Ukraine gained its independence in 1991 as the Soviet Union dissolved.
During the past 15 years, Ukraine has struggled to survive the economic, psychological and spiritual destruction of 70 years of communism. Over the past 10 years, Jane and I have visited Ukraine at least once a year to minister with Ukraine Children’s Project, an organization dedicated to helping the orphaned children in that country. With the support of our community and Providence Centralia Hospital, we have been able to send thousands of boxes of clothing and quilts.
Thousands of hats, scarves, sweaters and quilts have been lovingly made by women in our community and distributed to the children during the cold winter months. We also have been able to purchase medications and supplies to help meet the medical needs of the orphanages through the generous support of the hospital community. During our two week visits, we spend most of our time in orphanages which are typically located far out of the cities in remote areas.
We work alongside the orphanage doctors and nurses helping in the care of the children and providing needed medication. The medical personnel are dedicated and do the best they can, but their resources are quite limited. We have been able to encourage and help these fine people. We have always included others in our team to minister to the children as we provide the medical care needed. The children feel loved and many have accepted the Lord.
After 70 years of national atheism, they have been hungry for spiritual fulfillment. It has been a joy to witness the spiritual growth of the people.