Current Updates (US Mountain time; add 9 hrs to calculate time in Odessa, Ukraine):

  • July, 21 — New pictures for the last couple days in Ukraine; at the end of the slideshow above.
  • Flight to Denver — July, 20 — 9:30 pm, JetBlue Airways, B6 97
  • July, 19 — 3:24 pm — Landed in JFK!
  • VV 131 Flight Statushttp://www.flightstats.com/go/FlightStatus/flightStatusByFlight.do?id=233190058 Arrival Estimate: 3:23 PM (Mountain Time)
  • July, 19 — 4:52 am — We are already on the plane to new York…. We were 1hr late to Kiev from Odessa but everyhing has been very fast and very smooth… Thank you, Lord!
  • July, 18 — 3:48 pm — Today after saying our goodbyes with Sveta we drove to a home run orphanage. The drive was 7 hrs long. On the way we stopped by the elderly home we visited before (the one with the really bad living conditions) because someone donated a tv and we also brought some clothes. We sang some more and talked with the people there and gave them bibles. Then we stopped by the first orphanage we visited to drop off some musical instruments. When we arrived at the second orphanage we sang songs and performed our skit. Most of the kids were pretty young and were really excited about the bibles and presents. We ate there and saw the home were ten foster kids live. They all got attached to us pretty fast, and personally gave us a tour of where they lived. :) On the drive back we visited Uman’ where we walked around in the biggest park in Europe, it was so beautiful. And now we’re back home after another long drive. We’re saying bye to Dina because her uncle is picking her up and she will continue her mission at kamarovka. Our plane is in the morning. See you all soon!
  • July, 17 — 11:25 am — New pictures uploaded; at the end of the slideshow above.
  • July, 15 — 1:45 pm — Today we went to Rybakovka with the Fontanka boys. The goal was to give a mini camp because the camp they were going to have right before we came only lasted a day due to the stormy weather. When we got there we had a bible study and after we went to the sea. Then we played some games, including water balloons and a treasure hunt (which they absolutely loved). We spent a couple more hours at the beach then drove home, where we are now resting. We praise God for blessing!
  • July, 14 — 3:04 pm — today we went a special База Отдыха where we met children from *** orphanage! These kids are suicidal…. All of them have attempted to commit suicide one or multiple times in their lives. You would never tell by looking at them. We got to give them some presents like a bible, a children’s book, tshirt, winter hats, scarfs and gloves. After the play we spent time with them in conversation and one of the kids, Sergey, told us he’s not going to cut himself anymore! God is changing their lives… and ours. Tomorrow we are spending all day with Fontanka!
  • July, 13 — 2:39 pm — Today we woke up bright and early and had breakfast at 5:30. We took 16 of the Fontanka boys to a place called Ukrainian Venice that was 5 1/2 hrs away. We had to drive through Moldova to get there. The place was pretty beautiful, we took a tour through some canals, got to eat some local food then went on a boat tour through the biggest canal, where we could see Romania on the other side several meters away. It was an ideal time to spend one-on-one time with the boys. Great day overall. Thank you for all your support back home. We love and miss you all.
  • July, 12 — 5:55 pm — Всем, всем, привет! Во первых, спасибо вам, дорогие, за все ваши молитвы!! Ну, а во-вторых, наш день сегодня—это ответ на эти молитвы! Слава Ему!!! Мы были в школе- интернате одного города на востоке от Одессы! Ехать очень далеко-4 часа— по разбитым дорогам (но виды красивейшие, как на открытках!!). А тут сильнейшая гроза! По дорогам реки, а под реками— ямы:) в итоге, вместо 4, мы были в пути 6 часов! Ребята уже истомились нас ждать! Но это стоило всех сил и ожиданий! Работы в интернате не ведется никакой. Один раз приезжала какая-то группа давно…Эти прекрасные ребята так ждали общения!!! Они были рады петь с нами, и с радостью слушали наши свидетельства! А потом, конечно, был спектакль! После, молитва, Библии и браслеты в подарок! А еще на память наша общая фото и мягкие игрушки! Они так радовались! Даже взрослые ребята по 16 лет сидели с игрушками в обнимку! И беседы с ними….А как приняла нас директор! Ведь до этого Олег там никогда не был!! Через знакомого высокого чиновника было получено разрешение! Директор просила начать работу и брать детей в летний лагерь! А как здорово слушали все воспитатели! Как не хотели ребята нас отпускать… И как не хотели мы уезжать… Домой попали глубоко за полночь… А вставать уже в 5 утра! Другая Поездка…с Богом!!! Пожалуйста, молитесь о нас и о тех, с кем мы будем встречаться уже через 3,5 часа… :)
  • July, 12 — 4:23 pm (email from Oleg) — Только пришел домой, осталось спать 3 часа…
    День прошел плодотворно, хоть тяжелая дорога по бездорожью или еще хуже, ливень, но мы смогли быть в Большом интернтате в *** — где Бог открыл двери для труда.
    Завтра с Фонтанкой в Вилково.
    Ложусь спать,
    нуждаемся в ваших молитвах
    все передавали привет, усталые но счастливые!
    Олег
    PS Ребята сказали, что не хотят уезжать!
