2 years after the purchase of the house in “Pilgrim village” the adoptive family Kovalenko could finally move in. The family has 4 kids, 2 of them have finished 1 st grade in school this year. The youngest daughter is still in the nursery school. In their garden they have a special playground and even their own small house and a tiny vegetable garden.
Anton Kopytin, a famous classic singer in Mariupol and Donetsk, has become famous all around the country. The Ukrainians in their vote of the project “The Voice” gave their preference to Anton – a Christian with three kids.
The holiday house project “Datcha” of Republic Pilgrim had started only 1 year ago but within this year so much was done. The house itself and the front yard were significantly improved, the vegetable garden is ennobled, they planted fruit trees and bushes and made a flower-bed. And special reason to be proud of is “the banya” (sauna) which is being built.
On April 16th in New York, the US at one of the largest documentary festivals Tribeca Film Festival the long -awaited premiere of the documentary movie «Crocodile Gennadiy» will take place. This film will show the whole world society about social work of Mariupol Charity Fund “Pilgrim” and ist leader, pastor Gennadiy Mokhnenko, adoptive father of over 30 kids.
There are new kids in Republic Pilgrim they come regularly and each of them have their tough life stories. Many of them have seen in their lives what very few grown ups saw. However, lately not only difficult teenagers have been coming to Pilgrim but also the children of the refugees. The name of one of them is Christina.
He had conquered one of the highest mountains in the world – Kilimanjaro, rode 9300 miles on his bike having started his way in Mariupol and having finished it in Vladivostok. He didn’t give up when all the life circumstances were against him. Who is this strong- willed and outstanding young man. His name is Sergey Kucheruk, he is an adopted son of the Pastor Gennadiy Mokhnenko. The story of his tough life moved me up to tears.
Despite of the tension of the last few months and heard shootings, the life in Republic Pilgrim is going on. To prove to it the special holiday took place dedicated to the farewell with the autumn. The children of Pilgrim took a very active part in the process of preparation for the event, starting with setting of the hall and preparing quite serous pieces of drama that have become a visit card of the children’s republic. Each of the kids with their performances wanted to bring joy and to cheer up the guests and there were quite a few of them.
The citizens of Republic Pilgrim were warmly greeted and hospitably received in the Western Ukraine. They could stay in a comfortable place and were temporarily enrolled in the local public school. But it is known that nothing is as sweet as home, surely they missed Pilgrim and Mariupol. Besides during the evacuation it was hard for the workers of Pilgrim to help those who needed help in Mariupol while all the kids were so far away. The calls with the requests to help were rather frequent.
The concentration of the military equipment around Mariupol and the firing in the eastern part of the city made the pilgrims urgently to leave the walls of the center “Republic Pilgrim”. In the last day of the summer right in the middle of the night under emergency the evacuation was organized once again. All the Pilgrims kids alongside with the kids fostered by the families from the fund “Pilgrim” left the city.
Russian – Ukrainian Aybolit (our version of Dr. Dolittle). ( The African journal of the pastor – Pilgrim) Part 5
One of the amazing people who invest his heart into Africa is Dr. Kirill. The young man from Russia has been saving lives of the kids on the Equator for a few years now alongside with the Ukrainian team of missionaries.
The African “Republic Pilgrim” under the name “Embrace”. I am proud of the guys missionaries from Ukraine and Russia who develop the work with Kenyan street kids. From my first day in Africa I had dreamed for street kids here to have a chance for Good Changes!!!
James Ochodi was 18. He grew up with 6 of his brothers and sisters, without parents. They were raised by their nana. The partner orphanage for Republic Pilgrim on the Equator “Gilgal” had become a home for the boy.
The African journal of the pastor – Pilgrim part 2. The girl’s life turned into a good fight of faith
The girl’s life turned into a good fight of faith ( the African journal of the pastor – Pilgrim) – Sammy this is the name of my friend in Africa. At the age of 16 she had come to the equator for the first time and realized what she wanted to devote her life to. On graduating from the University in California Sammy got back to Kenya.
Only two nights on the road without sleeping plus the climate change from 5 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit. I have a headache. Why would I?