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Ukraine from the mountain top of Africa

Photo report from my ascension with my sons to the mountain top of Africa (Kilimanjaro 19340, 6Ft) within the action “World without orphans”…

And incredible details about what was escorting us from the very footstools up to the top. Tears, emotions on their rush, suitcase, airport but not for us… The rest of the team who was here with on Equator ministering and serving street kids and orphans here with us has departed back home. But my sons (Slava, Sergey Andrey – the most tried and professional mountaineers of Pilgrim) are still here. As always the toughest moment for me was saying good bye to my adopted African son Hillary (5 years ago we took him from streets with his belly swollen of starvation). The boy always has a tough time before separation since he gets so attached to us within these 10 days of our staying there. This time he had to say good bye not only to me and the team but also to his new found brothers (also my adopted sons) with whom he had spent so much time full of fun… The most amazing were the night concert they did for us with Andrey we were laughing out loud each time (I will download video one day))). We have just recently made a decision to transfer him to the best school in the town where both quality of education given and quality of food are much better. At the weekends he will also be able to come and see our good friends here who have become for him like family. On saying good bye to the team we added some people to our forming team for the expedition. Brother Alexey from our Mariupol local church and an American brother Brad who has been building wells here in Africa for years have become the part of the mountain team. Also our bold battalion (weary within these 10 days but still strong) was joined by the coordinator of the alliance “World without orphans” Ruslan Maluta and our Mariupol mountaineer Sergey Nicolayevich (who has just come for the second part of the African trip). So all 8 of us have started towards our dream – the mountain top of Africa, Kilimanjaro (19340, 6Ft high)!!! Artists have such a notion – “actionism”… Whimsical people do really bizarre thing in order to convey the definite idea. Like once I heard of a bunch of guys who climbed on Aurora in St. Petersburg and shot from its canon in the house ( that was near by, obviously) of one Russian celebrity Michael Boyarsky, they obviously had a purpose for that and they definitely succeeded in attracting attention to the event since mass media kept on talking about them. Our dream is for each church to have at least 1, 2 or 3 families who would say – we are adopting 1 or 2 kids and in such a way step by step the global problem of orphans will be solved!!! For the sake of this dream we did and we do many weird things and now one more of those things – to conquer Kili!!!! Of course when we were planning the ascension we had no idea what was going on in Ukraine. These very hours when we are so far from the civilization, when we were on the very edge of the earth both vertically (19340, 6Ft high) and horizontally (Kilimanjaro is located almost on the equator line) the situation in our own country exploded and took a radical turn.. it looked so weird for us there while we were in the middle of this tough and radical expedition… But let me tell you about it gradually…