Adoptive father of 32 children, pastor -pilgrim Gennady Mokhnenko and his family live today in a fairly cramped conditions. The house they live in consists of two rooms for 13 people. Recently, the adoptive family, with a charitable donation, was able to purchase another small house. Both houses need a lot of repairs, however, both parents and children are happy – they are now having more space where they can live.
I was holding my little young son, rocking him and singing a tune. In this sweet, wonderful time inside me clearly and distinctly sounded a verse from the Gospel, which you probably know:
On a Day of Prayer for Orphans Pastor Gennadiy Mokhneneko presented a new project “World without Orphans”
On a day of prayer for the orphans in the “Church of Good Changes” pastor Gennadiy Mokhnenko presented a new project- of bikes cycling action “World without orphans.” Pastor Gennady along with former street children, his adoptive sons and children from rehabilitation center “Republic Pilgrim” is going to go around the globe by bicycle.
Pastor- pilgrim Gennady Mokhnenko going into another trip to Africa, Kenya, scheduled for mid-January of 2012. Pastor has a desire to see the same desperately dedicated travelers, who will spend 10 days of the mission in one of the poorest regions in the world.
In the mid-October, center of children’s rehabilitation “Republic Pilgrim” was visited by a group of students from Zaporozhye. Students from Zaporizhzhya National Technical University, who are training to become social workers: “We learned about the “Pilgrim Republic,” thanks to the film, “Makarenko from Mariupol.” Their teachers found it necessary to ensure that future social workers met in practice work with a complex category of children and have experience in dealing with street children.
Pastor Gennadiy, together with a team of ministers, from Fund “Pilgrim” went in the middle of October on a missionary trip to Western Europe. The first stop was in the Czech Republic, city Gavizhov, where at the Apostolic Church working partner- mission “Nehemiah”. Every summer the team of young people from this ministry coming to “Pilgrim” to serve to the former homeless children in Mariupol.
Today in the “Pilgrim” filmmakers were filming a documentary. French director Frederic Kusso and screenwriter Blonde Yuk arrived in Mariupol to make a film about our city. They were interested in the work of children’s rehabilitation center “Republic Pilgrim”. With a great interest they communicated with children, and also recorded an interview with Pastor Gennadiy.
“When I saw the medics treated HIV-infected women in childbirth, has decided to adopt at least one baby with human immunodeficiency virus”
Svetlana and Eugene Isayev, who were the first in Ukraine adopted a child with an HIV-positive status, has now add to their family seven more kids with various illnesses.
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.