-commissioning to Peter after the resurrection are a model for us as we seek to serve the spiritual, emotional, educational and material needs of young and old, - feed my lambs, tend my sheep, feed my sheep (see John 21:15-17). It is that practical Service in Christ’s name to which we are called as a Mission. Service in Christ’s name implies first that We work with passion and integrity. Mission Without Borders is incredibly blessed by the dedication of our paid and unpaid workers. And in Christian service, integrity must go hand in hand with passion. So it is right that we expect and find the highest moral and ethical standards at all levels of the Mission. Even times of challenge can also offer the opportunity to find out and correct weaknesses throughout the organisation, so that we are continually seeking to implement better ways of doing things, which I trust will help us all in our a commitment to honesty, transparency and accountability. Service in Christ’s name implies that We consider the needs of those we serve first. As I said above, in the resurrection God gives us the true hope that dares to change the world. We are called to feed His people, tend His people and love His people – and the world is hungry for Christ. So

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when I review the diversity of our work in the Field, I am profoundly thankful for the amount our supporters and workers together have been able to achieve. I am delighted to confirm that we have been able to purchase the final instalment of Bibles to reach our target of one million to distribute free in our Field countries! In addition to continuing our main Projects, ranging from work with families and children to building up communities by supporting the local church, this year having tested StreetMercy and Prison Care, they have now been added to our main portfolio of Projects. Our primary concern must continually be guided by what is most needed in the Field to fulfil our vision of reaching people for Christ. And there is vast potential work for us still to do in our Field countries, all suffering from high unemployment, corruption and serious levels of spiritual and material deprivation. Service in Christ’s name implies thirdly that We work together as one body with mutual respect Everyone who shares an interest in the work of the Mission – from supporters to beneficiaries, from paid to unpaid workers, from advisers to auditors - whatever anyone does as part of the work of the Mission, they play a vital role. So as you read the story of the Mission’s work, I hope you will realise the importance of your own contribution, and be inspired again by the way in which we all serve and depend on one another - Field, Affiliate, International, donor and beneficiary.

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OVE R VIE W/ C O N T E N T: Service in Christ’s name implies finally that We use best practice and are as professional as possible in carrying out our responsibilities The inspiring Managers’ Conference held in Sibiu, Romania in 2012 confirmed the passionate desire on everyone’s part to continue learning more in order to do our jobs in the best possible way. I am also very pleased to be able to report that it has been possible to extend full audits to all our Field countries. This now extends an important protection to our employees in the Field already enjoyed by our Affiliates, as well as giving added assurance to our donors that funds are being used and accounted for in the best possible way. Information Technology (IT) is an area of very fast change, and it is vitally important that the Mission makes the best use of new technologies. Our new websites have been rolled out during the past year, and have been very well received by donors and Mission workers alike. May I encourage you to keep looking at our websites for the latest developments and stories? In conclusion, in giving an example of leadership, Jesus washed his disciples’ feet. It is that example of adventurous, unexpected love and service which I hope will continue to motivate and inspire our Mission. And I would simply like to finish by thanking everyone involved with the Mission in whatever capacity – thank you for sharing in this amazing work, as together we seek to reach people for Christ.

Harry Graham President, MWBI

Philosophy of Ministry

• • • Child Rescue International* • • • • • • Family to Family* • • • Bible Correspondence Course • • • • • • Bible Project • • • • • • Children’s Camps Christian 5 Days Club • • • Christian Media • • • • Christian Theatre/Puppet Ministry • • • Christian Training and Seminars Clubs for the Handicapped • DreamBus • Emergency Aid • • • • • • • Evangelistic Campaigns • • • • • Families in Crisis • • • LifeSkills-Emotional Support Curriculum • • LifeSkills-Practical/Excursions MicroEnterprise • • • MotherCare • • • • • • Operation Christmas Love • • • • • • Operation Winter Rescue • • • • • Scholarships • • • • • • Seeds of Hope • • • • • • Soup Kitchens • • • StreetMercy/Prison CarePack • • • • Vocational/Educational • • • • • • Gifts in Kind • • • • • • Special Projects Albania *The children and families that are helped by Mission Without Borders’ CRI and F2F programs partake of various goods and services delivered them through its five areas: Health and Nutrition, Christian Input, Emotional Support, Bible Correspondence Course and Urgent Needs. Utilizing an holistic approach, MWB addresses and meets the beneficiaries’ most basic needs- among them spiritual, emotional, educational and material. This work is carried out by MWB colleagues, working in partnership with faithful volunteers and the local church body.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina Bulgaria Moldova Romania Ukraine 2012 Facts and Figures

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Being relationship-oriented, we value each role in the MWB´s family. Through God’s leading, we trust that all roles consist of an element of giving and an element of receiving – all working in unity to become a big blessing to others.

6: Beneficiaries – field countries:

PHILOSOPHY OF THE MINISTRY

The beneficiaries are people in difficult circumstances that need someone to walk together with – in a direction towards sustainability. The beneficiaries also serve as a true encouragement and inspiration to the supporters and sponsors – and give them a deeper understanding of life and God’s purposes for mankind.

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5: Volunteers – field countries:

Through hundreds of volunteers in our field countries individual are met with the full gospel of Christ. The volunteers enable the ministry to have the personal “one to one” element that is so central in Mission Without Borders’ Philosophy of Ministry. 4: Staff members – field countries:

Committed and dedicated field staff members serve in critical roles to ensure that the ministry upholds the quality and power in reaching people for Christ. The field staff works hand in hand with the local Church body and its many volunteers – enabling us to reach as many people as possible with a conservative number of employees.

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RELATIONSHIP CIRCLE

1: Sponsors & Supporters:

Through a variety of opportunities, people can be engaged in MWB’s ministry as sponsors, supporters, volunteers or dedicated prayer partners... The most powerful blessing is to bless others!

2: Volunteers - affiliates:

Our dedicated volunteers on the affiliate side are active in recruiting new supporters, helping out in preparing material donations for transport to the field and play a key role in a rich fellowship of meaningful ministry.

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3: Staff members – affiliates:

Committed and dedicated affiliate staff members serve in various roles and ensure that the ministry upholds its focus and momentum in providing the resources needed for the program work to take place. The affiliate staff also serves as a blessing to the many sponsors, supporters and volunteers!

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CHILD RESCUE INTERNATIONAL Promoting and fortifying the health and nutrition of all children living in state-run-institutions is a top priority of this project. The Institutions are very appreciative of this aid as they have very limited operational budgets, so the food and hygiene arti-

cles that are regularly delivered to them by MWB are invaluable. In addition to this, health services are provided to the children as well as necessary treatments and medicines.

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F2F HEALTH AND NUTRITION

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Mission Without Borders continued to delive r medicines, vitamins and hygiene goods, food items, shoes and clothing to child ren in Homes and families in order to improve the children’s health and nutrit ion. Ten children were examined by an ophthalmologist. Others received medi cal interventions according to their needs. Large quantity of food products were distributed to all the Homes as well as to communities. The Health and Nutrition project to needy children was more than they could dream of: “I would like to thank you, together with my family, for the firewood that you provided us. Your support came at the right time! As the temperatures dropped, my mother borrowed some money in order to purchase a small quantity of firewood so we would not suffer. I am so thankful to God for using you to answer our prayers!” (Aurel Constantin)

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GIK SP helped, 00 children were Homes. About 82 local 52 re d te we or e er pp su Th Last year we tly sponsored. ec dir we o ound 80 Ar wh n s. ildre optical item including 5261 ch s, medicines and m ite medid ne ive gie ce hy , re children purchases of food s. More than 2100 , shoes, se es las th eg clo ey th d wi ive es child-ren rece pplied the Hom su we , t redused ct en oje m pr this the govern cal care. Through ulties in Ukraine, fic dif d. l an cia m an de t fin e ea th nce is in gr furniture. Due to ’s why our assista at Th . es m Ho e spending to th

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CHILD RESCUE INTERNATIONAL Our Bible Correspondence course (BCC) is a wonderful tool that gives children the opportunity to understand the Bible and the basic knowledge about the Gospel and salvation. The courses familiarize

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the children with Bible stories as well as basic ethical and moral principles for life. Through correspondence, the children are also able to seek counsel and advice from trusted BCC coordinators.

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BIBLE CORRESPONDENCE COURSE

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The Bible Correspondence Course continues to be a blessing for MWB’s beneficiaries. The letters we send provide a good emotional support and personal encouragement to each child. Through mont hly correspondence between our staff and the children they learn about the basics of Christianity. A supplement called the “Children’s Joy” newspaper is sent four times a year. 275 children graduated from the course and received their well-earned diplomas, with presents to say 'congratulations'! 834 children were enrolled in BCC in Moldova.

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Vova Dascal from Moldova, shared: “I am very glad to receive the Bible lessons. I found out about God’s kindness and the wonders He did. I found out that Jesus healed sick people and taught them to do good deeds. I obey His teachings and practice them in my life because I have noticed that they are helpful to me.”

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GIK SP Jesus and salvaabout the Gospel, ge led ow kn sic children ba iples. The children This course gives on Christian princ es liv eir d th ild bu n ildre e on their hearts an tion. It helps the ch y questions that ar es an m m r Ho I ato CR din or 40 co m children fro often ask the BCC ogether, ar a total of 1858 alt ye ns st so La s. les rie 17 sto th share their life C level courses, wi s in C. We offer two BC on practical issue participated in BC nity and the other, tia ris Ch of s sic ba e one dealing with th Christian living.

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CHILD RESCUE INTERNATIONAL Coordinators work with local church volunteers and visit the Homes and communities with Christian Input lessons. These meetings consist of befriending the children and teaching Bible stories, Christian

songs and ethics, as well as fun activities that go along with them. These gatherings are hugely popular with both the children and staff and muchanticipated.

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CHRISTIAN INPUT

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The Christian Input staff worked in close partn ership with the local churches and 168 volunteers. The team travels to Child ren’s Homes and communities to share the Gospel. Two curricula were prepa red, one entitled A Colorful Life and the other, The 10 Commandments. 4300 childr en participated. In addition, the staff also organized the 5-Day Clubs and put on drama/puppet theatre. They prepared the program for summer camp, distri buted Christian literature, including Bibles and equipped volunteers for minis try with the children.

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e a parent’s attention and While no-one can replac tent volunteers are a consis love, our coordinators and ling, nse cou er off ey Th s lives. presence in the children’ idance. encouragement and gu


“I’m very happy to meet the volunteers every week. I can hardly wait for Thursdays, for the Children’s Club. I always do my homework beforehand to be sure I can attend these meetings. These lessons help me love Jesus and share my joy and excitement with other believers” (Camelia T)

Andreea Verdes from Moldova, shared: “Thank you very much for the wonderful joy you brought into our hearts when visiting us with performances and sharing God’s love and care to us. Thank you that in this cold and careless world, there are big-hearted people who think about the less fortunate and sad ones. I love you very much and I thank you for having a big heart for us.”

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GIK SP e teachers and Homes. Twenty-fiv 46 in gs ted uc nd co sses are 0 different meetin sses. In 2012, 85 Every week 77 cla cla e atly es th lar ld gu ho re n rs re luntee 2840 child more than 120 vo arding homes and straini bo m in ad ed d niz an s ga er or ch and lessons were . The directors, tea ers tian Input meetings the Mission’s work ion ut rib nt co nt tended these Chris ca nifi ive sig e sit th po e of th ive e preciat s notic tion were very ap esses. They alway al and social proc on ati uc ed eir th . in ns play the lesso pils as a result of changes in the pu

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CHILD RESCUE INTERNATIONAL The objective with this project is to foster and build healthy child-adult relationships in the Children’s Homes so that the emotional state of the children is strengthened. MWB’s CRI coordinators and volunteers implement Emotional Support curricula, assisted

by the Home staff, and deal with issues that the children experience and are pertinent to their growth. Different events and celebrations are also organized to promote friendships, fun and competency-building among the staff members.

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EMOTIONAL SUPPORT

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Mission Without Borders provided children with the emotional support that was important for them. There have been Birthday Parties, Christmas and Easter Parties and DreamBus excursions where the children enjoyed the cheerful songs, interesting games and delic ious sweets and meals. 17,766 Christmas gifts were also provided.

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d are mainly material an These childrens needs Since all. m the ss d we addre emotional in nature an ial ter ma ir the for e vid parents only partially pro s or eye clothes, school supplie needs, our help (food, . life ir the quality of glasses) increases the


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GIK SP lations with r good, healthy re ste fo to s ek se ct pport proje encourage and The Emotional Su ring the visits, we Du . es m Ho I ples. We visit CR s in and Biblical exam es ipl children and adult inc pr n tia as Birthdays, to follow Chris ferent events such dif motivate children e niz ga or d an had 62 visits to g the year the Homes durin . During 2012, we es rti pa ar to the Ye w and Ne tributing sweets Easter, Christmas lebrations and dis ce d an es rti ts. pa en ese ev Homes, organizing participated in th an 6400 children children. More th

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CHILD RESCUE INTERNATIONAL This project helps meet the pressing needs that the Children’s Homes may have, be that school supplies, equipment (small or large items) and renovations, etc., that make a significant difference to the way in

which the Homes operate. Our Urgent Needs actions have supplemented state funding and throughout the years, have helped reduce the deplorable living conditions within these homes.

