Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Valik and Anya joined our staff at the beginning of the month as our House Parents at the TLC in Mariupol. Valik is a long-time member of the Left Bank Church of Christ in Mariupol and Anya has been a member of another congregation near Donetsk. They were married this fall and togehter have been pursuing opportunities to minister to orphans. With the kids at the TLC knowing Valik so well from church and Anya's previous experience working at orphanages teaching Bible lessons and doing outreach, it seemed like a perfect fit. We welcome Valik and Anya to our staff.
Valik and Anya will be replacing Alexandra and Sveta who had been taking turns serving as House Moms. They both feel they could no longer keep up with the teenagers and most especially the boys! We love and adore both Alexandra and Sveta and appreciate their amazing service to the kids and the Lord this past year!
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
What is in Ruslans best interest? A relationship with Jesus Christ! After several months of attending worship and studying with Gennady (one of the preachers in Mariupol), Ruslan decided that he DID want a relationship with Jesus and he was baptized on November 30th. Vanya Moroz, a graduate from our TLC, assisted Gennady with the baptism.
Friday, November 14, 2008
The orphanage in Ivankiv is rather small compared to most in Ukraine. It is home to 40 children, split evenly (at the current time) between 20 boys and 20 girls. The children are also NOT schooled at the orphanage, instead they are incorporated into the local Kindergarten and grade school system. This is not the usual way orphans are educated.
Jeff & Donna Crain, Jenny Kelly and Galina Vasilevna
Friday, November 7, 2008
The spent the day being a blessing the kids. They came bringing birthday cakes and drinks for the festivities. They also gave each of the kids a small birthday gift. The girls got a small stuffed animal. The younger boys received a hot-wheels car and the older boys received a chocolate bar.
For most of us, this does not seem like much, but for these children, this is probably the only acknowledgement of their birthday.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Here is an update on a few of our graduates...
Boris Muhin - Boris is working as an electrical repairman for the steel company Azovmash. This is a company located on the far side of Mariupol (about an hour by bus from the TLC) so he does not visit often. He is earning about 1,600 Grievna a month (a little more than $300US).
Boris lives in the dorm at the factory and works nights. When he isnt sleeping in the day, he tries to visit the TLC, especially because he is dating Julia (a current resident at the TLC). He continues to attend worship on Sundays at church.
Natasha Serdukova (not pictured) - Natasha LOVES her job. She talked about it the whole time we were together today. She works on a computer assisting the main accountant at Azovmash Steel Factory. She is making 800 Grievna per month (about $160 US). She lives in "Hope House" along with Nina Agarkova. "Hope House" is the independent living center (apartment) which Jeremiah's Hope owns and rents to our graduates each year.
Nina Agarkova (not pictured) - Nina has returned to school this year. After earning her diploma in remodeling, she decided to study accounting. So, she is living in "Hope House" with Natasha S. and studying at the Technical School to be an accountant.
Please pray for Victor as he is not coming to church and has started to drink a little.
Since we moved to the Kiev area earlier in the year, I (Andrew Kelly) have missed eating with the kids at dinner time. This weekend, while visiting, I cooked dinner on Saturday night and really enjoyed the fellowship at the dinner table. We had salad, pork chops and mushroom sauce.
his reading lesson. He is just now starting school and learning to read.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
It is once again time to start collecting our gift bags ready to ship to Ukraine in time for Christmas (which in Ukraine is celebrated on January 7th).
If you are interested in participating, it is easy! Simply take a gallon sized ziploc bag and put the following items in it:
- Small or Medium ADULT T-Shirt (solid color - no writing or pictures)
- Pair of socks
- Comb (no brushes)
- Pack of 10 or 12 blue or black pens
- Box of 16 crayons
- Roll of Mentos or Life Savers (if loose candy - no more than 12 pieces)
- Beanie Baby
- $5 bill - to go towards shipping
All bags are to be collected and prepared for shipping no later than November 1st. Please contact Andrew Kelly for more details: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Today, Tanya spent the day celebrating birthdays for this quarter. Each of the children were treated to cake, soft drink and a small gift honoring their birthday. Julia, one of the TLC residents, also went to Ugligorsk to visit her brother who lives in the orphanage there.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Max moved into the TLC this week and will be studying the profession of a welder over the next two years while he is in trade school.
His mom is in the process of losing her parental rights. He spent the last 10 years in the orphanage just because it was more convenient and easy on his mother to place him there rather than caring for him herself. He has an elder brother.
If you would like to sponsor Maxim, please contact us at email@example.com
Back Row L to R: Boris Muhibin, Vanya Moroz, Sergey Mamai
Front Row L to R: Nina Agarkova and Natasha Serdukova
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Tanya (left) serves as our Coordinator of Mariupol Operations. She oversees the administrative side of the ministry and attends to the educational needs of those living in the TLC.
Julia (2nd from left) works Mon-Fri from 9 to 5. She assists with the preparation of lunch each day and also with monitoring the kids chores throughout the week.
Alexandra (3rd from left) is our main House Mom. She works all week, 24 hours a day meeting the needs of the kids. Her role involves mothering, cooking, cleaning and mentoring.
Sveta (right) is our relief House Mom and works 2 seperate days each week to give Alexandra a day off.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
With their departure, we will be bringing new kids into the TLC and keeping some of the current kids. With the arrival of new kids, we are needing to find new "Child Sponsors" who would be willing to contribute $25, $75, or $150 a month to meet their needs.
If you would be interested in helping provide for the needs of one of these teens, please contact Andrew at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Meet Misha Komov, a ten year old boy who was recently brought to live at the transitional living center by the local authorities. After spending a couple of months in a hospital, the Mariupol Department of Social Services asked if Jeremiah's Hope could care for Misha while they go through the lengthy process of removing him from his mothers custody.
His mother is in the process of loosing her parental rights due to heavy drinking and child neglect. Besides Misha, she has 3 other children (2 are older than Misha) and is supposedly pregnant again. Nobody knows who the father is (or fathers are) for any of these children.
The city administration has just recently issued a birth certificate for Misha. His mother has never took care of it. Misha has also never gone to school, so he cannot read or write.
The staff of the TLC in Mariupol are taking the time to teach Misha his alphabet and some basic counting skills.
Misha will remain in our care until the court decision about whether his mother is fit to be a parent or not. This process might take months and we ask that you be praying for Misha.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Nina Agarkova and Sergey Mamai dressed for church one Sunday.
Vanya Moroz reading his Bible.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
It is our hope to better facilitate communication between the ministry and its supporters by using this blog to relay news on a regular basis! We hope that you will find these brief updates encouraging, inspiring and a blessing.