eventful day. We were off early this morning to another one of the
great womens centersHope House. Directed by Dr. Alona
Zayakina, Hope House was one of the first Christian drug and alcohol
rehabilitation centers established in the Ukraine. The twenty women
who are currently in residents are recovering from drug and other
addictions and learning to trust Christ with their lives. The program
that Dr Alona has developed is unique. It begins with focusing on
Christs ability to provide support, focus and encouragementbefore
dealing with their addictions.
We learned that the women come from all parts of the Ukraine and that
they must complete a daily program for two weeks in their local church
before they can be accepted. The Hope House program is based on the
need for strong personal discipline. The first four months of the
two-year program is the hardest as the women are struggling to overcome
their addictions and reestablish their relationship with the Lord
and their new family. If the women are able to sustain their focus
on Christ and recognize His ability to strengthen their resolve to
succeed, they have a good chance of conquering their addiction.
(to be) Kim, Bennie, Fred and Bob spent the afternoon talking with
the women and learning about their lives and sharing testimonies,
showing pictures from the USA and praying for each other. We learned
that many of them turned to some form of addiction because their lives
lacked direction and the positive support of a loving family. Hope
House is becoming that family. What a truly moving experience to be
able to see and hear how God has changed their lives.
Dr. Rob, Dr. Alona and Darold spent most of the day with dental examinations
and assisting the dental needs of the women. Tomorrow some of the
women will go to the clinic for additional work. Nurse Sally and assistant
Nurse Paige held their clinic and tended to the medical needs of the
women with love, prayer and medications. Sally is becoming THE nurse
As in past trips, we have been blessed with our interpreters, Ira,
Olya, Natasha and Lena. Without their translations and a true love
for God we would be lost. And speaking of lost, our mister everything
Yuri, the Director for MSA, continues to provide masterful leadership
and keeps us on task and schedule.
We look forward to see what God has in store for us as we spend the
day at My Fathers House with 54 children. (Pray for us)
PS: For those who have been to Kiev, we have been here for three days
and we have yet to go to McDonaldsmust be a new record.