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By faith, believing we could buy the house, they took in Oksana’s sister, Susanna, and child

Eugene, Oksana, Yulie, Marina, Peter, Yulia, Helen, and Peter


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There was one local convert from the national television ministry there to help them


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orphans in former Soviet countries are released from orphanages when they are 16 years old.

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to sad official statistics, for every 10 children who graduate from orphanages only 2 adjust to their adult life and become normal people.

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rest (8) do not survive. They become drug addicts, alcoholics, prostitutes or die.


Oksana’s baptism

Catching up in school

Eugene and Helen plan to do this for life, for this group, and the next, and the next Baptisms of other foster kids

Being a family


Patty Ibetson, who raised 14 American foster children, says that she has never seen a method or technique for teaching life skills necessary to survive except for God’s original plan of the family. Note: Patty converted Helen Strakhov to Christ

In addition to finding jobs and one day raising normal families (instead of more orphans), their reception to Christian teaching is very high. They hear the words of Christ in the context of the Spirit of Christ!


Donetsk where the national TV broadcast starts churches focused on helping nearby orphans Simferopol, where kids will have a chance to make it past 16 years old, if we help From Google Maps


Ukraine

From Google Maps


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Thomas Raikes offered the orphans in 19th century England clean clothes and food for a day, if they would come to a school on Sunday

The idea grew, crime rates plummeted “Sunday School” was born, the public school system followed So we can plant a seed to change the world by starting a transition home to rescue children Stories Behind Men of Faith by Ace Collins Oxford DNB W. P. Courtney, ‘Raikes, Thomas (1777–1848)’, rev. K. D. Reynolds, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/23017, accessed 7 Nov 2009]


The Strakhovs need a house to make a home. $150,000 is the best option in this city that we could find. Legally, the Strakhovs are not supposed to have a home for orphans if they have to rent the house. By God’s grace, the authorities have bent the rules and allowed them this privilege anyway. Recently a new 16-year-old new mother was taken in who will likely not be able to raise her child with Helen’s help without a house. This is a chance to break the cycle. The property would be under the supervision of Mission Ukraine and would be owned by someone other than the Strakhov family. If something unforeseen happened to the Strakhovs that prevented them from continuing this work, the property could be sold and the proceeds used for orphans elsewhere.


On the one hand $150,000 is a lot of money, and from a human perspective, an amount that appears a bit intimidating. For most of us it is also a big amount of money to pay for a house. On the other hand… – The Strakhovs have developed positive long term relationships with the orphans and the

orphanage directors. – They have successfully navigated the difficult and laborious process of getting government approval to operate an official house orphanage. – They are in a position to use this facility to house 7 orphans immediately and many more orphans for decades to come. •

From that perspective, the better response might be: What are we waiting for?


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churches are taking out loans  A cancer patient and others are turning down offers of help to send that money to the children  Ranchers are selling cattle to build a piece of what is needed • But none of these is enough on its own


 Mission

Ukraine is asking for pledges

• Money will be collected when a sufficient total

amount is pledged • Please make your pledges known to Stan Bryan with Mission Ukraine  Stan Bryan <svcattle@hotmail.com>


 Or, if

you wish to learn more

• Please sign up on the sheet nearby to receive

periodic updates by email  David Padgett <david_padge@yahoo.com>  Jay Collins <jwcollins74@hotmail.com>


Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world â&#x20AC;&#x201C; James 1:27 NIV


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