Thursday, October 28, 2010

"The Sasha Project" - October Visits...

Today, Jenny and Sergei were able to visit 5 families in the villages of Obukhoviche and Musiyki. As they traveled from home to home they were encouraged to find that each parent was sober and that none of them were intoxicated at this time. The children all seemed to be healthy and doing well. This visit, we were able to purchase and deliver food parcels for each child that included rice, cream of wheat, sugar, macaroni, eggs, cheese, juice and fruit.

Nastya & Olya Dzyubenko carrying in part of their food parcel.

Artyum Abramats already getting into his apple.

Alyona Abramats (16) and her new baby (1 month).

Dima Oxhrimchuk with 4 blankets donated
by a World Race team that was here in August.
Dima is the brother of Sasha, the boy this ministry is named after.

Thank you to each of you who help sponsor these children and others in "The Sasha Project." If you would like to sponsor a child, it only takes $15 a month to change a life. E-mail to find out how you can get involved!

"The Sasha Project" - Update on Oxhrimchuk Family...

"A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows,
is God in His holy habitation;
God sets the solitary in families;
He brings out those who are bound into prosperity."
Psalm 68:5-6

The Oxhrimchuk family lives a very hard life. There are 5 children and Sasha (the namesake of this ministry) is the oldest boy. A few months ago, we wrote in a newsletter about how Sasha had been disciplined by his father by being placed on a hot stove. The stove burned his bottom and his hands (when he went to push himself up and off of the stove). Sashar was hospitalized and his father was arrested and in jail for 2 days.

While Sasha was hospitalized, Jenny and Sergei, along with a representative from Social Services visited the family. While Sergei and Lyudmila (Social Services) spoke with the father about his actions, Jenny was able to minister briefly to the mom. The family was invited to attend worship in Ivankiv and told that we wanted to try to help them rebuild their family.

For the past three weeks, Sasha's mother and a couple of his siblings have attended Bible class and worship on Sunday morning. We are praying that they will continue to attend and that one day, maybe even Sasha's father will come to church.

Monday, October 18, 2010

"THE SASHA PROJECT" - ministering to social services children...

In September, Jeremiah's Hope began a new initiative to help meet some of the basic needs of children in the Ivankiv region. Over 30 children were registered with our ministry and each of them are under the observation of the local Department of Social Services. Their homes lives are riddled with alcoholism, neglect, abuse, abandonment and poverty.

Each month, Jeremiah's Hope staff will be visiting these children and making reports to Social Services. Additionally, we will be providing families with simple food packages to help meet the need of providing for their children. We will also provide school supplies and other material needs like blankets and warm clothing for winter.

If you would like to sponsor a child through "The Sasha Project" please contact us at

To set up your monthly donation of $15 to sponsor a child, please go to our PayPal link below...


Sunday, September 5, 2010

Ugligorsk Birthday Celebration & Outreach...

With all the excitement of the new school year I forgot to tell you that on August 31, Yan and I went to Uglegorsk to do the birthday party and to deliver school supplies (notebooks, etc.). We did a small party for 9 boys from 1-5 grade (the usual gifts - toy cars) and gave chocolate bars to older kids (30) whose birthdays were in the period from June 16 to August 31.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Why We Do What We Do...

Today, I was reminded again why Jenny and I feel strongly called to our ministry among the orphans and at-risk youth of Ukraine...

During July, we were blessed to host a week of camp for children served by our local Department of Social Services. Many of these children from homes ravaged by alcohol, abuse, neglect and poverty. Many of the kids were hard to work with because their social situations had hardened them so much. However, these kids were probably the most receptive to the lessons we were trying to teach about a "loving Father." For the past week, Jenny has been going into the villages with a team and a social worker to "visit" the children in their homes, meet their families, check on them and deliver school backpacks and school supplies donated by children at the Monterrey Church of Christ in Lubbock, Texas.

Yesterday, they went to one home where the father was deligerent and mom just cowered and would not speak, she was terriffied of him. There were 5 kids in the home. An 11 year old boy had serious burns on his palms and was not wearing pants or underwear. His bottom was blistered and burned. Jenny asked what had happend and the dad scoffed and said that he was bad so, he taught him a lesson and turned on the gas stove and put the kid on it to teach him a lesson in obedience. Burned his bottom and the kid reached to brace himself and put his hands on the burners and burned his palms.

Jenny and the social worker tried to take the child, but the father threatened them and threw the boy in the house. So, when they left, the social worker spent almost 8 hours calling police until they finally answered the phone at nearly 2 AM.

We went to social services today to drop off formula and stuff for some babies in need in some other villages. While there, we got an update on the boy. Dad is in jail today and the boy is in the hospital. Of course, there is no one to care for the boy. His family is 40 kiloometers away and the hospital only serves a broth twice a day. So, we took him some yogurt, bread, cheese, sausage, cookies, chips, juice and water. We also bought him a few books and took him a spare James Fund teddy bear. Will take him food every day for the next 10 days cause his mother is unable to do it. Tomorrow, we will take him a picture Bible from EEM (Eastern European Missions)

The family is dirt poor. The house is a shanty. So, maybe while dad is in jail, we will get up there and take a food parcel to the family, pray with them and help bring HOPE IN THE DARKNESS!

