Many villages in Ukraine are full of families barely making it. Often times, the kids in village homes are worse off than kids in the orphanage. Abuse, hunger, neglect, and alcoholism often run rampant in these homes. We are so thankful to be able to partner with our local church to support in a few different villages in the Sumy region – Korshachin, Krasnopolye, and as of summer 2016, Ivanivka. A team of Ukrainians make bi-weekly trips to Korshachin, holding Bible studies, bringing crafts and games for kids, and supporting the families in Korshachin. They also run a summer camp as well as special holiday and day programs through the year there and in Krasnopolye. There has been a great response of acceptance to their love and help over the years.
In 2015 our team purchased a house in the village of Ivanivka and this summer we began building relationships with the families there. Our house has needed and still needs a lot of work so much of our time is be spent working on our house – constructing some sort of kitchen, bathroom, shower, and other necessities we are currently lacking. We get to host movie nights, games, and other small events for the kids while in the midst of adjusting from having lived in city-apartments to 100-year-old houses without a lot of the normal conveniences we’re used to. We have always dreamed of planting a church in Ivanivka and are thankful that our house provides a place to begin this with a few small house church meetings there.