Established in 1993, Ukraine Christian Ministries works closely with churches in central Ukraine to share the good news of Jesus Christ and see His kingdom grow. Everything that we do is through relationship with our partners in Ukraine. We support churches who minister to their communities, running camps for children and young people, and meeting the material needs of many who find themselves trapped in poverty. We also partner with youth ministries in the area who are seeking to equip the next generation of Ukrainians. We believe that every person needs to know their Saviour Jesus and we are privileged to work with like-minded partners, who are certain that as more people come to trust God in Ukraine, a brighter future is possible.
Run by Inna Illinya, her sister-in-law Mika, and a wonderful team of helpers, Blagodatne Day Centre is a vital ministry serving children and families in the village. Inna explains how the work began and what God is doing through it.
When and why did the Day Centre start?
The Day Centre started in our church in October 2022. The impetus for its opening was the lack of full-time education for children, who began studying remotely due to coronavirus, and then continued due to the war. Having children of our own, we could see how much they missed in-person time with their peers. The war brought a lot of terrible, negative things into people's lives, a lot of stress. It is hard enough for adults, and it is even more difficult for children at this time.
At the beginning of the school year in 2022, God put a desire in our hearts to open some classes at the church for children to do their distance learning together, but we did not know how to implement this and the church did not have the financial means to do it. So we opened this desire to God, and then a friend helped us start the ministry, first with children from non-Christian families, in order to show the gospel in action to them and their parents.
The aim of the Day Centre is to provide a place where children can feel an atmosphere of love, acceptance and support, and can develop spiritually, physically, intellectually and emotionally. We also aim to build relationships and reach parents through our work with children.
Two years after Vitaly founded the first Wise Carpenter workshop in Cherkasy, a friend challenged him to express his hopes for the ministry over the next 10 years. This prompted Vitaly to share his dream that there would be branches of Wise Carpenter workshops in every one of Ukraine’s 24 regions, and he has been working tirelessly towards that goal ever since.
At present, there are 18 workshops up and running, spread across 8 different regions of the country.
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Since the War started we have raised: £258,513 and sent: £191,120
We are working hard to reduce our operation costs.
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