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another’s ministry report

I’ve been involved in pro-life ministry since I was a teen. (That’s getting to be quite a ways back now!) Here’s the latest newsletter from the pro-life organization I’ve been involved with for years now, helping start this outreach here in Kiev. Olya has been so faithful in this ministry. May God bless their work, them personally, and provide all their needs.

Charitable Foundation “Ukrainian National Line Of Aid In Crisis Pregnancy”

Newsletter June 20 – October 20/2014

Dear Vitaliy&Anne,

Thank you for your prayer support of our ministry. We are pleased to let you know that our family is waiting for the birth of a child.

The Scriptures say, ” Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward.” (Ps.127: 3). But our society can be called a hostile environment for the children, if you realize that 95% of the reasons for abortion in the list of abortion minded girl are her comfort, material stability and reputation. Frightening figures on how often abortions are performed in Ukraine and how tolerant we are to sexual promiscuity entail disastrous consequences.

God hates the shedding of innocent blood. God hates sexual immorality. The Lord says to His people through Hosea: “So you will stumble by day, And the prophet also will stumble with you by night; And I will destroy your mother. My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being My priest. Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children. (Hosea 4: 5-6)

As a result, the nation is being separated from God and His many blessings; it dives into a spiritual haze.

We are afraid for our people, we do not want to have such future. We would like to share with you some little things that happened in our ministry over the last 3 months that help to change the situation in Ukraine.

Grains of truth about the sanctity and value of human life were sown at the summer Christian camp “Canaan” in Odessa region

In July, there was conducted a training for the Odessa center “Choose Life”

In August we participated in the summit for ministers of crisis pregnancy centers from Eastern Europe, conducted by Life International.

In September we conducted a number of workshops on the value of human life in Western Ukraine (Rakhov, Mukachevo, Uzhgorod)

Charitable Foundation “Ukrainian National Line Of Aid In Crisis Pregnancy”is involved in the social movement “The territory of responsibility” and in establishing of the public movement “Ukraine for the family.”

Also, we conducted a training “DISK-test” for our volunteers, which has improved the dynamics of a team work and showed the value of every minister.

During this time we received calls on the Hotline, conducted counseling and met with the abortion minded girls. Now we look after 8 girls who have kept their pregnancy.

A few stories of our girls:

Luba Y grew up in a family of alcoholics. Luba abused alcohol too. She had a bad marriage, which ended in divorce. She raised two children by herself. Accidentally she came to a Protestant church, where she experienced the healing touch of the Lord. She stopped drinking. But then Anatoly came into her life – a man with a criminal background. However, Luba believed him, and they began to live in a civil marriage. Luba got pregnant. Although the relationship with Anatoly were not good, she decided to keep her pregnancy. They had quarrels, scandals, she ran away from home and had to stay with her friends. Sometimes she had no money to buy food for herself and her children.

Now volunteers of our organization help Luba not only with food and necessary things – they try to convey to her with love the truth and spiritual values of the Word of God. So far, only her eldest kids go to Sunday school, but we pray that the fullness of life with Christ would become a reality for Luba too. Together with the volunteer Olya, we gave Luba a stroller as a gift on her son’s birthday.

Eugenia was an orphan. She grew up in a foster family. Upon reaching the age of majority and finishing the state program she became homeless. She got into a bad company, was involved in taking drugs and stealing. As a result, she was put in a prison. After being released from prison, she decided to stop taking drugs. She met a guy and got pregnant. Before and after childbirth she stayed in a social center for mothers with children in Donetsk. The child’s father died of hepatitis C. In order not to communicate with the former friends Eugenia moved to Mariupol. There she met another man. She got pregnant again, but she couldn’t rely on the assistance of the child’s father because he did not want to take responsibility. It was very hard for Eugenia. She received some support from the people whom she had met earlier. It turned out that they were Christians, home group leaders. She left Mariupol with them when it became dangerous there. Together, they called our Hotline for pregnant women asking for help. We helped Eugenia with the clothing. Together with a Kiev church, we put her in a center for refugees and women in crisis.

Eugenia has kept her pregnancy and is very open to fellowship. We continue to support her with food and other necessary things. She seeks the Lord, goes to church, cares for her older daughter Julia and is waiting for the birth of another child.