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F2F URGENT NEEDS

Romania Moldova

5796 Children in Homes and poor families were assisted with their daily needs, offering them new opportunities and hope by improving their living conditions. This help ranged from hygiene items, kitchen utensils, construction materials, gas stoves, agriculture equip ment and electrical equipment. In 2012, MWB paid for medical examination and other services that the Home administrations and the poor families could not provide for themselves. 11 Urgent Needs actions were implemented and 1053 children benefited from them.

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Director from Balti Home in Moldova said: “We are deeply grateful for your responsiveness and generosity. The drying and washing machines are very old and they get broken quite often. It is so hard for laundresses to wash manually especially when it is cold outside and it takes a lot of time for the clothing to get dried. You have eased our laundry process and we are deeply grateful for that.”

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g homes. The nditions in boardin co ing liv ely e th e ov use we immediat us to impr B’s sponsors beca This Project helps W M e to or ul m kf , an 12 th always ents. In 20 administration is pressing requirem e needs t necessary and os m we try to meet th e r th te ar to d qu y on er Ev resp is. ; th m fro rs, ovens, boilers n benefited hines, refrigerato than 5000 childre ac m ost m ing e sh Th . wa re te e dona and literatu of 8-10 Homes. W ockery, textbooks cr s, ial er at m ing ild renovation and bu nery items. quest is for statio re lar pu po lar pu po

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FAMILY TO FAMILY MWB works at promoting a satisfactory level of health and nutrition of its beneficiaries through this fundamental project. The families’ basic needs are met through the monthly deliveries of food and

hygiene parcels as well as supplies of clothing and shoes. In addition, medical, dental and optical help/ assistance is provided as needed.

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HEALTH AND NUTRITION

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families are met in all 5 F2F comThe basic health and nutritional needs of the a total of 3343 food parcels and munities. We distributed to all 288 families ies were supported through medical 1132 hygienic parcels in 2012; 155 famil issues; 20 other families benefited h healt care that has served to solve many ren and several other family from optical care that focused mainly on child y, thanks to this work the families members benefited from dental care. Toda life. of enjoy better health and better quality 2012 year has brought essential imp rovements to the lives of 475 families. They have benefited from food, hygiene items, medicines, cloth es and shoes. The many families were provided with eyeglasses and benefited from medical consultations .

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The material aid has been much appreciated by the parents who are unable to provide for their children; the items were real life savers. Often upon deliveries, parents greet our coordinators saying “We are so happy to see you! We had nothing left to eat!” We also contribute towards improving their living conditions. One parent said: “Given your support, we now have the possibility to repair the ceiling in the two rooms where we are living…”

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Families gain knowledge about health and nutrition, receive medical care and medicines and through other projects, also receive special food for their children, seeds to produce healthy food and domestic animals to rear. In cooperation with the local church, we arran ge educational and health seminars and provide access to various medical services.

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Nutrition and health care are top priorities in the F2F program. Regular deliveries of food packages, provide families with basic products. An added help was the implementation of the agricultural project. Through it many families were able to produce their own fresh, organic vegetables. Other families were able to start with animal breeding, an initiative that promotes self-sufficiency.

eir s that improved th and hygiene item od d fo te th sis wi as d o ide als ov pr milies were 426 families were e conditions. The fa th h of alt ne he Ni d . an ed al ed atments as ne tre economic, emotion al nt de d of s an s ed s. The Se , medicine their own familie with medical care s. can now support d an for their household s od job fo d al un fo ion dit ad parents ow gr to r s n from ou led the familie d were withdraw Hope project enab self-sufficiency an d ve hie ac s ilie m Thirty-two fa enrolled. new families were program, while 34

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FAMILY TO FAMILY Families are also offered the opportunity to participate in Bible Correspondence Course in order to increase their knowledge of God and the Bible. They complete lessons, with corresponding activities

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that teach about the basics of Christianity, as well other interesting life themes and topics. The Bible Correspondence courses are very popular with both children and adults.

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The BCC project has become one of the main parts of our F2F program. In 2012 we had a total of 240 children and women participate who studied the Bible, expanded their knowledge, and comp leted the lessons either in group meetings, gatherings at the Mission office s or at their homes. In particular, the BCC process teaches the women to face their interior fears, overcome their isolation as well as open up and share .

fact that Bible CorOne of our greatest joys lays in the efficient way to get an respondence Course is not only also a good means is it but ily Fam to know God for the loping relationof communication, sharing and deve children tell them n ships that last. Staff is blessed whe lives after their in ed pen hap about the changes that and showing rs lette BCC the from es finding God’s valu learn. they t their desire to live according to wha

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Zana Meta, a mother from Albanaia says: “You have helped me a lot during life. Thanks to you, I have learnt about the unconditional love of God. He is supporting my family by using you. You helped me and loved me even when no one else cared to even look at me. This was and still remains God’s love and you are God’s messengers. The Bible Correspondence lessons have helped me to learn more about God and Jesus.”

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The Bible Correspondence Course also contributed to drawing the beneficiaries closer to God. Ionela said: “Thank you so much for these lessons that helped me to better understand God’s Word. I am also grateful for the gifts you’ve sent to me. I appreciate your care and concern a lot. May God fill your heart with joy and bless you with health and happiness!”

The main goal of the course is to expand ou r beneficiaries’ know teachings of the Bible. ledge of the By using this tradition al means of commun classic letter, MWB wo ication – a rkers and volunteers can get to know the ies better while at the beneficiarsame time, present the m the Gospel. The co also help the children urses with their daily struggle s through various, int themes that are dealt eresting with.

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basic knowledge dren about Christianity. The The BCC educates F2F chil tion. They respond nda fou firm a on their lives acquired helps them to build d in queries. The thoughts about God and sen to the questions, share their joy, love and sale, hop e erstand that they hav curriculum helps them to und further growth. for rch chu l loca the connected to vation in God. Families are ive act participants. n 200 families in Rivne are 420 children from more tha 209 graduated in 2012.

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FAMILY TO FAMILY Christian input remains the backbone of our overall programs and projects. The activities organized under this project meets the spiritual needs of the families, to help them fill the emptiness in their lives

and give it significance by introducing them to God and his Word. We share the Bible with our beneficiaries, without imposition, discrimination of race and without prejudice to their religious background.

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The Christian Input Department carried out various activities for the F2F families such as Christmas and Easter performances. 275 children enjoyed camps and 480 participated in our 5-Days Clubs. F2F families also received Bibles and other literature. Georgeta Erchevici from Crihana Veche share d: “I thank God for the possibility to meet people from MWB who show me His love. I want to personally thank them for the counseling, encouragement and comfort I have received in the moments I felt myself alone.”

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families made some of The Christian Input in the d: how much they need Go the beneficiaries realize and ent tam Tes w Ne the m “Reading some texts fro h h the coordinator and wit the discussions I had wit the lize rea me ped vation, hel the volunteers about sal and I nt fide con re mo am I Now, importance of this step. alongside me.” feel that every day He is


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Tamara Podgor from Hijdieni, Moldova: “It was a great pleasure to again see MWB’s Christian Input team performing a new Christmas performance that reminded us about the birth of Jesus Christ. The message is cheerful, captivating and applicable. For one moment, I was imaginarily transferred to Jerusalem, to the fields of Bethlehem where there was announced the birth of our Savior.”

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There were 940 Christian Input visits in 2012. The activities under this project meet the spiritual needs of the families, help fill the emptiness in their lives and give it significance by introducing them to God’s Word. We share the Bible with our beneficiaries, without imposition, discrimination of race and without prejudice of their religious background. Thanks to this project, many F2F members have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior and are today active participants in the local congregations.

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F2F families are visite d on a regular basis an d have the opportunit in various Christian ac y to take part tivities/projects, such as summer camps for follow-up events, Chris children and tmas parties and pupp et shows, Bible Corre Courses, Alpha cours spondence es, Christian concerts, etc. Many of the familie with are from a Muslim s we work background and many of them are interested to increase their know and want ledge about Christianit y.

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Regular visits by MWB coordinators to families have fostered close and trusting relationships between them. The coordinators are able to address the families’ specific needs and intervene as needed with appropriate forms of assistance. Families are presented the Gospel message, offered counseling and hope for the future. The children, too, receive special attention. For them, get-togethers with fun activities and fellowship are organized for special occasions around the holidays and other important events.

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FAMILY TO FAMILY MWB coordinators work closely with the enrolled families to meet the emotional challenges that the families may have. Addressing people’s emotional needs produces positive outcomes on individuals, families and whole communities, as well as serving

to improve behavior, communication and relationships as a whole. Among the popular activities implemented under this project are birthday parties, celebrations at Easter and Christmastime and other gatherings which bring joy and hope to the participants.

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EMOTIONAL SUPPORT

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The F2F families face problems whic h cannot be solved only financially. Mission With out Borders Emotional Support project offers solu tions and teaches skills that help the families change their lives. Through personal visits by our coordinators , counseling, and special events organized throughout the year. MWB helping encouragement and hope, and a reminder that they are not alone in their struggle s.

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working to better cope with the high Through this project, the coordinators are ent and the inability to meet their level of depression caused by unemploym domestic and social violence, and daily needs. Illness, education and needs, can create an almost imposhome re for some families, the lack of a secu ly involved and participated in 16 sible situation. 280 F2F families were active ized at Christmas, Easter, Internaexcursions, parties and other events organ Day, etc. Most of these events ren’s tional Women’s Day, International Child hes, providing some much churc local the with n are organized in cooperatio cares. needed fun, and showing them that someone


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Ioan Condurache, coordinator Romania: “The Christmas parties brought light in the beneficiaries’ hearts and encouraged them to keep their faith alive. We felt blessed that we could again organize this, sharing the Gospel and the joy to everybody.”

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In total there are 370 families who benefit from the various projects in our F2F program. The emotional and spiritual support the families receive on each visit is inestimable due to the counseling and the hope provided. One of the mothers confessed: “We are so happy having you in our lives! We feel much better knowing someone is thinking of us and caring about us. Thanks to you, my daughter, who was introverted and shy, feels much better now.”

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Bosnia - Herzeg ovina

In Bosnia-Herzegovin a, Mission Without Bo rders helps more than through the F2F progra 100 families mme. One of the impo rtant goals of the progra foster the emotional sta m is to bility of the beneficiar ies. The hardest missi to bring families togeth on here is er and try to find ways to help heal their woun recovery is possible. As ds so that ide from bringing ma terial assistance, MW minister as friends, pe B co-workers ople who listen and he lp those in need.

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Fostering emotional stability is an important element in the F2F activities. Thanks to the trust built between the coordinator and the families, people shared their troubles and received support - whether material or emotional. Family squabbles were reduced and the uncertainty and fear were gradually replaced by belief in God and His providence for all who believe. Most families experienced positive changes toward social integration and the reduction of poverty. This was recognised by the local authorities.

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FAMILY TO FAMILY This project addresses the acute and critical needs that the beneficiary families have in order to improve their living conditions. Through it MWB seeks to maintain a vital balance between meeting the basic

needs for food and clothing, while also contributing to fulfilling the other pressing needs in education, health and sanitation. As a result, the families’ psychological well-being and self-confidence are nurtured.

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URGENT NEEDS

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This project helps to fulfill the most urgent needs fam ilies have to improve their living conditions. We supply equipment, buildin g material, furniture, medical assistance, etc. Eve ry month we are able to fulfi ll the needs of only 3-4 families. In 2012 we could only help with 13 Urg ent Needs but there is greater need than this. Bui lding material and renova tion supplies are often requested. The families are very happy when their crit ical needs are fulfilled as their lives improve for the better.

There is nothing worse than a problem which needs to be solved urgently. MWB supports the families at times of hardship. In 2012 MWB covered 38 urgent needs unpredictable medical expenses. A total including of 36 enrolled families benefited from these actions.

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After MWB BH helped the Jazvin family by replacing broken window, the mother Merka said: “Winter is approaching; the windows of both of our rooms were broken which wasn’t a big deal during the summer, but now, when it is colder, every day it is really important to have functional windows. Now that we have windows, our children can study in a separate room, and it is much easier to heat the living room.”

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With God’s grace, MWB responded to the emergency needs of all the 70 families living in the area where our work is carrie d out. Firewood, warm clothing and shoes, blankets and canned food were provided during the winter months. Broken windows and demolished roofs have been repaired. The needs for medical care and medicines have been met. Transportation to the hospital was provided to the ill. These efforts by the coord inator and volunteers are crucial to the entire program.

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our The families needing assistance for urgent matters received help through help or , firewood for need the be might it es Sometim project. Urgent Needs upon with identity papers. The coordinator, together with the family, decides s. how best to meet these urgent situation

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families and to improves This project meets the many critical needs of the with school materials and ed provid their living conditions. 400 children were them returned to school of 25 rly, regula l schoo had the possibility to attend urgent need actions after abandoning it because of the help given. 132 ing particular family reliev completed this year contributed to soothing and situations.

Families learn that they are not alone in their dire circum available Urgent Ne stances: we use eds funds and ad dress the families’ er for operations, critical needs- wh medicines or other eths. Adrian Rudaru, and liver problem suffering from asth s says “I am grate ma ful to you for all yo a father of seven ur support, becaus children and at m e, as y age, I couldn’t aff weren’t for you, I’d ord to lose my job be unemployed no . If it w. God bless you for your generosit y!”

