There has been a great deal done in orphanages outreach in the city and area already. We have a Christian family running one orphanage. We hope to bring many orphans to the Lord through this work
The boys' prison work to 14-18year old boys, with a prison of 350+ was started in 1998. The Lord’s work grew to having 120 people in this in prison church of Christ. This work has continued, and we wish to continue to be apart of this where the boys are literally starving both physically and spiritually.
”But brothers, when we were torn away from you for a short time (in person, not in thought), out or our intense longing we made every effort to see you. For we wanted to come to you – certainly I Paul, did, again and again – but Satan stopped us. For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when He comes? Is it not you? Indeed you are our glory and joy.” I Thessalonians 2:17-20.
Please pray for this ministry in all aspects.
Please pray that a church of Christ will step forward to become my sponsoring church to oversee this work of the Lord. This is an essential requirement that needs to be met to have a church in the US to anchor this work.
Please pray that the right Ukrainian preacher will come to work with us.
Please pray for the lost souls that their hearts will stay open until they can receive the message of Jesus.
Americans have been bringing gifts and clothing to orphanages in the Kremenchuk area for many years. There are many different orphanages in the city and surrounding towns. When I was there we began to teach Bible Classes at 3 of them – the ones that would allow us to come in and teach. One of the Americans that did the most good for the kids in really helping with what was needed is the Brother that is going to be working with me in this mission. The Orphan work and boy’s prison work is near and dear to his heart.
About 2004 we found out about a family that wanted to start an orphanage in their home. They would receive some funding from the Ukrainian Government to do this. We started helping them and I drove the Mom of the family to pick up their first 3 kids, 2 sisters and a brother, to live with them. Some of my Christian young girls started teaching the children and I, with a translator started teaching the Mom and Dad the Bible. After 2 years of study, the parents made the commitment to be baptized into Christ! Two of their sons, twin boys, had been baptized earlier in our other outreach. This Christian Orphanage is still going on and we will be active in working with them.
There is a great need to not only help these very poor children physically but to help them learn about God. We believe this is a truly wonderful opportunity to help benevolently and spiritually.
In 1998 Gregory, a Ukrainian Brother and preacher started work in the Boy’s Prison in Kremenchuk. This is a prison that boys ages 14-18 are brought to from all over Ukraine. They are brought here for all kinds of crime from theft to the bad crimes. There are anywhere from 350-450 boys in this prison at any one time. The conditions in this prison are deplorable and often the boys are very malnourished.
I first encountered this prison when I was first in Ukraine the summer of 2000. I was able to go in and visit this prison with Gregory. I was in shock at the condition these boys were living in! I determined that if I was able to return to Kremenchuk to live, that I would raise extra funds to help bring some food and nourishment to these boys as well as help in teaching the gospel.
I was able to raise funds to bring food and milk to the boys once a week on Sundays. My young Christian friends and I would make sandwiches every Sunday after morning Church services and Gregory would come pick them up. As time went on, we were making 125 sandwiches a week, so that all the boys in his Bible class could a healthy sandwich and a bottle of milk.
We also focused on teaching them the Gospel. As time went on, we were able to have a place to baptize the boys built within the prison and many boys became Christians and one boy became a preacher of the Gospel after he was released from prison. He went to preacher’s training school in Kiev. About 2004 or 2005 the Ukrainian government passed a law that no foreigners could go into any prison in Ukraine. Before that time, I was regularly going with Gregory into the prison to teach the boys. After that, only Gregory could go.