This winter, we have plans for continuing and starting new ministry in the village of Ivanivka. We are getting ready for our whole team to be back for New Years and kicking off 2017 with new outreach, building relationships, and community development in Ivanivka. With Thanksgiving just past and Christmas and New Years right around the corner, we are praying that you will join with us in our planning and excitement for giving and loving the people of Ukraine. Our goal for the end of 2016 is to raise $5000. It may seem like a lot, but this will help us fill in the gaps where we need it for general ministry and launch us into all the outreach and events we have planned – a New Years event, gifts for the orphans and village kids, renting facilities for outreach, travel cost for our team, and more.
The newest and biggest goal for 2017 is opening a cafe in Ivanivka. We have the opportunity to lock in a permanent facility for bigger ministry outreach. This of course in a big cost, but it will provide jobs for the village, be a community facility, centrally located and will allow us the opportunity to reach out to even more of the village people. We hope to also use it as a space for church in Ivanivka, and create a safe space for kids to come. And this is just the tip of the iceberg.
We are so thankful for all of the help you give to OAU throughout the year. We are excited to finish this year strong with your continued support. **UPDATE** Facebook is waving all fees and the Bill Gates Foundation is matching donation made through Facebook up to $1000 per fundraiser today! So please use this link to our Facebook Page and donate there!
Donations of any size toward our $5000 goal can be made via the PayPal button below or by mail to us and PO Box 1148, Oakley, CA 94561. We are incredibly grateful for each and every one of you and the ways you allow us to serve in Ukraine.