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As well as the families and children enrolled in our F2F and CRI programmes, many others also benefit from our Bible Correspondence Courses. Our popular Bible Correspondence Courses invite children and adults to learn about Jesus, Christian ethics and morals through the reading and answering of especiallytailored curricula through correspondence with MWB’s trained leaders and staff. As participants progress in the studies, the level of difficulty also increases. Children and adults appreciate the appealing illustrations and topics that are dealt with and that resonate with their lives. Upon completion of a curriculum, participants receive diplomas and graduation gifts. Whenever possible, graduation parties are held for all the graduates.

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C letters and d’s love through the BC Go t ou ab t ou d fin s. It’s a great joy for the Many beneficiaries as Savior of their live s su Je ed ed ne y the realize that t. hand over this projec BCC staff to see God’s


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Zgircibaba, from Crihana Veche, Moldova expressed: “I like studying these courses because they offer me good guidance in life and I always find new information to learn. I want to make good decisions in my life and I believe that Jesus will help me in this. Thank you for being my friends.”

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The BCC occupies a central place amon g our projects. Altho two staff members ugh there are only in this department, the number of child constant (3179) in 20 ren enrolled remain 12 after many gradu s ated from our 17 co courses are address urses. The ed to children of all ages and levels of un ing those with cogn derstanding, includitive difficulties. We provide these cours es free of charge.

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A good way to spiritually im pact the fam is to correspo ilies nd with them , as they do no in our Families-in-Crisis The main goal project t receive regu of the course lar visits from is to expand main message us. our beneficia of the Bible. ries’ knowledg Most correspo in the southe e of the ndents are fr rn part of Bos om the refuge nia and Herze e camp govina.

This course gives children basic knowledge about the Bible and salvation. It helps the children to build their lives on Christian principles. We receive letters in which children share their life’s stories with us. They ask the coordinator how to be better, be obedient and friendly. But the most important fact is that they ask about Jesus, His life and principles, and how to have salvation. Last year, we had 1858 children from 40 Homes who participated in BCC.

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Bible Project

Although Eastern Europeans are now free to exercise their freedom of religion and no longer have to read the Bible in secrecy, thousands of people do not have the means to purchase their own Bible. This Bible Project is a continuation of the Bible Jubilee Project which Mission Without Borders started in 2010 to celebrate its 50 th year jubilee. From the project’s inception till the current day, one million Bibles have been provided and freely distributed to all recipients who desire to have their own, personal copy of the Bible, in their own lang-

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Oxana Semaniov from Cricova, Moldova shared: “I came to you with the hope that you could help me with some food items, but I got something much more valuable – a Bible. I have never thought that I could ever receive God’s Word for free! It was a tremendous joy for me…”

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The Bible Project continued in 2012 with the distribution of 16,896 Bibles, of which 1862 were for children (and 502 in Hungarian). The Bible distribution involved 257 volunteers from different denominations. In this way, the Word of God reached to those seeking for the Kingdom – either by one-on-one meetings or through large evangelizations.

“I am 90 years old and I was very happy to receive a Bible. My children took the old Bible I had and I really missed having a Bible. I am very grateful to you!” (Ioan M., Olt County, Romania)

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The Bible project achie ved its peak in 2012 because this year alone distributed half of the , we total of 52,000 Bibles according to plan. Over participated in the dis 45 partners tributions across Bosn ia and Herzegovina. Bib received by the young les were est to the oldest recipie nt, rich and poor, childr adults, from hospitals en and to the streets of our citi es. This was the large of Bibles in the history st distribution of the Balkans. We co ntinue to pray for those received Bibles to rea who have d them and know tha t God loves them and them into intimate fellow invites ship with Him.

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rd 12 (3,977 Standa ted in Ukraine in 20 bu tri ted en dis m re ple we im s Bible has been A total of 10,367 tribution process nt n’s Bibles). The dis re ild rity of the Bibles we Ch ajo 0 m e 39 Th 6, d s. er an rtn pa ch to ur ted ch distribu our local while the rest were in cooperation with ults and children, ad were organized in g gs kin tin ea ee sp m d an to Ukraini llow-up actions an Fo s. an ini olvement in supplyra inv Uk all the donors’ e Russian-speaking iat ec pr ap do e project. W conjunction to this rainian people! Uk e th to s ing Bible

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Children’s Camps Moldova

Thousands of children in Eastern Europe do not have the opportunity to go on vacation during the summertime. For most of

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them, summertime is just like any other time. Mission Without Borders has been providing opportunities for thousands of disadvantaged children to go to Christian camps, both in the summer and at other times of the year. Here they make new friends, participate in various recreational activities, enjoy delicious meals and learn about Jesus. The lives of these children have been forever changed for the

1127 children from institutions, families and communities enjoyed wonderful days of rest and recreation at summer camp s. The ten days were filled with lots of laughter, games, love, affection and many other surprises. The fun sports activities strengthened the children’s physical health, watching movies and cartoons on TV, listening to music, and reading Christian literature made their time interesting and useful. Almost every morn ing was crowned with a drama series The Parables of Jesus, where every sketc h was based on a Bible story.

better as they return to their homes and share with others about the wonderful experiences they had while at camp.

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There were 375 children that attended the two camp shifts of 10 days each at MWBA’s summer camps. The children studied the Bible, learned new songs, danced, participated in handcraft activities, swam in the sea and in the swimming pool, and had a lovely time with their peers, camp staff and 38 volunteers.


Anastasia Cosovscaia from Chisinau Home, Moldova shared: “Usually I am a rebellious person who rather tries to make troubles for others than to obey or get involved in something. But God worked in a special way in my life. He opened my eyes to understand and receive His love in my life…thank you very much for the opportunity to go to camp…”

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Roxana from Romania says: “I loved Garbova Camp. I’m so grateful to be chosen to go to camp because I had the opportunity to meet wonderful people who became my close friends. We were taught to be kind to each other, to give the Lord all the glory He deserves and to be thankful for all the good things in our lives…so the departure was very painful for all of us. Thank you so much for this unforgettable experience!”

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This year MWB Bosn ia-Herzegovina organ ised its own camp. Th camp was the best me e summer ans to make an impa ct on the children. Th about the Gospel, bu ey learnt t also about themselv es, communication wit dren, learning about h other childifferences and the im portance of hygiene. experienced a lot of fun The children and joyous times throu gh the numerous game competitions and sport s, s activities. They ate healthy and varied foo returned home happy d and they and satisfied.

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92 children from families and from the orphanages we work with participated in 10 days of summer camp. The results of the love, commitment and the dedication of all camp staff and especially God’s blessings, were to see lasting changes in the lives of children. Our great efforts to improve both the physical and spiritual development of these children give them joy and hope and build a calm and more confident character for the future.

for most of the r event of the year fo dge lon Without t os m the families. Mission Summer Camp is mes and in poor ho em to g th din ar ing bo nd e se th ildren happy by children living at ch 1 ed 04 1, of l all ta l centers, locat made a to ferent recreationa Borders Ukraine dif e fiv at ps m ca Seven camps in 2012. were run. ral surroundings, tu na ul, tif au in be

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Throughout the year in

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Moldova, the Christian 5 Days Clubs are arranged in various institutions for the benefit of the children living there. The purpose of these club meetings is to meet the children’s spiritual and educational needs by introducing them to God and moral/ethical teaching that will help them to make good choices in their lives. The 5 Days Club comprises of Bible lessons, communicated through drama, as well as fun games, songs and other interesting activities for everyone. Special emphasis is also placed on

805 children attended the eight 5-Days Clubs which were implemented in 2012. The program included the dramatization of Bible stories inspired by the Old Testament, joyful songs and fun games. The goal of the club is to help the children understand the Gospel as well as to build friendships. Various methods of teaching were used: drama, theatre, puppetry and flannel-o-graph.

the fostering of friendships between 5 Days Club team members, the children and the teachers/educators of the Homes. This week-long event is very popular among the children as it offers them fun and brings joy to their faces.

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Liliana Stoler from Straseni, Moldova shared:“I liked the puppet Nikita very much; he is so funny and sincere. He always came to us in the beginning of the program and told us about one of his adventures. I liked the songs [with actions] that we sang!”

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Providing the general public accessibility to

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offers and distributes Bibles, Christian literature and

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other educational material to individuals, organizations and institutions based on their needs, interests and requests. Hundreds of thousands of persons from all age categories have benefited from these deliveries. In our field country of Ukraine, millions

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with relevant life issues as well as other interesting

topics that are tailored to engage both young and older listeners alike.

”Si Jeni“ remains a Christian newspaper welcomed by the readers inside and outside the Albanian borders. In 2012 it was published 6 times with 15,000 copies for each issue for a total of 90,000 newspapers distributed. Our local church partners in the project estimate that this newspaper has about 37,000 regular readers. MWB Albania has been a very active sponsor, cooperating with the editors about each issue and collecting feedback from the distributors and the readers.

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Christian Media gives us opportunity to witne ss to so many people in Western Ukraine. We have 20-minutes we ekly programs broadcast to approximately 3 million in the region s of Ternopil, Zhytomy Khmelnytskiy, Rivne an r, d Volyn. In 2012, 260 radio programs were aired. We can see a hu ge interest in Christia nity. Sometimes we ha radio competitions, wh ve ich are very popular am ong young listeners. These programs cover interesting topics, so me about Jesus and life, others teach listen his ers Christian moral an d ethics.

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Arti from the town of Lezha, Albania: “I wanted to thank the publishers of the newspaper ‘Si jeni’ for taking care of the publication of the paper. It has articles that make us think or get encouragement and inspiration related to various subjects related to faith…it transmits a message, it has personal stories, humor, etc. and all these make the paper attractive to the readers. The newspaper ‘Si jeni’ is among the few publications in Albania that are so easily used with vast groups of people.”

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Christian Theatre/Pu Moldova

Communicating God’s Word and love through the use of puppets and drama is the crux of our

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Christian Theatre/Puppet ministry. Puppet and drama teams made up of staff members and church volunteers come together to prepare, train and refine performances to benefit audiences of all ages. Children and adults alike enjoy these popular performances at various venues, such as at summer camps, at public schools and at children’s institutions, etc. Shows such as “The Prodigal Son” and “The Important Guest,” among others, are organized during Easter and Christmas and at other special occasions/celebrations throughout the year.

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The Christian Input staff presented both Chris tmas and Easter performances this year. Puppetry and drama was also used at camps and during the 5 Days Clubs.

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1045 children attended 26 puppet performances organized by the Mission staff in different places such as the communities, kindergartens, schools, etc. Through this project, Bible stories or topics taken from real life are put on stage in a simple way that catches the attention of the children. An estimated total of 1400, which also included adults, parents and teachers, saw these shows.


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Children and teenagers from our three Com munities of Mostar, Livno and Bugojno, enjoyed a Christmas puppet play in December 2012. A group of young, enthusiastic church volunteers prepa red and performed three plays in total, and the reaction of the audience was outstanding. Around 100 children and teenagers who view the performances actively participated in the play by singing, answering the questions and danc ing. After each play, Christmas parcels were distributed to all the children and teenagers who came and they expressed their thankfulness and happiness by their shining faces and warm smiles.

Mrs. Natalia Vizir, a teacher from Moldova, expressed: “Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the outstanding performances you brought to us! The performances included both funny and traditional acts, merged with spiritual truth. These sketches reminded us about the true meaning of Christmas...We are looking forward to seeing you again in our school!”

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les through puppet This ministry teaches children ethics and Christian princip puppet dramas Some adults. shows. Such shows are enjoyed by children and . In 2012, morals and deeds heroic te illustra tell about Jesus’ life while others After ances. perform these viewed n childre 8370 and 73 dramas were held the Here, sions. the shows, the audiences actively participate in the discus interof s theme other or life about ns children may bring up important questio or. behavi n’s childre the on ce influen e positiv est. This ministry has a

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Christian Training GIK Bosnia - Herzegovina

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and operational needs, workshops and conferences are arranged in order to increase the knowledge and competence levels of all who bring to life MWB’s vision and projects to its beneficiaries. These gatherings occur both internally and externally.

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Word of God for encourageEach week, our staff regularly gathers around the out to go through the time ment, and twice a year, staff and volunteers take ministry to the poor. our in us leads Word whereby we examine where God workers and one our of three have to tunity oppor This year we had also the p”, which ”Equi called volunteer to participate at a seminar on leadership r. This world autho elling bests nown was created by John C. Maxwell, a well-k principles in l biblica on ities capac rship leade rage needs those who will encou task. that be up to the people around them and we want our staff to retreats in order to get refreshed staff for out time some took we this, to n additio In ng with each other. and regain new energy and spent time fellowshippi

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Two regional seminars were organized for the volunteers to equip, train and motivate them for an efficient and effective ministry with the children in Homes and communities: the first, focusing on the use of Bible lessons and visual aids which was attended by 127 volunteers. The 3-day seminar was attended by 75 Christian Input volunteers and focused on the curriculum The Parables of Jesus which was in preparation for the summer camp s.

