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Here I want to share about my life, my struggles and successes, the brighter pieces of my life's mosaics and the darker ones, too. They all are a part of the masterpiece God is working on, it just takes time to see a bigger picture.

Monday, January 23, 2012

True Religion?

About a year ago we heard about the Krasnodon Orphanage in Ukraine. The orphanage is for handicapped children whose parents didn't have means or desire to raise their kids home. There is a total of 130 children, 70 of which are bed-ridden. Since the orphanage is located on the outskirts of town with no public transportation nearby, it gets very little attention from the government or the public. In the past couple of years a number of volunteers from local Ukrainian churches have been helping the children in any small ways they can.

My husband's family is originally from that region of Ukraine, so our hearts were burdened for the children. With help of friends, church members, and some parents from our son's school - Mission Hills Christian - we were able to send several large boxes with diapers, toys, used clothing and shoes, toiletries, and stationery. The shipment arrived just in time for Christmas. It was truly a blessing to the orphans.

Marina, who volunteers at the orphanage and is our main contact there, has sent us some pictures of the kids. Please pray as you look at these faces to see if you would like to join forces with us in helping these little ones...



In February we are hoping to send another shipment of goods to bless these orphans. Here is the list of things they need the most:

1. Diapers, size 5 and up!
2. Bedding (single/twin sizes, used is ok)
3. Clothes and shoes - used (for kids from 3 to 16 years)
4. Cleaning supplies and toiletries
5. Absorbent/waterproof bed pads

We also encourage donating whatever "stuff" you have laying around that your kids don't use or enjoy anymore: toys, crayons, coloring books, stationery, etc.

If your kids want to draw a card or send a personal note to the kids from the orphanage, I would love to help you translate the words in Russian/Ukrainian!

I will be collecting donations through February 3, both in Mission Hills School and in Mission Hills Church. I am also willing and able to meet you anywhere in the Orange County, CA to pick up whatever you might have. Those attending MHCC or having kids in MHCS may leave your donations with Linda Armstrong in the church/school office (make sure to tell her it's a donation for the orphanage to be picked up by Oksana Antonenko).

For those outside of the area who wish to bless those children, feel free to email Marina who coordinates this orphanage along with several others at marishka_75 (at)

"The King will say, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’      Matthew 25:33-40

"Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this:
to visit orphans and widows in their affliction,
and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
James 1:27