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YOU’RE INVITED – DESSERT TEA FUNDRAISER

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Bay area friends! We wanted to let you know that you’re invited to a fundraiser tea on Saturday, April 23rd at 4pm. There will be delicious desserts served with your tea as well as a time for shopping from some of our many vendors. It will be a great time to spend with friends and family and to meet other supporters of Open Arms. You must RSVP to this event by contacting Karen with the info below. If you’d like to purchase your ticket(s) in advance or make a donation, you can do so right here. (Please leave us a note about how many adults/children will be coming along!) We are looking forward to seeing you there!

TEA INVITE


 

#DUSTYSGOTTAGO PART 3

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About a week ago we posted this blog about our van, Dusty. And then there was this video for update part 2. We bought it in May 2014 and it’s been in the shop 33 times now. No joke. It’s a mess and #dustysgottago. Since we last posted, we had  the heat fixed, the emergency brake deemed “not a big deal”, and our transmission looked at. The transmission has some problem with a cable that works the actual shifting of the car [sometimes specifics get lost in translation] that will cost us around $150 to fix. There was apparently some plastic thing around the cable that broke and caused the issue. So as a temporary fix the mechanic wrapped it in some plastic-y stuff. Seems legit. 

While Dusty is currently running and has survived a trip to the village and back, suffice it to say we’re still definitely in need of a new car. Our goal is still to raise $6000 asap and get something more reliable. We’d like to get rid of Dusty and head out to western Ukraine to get a van that’s recently been brought in from another part of Europe. We’ve got connections to a few people who have a business in cars coming in from Germany and other countries. But we need to have the money to purchase before we can send Boyko and Sasha over to find us one. And that’s where we need your help! Please consider giving either online or by mail [checks can be mailed to us at PO Box 1148, Oakley, CA 94561]. Thank you for helping us keep moving in ministry and getting where we need to go!




 

#DUSTYSGOTTAGO PART 2

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About a week ago we posted this blog about our van, Dusty. We bought it in May 2014 and it’s been in the shop 33 times now. No joke. It’s a mess and #dustysgottago. Since we last posted, we had  the heat fixed, the emergency brake deemed “not a big deal”, and our transmission looked at. The transmission has some problem with a cable that works the actual shifting of the car [sometimes specifics get lost in translation] that will cost us around $150 to fix. There was apparently some plastic thing around the cable that broke and caused the issue. So as a temporary fix the mechanic wrapped it in some plastic-y stuff. Seems legit. 

While Dusty is currently running and has survived a trip to the village and back, suffice it to say we’re still definitely in need of a new car. Our goal is still to raise $6000 asap and get something more reliable. We’d like to get rid of Dusty and head out to western Ukraine to get a van that’s recently been brought in from another part of Europe. We’ve got connections to a few people who have a business in cars coming in from Germany and other countries. But we need to have the money to purchase before we can send Boyko and Sasha over to find us one. And that’s where we need your help! Please consider giving either online or by mail [checks can be mailed to us at PO Box 1148, Oakley, CA 94561]. Thank you for helping us keep moving in ministry and getting where we need to go!




 

#DUSTYSGOTTAGO

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It’s been a little less than 2 years since we bought our first car. A 1999 Peugeot Expert, aka Dusty, aka the most unreliable car in Ukraine. Don’t get me wrong, we have been very grateful for how much more ministry we’ve been able to do since buying Dusty. However, since May of 2014 when we bought the thing, it’s been in for repairs 32 times. Thirty-two times! I’m sure there are things I’m forgetting, but I can tell you for sure we’ve replaced/worked on the radiator, the fuel pump, the power steering, the tires, some cable I never learned the English term for, the interior, the fuses, the shocks, the clutch, the headlights, the shocks again, the door, the discs, the clutch again, some more shock repair, the starter, and the whole transmission. I wish I was kidding.

Thankfully, repairs, labor, and parts are all cheaper in Ukraine, but we’ve still spent a lot of money and have been to seemingly every mechanic in Sumy. We kept thinking, after we fix this, then it’ll run well. And then it’d break.