  • July, 11 — 2 pm — Oleg uploaded over a hundred pictures from orphanages. See the slideshow at the top of the page.
  • July, 11 — 12:07 pm — Hi Folks! God is so good. :) We had an awesome time at Fontanka just now!! The kids are so open and eager to talk. Wish we had more time with them. Please please pray that we get to spend the time with them on wednesday and Friday, there is still so much to be heard and said. Right now we’re walking to a place of food.
  • July, 11 — 6:42 am (email from Oleg) — Сегодня третий день миссионерского похода «Евангелие сиротам» и Господь по Его великой милости и любви благословляет нас.
    В субботу мы были в доме для престарелых в Одессе, многие люди обещали посещать Богослужения, после постановки и песен, свидетельств, Бог расположил людей к молитве и общению после служения.
    В воскресенье утром мы были в церкви «Надежда людям», (Пастор Петр Родославов), в этот раз служение проходило совместно с церковью «Скиния».
    Брат Олег Шайкевич призвал церковь к работе с сиротами и вдовами, пригласил команду миссионерского похода, и служитель церкви «Надежда людям» Михаил Константинович Родославов совершил молитву о благословении похода.
    Брат Юрий Крейман говорил о Павле — который даже в трудных обстоятельствах не сдавался, а из тюрьмы писал Тимофею.
    Сразу после служения, церковь подготовила вкусный обед и мы уехали в *** (Просьба названия интернатов и домов престарелых не публиковать в интернете и СМИ).
    — там мы провели служение в интернате, было более 100 детей, а потом было время говорить с детьми лично. Так же мы посетили дом для престарелых, который по своему ужасному состоянию вызвал шок у нашей команды, особенно у друзей из США. Далее мы поехали в *** интернат, оказали помощь, а потом в поместной церкви был ужин и общение с церковью.
    Вернулись поздно ночью, усталые и счастливые, тем, что мы могли служить Ему.
    Сегодня утром провели служение в интернате в *** а вечером планируем посетить интернат в ***.
    Друзья, мы призываем Вас молиться о нашем служении!
  • July, 11 — 4:58 am — So we’re at McDonalds right now. We just came back from an orphanage for the mentally slow. They absolutely lit up when we came. They love hugs and any kind of display of affection. Tonight we’re going to Fontanka :) and tomorrow we were supposed to take the boys somewhere but the director keeps canceling on us and changing his mind. Please pray that God softens his heart and lets us spend time with the kids.
  • July, 10 — 11:25 am — Today has been a very busy day. Culture shock for sure. After church we drove a couple hours to an orphanage for kids who struggle with depression. We were introduced as traveling musicians and actors (we thought it was funny too). They loved the Bibles and silly bands we gave them. You could almost feel the spirit of God fill the place, it was such a blessed time. Then we went to a home for the elderly and sang songs and talked with the people there. We were all heartbroken by their living conditions, I couldn’t believe how dirty and broken-down it was. Oleg said this one wasn’t even the worst one. Right now we’re in some village waiting to visit a local church to hopefully inspire and encourage them to continue the work. Then we’re meeting with the director of an orphanage we’ll visit later on, to give him presents. Pray that it goes well and he let’s us visit the kids. God is working in incredible ways, wish I could fill you in on all the details. Keep praying for us!
  • July, 9 — 8:17 am — Privet! Today, we had our first service at дом престарелых. First, we went around this big building and knocked on people’s doors and invited them to attend our concert, as we called it:) To our joy,
    there came many people, a lot of which had never attended a tiny church gathering oleg started at this place. During oir program, we had songs, our play and a few testimonies (Oksana, Olya, and Dina). Oleg asked ppl to pray and ask God to forgive their sins and change their lives…. Many people raised their hands as they prayed that
    prayer! Slava Bogu!!! And then, after our «concert», we just talked to these people and listened to their stories…
    Thank you for all your prayers!! We have a busy day tmrrw: morning church service and two orphanages in the afternoon! Please ask God to bless us!!
  • July, 8 — 2:53 pm — Yura, Alex and Danik arrived to Odessa. Everybody’s ready to go to bed. It’s almost midnight local time. They’re visiting Дом престарелых tomorrow.
  • July, 8 — 7:34 am — Олег встретил всех прилетевших в Одессу.
  • July, 8 — 6:44 am — Мы прилетели в Киев! Все благополучно! Успели поймать самолет на Одессу, хоть и самолет из нью-йорка опоздал на час.. Потом таможня и получение багажа-еще 30мин. Итого, через 1,5ч после улета подбегаем к стойке и нас принимают на посадку. Даже посадили еще 4, кто должен был
    лететь вечерним рейсом. А мы трое ( леша, даник и я) поедем в Одессу на маршрутка. Так быстрее! Спасибо за молитвы! Спасибо за пирожки маме и за мясо Валере— иначе бы не выжили:)
  • July, 7 — 5:44 pm — About to take off. We all sit together. It took a while to figure this out though. :-)
  • July, 7 — 3:22 pm — Got our boarding passes to AeroSvit plane to Kiev. Cramping with the crowds to get thru security.
  • July, 7 — 2:16 pm — Landed in JFK! It arrived earlier, so it’s better for us.
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