In the mid of November in Kiew there was a conference “Ukraine without orphans”. For the first time over 500 delegates from all over Ukraine gathered together at the national event like that which took place in Congress hall of President Hotel, they assembled to discuss the strategy of efficient help to orphans and to kids left behind without parental care.
Pastor of the “Church of Good Changes” Gennadiy Mokhnenko alongside with his foster son, former street kid, champion of Ukraine in boxing Roma Chebotaryov were invited to European churches of Czech Republic and Germany.
The long awaited novel of the pastor pilgrim Gennadiy Mokhnenko “Nonpedagogical poem” was issued. Its issue is dedicated to the 10 th anniversary of the center of children’s rehabilitation “Republic Pilgrim” which was opened by the Charity Fund “Pilgrim” in Mariupol, Ukraine.
Last Sunday there was triathlon competitions in Orange County, CA. It was quite unordinary contest. All the partakers were disabled people. Fermin N. Camarena – one of them – dedicated his race to “Republic Pilgrim”.
One of these days there was a special day in “Republic Pilgrim” – the official ceremony to the commission to be students. The heroes of the day were not only first graders but the new comers – new citizens of the state of former street kids who started studying for the 1st time in their entire life.
After the extreme summer with trips and journeys the pilgrims started to study again. The first day of study is always special for the pilgrims. The staff and the kids get prepared for this day in advance: they get the school uniform ready, organize a special concert – the children learn poems by heart. And everybody – kids and teachers look forward to this day.
Almost a year ago at the Charity Fund “Pilgrim” was open and successfully functions a rehab project in the village Polevoe named Crisis – center. This is a place where homeless people can sleep as well as those who are drunkards, addicts and many others. Here they can come to, they will be rendered help, tidied, and then offered to change their life, to have a rehab course and to start to live as normal people.
10 prisoners from the colony of settlement get temporal freedom to attend Sunday Worship in the Church of Good Changes . Many of them have never been to the service in modern church that is why being so impressed they make a decision to stay and serve to God in Mariupol when their term is over.
In the freezing January evening at the threshold of the building where the project “Young mother” is located a girl of 18 showed up with her 4-month-old daughter Vika. The child was in a very bad condition, so cold and dirty. She was directed to the fund “Pilgrim” by the local authorities – regional service of youth and family, they were asking the fund workers to render the help to the mother with the baby since their lives had been exposed to risk.
On February 4 th the international team of missionaries from Ukraine, Russia and the US initiated by Gennadiy Mokhnenko has started to Equatorial Africa for the 5 th time, they went to Kenya to work in local orphanages, to render help to black street kids and orphans. This time there are 43 people in the team, they all were doing fundraising, raised food, medications, clothes, toys etc. to support and to improve living conditions of the poorest layers of population of the Earth.
In the 18th of December the senior students from “Republic Pilgrim” visited local Juvenile jail No7 of Mariupol .
18-year old Sergey and 16-year –old marina had no idea about what happened to each other for 10 years.
For the first time the world known documentary makers had got to know about the social work that has been carried out in Mariupol by pastor Gennadiy Mokhnenko and his team in the charity fund “Pilgrim” in 2012. Purposeful work with street kids, drug addiction and injustice in the lives of many people made a great impression on them. According to the director Steve Hoover his team and himself realized that it is necessary for the whole world to get to know about this work.