And now the heat isn’t working. And the emergency break decided to start sticking. And then on Tuesday, the transmission went out. Again. Seriously you guys, I’m not making this up. Boyko and Sasha even took some video to help you see our current car reality. Dusty has got to go!

We need something just a little more reliable. And we need your help to make it happen!

We are hoping to buy a van for around $14,000. While we don’t have funds set aside specifically for a car, thanks to some of the wonderful, faithful donors who give to Open Arms, we’ve got about $8000 in our general budget that we can put towards OAU van 2.0. We will hopefully get $1000-2000 out of selling Dusty for parts/as is, but we’ve learned that you can’t really guarantee anything with Dusty. So we are aiming to raise about $6000 to get us up to what we need. It seems like a lot, but we think we can do it! If you want to give online use this button. If you want to send a check, you can mail it to us at PO Box 1148, Oakley, CA 94561. We are so thankful for any amount you can give!




Follow #dustysgottago to keep up with our fundraising progress and see more of the struggles and adventures of Sasha, Boyko, and Ira continuing ministry without a car.

#GIVINGTUESDAY

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Giving Tuesday
It’s officially December, friends! Merry Christmas! As we enter into the Christmas season and we all get crazy and busy with family, friends, parties, gifts, and a thousand other things, we’re just pausing to remember that it’s also a season of giving. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday and all the other days of crazy, someone a few years ago decided to start #GivingTuesday. We love the idea of taking one day to focus on a different side of all the madness. The idea is to take a moment today and give back.
We at Open Arms Ukraine are humbly asking you to give to us. You can donate by mail or online any day of the year, but today we’re specifically asking you to give online through PayPal. In honor of Giving Tuesday, PayPal is matching 1% of all charitable donations for the day. You know OAU, you know what we do. We would love it if you would join us today in giving a donation to help us continue our work in Ukraine. Thank you for your support! We hope you have a blessed Christmas season!

TASTE OF UKRAINE UPDATE

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This past Saturday, we hosted the 2nd Annual Taste of Ukraine in Paramount, CA and we had so much fun! For those of you who weren’t able to make it we thought we’d fill you in on what you missed.

Our dinner included a cold soup called “okroshka”, salads, bread and cutlets. We decided to really authenticate the meal a bit this time around by feeding everyone “salo.” Known in America as… pork fat. We did grind it up and mix it with garlic to spread on bread for Ukrainian “sandwiches”. Some liked it more than others, but it was fun to let people try some of the more different Ukrainian foods.
We had a great time watching everyone who enjoyed the photo booth that night! We love seeing your poses and enthusiasm for having a fun!
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We shared this video with everyone there and got to talk in more detail about the past year and our plans for the future. If you’ve got a couple minutes to watch it now, check it out! We truly are so thankful for all of your contributions, encouragement, and prayer that allowed us to accomplish what we did this past year!

We almost got to have a couple of surprise guests on Saturday… An adoptive mom named Bonnie, and her daughter, Anya. Bonnie and her husband adopted Anya from the Pravdinska Orphanage in November 2014 and were hoping to drive out from Arizona to share on Saturday. Unfortunately due to sickness, they weren’t able to make it, but did send us this sweet letter and video that we got to share. Thank you again to Anya, Bonnie and the rest of your family for your kind words and support!

We are so excited in the coming year for the opportunities we will have for new and extended ministry with the use our our teams new house in the Ivanivka village! Our big fundraising goals were to help cover a couple of things on our new house in the village, some fall ministry at the Pravdinska Orphanage, and for travel expenses for the team. So far we have raised $1141! We have an anonymous donor who will match all donations up to $5000 from this fundraiser and for the rest of the month. We would love to hit that $5000 mark and have the full amount matched! If you would like to give, please use the link below or send a donation to our PO Box with a note for “Taste of Ukraine” in the memo line. 





Thanks again to all of you who came out, prayed, and supported us on Saturday! We hope you had as much fun as we did!