Prayer needs:

  1. for vision and God’s wisdom in strategic development of the ministry
  2. for volunteers who will help to promote our website
  3. for opening new crisis pregnancy ministries in the regions of Ukraine
  4. for post-abortion seminar in November of 2014 (organizing, finances, ministers, women in need)
  5. for the women in crisis pregnancy be open to receive Christ
  6. for abortion preventing campaign in Chernovtsy 24-28.11.2014
  7. for Olya to have healthy pregnancy and good delivery

 

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I started doing this series months (years?) ago, when I was studying fundraising in the Bible. I was prompted to keep recounting how God provides.

The things I’ve seen lately:
***Friends and churches we’ve visited have been very generous with us financially and with gifts.
***They have also just supported us with love and listening. More than ever before, this visit I have desperately needed emotional support. The last term was … incredibly stressful. I’m really thankful for friends who’ve listened and encouraged.
***A church started supporting us.
***Another church wants to try fundraising for us 2ce a year.
***I’ve also been encouraged by the results reported from the crisis pregnancy hotline in Kiev. It’s hard, detailed, emotionally-taxing work, and it’s sweet to see fruit from that.

I want to mention, if you would like to help with operating costs for the rehab center or for the crisis pregnancy ministry, please let me know and I’ll send you information about these ministries.

As always, God has been so good, so “enough.” We’re very thankful.

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I was asked to be chairman of the board of directors for the crisis pregnancy center we’re starting.

we met for 3 and a 1/2 hours—our first meeting. And we got a lot done, tasks assigned, fundraising ideas put in place, prayer and worship.

DSCN3922I’m thankful for how God has helped me hear and speak russian so freely. I make tons of grammar mistakes, but they all know what I’m saying :D

We had a good meeting. Thankful to God.

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booklet

"Where's the exit?"

This booklet is for women thinking about abortion. I’ve stapled Olya’s business card on there, and I’m giving a stack of them to the head doctor of our women’s prenatal clinic.

I go to this clinic 2ce a month to do a one-hour lecture for expecting women about newborn care and life with small children.  So I’ve gotten to know this doctor a little. He attended church for a while, and he’s told me that he’s stopped writing abortion papers for women asking for them.

So I wanted to put these booklets with Olya’s phone number for consultation there. And he wants to give them out to women who are thinking of aborting.

Pray for opportunities to witness and reach families and women through this.

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Saturday we had a memorial service to honor these moms and their babies.

Our girls’ group (back of heads) sang several beautiful songs, and two girls read a poem. We had some group songs, Olya and I spoke briefly a few times.

This is the center table. It has some decor on , then small tea candles, one for each baby, the big white candle represents Christ. At one point during the service, each lady comes up, lays her white roses (representing her children) in the basket and lights the candles for her babies from Christ’s candle. Then she tells us their names and says something to us or to God if she wants.

Our pastor’s wife spoke from the passage  abut how our deeds will be shown for what  they are–wood, hay, straw will burn and gold, silver, precious stones will last. She comforted us with the thought that our unworthy deeds will be destroyed, they won’t be with us to regret all eternity. And we can build deeds that will last.

Was a special time.

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“The Character of God”

This is the longest lesson. And there’s a great reason it’s at the beginning because it gives ladies a foundation in understanding God to undergird them for the rest of the study.

When Claire, from England, taught  the introductory lesson for this chapter, she started by saying that for women who’ve had abortions, they usually see God as Judge, and it’s hard for them to see God as their Father.

This chapter takes them through several names of God–God who provides, God who heals, etc. Then through several of His main traits. Then the study addresses God as Father and His discipline.

Several ladies commented on how they were touched by learning that the purpose of God’s discipline is to produce righteousness and peace in us. Isn’t that a beautiful truth to comfort us?

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I was a little emotional that I would be leading this seminar during Skyla’s fifth birthday (July 31).

The girls so graciously and happliy parted with me on the 30th, and I cannot say enough how thankful I am for Vitaliy for fatherhood, for his love and work as a parent.

He took them to the beach that day. Then they bought party supplies, and the girls decorated one balcony–hats, favors, etc. They bought candy, a cake, etc.

The next day they celebrated, and they went out an bought Skyla a pink scooter–I’ll try to get a photo in here. She LOVES it.

Basically, they had a blast, and the girls didn’t miss me a bit. I probably felt sadder than anyone, but I’m glad Skyla had a great day!

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