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MWB’s ministry. nt components in rta po im e d ar rs and semina ection, visions an Regular trainings volunteers as dir d an ty s ali er qu rtn pa do r unify ou gize to all to These seminars motivate and ener d ha ey Th we . ar ed ye ss st cu dis t Borders. La ou ith W goals are set and ion iss rs M he 8 teac poor helped by rs. More than 39 work among the inings and semina tra e es th of en te organized fif . rticipated in them and volunteers pa

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disabled people in the Sofia area. Caring Local Church volunteers and Mission Without Borders staff minister to this target group and offer them fellowship and support. In addition, MWB seeks to build competence and contribute towards fostering dignity by offering

450 disabled elderly people enjoy the special care, compassion and love of God through this project that MWB operates in various parts of Sofia, Bulgaria. Besides fellow-ship, discussions of interesting themes and biblical topics, those who wish to acquire basic computer skills were offered appropriate training. There was also an English course offered. One of the beneficiaries said: “People think we are useless and old, but you bring us hope; you extract from us the loneliness and wrap us in love and tenderness. Thus you restore our sense of dignity and make us feel relevant.”

Computer and English courses to the beneficiaries. These are also conducted on the clubs’ premises.

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“People think we are useless and old, but you bring us hope; you extract from us the loneliness and wrap us in love and tenderness. Thus you restore our sense of dignity and make us feel relevant.”

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In Moldova, the DreamBus Project provides unforgettable experiences to institutionalized children

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and those from povertystricken families by arranging excursions and outings to their benefit. Thousands of children have had the opportunity to spend a memorable day in their young lives visiting museums, enjoying thrills at the amusement park and eating pizzas/hamburgers and drinking sodas. These excursions allow the children to have fun, play games and make friends in an informal setting, while at the same time teaching them about their own history and cultural heritage through visiting places of

The Dream Bus excursions are designed to give children coming from poor, dysfunctional and socially-vulnera ble families, boarding schools and communities the opportunity to visit and see their own capital, Chisinau. This year, 13 trips were organized and 591 children enjoyed these unforgettable excursions.

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Veaceslav from Hirbovet, Moldova said: “I had a wonderful day. It was like a fairy-tale. The DreamBus impressed me. I drove a car by myself at the Adventure Park. The visit to the cinema was the best part – we were given special glasses. We watched the movie ‘Ice Age 4’ in 3D format. The movie-heroes almost touched us and we wanted to catch them – we had lots of fun. Thank you to those who offered us… these happy moments.”

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Ruslan from Tarigrad, Moldova expressed: “I will never forget how much fun we had at the Adventure Park! I liked to drive the car by myself. The Zoo also impressed me. There I saw camels and zebras. I have found out lots of interesting things about Moldovan traditions while visiting the Ethnographic Museum. Andy’s Pizza had a lot of delicious things for us to eat. Thank you for such a wonderful excursion!”

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Emergency Aid Bosnia - Herzegovina

As an organization, Mission Without Borders responds to the acute needs resulting from natural and man-made disasters, such as floods and fires, whenever we can and as we are able. Working hand-in-hand with the local governments and other partners, MWB has delivered tons of foodstuff, material and

The Emergency Aid project in the year 2012 was very important because it was the worst winter in 100 years. MWBI worked with the regional and municipal centre for disaster response and we distributed food, blankets and sleeping bags. Many people remained without electricity, so this help was a rescue at the last moment. Although the roads were poorly passable, our van had managed to deliver (sometimes driving through two meters of snow) the most-needed humanitarian help to many families. Although capable to act in such hard circumstances, we are constantly praying for such situations not to occur.

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Red Cross Representative, Alen Kajtaz, BosniaHerzegovina: “The joint actions of MWB and the Red Cross that were carried out in February 2012 during the natural disaster have helped hundreds of people that were stuck in deep snow.”

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Through cooperation with the local churches and its members, Mission Without Borders seeks to attract, present and reach the generations with the credibility and Good News of Jesus Christ. We organize

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In 2012 seventeen churches were engaged and 610 beneficiaries were reached during the implementation of eleven Evangelistic Campaigns. In total, 1260 women, 310 elderly people and 1900 children were involved in our joint Emotional Support activities together with the local churches. This annual ministry was concluded at the Regional Evangelical Alliance of Durres and MWB Albania event organized at the Palace of Sports in Durres at Christmas which left an imprint in the life of the city.

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Seventeen evangelistic events, carried out by ten churches, with the support from MW B, reached close to 15 00 people. A variety of creative ways was used to share God’s love: through the mo clinic, Alpha courses, bile lunch for the poor, op en-air preaching, am others. The churches ong are building bridges to bring the message of reconciliation to the bro ken people of BosniaHerzegovina, reaching them both practically and with the Word of God.


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Ivaylo Gotsev, Manager of the Daily Center for Disabled Children in Simitly, Bulgaria, shared: “Many thanks for the wonderful words, messages and songs that touched everyone’s hearts and made us ​​ feel better. Special thanks to all of you who always help and support us, bring joy and cause many smiles on the children’s faces. You always prove that we can count on you unreservedly.”

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to a of Bibles lead them d the distribution an ht foundd rig Go a t on ou es ab liv le to build their m the Sharing with peop d lpe re he d an ign ding of God listic campa s we deeper understan 2012, 39 evange In ly s. ate lue im va ox d pr an Ap inciples tributed. ation with right pr n literature were dis door tia s ris Hi at Ch th er d oth Go d e an prais held, 8970 Bibles g this period. We rist. were reached durin witness about Ch to le ab e ar we 9000 beneficiaries at th d an ine ra Uk in open of Salvation is still

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Our Bulgarian team organized a group of young volunteers, including children from F2F, and visited Homes for Children Deprived of Parental Care, special schools for disabled children, hospitals, prisons, and appropriate and varied Christian literature has been distributed. The youth presented the Gospel, and the spiritual hymns brought further peace and joy in the hearts of young and old. The Evangelistic Campaign reached 340 people from different walks of life and at different locations.

Gheorghe Mocanu, the pastor of Pentecosta l Church “Light of World” in Ungheni expresses the impact of this project:“May God bless MWB, as through this wonderful project you managed to bring hope into people’s hearts. Thank you for being close to us, for encouraging us, for motivating us and for helping us to share God’s Word to people who need it. We are happy for this wonderful collaboration and we hope to continue in this spirit. May God bless you.”

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The Families in Crisis Project responds to the urgent needs of at-risk and desti-

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disasters. MWB coordinators offer Christian love and compassion and provide guidance that is specific to the families’ particular challenges. Thousands of children and their parents have had their lives restored and renewed through the tireless efforts of caring and engaging friends from Mission Without Borders.

The difficult political and eco nomic situation increased the number of families-in-crisis in the cou ntry. This project is a great nec essity and therefore we have paid extra attention to better the management of donated goods, find ways to economize the quantit ies and maximize the impact of dist ributions. We have always aim ed at sending donated goods to the neediest of the needy, but hav e done so even more in 2012 reachin g 336 families-in-Crisis.

Families in Crisis provides practical items as occasional support to needy people going through hardships. They either hear about us on their own, or they are directed to us by the local authorities in social welfare: single mothers with small children, homeless people or unemployed people on the brink of despair. There were 17 such direct interventions, but the number of beneficiaries is much greater due to the support we provide through local churches.

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Elena Bizdiga, an old and bedridden woman from Viisoara, Moldova, said: “I am very grateful for the goods I received through Mission Without Borders! I was sleeping on an old mattress on the floor and it was very uncomfortable and I did not have the possibility to buy a new bed and mattress, but thanks to you, I was blessed with a new bed and mattress. I am very happy and content.”

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“Thank you so much for helping me in the most difficult times I’ve been through! I am so grateful to you!” (Petru H., Romania)

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to the poor ecoEvery day people come to our office asking for help. Due afford the most cannot and jobs their lose nomic situation in Ukraine many nt GIK items differe with ne everyo help We s. familie their for necessary things families. poor 700 d such as food, clothes, shoes and medicines. We assiste a real us gives but things, al materi This project not only helps people with to Bibles out gave also We on. salvati and Jesus about opportunity to witness those interested.

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A lot of beneficiaries have been helped with donated goods and local purchases. 500 people in need, 75 organ izations, 53 local churches have all received basic goods such as clothes, shoes, food products, furniture and mattresses, to name a few. This assis tance brought joy and comfort to desperate families.

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In comparison to children who grow up in normal families, with loving and caring parents, the children from the boarding schools and orphanages lack love and attention. The LifeSkillsEmotional Support Curriculum provides institutionalized children with the life training and competency skills to live life in a healthy way. To name a few, there are lessons dealing with topics such as “Conflict Management and Resolution”, “Communication”, “Safety and Protection”, “Relationships” and “Growth and Development”, among other relevant issues. The teenagers from these Homes have benefited and grown because of these lessons as well as from group and individual counseling sessions that have been offered to them. As a part of this project, participants receive gifts as part of their graduation party.

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ESC is carried out in Homes and communitie s working with children from poor and socially-vulnerable families. Thes e children suffer from various emotional problems like low self-esteem, aggressiveness, anxiety, timidity, phobia, etc. They learn how to communica te with people around them and how to deal with conflicts, among others. These sessions help the children to develop a healthy self-esteem, to have a good attitude towards work, towards authorities and about the consequences of smoking, alcohol and drugs. 1298 children participated in 2012.

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Marina Gaju, a child from Crihana Veche, Moldova shared: “Emotional Support sessions helped me to not be selfish and love others around me as they are.”

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Life Skills Esc provided esse ntial life tools independence that lead teenag and ers towards benefitted from help them grow up healthy. There were 80 the lessons. Al 3 that so, the curricul and it is succes um ex sfully applied du ring the Christia tends to communities, children. n Input meetin gs with the

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and institutions and are on their own. Mission Without Borders provides them firsthand learning opportunities through on-location training/teaching. This project aims to meet the children’s individual needs and challenges through pertinent topics and discussions taught. Trips to shopping centers, the bank, museums and other places are part of this project. It is through outings like these that we aim to build their confidence, encourage self-esteem and foster understanding of the world, while at the same time, provide the training ground

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Life Skills courses offered by MWB are good tools for preparing children for a mature social and family life. Durin g 2012, 50 pupils from Crihana Veche Home attended Life Skills courses and 7 excursions were organized for them. 15 girls from Rezina Hom e enjoyed attending Life Skills Courses where they were trained in cook ing, crocheting, knitting and embroidering. These courses had a grea t impact on the children’s lives, preparing them for the future, building healt hy relationships and helping them integrate socially.

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“I was raised in Prilipet but never knew how beautiful this area is. I met wonderful people from the surrounding villages; they told me about their traditions and it was very interesting. I realize how difficult their life is, having to depend on their crops and on their hard work in the field. Today, the most valuable lesson I learned is to cherish every-thing you have and not take it for granted” (Paula M, Romania)

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, expressed: om Rezina, Moldova fr hi sc in av St ga Ol s’ salafamily. My parent or po a om fr e m That “I co make ends meet. to gh ou en ly re ba ries are great imporlls Course is of is why the LifeSki of differwas taught a lot tance for me – I a good wife ill help me to be w ch hi w gs in th become ent re I would like to tu fu e th In r. he and mot such a nice u for offering us a cook. Thank yo s in life.” come good person opportunity to be

An annual on e-day trip with our coordinato to the childre rs and voluntee n in MWB’s pr rs is provided ojects. The tr Homes and he ip was organi lped 421 child zed for the 17 ren.

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to provide poor families with the means for economic self-sufficiency. After a certain period as beneficiaries of our Family to Family program, depending on the families’ own initiative, determination and stability, opportunities are provided to enable them to become self-sustaining. Financial and material resources may

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be offered to promote small enterprises such as farming, production of home-based initiatives and others. Working with the families, MWB provides training and expertise in order to promote initiative and productivity to

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The MicroEnterprise project is a great encouragement for families who want to try to learn the basics of business. The principle is simple: with the support from MWBI, they have to invest their hard work and effort to acquire the skills to sell, make a profit, and reinvest; working towards more sustainability.

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The families involved had the best results in poultry and goat farming. We are proud that our familiies often choose to donate some of the production to other poor people, especially those in the Soup Kitchens. The road to success is long and difficult, but we must not despise humble beginnings, as the wise Biblical Proverbs state.

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Ivo Bodulušić, from Livno in Bosnia-Herzegovina, who was given five goats shared: “After a year, I now have a whole herd. We have meat and milk for us, and we have made some profit. I hope in the future to create enough work for my family.”

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eries and look after their newborns. Both pre- and post-natal MotherCare parcels, guidance and courses are offered by our professional staff. Medical supplies and other assistance are also provided

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to the centers. As a result of this project, the number

In Albania, medical and hygiene items secu red a good start for the newborns and 154 mothers. 161 MotherCare parce ls were distributed. Besides these parcels, other mother & baby articles such as baby tights, clothing and furniture for babies, diapers, etc., were also distributed to mothers and young mothers in the suburban area of the ex-ch emical plant- in cooperation with the local Association of Women with Social Problems.

of birth complications has been reduced, along with the occurrences of child sicknesses and diseases.

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Valentyna Kovtun, (Ukraine): “I’m very grateful for the prenatal medical kit. Due to our financial situation we are not able to buy it ourselves. The medical items are rather expensive. This package was a real gift for me. Thank you and God bless you!”