Please be praying for healing for Sasha. Both physically and emotionally. Pray also for his mother, for strength to endure.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Teens Need Your Support to Succeed in Life...

Irina Kalashnik - No Sponsors Yet!
Born: 10/19/1993

Irina came to the orphanage in 2002 when her mother lost her parental rights. She has no idea who her father is. She has 2 brothers and 2 sisters.

She likes sports and music. She dreams of becomming a translator one day.

Irina will study at the trade school to become an electrician.

Marina Miroshnik - 1 partial sponsor = 1/2 support!
Born: 17/08/1994

Marina and her younger sister both camp to the orphanage in 2007 when their parents lost their parental rights.

Marina likes embroidering and music. She also loves the idea of becomming a hair dresser in the future.

She will study electrical stuff in the school first and then hopes to study hair dressing.

Sergey Burikov - 3 Partial Sponsors = Fully Supported!!!
Born: 30/07/1994

Sergey came to the orphanage in 2002 when his mother disappeared. Sergey has no knowledge of who his father is.

He is a good student and enjoys all kinds of sports.

He plans to study welding in our local trade school.

Nastya Labendik - 3 Partial Sponsors = 3/4 support!
Born: 06/12/1994
Nastya spent two years living in our transitional living center several years ago following the death of her parents. She has no siblings, but is close to a grandmother who lives close to the orphanage and our TLC. Nastya loves playing Ping Pong and holds regional records in the sport.

Nastya will study to be an electrician at a local trade school.

Nastya Savchenko - No Sponsors Yet!
Born: 26/06/1994

Nastya was brought to the orphanage in 2004 when her mother died. Her father is in prison and she has 2 brothers and 4 sisters.

Nastya likes sports and dreams about one day being a translator.

She will study to be an electrician at our local trade school.

Vitaly Ruetov - 1 Half Sponsor = 1/2 support
Born: 01/10/1994

Vitaly came to the orphanage in August of 2009 when his father passed away. His mother has lost her parental rights by court decision. He has 2 younger siblings and 2 older siblings.

He enjoys volleyball and basketball.

Vitaly will study to be a welder.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

New Logo Unveiled for Jeremiah's Hope...

As we close the end of our 6th year of ministry in Ukraine, Jeremiah's Hope is unveiling a new logo for the ministry. We hope that the new logo will better share our purpose with those who see it.
Within the new logo are several key elements...
  • The lower portion of the H is a building which is representative of the Transitional Living Center and Pine Branch Camp.
  • The fish in the P is symbolic of our Christian foundation and mission.
  • The children represent orphans and at-risk youth, our target audience.
  • Finally, the colors of blue and yellow make up the Ukrainian national flag representing the country in which we do ministry.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Yana Moroz Graduates from High School in Mariupol...

On May 28, 2010, Yana Moroz graduated from high school and received her high school certificate. She is enjoying her summer break now and will begin school in September at a trade school in Mariupol where she will study remodeling.

Yana Moroz on graduation day!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Uglegorsk Orphanage Birthday Celebration...

This is a report from Tanya, our administrator in Mariupol:

"I went to Uglegorsk on January 28. Yulia Shcherbakova (one of our first TLC graduates) went with me to help. We did a birthday party for 17 younger kids and brought chocolate bars for 40 older ones. We had traditional soft animals for girls and toy cars for boys. We also brought school supplies, hygiene products and sports stuff for the orphanage as a whole."

The kids sitting down to their birthday feast!

The kids showing their small birthday presents!

"Kids Changing Kids Lives" - an annual coin collection by children...

For the past four years, the Kingwood Church of Christ has involved their children in an annual coin collection called "Kids Changing Kids Lives." The idea behind the collection is to get children involved with missions through inviting them to collect their spare change (and possibly their parents) and then donate it towards a specific project for Jeremiah's Hope.

This year, several other churches joined the Kingwood kids in this unique missions experience. Throughout the month of February, children in the following churches are participating: Kingwood Church of Christ (Kingwood, TX), Hillcrest Church of Christ (Abilene, TX), Church of Christ (Canadian, TX), Central Church of Christ (Ada, OK) and the Kingdom Kids Choir of Bethal Evangelical Free Church (Fargo, ND).

Levi & Noah Hinson with their change cans.
The Hinson boys will be coming to Ukraine with their parents
this summer to serve at the camp.

The Central Church of Christ (Ada, OK) kids
with their cans.

Please keep these children and their teachers/Children's Ministers in your prayers during February. Pray that this will be more than a collection, but that it will be an eye opening learning experience about missions!