Day 4 Mother cut by pieces and ex-Muslims around Steve. “Oasis of Hope”, and Ukrainians on the equator. Getting acquainted with the local homelessness and whether fire or arson.
Day No2 Almost like our dogs and melancholy about icy water. First Moses and pale faced pastor – Muzungu! Greetings to our traffic police and spiritual – military bases!
12 hours in train, 32 hours in air… 7 airports – 5 states and hundreds of miles on Highways – it was my way from Ukraine to Kenya. Having spent 9 days in the USA, having taken part in the services of 10 Slavic churches of California and being a speaker on the conference of the church “House of bread” in Sacrament, I started to my old dream – missionary trip to Africa.
The rehab monastery “ Way to God” in the village Novoromanovka, Krasnodarsky Krai, Russia turned eight years old. It was the first branch opened by the Charity Fund “Pilgrim” in Russia. The management of the monastery is planning only one thing – to plant more and more centers and churches.
11 – year-old Slava came to “Pilgrim” from Lugansk. First the boy was getting accustomed to unfamiliar midst for him with great difficulties. But already today radical changes to the better occurred in the introverted boy.
“Good Manners” were in the epicenter of attention of the children of the center of children’s rehabilitation “Republic “Pilgrim”. Having mastered the rules of etiquette the kids rushed to practice them. Full of confidence that the good manners decorate any person, they are ready now to teach others.
One of these days pastor Gennadiy had visited women’s prison and overwhelmed the imprisoned ladies with his declaration: “No matter what you crime was, we all have sinned against God and we all are in the same position before Him”. The women were crying, repenting and getting so much precious hope.
While there were elections in Ukraine they were also electing the new president in the center of children’s rehabilitation “Republic “Pilgrim”. The event was held according to all the laws of the republic. They did without falsifications and emergencies.
A 6-year-old Sasha was staying at tubercular sanatorium for 48 months while other kids were spending there only one month. Her mother was a prostitute, she died and left her daughter with a horrible diagnosis – HIV of the 4th level and tuberculosis of bones. The doctors said directly that the girl has 2-3 years. Nevertheless the girl got a family for her 10th birthday. Now the parents have the task to make her life happy even if it is short…
The day on the mountain (and not only physical one). The notes by the black briefcase about the black continent (the journal of the African trip – 2013). Day 7
Sunday morning . I have put on the bishop shirt that Steve gave me. We headed to the mount Elgan which is on the border of Kenya with Uganda. All the way there, about 3 hours, we recall the roads in Ukraine and Russia with sincere gratitude! We learn things through the comparison indeed!
Pastor – crocodile and naked- belly- trouts. Notes of the Black brief case about the black continent (The journal of the African trip 2013) Day 5
We started early in the morning. We’re heading to the mountainous area to the people who are called “Pokad” here. There are quite big mountains around us and even not far from the tops we can see the hay roofs of houses. At times we could see tin roofs (that is a sign of wealth).
After we had breakfast we started immediately to the Uks (Ukrainians) – the team of our missionaries. We have brought donations for them and shoot a video for the program “Mission is possible”. When I am home I will tell about the achievements of these amazing girls from the Ukrainian team in a series of TV programs.
The morning has started with a remarkable event: the official opening of the well in the Christian orphanage, it was dug and installed due to the offering of the church from a Russian city Oryol! You just can’t look quietly at this view! The price of it is health and life of many kids who will now drink not of the awfully dirty and miry pond but from the real clean well!
Notes of the black brief case about the black continent ( Journal of the missionary trip – 2013) day 2
We woke up like in a paradise, I can’t describe in other words the place in jungles among the fantastic choir of outlandish birds. It feels like we could pass by an angel by the gate of Paradise and enter it!!! But after an hour of some instruction and breakfast we hit the road.
3 countries, 3 airports (Donetsk, Istanbul, Nairobi), 11 hours in the car ( 2 of these hours we were under arrest by local traffic police) and in total in 32 hours , we reached the destination. Kitale ( Kenya) not far from the border with Uganda.