Ukraine Update

New paving stones at Elli's Place

SSI had the most wonderful trip to Ukraine in September. We spent time in Lviv with Pastor Misha and in Novovolynsk with Pastor Sasha.

Pastor Misha has an amazing heart to reach out to those who are broken, underprivileged, and in need of Christ’s love. He is the hands and feet of Jesus, and we love working alongside him. New Life Church is busy with construction of the church facility, the sewing training center, and a new wing that will be a soup kitchen and housing for street people. We stayed at the church and painted murals in a Sunday School room. The 4 walls were transformed into the story of Creation. Sylvia spent hours organizing boxes for the sewing center. The sewing center needs funds to complete the walls and shelving, and then we are planning a trip to Ukraine for next June, where we will start a Beginner’s Sewing Training Program.

In Novovolynsk, we spent time at Elli-Rose’s Place and painted New Testament murals on the walls of the second phase. The walls came alive and it was incredible to work with four children from the orphanage who are budding artists! The paving stones are 2/3rds done in front of the entranceway and it looks amazing! Pastor Sasha and his crew have been hard at work. We also taught English to the staff of the smaller orphanage in town. The students were keen and we had so much fun getting to know them better. Now whenever we come to the orphanage, we can speak, at least of few words, to each other! Elli-Rose’s Place is in its final stages and the application has been sent to Kiev for the facility to be approved. This is exciting news! Please pray that everything will go through according to God’s plans. The sewing center in Novovolynsk is almost completed as well. Pastor Sasha has a heart for the people of Ukraine and is working to rehabilitate men and women from alcoholism as well as reconcile families. What a beautiful picture of how God’s love can make an impact in this world. We feel honored to work with him on several projects.

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