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MotherCare su pports mothers -to-be in and en have been arou helped with 69 4 prenatal (med nd Sarny. In 2012, 694 wom addition, these ical) kits and ba women benefit by parcels. In ed from various Those who su GIK items and ffered from an emia had impr health lectures vitamins provid oved their heal . ed through the th after taking program. This cult economic the project offers and emotional ladies living in circumstances safe pregnanc diffithe support th ies and the kn ey need to unde owledge on ho rgo w to care for th eir infants.

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Every year since 1994, 20,000 - 30,000 Operation Christmas Love parcels containing basic food items

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the children are distributed to poor families, needy individuals and the elderly during the Christmas season. These eagerly-anticipated parcels are purchased and packed by our caring staff and then distributed to the poverty-stricken, with the help of Local Church volunteers and the local authorities. Through this annual campaign, thousands of people have heard the timeless Christmas message of the greatest Gift of all given to mankind for over 2000 years ago.

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Through the years OCL has made MWB known in many parts of Albania; it has given the Mission visibility and popularity. Again this year 4,500 Operation Christmas Love parcels with much-needed food items and sweets were distributed to 4,400 needy families, bringing joy and light to poverty-stricken people on Christmas Eve. Approximately 22,000 persons are touched by this project. We cooperated with 21 local churches, 17 NGOs, local government, elderly and children’s centers, orphanages, to send the message of Christmas to the needy. It’s heartwarming to notice the radiant smiles finally on the gloomy faces, while becoming part of the festive atmosphere.


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Marius P. from Romania shares about the impact OCL had on him: “The last two years have been a horrible time of pain; a time of a great falling away from God… Thanks to you, I opened my heart to Jesus and He filled it with joy, hope and love.”

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7000 OCL parcels were packed and delivered to the beneficiaries throughout December. The parcel with basic food items and sweets brought much joy to the beneficiaries and reminded them of God’s love for them.

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In November 2012, the process of packing 25 00 OCL parcels starte distributions took pla d. The ce in December month . Together with our loc collaborators, parcels al church were distributed to be neficiaries from our pro projects. Further to thi grams and s, many parcels were also delivered to the categories of society unprivileged from different institutio ns, welfare centers, orp etc. Many have been hanages, blessed with these pa rcels at Christmastim e.

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In Bulgaria, 2000 OCL parcels with varied contents were prepared and delivered to the needy at Christmastime. The purpose was not only to supply the Christmas tables with meals but a month-long worth of food items to the lonely, poor, disabled, abandoned but also to warm their hearts with the message and joy of Christmas. The beneficiaries received visits from our local church volunteers during the deliveries and words of comfort and joy were exchanged and needs prayed for.

charitable unions and other urches, Christian ch els were distribal rc loc pa e th od fo of , 7,000 OCL With the help ns gio re rams. y rn Sa d vne an out Borders’ prog organizations in Ri ies of Mission With oil, iar fic ble ta ne ge be d ve , an ur s ilie ucts such as flo od pr uted to poor fam od fo of ca ty ), and corn nned ained a varie vegetables (peas Each parcel cont ed nn ca r, and ga su i, macaron , cornflakes, etc. rice, buckwheat, , condensed milk its s. cu ay bis lid s, ho te as ola tm choc for the Chris fish, tea, sweets, ll-timed support we d an te ria op became an appr

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peratures and challenging conditions, are difficult for most people of Eastern Europe, but this situation is particularly exacerbated for the poor as they struggle to survive during the season. Through MWB’s annual Operation Winter Rescue project, life-saving assistance such as blankets, winter clothes,

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winter shoes, medicines The early winter was cold and wet in Mold ova. The unpredictable rains and frosts became tiresome and challenging for the poorest families. Mission Without Borders delivered various winter items such as bed-linen, blankets, winter shoes, winter clothes, scarves, gloves, hats and candles, among other things, in order to help people in need to face the harsh winter months.

and household items are provided to the most vulnerable people. In addition to this, and whenever possible, deliveries of firewood, coal and fuel are provided to families, Children’s Homes and the

The winter of 2011/2012 was extremely long and harsh. For many of the poor and homeless survival was very difficult. It was God’s mercy that we managed to reach the most vulnerable and provide them warm clothes, boots, hats and blankets. Some 5500kg of suitable donated goods have been delivered to children from the Children’s Homes, poor families, the elderly, handicapped and homeless, to all who are deprived of public attention and care. For some of them these benefits were literally life-saving.

elderly to enable them to survive and thrive during the wintertime.

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“We truly appreciated your involvement and we are thankful to you for everything we received. The clothing and shoes you provided to us are very useful, as we have to face a harsh winter with a lot of snow. I was also very happy to receive the blankets because the one we had is very old and worn-out” (Maria C., Romania)

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Operation Winter Rescue is our way of helping those suffering in the cold winter. The items we donated were mostly winter-related: winter clothing and shoes for children and adults, knitted articles, carpets, mattresses, furniture items, bed linen, blankets, sleeping bags, roofing materials, diapers, etc. There were over 2,000 beneficiaries in 10 clusters, and the deliveries were made through the coordinators, local churches and through our Soup Kitchen.

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ed hypothermia-relat d in 200 cases of lte re su we re s ea ine ar ra e Uk her in lized. Som The extreme weat hers to be hospita ed ot at of he of ds re ds nd re hu nd ing ities set up hu or th au deaths while caus e Th ed . ag -in nt and disadva ed and snowed most vulnerable e completely isolat th d ar ye lpe e he th R of country. OW coldest time tents across the rvive through the su at d pe an d an nd d sta oo th to wi als, firew strata of society erials such as co with heating mat em th ng lyi ar. pp we su ot by and fo ived warm clothes while others rece

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Each year hundreds of youngsters from poor families as well as graduates from the Children’s Homes are awarded financial

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assistance through our Scholar-ships project. Recipients are disadvantaged,

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mainly young adults who show both the motivation and aptitude to pursue higher learning, whether it is through a vocational school/study or by application to a center of higher education. Students receive stipends that cover tuition, accommodation, books, taxes and other school-related expenses in pursuit of their chosen, future profession. Besides promoting academics, the Scholarships project aims to prepare young people for independence and integration into adult life.

Scholarship funds provided disadvantaged young people with the opportunity to start and continue with their studies. This year, a Roma girl Marsida Mezi suc cessfully completed her Ma ster’s Degree. She is the first from our F2F community to do so. MWBA covered the university fees and other educational needs for 9 young people who are attending univ ersity, compared to 6 in 201 1. All this is a result of intensive wor k with the families during the year. Raising awareness on the imp ortance of education among families remains one of our main targ ets that will help the younge r generation develop a meaningful out look for a better future. The Scholarships project was mainly directed towards assisting children and teenagers from our F2F program in purchasing schoolbooks and providing bus tickets for those who live in the outskirts to enable them to continue education without interruption. All the beneficiaries showed maturity and determination to make a change in their life and do something for their future.

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Antonina from Romania: “I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the financial support that you have offered me and for being by my side throughout the four years of study. In September I will present my paper and take the final exam. I am happy to let you know that I have already managed to find a job; I work as a medical assistant in a dentistry office.”

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pursue higher Many high school graduates have no funds in which to year the payment for Every rt. suppo ial financ education and very much need antly increases. signific tion educa cal techni ary second and higher education is supported by who huk, In 2012 we had only one student, Lyudmyla Kovalc sity. Univer State Volyn the at the Mission. She studies management

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Scholarships pr ovide the educ ation needed 181 beneficia for a better ch ries include pr ance in life. Th imary school st supplies), mid e udents (transp dle school stud ortation and sc ents (transpor and school su ho ol ta tio pplies) and co n, accommod llege or univer ation, meals port with scho sity students w ol tax in additio ho may need n to the other smaller childre supexpenses. This n because a lo year we includ t of schools w children had to ed er e closed in rura travel up to 30 l areas, and kilometers to get to the near est school.

Monthly scholarships were provided to14 4 students originating from the Homes and poor families. Fifteen young adult s supported by this project graduated from the universities and colle ges in 2012. Twelve job applicants successfully landed jobs and are now wellintegrated into the local labor market. In addition, three graduates from Homes got jobs and in-job training experience at the Agricultural and Reintegrat ion Center in Ghidighici.

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The Seeds of Hope project provides families with packages of seeds in order to

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grow their own food, thus promoting self-sufficiency.

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The members of the family are engaged in a cooperative effort, learning and producing together, with the mutual aim of providing for their own livelihood. This time spent together also strengthens the family unity. As an added bonus, many families have earned extra income by selling from their overproduction.

492 poor families involving up to 2300 persons benefited of the Seeds of Hope parcels. According to the beneficiaries it helped them to save some money and redirect them to cover other pressing needs in their households. Along with the seeds received, 15 families were provided with some training related to modern farming, organized and delivered at the farm in Ghidighici. The main goal of the intervention was to strengthen their entrepreneurial skills for gaining self-sufficiency.

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Seeds of Hope parcels were distributed to F2F families and poor families in other projects. The vegetable seeds were chosen to supply the need for food and vitamins and those involved reaped a good harvest. Also, MWB could diversify the meals of the homeless in Sofia thanks to the vegetables grown by families in Krupnik. Together with their teachers and caregivers, the children at the Razliv Home planted a vege table garden. Their harvest was used to supplements their everyday meal s.

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Nizama Cosic (Bosnia-Herzegovina): ˝We are so happy to have such a good harvest of peas, potatoes, carrots, etc. My children and I were working on the soil every day; my husband would join us too. It was hot and sometimes unbearable but when we see the products of our hands we are so proud of the work we have done. Now I need not worry…There is enough of peas, enough of potatoes…Thanks for the wonderful seeds you have given me!˝

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Seeds of Hope was destined to the 1000 families from F2F, CRI-in-Community and from our Soup Kitchens that own a piece of land and are able to work on it. 22,800 packs of parsley, carrots, cabbage, salad, radishes, cucumbers, celery, cauliflower, green peppers, tomatoes or turnips were delivered. Each beneficiary received several packs of seeds, taking into account the suitable area or climate for each culture.

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200 Seeds of Hope pa rcels (with vegetable seedlings) were distrib March to families, be uted in neficiaries of our Soup Kitchens and Families projects as well as to in Crisis our partners from the local churches. The de great as families rea mand was lize the importance of achieving self-sufficie home-grown vegetable ncy through s.

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This project although still modest in proportions helped the ten participating families to fulfill their needs for fresh agricultural products, enabling them to put aside sufficient supplies for winter or exchange/sell them in order to secure the main food resources. In 2012 we made an important step to involve the men at “women’s work” starting to change people’s mentality in the village. Many men of the families have a sit-and-wait attitude but the project needs family work. The project remains a challenge due to unfavorable agricultural policies in the country.

ly population can on difficult. The rural ry inve is we s, ine ed ra se Uk tion in with good The economic situa e. By helping them ur of ult ns ric itio ag nd in d co h ge enga e healt survive if they are ed and improve th family of the crops produc mulates the entire tity sti an lp qu he e r th ou t, se en ea m cr ele . 438 al ity ion tiv dit ac ad ber. As an this life-saving every family mem n to participate in e re th ild ing ch e joy th en for ies d d an 00 beneficiar 2,0 t ou ab to work on the lan th wi ct, ted by this proje families were assis harvests.

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“I am 84 and have no family left. Recently I passed through a difficult surgery and I felt so good when the people from the soup kitchen visited me in the hospital. They offered me support and brought me food. I am so grateful!” (Ileana, Petrosani, Romania)

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the level of health and nutrition of MWB’s beneficiaries is the goal of this project. Warm, nutritious meals are prepared each day at the 25 Soup Kitchens across our field countries and served or

d:“I am 13 years old of Colibasi Soup Kitchen sai Lucia Scurea, beneficiary am the youngest in the I and ily. I have 6 siblings fam r poo a from e com I and my father was released en I was a baby and after family. My mother died wh en we did not have . There were moments wh from prison, I never saw him food. When I come to us t ul people who brough rcif me us t sen God but food, and care...” the Soup Kitchen, I find love

delivered to the needy. For the many poor, these daily meals are lifesavers in the literal meaning of the word. Aside from the physical food, spiritual nourishment, encouragement and coun-

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seling is also provided.

Through the 5 Soup Kitchens we operate with the local churches, we provide the ben eficiaries more than just a meal: we offer them counsel ing, visit them at their homes and invite them to spec ial celebrations.

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A new community center was opened at the beginning of 2012 in Lapraka, a suburban area of Tirana where thousands of people moved from the North and South of Albania hoping for a better life, for more jobs, opportunities, or just to run away from family feuds. Our Centers provided about 29,000 meals in 2012 to over 110 struggling mothers, children and abandoned elderly people in Lapraka and Berat, engaging 10 volunteers besides the staff. Moreover, donated goods were distributed to the beneficiaries to meet their other basic needs. The community centers offered support without prejudice or discrimination as well as spiritual guidance.

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In Sofia, Bulgaria, poor, needy and lonely ones receive a hot meal daily, special attention was paid to their health and, if necessary, medications were provided. 254 people were fed and cared for through MWB’s Soup Kitchen project in 2012. Every day they received food as well spiritual nourishment through the Word of God, offered in an easily accessible way. Furthermore, some of them have started attending church and were baptized.

