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A Family Rescued

Leonid, Oksana, Dima, Ruslana & Artem
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Hello, my name is Oksana and these are my three children Dima, Ruslana, and Artem. We live in the village of Stepove, Ukraine. 

My husband, Leonid only has seasonal construction work so we have a hard time making ends meet. My mother (who lives nearby) and I have a dairy cow to give us milk. We usually have a little extra produce to sell. We mostly only eat what we grow ourselves, like potatoes and vegetables. We cannot afford meat.

In winter, we cannot afford consistent heat. We heat only with wood. We can afford to buy some, but we have to scavenge for some in the nearby forest to have enough to stay warm.

We live in a village house that has been passed down through generations of my family. We have no means to keep our home in good repair without sacrificing food or heat.

For a few years, the children and I have been attending the children's church events in our village. At first, I went because it was something fun for the kids to do while they got free snacks. But slowly I began to notice that the leaders seemed to really care about my kids and even me. 

I still sometimes struggle with wanting to drink, but because of the love shown by the leaders from God's Gift Church, I have accepted Christ and started to pray for my family. I recently contracted Covid. I have recoverd, but I was worried about my kids. I prayed that God would protect them and He did.

I thank God for the kindness of our pastors and am grateful for MPI in Canada who has helped our family personally and supports God's Gift Church in continuing their work in our village.

A Child's Life Impacted

Natalia Ko ... and Family
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My name is Natalia and I am Dima's foster Mom. Two years ago, we adopted Dima from an orphanage where he had spent two years. He grew up with a mother who was an alcoholic. He was terribly was neglected. He spent his days wandering around dumpsters looking for scraps. Many days he couldn’t find any food and was left hungry. By the age of 10, he had only spent 3 weeks in school and couldn’t read or write.

Another one of our foster children, Yaroslav, who has been with us for seven years, has been a great help to Dima. They are the same age and are best friends!


Last year, Dima enrolled in Karate. No one expected him to do well, but he has already won several tournaments. We are happy and proud of Dima. He has changed so much!

In two years, Dima has learned to read, write and confidently pursues goals in life. He dreams of having a military or sports career. As his parents, we love him and we want to help him to reach his goals.

I am thankful that donors in Canada help us every winter to provide the extra food for our large foster family!

A Disabled Man Shown Love

Ivan, Ill and Bedridden

My name is Ivan. I was so happy that Pastor Sergei came to my home to pray for my healing and that I would accept Christ as my Saviour. Here is part of his prayer for me, but you can watch the video to hear the entire prayer.

"Heavenly Father, God Almighty, I praise your holy name. We trust in you.  Your Name is above any other name. You gave your son Jesus Christ, who died on the cross for our sins and transgressions. He took all our sickness and pain upon Himself. I pray for Ivan."

I want to thank Mission Partners for helping Pastor Sergei to be able to come and visit me, bring me food, and meet my spiritual needs. Because of Pastor Sergei's visit, I accepted Christ as my Saviour and I am so happy!

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