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15 09, 2020

Start of the Poor Children’s New School Year in Odessa Ukraine

2020-09-15T12:42:03+10:00September 15th, 2020|

We trust you are well and enjoying God’s blessings and protection, at this time. We want to bring you up to date with special news about the Orphans and Destitute Children we support in Ukraine. With your wonderful help over the last few months we have been able to help the Orphans in Odessa survive a horrendous ordeal. Now starts the rebuilding process in these poor youngster’s lives. Just recently we were asked by the Child Protection Services in Odessa, to provide school requisites for 200 very poor children from destitute families, for when the schools reopen in September. The [...]

23 05, 2020

House of Hope Building work continues during the Odessa Rescue Mission

2020-07-13T08:00:09+10:00May 23rd, 2020|

We’ve been sending spare funds to for the construction work on the House of Hope. In between the Rescue Missions every day, Valera, our strong-man and builder, and the older boys, have progressed wonderfully on meagre funds to get as far as the roof construction and pouring concrete (pumped up from the concrete mixer truck on the road) to seal the top and get ready for the roof trusses and tiles. Then we need to get the plumbing, lighting, and fittings in the rooms and bathrooms all completed – to accommodate more children who [...]

23 05, 2020

Thank you….

2020-06-27T09:35:35+10:00May 23rd, 2020|

Thank you... ...... all for your wonderful gifts and prayers for the Orphans and Homeless Children in Odessa at this critical time. You are such a blessing to hundreds of needy children and derelict families in their need. God bless you immensely. In 28 years of supporting Orphans in Eastern Europe I’ve never seen the level of gratitude that the orphans and homeless kids of Ukraine are showing. With a gift like yours, these orphans are realising that God notices them in their dire need – it’s a beautiful revelation to them. Giggling kids [...]

22 05, 2020

Homeless Kids Soccer Team & New Opportunity

2020-06-27T09:35:48+10:00May 22nd, 2020|

Odessa Homeless Kids Soccer Club In April 2017, Sasha, my Russian manager, and I were in Kiev doing outreach seminars to the Rugby Chaplains and the Ivan Bogun Military Academy for teenage orphans of fallen Ukrainian soldiers. Then we went to Odessa to do some Evangelism Equipping seminars in a small local church. At that time Peter E....., our Ukrainian manager, took me to meet the Homeless Kids Soccer Team who were working out at the Odessa Soccer Academy. I kicked a ball around with them for a while, gave them some some “ancient” soccer tips from my youth, [...]

19 05, 2020

Update from Odessa, Ukraine

2020-07-13T11:20:07+10:00May 19th, 2020|

In mid-March we were very busy supplying the orphanages and the children’s hospitals which we support in Eastern Europe, with supplies of medicines and hygiene products – The Brain-Damaged Baby Orphanage The Children’s Cancer Hospital in Odessa The Teenage Boys Prison and trying to get the Extensions finished at the House of Hope That was taking a lot of effort and finance, when we were suddenly confronted with one the most critical needs we’ve ever encountered. We were informed by our manager, Peter, and team in Odessa that the authorities had dismissed all the orphans from five orphanage [...]