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Three operating kitch ens with approximate ly 160 elderly have ha activities during 2012 d its usual . Apart from the warm meal daily as well as meals, the elderly we weekend re also recipients of spiritual support, occu activities on the premi pational ses and distributions of needed items. At the Kitchens they find ac Soup ceptance, hope and comfort.

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this project, ily bread. Through da eir th y bu g to d l issues and carin who cannot affor them with persona There are families ng y, lpi rn he Sa by in t es ris al church e love of Ch eration with the loc we show them th op to co e In m d. ca at foo th as le s such 235 peop for their basic need d warm meals to we rdychiv, we provide in this project. Also Be d ed an olv sk inv lyn re vo we rs Novo tee lun vo 30 ns. More than their living conditio our soup kitchens. ods that improved go ty ali qu hhig distributed

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homeless and street people in our field countries, Mission Without Borders chose to widen the scope of its outreach ministry to the poor by establishing StreetMercy

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in 2011. This newly-started StreetMercy project aims to provide warm, hearty meals and exemplify Christian

love to society’s “outcasts.” Two food stations are now operating in the city center of Sofia in Bulgaria, and the third one was opened in

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Craiova, Romania. At these locations, those living on the streets can come and receive their daily meals as well as enjoy a chat and fellowship with one of our many volunteers.

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The impact of the years of severe crisis is seen by the steadily increasing number of homeless people in the cities. Since 2011, MWB’s StreetMercy project has provided warm soup and bread to the homeless in Sofia. Every day volunteers from partnering churches gave food to the most degraded of society - homeless people, in most cases people with no family, no job and no future. Nearly 1,900 homeless were reached by MWB and more than 36,000 hot meals were served during the year, medicines provided, warm clothes, shoes and Christian brochures were offered and the most important – love and concern. This was noticed by the media. Several times during the year reports were broadcasted on national TV channels, focusing on the problems and needs of the homeless and the help provided to them by MWB.

StreetMercy is a brand-new project in Romania. Together with the Salvation Army, we provide 35 daily portions of soup to the homeless living on the streets of Craiova. Without our combined help, these people would die from the cold and hunger. In addition to the meals, we provide donated items that are distributed by the 40 volunteers. The Salvat-ion Army promotes hygiene and offers them the possibility to take a shower and do their laundry. We are particularly happy about the six homeless beneficiaries who started to attend church. Mihai (52) has been living on the streets for four years. He is divorced and unemployed and has no income. He was encouraged in his faith in God. He started to attend church and was very grateful to receive our support. “I can’t thank you enough for everything you did for me. Your support means a lot to me and you are my only home.”

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Prison CarePack has been implemented in collaboration with a loc the central part of Bo al church in snia and Herzegovina, in the town Tuzla. Hygie were provided to appro ne articles ximately 100 women prisoners. Church vol regularly visit this priso unteers n and minister to the prisoners’ needs.

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In Bulgaria, CarePacks were prepared during the year and a total of 700 prisoners received basic hygiene materials, small goodies and Christian literature. A special Christmas celebration took place in one of the largest prisons. The prisoners took part in it; many of them shared about their search for God and righteousness as well as spiritual freedom. These actions have opened doors for future activities and cooperation with the administrations.

nia. The new ck ministry in Alba Pa re Ca n iso Pr d plemente women inmates success and 96 This year, MWB im a is t bu t en cluded and rim an expe e they are both ex us ca be project began as ice tw d country, and ey feel imprisone e mentality of the tiv va er benefit from it. Th ns s, co to e th church partner eir families du iritually. MWB, wi abandoned by th sp id un an m lly m ica co ys d both ph message an this impacts them share the Gospel , els rc pa ne gie hy support them with not forgotten. e ar ey th at th te ca

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theoretical knowledge, In collaboration with the National University in Livno, English and Computers courses were offered to children and teenagers from our F2F program. Trained teachers reported significant results in the attendees that came from either uneducated or underprivileged families, showing self-confidence and improvement in their social and communication skills.

and in other cases, offer apprenticeship where needed. Graduates of these courses receive state-approved diplomas or certificates of attestation. The knowledge and skills acquired through

Every month 15 young people complete the computer course, with a total of 180 young people graduating in 2012. 40 children attended the English course in the beach area and MWBA plans to give the same opportunity to 40 other children from Durres communities. Most of the 220 beneficiaries have no opportunity to attend private courses due to economic difficulties.

the various courses have helped hundreds to find jobs and thus, be able to support themselves.

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Olena Kotok, 18, from Ukraine: “My family consists of nine children, and I’m grateful to MWB’s sponsors because I can study free of charge. That’s very important for my family. I’m very happy to study Computer Sciences at the Sarny office. Our classes are very useful because we have not only theory, but mostly practical lessons. I learned how to work with different programs, especially MS Office, and the Internet.”

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In Moldova, 299 children benefited from vocational/educational courses in agriculture, hairdressing, apiculture, shoe making and car repairs. Additional food was produced at the Agricultural and Reintegration Center in Ghidighici and delivered to the Children’s Homes and to poor families. They included pork meat, cabbages, cucumbers, tomatoes, squashes, onions, piglets and 890 kilograms of honey.

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large families ols or even from ho sc g din ar bo children from her learning for institutions of hig Some years ago, or ols se ho sc l na vocatio e to years of unwi were able to go to hool. However, du sc its g in e din ar inu bo nt c/ co bli pu ble group to free after finishing e for this vulnera ring ibl ilo ss ta , po rs im te ly pu ar m ne co , politics, it is now courses in English ired by . MWB offers free /certificates acqu as lom dip ed educational pursuit ov pr ap eat St w. fe s. a me re job and cooking, to na ces at landing futu e them better chan giv s nt de stu se ur co

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GIK DELIVERIES OPEN DOORS GIK deliveries represent an important help for those who are experiencing different crises due to the hard times in their lives. We have the responsibility and privilege of taking care of the people around us, not only spiritually, emotionally and educationally, but also materially. The churches that we collaborate with were blessed through these deliveries and are honored to be a vessel through which God can pour His blessings over the ones who need them the most.

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The donated goods we received in 2012 consisted of shoes, clothes, furniture, wheel chairs, computers, refrigerators, medical items, washing machines, roof covers, mattresses, food and hygienic supplies. Each time their needs are met, the beneficiaries share their experiences with us and we realise that even a pair of shoes can make a great difference and keep the children in school. We want to express our deepest gratitude to all the companies and individuals involved in this work and thank them for their effort in providing all the items. We appreciate their generosity and dedication to the Mission’s work and we want to assure them of our love and respect. More than our simple words can express, we trust that God will reward them far more than we ever can.

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2012 was a very good year in term s of donated goods for Romania as we had man y trucks entering our country enabling us to provide tons of needed items to the less fortunate we serv e through our programs.

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MWB Albania received 4 truckloads with 19,000 kg of basic articles and was involved in 11 distribution campaigns working with 17 different churches that equaled a third of donated goods distributions; impoverished families, members of different associations, families and community centers all benefited from the distributions. Gifts in kind continued to enable us to broaden our focus and help a total of 3500 beneficiaries.  


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lly in small towns and and unemployment, especia Many businesses were closed life even more difficult prices and low wages makes villages, is very high. Rising jority cannot afford ir bills and buy food. The ma for people who cannot pay the B has supported MW ugh The aid received thro clothes, shoes, medicines, etc. repeatedly stated has ls pita hos the of director of one vive. individuals countrywide. The sur dly bedridden patients would har that without our help some 80

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During 2012, MWB Moldova rece ived 71 deliveries of Gifts-in-Kind goods. worth 289,974 Euros. We received and distributed large quantities of GIK to the beneficiaries within our prog rams and projects. Some of the goo ds were: mattresses, furniture, baby carriers, clothes, shoes, different hygienic articles, electric stoves, roofing mat erials, paint, etc.

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tons of donated gods. The main items We received 49 truckloads with about 336 ing, shoes, food products, matreceived and distributed were: furniture, cloth distributed to CRI homes, F2F and were tresses, hospital beds and toys. All loads rs, prisons, etc. Currently, charicente unity Comm Families-in-Crisis beneficiaries, deliveries due to the reforms being ties in Ukraine experience obstacles with their conducted by the Ukrainian authorities.

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Donations earmarked as «Special Projects» enhance our overall ministry activities. Special projects can either be donor or Mission-initiated, and are generally purchases or services rendered that are implemented in reponse to specific and pressing needs that Mission Without Borders’ beneficiaries may have or request for. The overall aim of Special Projects is to promote and invest in individuals- in the lives of children, the elderly and families, so as to enable them to walk towards selfsufficiency and self-reliance, thereby no longer requiring the Mission’s assistance for the long haul. Some examples of Special Projects that have been implemented in the past have been the purchases of greenhouses and livestock, the financing of toilet renovations and repairs, surgeries as well as the much-needed procurement of industrial equipment and various supplies connected to the needs of the Children’s Homes and institutions. Special Projects have not only eased and improved the lives of the recipients, but have also contributed towards building their capacity for charting a better future for themselves.

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Special Pro jects enhan ce o projects as they have ve ur existing programs and ry specific d few catego estinations. ries of need A s that have connection been are: u s, firewood tilities , mu expenses a nd home ap sical instruments, med ical pliances, am are thankfu ong others. l for the 13 6 Special P We pleted in 20 roject 12, and the great impact s we comin the bene ficiaries’ liv these have es. had

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SPs have the biggest effect on solving serious problems in everyday life or health of the people. In Dupnitsa Soup Kitchen and Krupnik COM center, computer rooms were equipped with the appropriate IT units and literature. Training courses for basic computer skills were offered. Other SPs provided for: tumor surgery in the head of a homeless in Sofia, medical examination and medicines to another homeless, winter shoes, and the repairs of a ruined roof for an F2F family in Krupnik.

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MWB sponsors again sho w their dedication and gen erosity through the many Special Projects to familie s that aim to bring them closer to self-sufficiency The most significant one . s were the provisions of firewood, wood-burning stoves, business tools, dom estic animals, kitchen util ities and building material. Apart from these, ma ny others received muchneeded food and hygien items, school books and e supplies for the children.

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and 137 : 57 CRI projects were implemented cts lar CRI oje pu Pr po t ial os ec m Sp 113,187. The D During 2012, 194 US of nt ou am d sport materials, cts, with the , developing art an F2F & COM proje ild ch e th popular for lp he ividual Among the most projects were: ind es, Christmas gifts. ss furniture, cla s, m ion ite l tat na ap tio ad l materials, nutri ing equipping of socia ild bu s as s, ce nt an edical interve ion : home appli those involving m F2F projects were e ar s SP ult fic dif e most Christmas gifts. Th ption is common. in cash and corru ne do e ar ts en paym

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Dear Friends, 2012 was a symbolic year for Albania; we celebrated one hundred years of an independent Albanian state as well as twenty years from the overthrow of the communist dictatorship and the establishment of democracy. Despite these twenty years, we feel that democracy is still fragile and in its first steps because precisely on this 20th anniversary, Albania was denied the status of candidacy for EU, not once, but twice. The country is exhausted from an all-round perpetual crisis with growing indicators of economic, political and juridical corruption that impact poverty and crime-especially inside the family; the medical and educational systems are almost dysfunctional. There is a shockingly growing polarization of wealth and a lack of perspective and opportunities for the younger generations. Despite all these developments, there has been no place for pessimism or discouragement for the Mission’s staff. Contrary to the gray country’s tableau, we can rejoice in collecting the fruits of our noble ministry, as the Lord has blessed us abundantly. We worked with commitment and passion despite the stress, difficulty, risk, or unpredictability of certain situations. We successfully administered material values, giving them all the needed time and above all, we invested our whole selves toward promoting spiritual values. That is why MWB is identified with its mission and its projects; it is considered a point of referral, a soup kitchen, an entertaining cultural center, a theater or cinema, an educational institution, a place where one finds warmth, clothing and above all, care and love. During 2012, our Family-to-Family (F2F) program expanded with 22 families in the town of Berat and we now have an F2F community of 288 families with about 1500 members. In 2012, our second Soup Kitchen started operating in cooperation with another local church that expanded our ministry to the outskirts of Tirana, thus bringing a total of 29,040 hot meals served in our Community Centers. About 1900 children were recipients of summer camps, excursions, Christmas parties, Vocational/Educational courses, school material actions, etc. 1260 women participated in joint mission and local church activities on several occasions throughout the year, including here, also the inmates of our newest project “Prison Care” that started in 2012.

All the above data, and many more that are not mentioned here, show that we have become as useful and indispensable as oxygen, but our work would seem lifeless without the words of the people whose lives are touched by our ministry one way or another. One of the Soup Kitchen pastors writes: …“I wanted to thank you for the wonderful cooperation that we have had during the past year and for the immense help that the Mission has given to our ministry. Through your support, we had the opportunity to open the Kingdom of Heavens and to lead more people to the faith. Thank you to the Mission and to those people that donate with faith and commitment in prayer- without them we would not be able to see so many blessings. We are partners in the Lord; it is important that the cooperation we have keeps growing so that we see His Kingdom grow.” Another pastor from North Albania uses these words: “We would like to thank you all for the support and collaboration we have had with you so far, and we continue to believe that our work together will succeed and move to higher levels for the glory of God. Our mission is to spread the gospel to all those who have not yet known Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord, but at the same time, we want to be sensitive to immediate physical need that arise due to various factors…” A representative of a local Christian NGO writes in her thank you letter: “Your help and commitment to help the poor and the needy of Albania has touched our hearts and helped us be more persistent in trying to change, even a little bit, the conditions of these children and families that need to see that God has not forgotten them. It is refreshing and encouraging knowing that there are people that are used as God’s hands to reach the unreached. Again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.” After summer camps a ten-year-old girl writes: “Thank you very much for the wonderful summer camp! I love everything here. I made friends with everyone but what is more wonderful, here I have received Jesus with all my heart and now I am a new person...”

