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Restore Tour 2007

In 2007, Alabaster Ministries, together with The European Worship Centre, and the International Apostolic Bible College sponsored a benefit concert tour in Western Europe for the express purpose of raising money for fatherless and widows in Romania and Kosovo.  

Through the five nation tour, the band of 23 musicians and support staff conducted "unplugged" worship concerts in old cathedrals, followed by the benefit concert in one of the local churches.  Through the offerings in the concerts, and matching funds provided by the Dutch pilanthropic organization, Wilde Ganzen, over $40,000 was raised.  

At the close of the concert tour, a smaller band traveled on to Romania and Kosovo where we met with NGOs working with fatherless and widows.  Following the tour, the $40,000 was dispersed to these organizations who were able to materially bless a number of individuals in great need, as well as complete the purchase of a Women's Centre in the Kosovo city of Djakova.  At this centre, widowed women were able to learn trades to provide employement, health care, food, clothing, counseling, and their children to receive childcare, kid's clubs, tutoring.

Ongoing monthly support is being provided for the Romanian NGO.  They have a vibrant role in befriending the children in orphanages, setting up foster care to enable the children to be set in homes, giving life skills to the teenaged orphans as they are preparing to leave the very cloistered confines of the state homes and begin their adult lives. They also provide counseling for single mothers to help them in their child raising, to break the cycle of child abandonment.

 "You Restore My Soul", music and lyrics by Andy Fitts.  Available on the Bob Fitts Restore CD.