Dear Brothers and sisters,
As we draw to the end of 2016 I wish to express a note of thanks from the DMI board and our brothers and sisters in Ukraine and Haiti. God continues to pour out His blessings on people around the world and your contributions to DMI have enabled us to do more and more in the building up and support of the Kingdom of the Lord.
Through the year, we have sent out several notices of various needs, some of which have been urgent needs. Your response to the requests has been tremendous. Let me give you a summary of assistance given to Ukraine and Haiti.
During the summer there was an urgent need to help support the children at the Good Shepherd Orphanage. Food seemed to be running short. As a result of the request we made to you we have received nearly $30,000. The food cost is $400 a week. At this point we have covered food costs through January of 2018. We were also able to send $5,000 for aid for the community after the hurricane went through the country. So at this point we have plenty to cover food for most of the coming year. This will be a great relief for Pastor Enock. Thank you for your aid to Haiti!
This year many of you also have continued to support our ministry in Ukraine. Our main support last year was for Brother Sasha, our mission director. He and his family are cared for solely by our aid. He spends much of his time each week traveling throughout Ukraine visiting several churches and pastors to receive updates on their respective ministries. To give you an example of a normal week, he may travel 1500 to 1700 miles. DMI provides $3,000 a month to cover his living expenses and travel. God has blessed us to be able to support him the past two years. His support will be our main concern for 2017.
At present, they travel back and forth between the two regions. Their families reside in Ukraine. They needed homes of their own. DMI was able to give each of them $5,000 to complete the purchase of two homes. Each of them expressed much gratitude for the aid we provided. Refugees continue to come into Ukraine from the occupied area. Through the year DMI provided $6,700 in aid for families re-settling in Ukraine.
They are provided shelter, food, clothes and job training. Through the year many girls have been helped to be able to function in society. They go to school and are trained in various jobs. The center then helps them find jobs so they can be on their own. While visiting this center in November, we were able to give them $1,000. The girls sang for us and one girl recited a poem. What a joy to see the love of Christ that is shown to these girls. Their greatest need was and is for someone to care.
Two other projects were aided this past year. Both were churches in the “gray zone”. This is the area between Ukraine and the Donetsk Peoples Republic. There is still shelling and mortar attacks there on a regular basis. One home we visited was on the road leading up to the front line where the Ukraine army and tank division are located. We assisted these churches with $500 each.
Let me close with some information on our projects for 2017. Our first obligation for the year will still be the support of Brother Sasha and his family since he is the one with “boots on the ground” carrying on the ministry for DMI. Here are some other areas of ministry we hope to be involved with:
(1) Church building in Vypovzky village. It is a new church plant where we visited a home Bible study (Pastor Igor Lysykh). The land for the construction is has been generously donated by a local Christian business woman and member of the church. The amount needed is $10,000.00 out of an overall project cost of $20,000.00. The Church will raise the balance of $10,000.
(2) Dining room, kitchen and showers – an expansion of the rehab center in Kramatorsk (Pastor Oleg and Sister Anna Serbo). The rehab center is in very small and crowded house where 8 patients and 1-2 people on the staff are staying daily. The amount needed is $8,000.00, out of an overall budget of $10,000.00
(3) Monthly support for Pastor Vasily Derkach (Pictured Above), in Western Ukraine- He is a retried and disabled pastor refugee. The amount needed is $500.00 per month. (Pictured Above)
If you are interested and able to help in these projects, please contact us or send your contribution to:
Discipling Ministries International (DMI).
P. O. Box 69
Culloden, GA 31016
(Once again, thank you from the DMI board and all the brothers and sisters in Ukraine.)
- Elder Pat McCoy, Chairman -