4500 Operation Christmas Love (OCL) parcels were distributed to poor and need beneficiaries countrywide.

A single mother of three says: “We did not feel or receive love from any of our family members or relatives and maybe that is why we were also unable to show affection at times, even to our own children. You taught my children to be good persons; you taught them about the love of God- because you have that love and you shared it unconditionally with us.” Isn’t this the greatest blessing that God could bestow upon our ministry?

Also, despite the great challenges in receiving Gifts-in-Kind (GIK) goods, we were involved in eleven evangelical campaigns, implemented with 17 different churches and that equals 1/3 of last year’s GIK’s distributions.

Yours Sincerely, Monika Qerimi Country Manager, MWB Albania

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We will all remember the unusually hard winter which marked the start of 2012 and paralysed our country. However, while the roads were still barely passable, we managed to get through to families who were blocked in by almost a metre of snow and deliver what they needed. The grateful beneficiaries joyfully affirmed that our God really has entrusted to us a mission without borders.

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Many facts confirm that borders and barriers are being broken down every year; the number of beneficiaries in our three existing Soup Kitchens has increased, and a fourth kitchen has also been opened in Vares, bringing the total number of beneficiaries from this ministry to almost 200. The Family to Family (F2F) programme has expanded to take in another town, where we also have a new worker, who has combined his passions for humanitarian work and for sharing the Good News ideally in the work that he does. The number of Bibles distributed this year was double that of the previous year, so more than 40,000 Bibles have come into the hands of Bosnia and Herzegovina citizens. The trial year of agricultural production supplied each family in the F2F programme with two sacks of potatoes and one sack of onions, as well as providing significant savings for the Soup Kitchens. In the coming year the complete production will be given over to trustworthy partners from the local churches and competent F2F families. This year, we continued the tradition of visits from doctors and dentists from Sarajevo and the USA, serving for several days - both professionally and through prayer and testimony. Throughout the year we have also organised meetings in the various towns where we work, during which we have talked about health issues. Communication with beneficiaries has shown itself to be invaluable, and in this way, we have found out what their most pressing needs are. So, as well as the planned help with medicines, we have now implemented help for over 160 family members to obtain basic medical insurance. The generosity of sponsors, through innumerable Special Projects, has additionally encouraged and supported families in need. Alongside this we have introduced a systematic way of supplying families with firewood, so as to ensure that as many families as possible are provided for. In this we have been helped by local partners and churches. The greatest progress has been seen in spiritual work, both with parents and children. After six weeks of introductory teaching on the Gospel in the spring of 2012, twenty of our beneficiaries also attended a reunion in the autumn, and, this spring, are continuing with Christian teaching in the form of a course which we have entitled “Second Chance.” In the meantime the children had summer camps in a new location, a youth hotel near Bugojno, in the beautiful forest landscape of Central Bosnia. Before and after the camps, they had several events where they gathered to renew their friendships and deepen their relationship with God. A significant number of young people attend the regular activities of the local church in Mostar, which is a sign of the positive involvement of the local church and successful partnership. At the end of the year, a well-prepared puppet show and sermons gave us the chance to finish the year off with our dear F2F families, in the Word and in prayer. Despite the recession, they have been blessed beyond their expectations. We have many invitations to open soup kitchens as these have proved to be particularly effective for cooperation with the local churches and as a witness to local communities, which are generally rather sceptical in their views of small Christian fellowships. More and more beneficiaries are successfully making use of micro-enterprise support to improve their standard of living. Most choose to either raise livestock or to acquire tools which enable them to provide services, either regularly or occasionally. Churches are also taking the initiative, with projects to establish centres in the form of community farms, which will produce food and care for people; the general situation in the country is very difficult and a large number of people face a future without a pension or any social support from the state. These are times when we need visionaries and tenacious people who will follow God’s call and trust in His faithfulness, care and provision. We are here to contribute to a better future. Behind us is a year full of challenges, which have given us the opportunity, with God’s help, to achieve more than we expected or planned. I once heard the saying that we don’t need to pray for opportunities, but for the readiness to make use of them. Much prayer and hard work mean that we have victories to remember, and have passed through difficulties with joy and encouragement. It has been clear to all those we serve that Christ is behind all we do, guiding and supporting us by His grace. Sincerely, Dalibor Kojic Country Manager, MWB Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Dear Friends, Glory be to God for the past year of service to people in need in Bulgaria! In spite of the continuing recession in Europe and the world, we thank the Lord for His faithfulness and guidance.

BULGARIA

In 2012 we managed to open a soup kitchen in the small town of Gotse Delchev where the percentage of unemployment is very high and the number of poor people is great. More than 60 people were enrolled and they received not only hot lunches but also everyday care, compassion and acceptance. That is why even the mayor of the municipality thanked Mission Without Borders Bulgaria for the help rendered to the most needy. In the capital city of Sofia we launched the StreetMercy Project – delivering hot soup to the homeless. In one year, we managed to reach 1900 homeless. With God’s help we continued to work for the integration between children left by their parents in institutions and those raised in families using the summer camp and other regular meetings throughout the year. We are grateful to the Lord for the doors He opened for us in the prisons in Bulgaria. The people there are rejected by society and badly need God’s grace and mercy. That is why we are glad that we managed to share God’s love in places like that due to the Prison Care Project. Another disadvantaged target group is the handicapped people. Bulgaria is the country with the highest number of aging people in Europe. Twenty-three years after the democratic changes in the country the spiritual darkness in our post-communist society is still very great. We praise God that some 450 people, heard the news of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour. It was wonderful that we could continue the Family to Family programme with new initiatives and various special projects. Through Operation Christmas Love campaign we delivered parcels with basic food products to 2000 needy families. The Seeds of Hope project provided 120 families as well as orphans raised in state institutions with fresh vegetables. Despite the drought, the Agricultural project was launched; it provided food to a number of jobless people and helped develop the social activity of other MWB Bulgaria’s projects. Thus far the Lord has helped us and from now on we trust and believe in God’s providence. We believe that with His grace and strength we will be able to develop what we have begun. God’s thoughts and ways are unsearchable and incomparably higher than our expectations and plans. That is why He is worthy of all the glory!

Sarkis Ovanesyan Country Manager, MWB Bulgaria

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V≤cha

Kula

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Vidin

Fakiy

Du n a v

Ard a

Bregovo

Krumovgrad

Ivaylovgrad

Podkova

LEGEND: F2F Communities Summer Camps Soup Kitchens Other projects

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Briceni

Ocnifia Mårcåufii

Lipcani

Lopatnic

Edinefi

Otaci

Corbu

Donduçeni

Moara Nouå

Bråtuçeni

Vårtejeni

Drochia

Rîçcani

Mårculeçti

Petruçeni

Rezina

Sîngerei

Tåura Veche

Scumpia Sculeni

Soldånesfii

Cuizåuca

Såråtenii Vechi

Bravicea

i oren isp

Dubåsari

Recea

Bucovåfi

Stråçeni N Durleçti Ciuciuleni Codru Ialoveni Låpuçna

Criuleni

Grigoriopol

Cricova

Vadul lui Vodå

CHIÇINÅU Sîngera

Hînceçti Cårpineni

Leova

Cimiçlia

Tomai

Taraclia Mihailovca

LEGEND:

Baimaclia

Abaclia

F2F Communities Summer Camps Soup Kitchens

Cahul

Each colored dot on the map represents where our various projects are implemented.

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Congaz

Albota de Jos Budåi

Other Projects CRI in Communities

Comrat

Ciadîr-Lunga

CRI in Institutions

Colibaç

Vulcåneçti Etulia

Tiraspol

Parcani

Cåuçeni

Opaci

Volintiri

Basarabeasca Cantemir

Anenii Noi Copanca

Gura Galbenei Mingir

Butor Målåieçti

Tighina

Iargara

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Molovata

Orhei

Corneçti

Ungheni

Butuceni

Chiperceni

Teleneçti

Cålåraçi

Crasnencoe

Rîbnita

Brinzenli Noi

Måråndeni

Fåleçti

Beloci

Cotiujeni

Floreçti

Bålfii

Glodeni

Glinjeni

MOLDOVA

Camenca

Gribova

Glodeni

Costeçti

Soroca

Zgurifia

Cupcini

Taraclia

Slobozia Crasna

Dnestrovsc Olåneçti


CRI CRI F2F F2F

Dear Friends, We have seen another year pass by together with you. Here, at Mission Without Borders Moldova, we are happy to state that in spite of the changing circumstances, the Lord is guiding us towards people who need to be helped both spiritually and materially. While in 2012 we noticed a number of traditionally state-supported boarding schools being reduced in accordance with the governmental program, we were able to further develop our ministry in communities with children and families. Another new initiative launched in Moldova this year is the project for providing hot meals for the homeless people on the streets of Chisinau and Straseni called StreetMercy. Our vision for the coming years is to continue to follow God’s guidance on supporting the roughly 5000 children residing in 58 boarding schools and communities, 500 poor families in 23 communities as well as about 150 elderly and homeless people attending our four Soup Kitchens and

two StreetMercy venues. We would also like to continue to build up the beneficiaries’ capacity for self-sufficiency through the various Special Projects, scholarships and structured individual approach based on people’s abilities. In light of the above, I would also like to strengthen the important role our supporters play in this ministry – it is not without you that we are able to reach the disadvantaged Moldovan people with a helping hand and, therefore, I would like to close with a quote from Scripture: “Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58 (NIV)

Sincerely, Serghei Aculov Interim Manager MWB Moldova

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LEGEND: CRI in Communities or Institutions F2F Communities Summer Camps Soup Kitchens Each colored dot on the map represents where our various projects are implemented.

UKRAINE MARAMURES

SATU MARE

BOTOÇANI

SUCEAVA

ROMANIA

MOLDOVA BIHOR

BISTRIflA-NÅSÅUD

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SÅLAJ

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CLUJ

HARGHITA

ALBA

ARAD

SIBIU BRAÇOV

TIMIÇ

BACÅU

COVASNA VRANCEA

HUNEDOARA

CARAÇ

VÎLCEA

GALAflI

ARGEÇ PRAHOVA

BUZÅU

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DÎMBOVIflA

SERBIA

VASLUI

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MEHEDINflI

BUCUREÇTI

DOLJ

(Bucharest)

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78 km

TELEORMAN

GIURGIU Ruse

BULGARIA

CONSTANflA


F2F CRI F2F

Dear Friends, Our country is facing great difficulties as many people have lost their jobs and are unable to look after their families because of the high prices on the market. A loss of confidence in the state, coinciding with the state’s lessened capacity to provide public services, have led to growing social pressures. The poverty level is record high and the educational system was repeatedly changed, creating confusion. Under these unstable circumstances, Mission Without Borders Romania continues to provide support to the beneficiaries. One of the many blessings was the International Managers’ Conference in June, held in Sibiu at Ramada Hotel which was a time of joy- a wonderful opportunity to emphasize some of our wonderful work and results with the entire MWB team. We see the Mission’s intake as highly appreciated and welcome by all our beneficiaries. Every single child/family has greatly valued the sponsor’s effort in supporting them through our programs and projects and would like to express their gratitude and promise to always keep them in their prayers. Through our projects, not only did we support the beneficiaries spiritually, emotionally and materially, we also provided educational support by teaching them life skills and offered assistance in order to prevent school abandonment among the children.

We also hope that we will continue to have a greater number of CRI in COM beneficiaries, that the number of Family-to-Family (F2F) families will be doubled and that there will be more Soup Kitchens with “After School” projects operating on its premises. We are very excited that we will have this new “After School” project starting next year and we pray that it will bear effective results. We want to address our warmest greetings and appreciation to all our faithful donors whom God in His kindness will reward more than we will ever be able to. In these troubled times, we all realize the need for God more and more in our lives. The Mission’s greatest goal is to serve people regardless of their background. We pray that everything that we do, through our actions and programs, shows our love and care for the needy. We truly hope that as many people as possible will learn to put all their trust in God who is the only One who can save their troubled souls. Respectfully, Eugen Macavei Country Manager, MWB Romania

God has blessed us with new projects such as that focusing on agriculture and the greenhouse - which was built in the courtyard of our Mission’s headquarters. These projects were a real support for our beneficiaries. All the 324 families in the program benefited from carrots, potatoes and corn and 50 families from Sibiu also received eggplants, tomatoes, green peppers, cucumbers and herbs. The greenhouse is a place where families can come together and learn agricultural skills: how to prepare the earth before planting the seed and how to water and to clean the weeds. If they learn this, then they can do the same thing on their own little piece of land, and thus benefit from having fresh vegetables many months over the year. They won’t have to go to the market and pay for it, and even more, they can save money for other expenses. They can even preserve pickles for the winter season as they get more expensive at that time.

GIK GIK

SP SP

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Dear Friends, I’m glad to greet you on the pages of this edition. The Bible passage from 1 John 3:17 (NIV) says: “If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?”

UKRAINE

Bible verses such as this talk about Christian love that has to be displayed in actions. In the verses prior to this one, John talks about the love of Jesus that was proved in His dying on the cross for us all and that we Christians are to follow our Lord’s example. Most of us will never have to die for our neighbor but we will surely have chances to show our love in other ways. Seeing the need of a neighbor and meeting it according to our means displays God’s love working within us. This is what we as Mission workers must remember and practice in our activities. The two biggest sponsorship programs: CRI (support to institutionalized children) and F2F (support to poor & large families) remain the core activities of the MWB Ukraine. As for the CRI Program, we keep the good reputation of the charity that provides various and substantial support to many Ukrainian orphanages and Boarding Homes. The Ukrainian president’s vision is that these institutions are to be turned into Foster Family Homes by 2020. However, many see it as a far-off perspective. For the time being, the Children Homes operate without changes, except that maybe this year has been very difficult for them in terms of budget. The Home directors keep on mailing us their Request Letters, expecting to get our various help in the forms of hygiene and stationery goods, clothing, shoes, furniture, etc., as their 2013 budgets are scarce. They hope we’ll support their operations this year too. As for the F2F Program, I’d like to say that the family is one of the most important units of society. It would be great if every home in Ukraine was Christian, but we see that it is not so. One of the biggest aims of MWB Ukraine among needy families is introducing them to Jesus Christ, so that hopefully they know Him as their personal Savior. The F2F coordinators not only provide monthly material support but also emotional support, and included in this is the communication of biblical values. This is why our biggest focus in dealing with F2F families is connecting the parents with the local church, where they may hear the Gospel, and come into fellowship with other people. We also carry out our Christian Ministry through projects such as Summer Camps, Christian media, literature, Birthday Parties, Dramas and BCC, just to name a few. Unfortunately, we could neither provide Homes nor families with much needy Gifts-in-Kind (GIK) items lately, as they were stuck in our warehouse due to serious administrative obstacles. The reformation of some customs regulations and the work of the newly-created Humanitarian Aid Commission in Kyiv brought about problems for our Logistics Department. The new Commission could not start working for several months, thus blocking many Ukrainian-based NGOs from clearing humanitarian goods. The Commission was not able to resume its work quickly, so our logistics had to stop accepting GIK truckloads from Holland. However, we hope that the GIKs will one day go to those who need and await them. Despite some obstacles in our work, we have been able to carry out our ministry, provide for the spiritual, material, emotional and educational needs of our many beneficiaries. May God continue to bless our work in Ukraine in 2013! Respectfully, Mykola Bogdanets Country Manager, Ukraine

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CRI

“If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?�

F2F

1 John 3:17 (NIV)

Sarny

Novovolyns'k

LEGEND:

Sarny Luts'k

CRI F2F Communities Summer Camp sites Vocational Training Centres Community Centres

Rivne

Kiev

Novovolyns'k

Zhytomyr Luts'k

Rivne

Kiev Zhytomyr

Ternopil

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CHILD RESCUE INTERNATIONAL

Albania

Bosnia Bulgaria and Herzegovina

Moldova

Romania

Ukraine

Health and Nutrition # of Children being helped in CRI in the beginning of the period # of Homes/Communities supported

5796 2595 5261 16591 58 17/30 52 140 homes

Christian Input # of Children attending Christian Input meetings (of 1.1) # of Volunteers helping (this project) # of Bibles distributed during this period # of other Christian literature distributed

Emotional Support # of Children attending Emotional Support gatherings (of 1.1)

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4300 2595 2840 9735 168 130 55 423 50 80 130

4340 80 4420 2595 6400 13684 4689

Bible Correspondence Course # of Children enrolled at the beginning of the period # of Children graduated during this period # of Children enrolled at the end of this period

1693 1767 1858 5318 275 705 374 1354 2078 1755 1858 5711

Urgent Needs # of Children benefiting from the Urgent Needs actions

1053 171 5000 6224

Health and Nutrition

FAMILY TO FAMILY

# of Families being enrolled in F2F at the beginning of the period # of Families assisted to Medical Care during the period # of Kilograms GIK distributed during this period

288 110 70 487 345 426

1726

155 154 30* 3

360

18

1406 16160 14500 90000 80000 76758

278824

938 311 115 93 4320 332 8 42 4 28 90 10 18 77 25 80 6 347 160 800 1442 164 50

6109 182 553 2616

16 44 14 45 200 54 280 199 45 487 361 54

373 1426

Christian Input # of Christian Input visits during this period # of Volunteers helping (this project) # of Bibles distributed during this period # of other Christian literature distributed during this period

Emotional Support # of Emotional Support gatherings this period # of Families attending Emotional Support gatherings (of 1.1)

Bible Correspondence Course # of Beneficiaries enrolled at the beginning of the period # of Beneficiaries graduated during this period

412 1978 80 55 292 1139 240 9 73 558 209 1089

Urgent Needs # of Families benefiting from the Urgent Needs actions

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282 19 69 36 33 13

452


CRI F2F CRI F2F

Friends of SummerCamp 2012

GIK SP GIK SP

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SP FACTS AND FIGURES Albania Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bulgaria

Moldova

Romania

Ukraine

Bible Correspondence Course # of Beneficiaries graduated during this period # of Beneficiaries enrolled at the end of this period

1 1

98 158 327 267 265 866

24465 31

1971 16896 10367 21 117 28

Bible Project # of Bibles distributed during this period # of Churches we cooperated with during this period

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584 1399

51699 197

Childrens’ Camps

PROJECTS

# of Children attending a MWB Camp # of MWB Camps held # of Volunteers (national) helping

375 95 92 1127 904 1041 3634 2 2 1 7 16 10 38 38 45 16 93 115 60 367

Christian 5-Days Club # of Children participating in the 5-Days Club # of 5 Days Clubs visits

805 8

805 8

Christian Media # of Persons having access to radio programs

3 m. 3 m.

# of Radio programs aired this period

260 260

# of Volunteers helping (Radio program)

20 20

# of Newspapers distributed this period

90000

90000

# of Persons receiving the papers

37000

37000

1045 250 26 2

16629 238

Christian Theatre/ Puppet Ministry # of Children (beneficiaries) having viewed a performance # of Performances held

5654 1310 8370 120 17 73

Christian Training and Seminars # of Participants to the Training/Seminar (s) this period # of Training and Seminars held

20 315 398 733 6 9 15 30

Clubs for the Handicapped # of Beneficiaries reached during this period # of Clubs operating this period

500 11

500 11

591 13

591 13

610 6350 17 10

310 3001 3 10

19241 74

336 2800

4000

7836

DreamBus Total # of Beneficiaries (children) taken on DreamBus trip this period # of Trips undertaken this period

Evangelistic Campaigns # of Beneficiaries reached this period # of Local Churches engaged in this outreach

Families in Crisis # of Families helped this period

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CRI F2F CRI F2F

Albania Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bulgaria

Moldova

Romania

Ukraine

Total

Life Skills-ESC Curriculum # of Children enrolled in ESC at the beginning of the period

Life Skills-Practical/Excursions # of Children participating in ES Practical/Excursions # of Excursions undertaken

MicroEnterprise # of Families enrolled in MicroEnterprise initiative Total # of Persons benefiting from Project this period

MotherCare # of Mothers assisted this period # of Parcels distributed this period

Operation Christmas Love # of Families helped by this project # of Parcels distributed this period # of Volunteers helping

1298 803 10 2111

64 421 14 17

485 31

11 160

11 160

154 15 694 863 161 15 694 870

4400 1650 1330 6730 7000 7000

28110

4400 2375 2340 6917 7000 7000

30132

many 13 130 121 10 many many

Operation Winter Rescue # of Beneficiaries helped

Prison CarePack # of Prisoners assisted by this project this quarter Total # of Prisons participating in this project Total # of CarePacks distributed

Scholarships # of Students enrolled at the beginning of the period Total # of Scholarship Recipents (at present)

Seeds of Hope # of Families assisted by this project Total # of Beneficiaries impacted by this project

1200 480 5254 2000 51

8985

96 100 700 2 1 17 96 300 700

896 20 1096

181 1 9 3 50 9 2 73 138 1

244 223

8 150 60 488 1000 438 45 1000 300 2287 1000 2000

1244 6632

110 163 130 155 195 230 29040 34115 30297 35266 50180 33552 2 3 7 4 5 3 10 6 83 18 40 30

983 213080 24 180*

160 40 35 36460 1720 9742

235 47922

GIK SP GIK

Soup Kitchens # of Beneficiaries enrolled at the beginning of the period Total # of Meals served/distributed # of Soup Kitchens in operation # of Volunteers helping

StreetMercy # of beneficiaries assisted by this project this quarter # of Meals distributed

SP

Vocational/Educational # of Children enrolled at the beginning of the period Total # of Beneficiaries enrolled in courses # of Courses offered this period

55 29 120 29 14 4

141 535 760 146 535 830 9 4 31

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The Worldwide Mission MISSION WITHOUT BORDERS AUSTRALIA

Postal address: PO Box 7533 Silverwater NSW 1811 Street address: 10 Stubbs Street Auburn NSW 2144 Tel: +61 2 9647 2022 Fax: +61 2 9647 1899 www.mwb.org.au

MISSION WITHOUT BORDERS/MISSION SANS FRONTIERES

Postal address: 204 - 2316 McCallum Road, Abbotsford BC V2S 3P4 Canada Street address: 204 - 2316 McCallum Road, Abbotsford BC V2S 3P4 Canada Tel: +1 (604) 855 9126 Fax: +1 (604) 855 9136

STICHTING ZENDING OVER GRENZEN

Postal address: P.O. Box 1222, 1300 BE Almere, The Netherlands Street address: Omroepweg 10, 1 324 KV Almere, The Netherlands Tel: +31 36 5363615 Fax: +31 36 5364151

MISJON UTEN GRENSER

PRO ADELPHOS

Postal address: Moen 9, 3948 Porsgrunn Norway

Postal address: Stiftung Pro Adelphos Palmstrasse 16 CH-8400 Winterthur Switzerland

Street address: Moen 9, 3948 Porsgrunn Norway Tel: +47 35 569 110 Fax: +47 35 569 111 www.misjonutengrenser.no

Street adress: Stiftung Pro Adelphos Palmstrasse 16 CH-8400 Winterthur Switzerland Tel: +41 52 233 59 00 Fax: +41 52 233 59 07

www.zendingovergrenzen.nl

MISSIE OVER GRENZEN VZW

Postal address: Maria-Theresiastraat 114, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium Street address: Maria-Theresiastraat 114, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium Tel: +32 16 204007 Fax: +32 16 202675

www.mwbca.org

MISSION OHNE GRENZEN E. V.

Postal address: Postfach 1304, D-35203 Biedenkopf, Germany Street address: Marburger Str. 30, D-35216 BiedenkopfEckelshausen, Germany

www.missieovergrenzen.be

Tel: +49 6461 9546 0 Fax: +49 6461 9546 11

www.proadelphos.ch

MISSION WITHOUT BORDERS

Postal address: Mission Without Borders NZ P.O. Box 56264 Dominion Road Auckland 1446 NEW ZEALAND Street address: First Floor Unit 7, Ambury Court 1 Porters Avenue Eden Terrace Auckland New Zealand

MISSION WITHOUT BORDERS (South Africa)

Postal address: P.O. Box 26343, Monument Park, 0105 Pretoria, South Africa. Street address: Unit 5, Block B, Milestone Place, 25 Souvereign Drive, Corporate Park, Irene x30, Pretoria S.Africa

www.mwb.org.nz

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Postal address: P.O. Box 6008 Camarillo, CA 93011, USA Street address: 711 Daily Drive Suite 120 Camarillo, California 93010 USA Tel: +1 (805) 987 8880 Fax: +1 (805) 484 8378 www.mwb.org

MISSION WITHOUT BORDERS

Postal address: 175 Tower Bridge Road London SE1 2AG UK Street address: 175 Tower Bridge Road London SE1 2AG UK

Tel: +27 12 345 1467 Fax: +27 12 345 1524

Tel: +44 20 7940 1370 Fax: +44 20 7403 7348

www.mwb-sa.org

www.mwbuk.org

www.mog-biedenkopf.de

Tel: +64 9 309 6969 Fax: +64 9 309 6968

MISSION WITHOUT BORDERS INC.


F2 CRI F2F

Without Borders Family

UNITED KINGDOM

NORWAY

THE NETHERLANDS

GERMANY

BELGIUM SWITZERLAND UKRAINE MOLDOVA ROMANIA

CANADA USA

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA ALBANIA BULGARIA

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MWB International Board Members

Rudolf Luthi

Reverend W.A. Temlett

Management Consultant Winterthur, SWITZERLAND

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President Emeritus MWBI Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA

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Tomas F. Wuestoff D.D.S., M.A.G.D. West Lake, California, USA

Clarey Rudd Director/Owner, Bank of Books Ventura, California, USA


F2 CRI F2F

Reverend Harry Graham CEO and President MWBI London, UNITED KINGDOM

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