Brother Mike, an avid outdoorsman, has taken off on a 150-mile hike of the Appalachian Trail. He has hiked the trail or sections of it many times. This hike is for raising funds and awareness of the needs of a group of teenage orphans in the city of Kramatorks, Ukraine. The shelter DMI is assisting currently has 14 girls in residence. The local church began this shelter to help these girls become active in society after they graduate from our equivalent of High School. At 15 or 16 the girls finish school, and the state orphanages release the girls with no help to further their education or find a job.
This shelter provides all the necessities for the girls and helps them to either further their education in one of the universities or develop a skill in a trade school. The goal is to provide a safe place so they can become self-sufficient.
Here is Brother Mike’s schedule.
(A.T.- Appalachian Trail)
Drive to Mt Harbor B&B
(between Roan Mt, TN & Elk Park, NC)
(A.T. mile marker 393.1)
Begin hike - campsite: (A.T. mile marker 409.8)
(Notice the greeting on the right that he received as he began his hike. But this did not stop him.)
Resupply @ Hampton, TN (Mile marker 421.0)
Continue on to Watauga Lake Shelter
Mile marker 428.7
Goal is Iron Mt Shelter w/spring
(Mile marker 442.5)
(The picture on the left was sent the first day before arriving at his campsite for the night. What a beautiful view of God’s creation.)
On Sunday, June 11, he was at Damascus, VA. This puts him a little ahead of schedule.
TN-VA State line (Mile marker 465).
Resupply at Damascus & stay at Dave's Place- in Mt Rogers Outfitters.
Goal is Buzzard Rock (Mile marker 489.7).
Goal is Old Orchard Shelter (Mile marker 509).
Goal is Campsite (Mile marker 526).
Goal is Atkins, VA (Relax Inn) (Mile marker 543.8).
Shuttle back to Mt Harbor B&B & come home
These pictures came in today, somewhere between Damascus and Atkins, VA.
By his note today he may finish tomorrow night. If that is the case, he has really traveled fast and furious. Maybe we will start calling him “Speedy”.
Thankful for his effort to raise funds for the shelter. The funds he has raised will be such a great blessing for all of these girls in the shelter.
This picture is of the girls and their counselors who stay in the home with them, providing guidance and encouragement as they pursue their education.
We are very thankful for Pastor Oleg and his wife, Anna,
and their love for these needy young people.
We want to thank all who have donated for this need. It’s not too late if you want to add your support. All contributions are appreciated and will be used for the purpose you designate.
Discipling Ministries International
P. O. Box 69
Culloden, GA 31016-0069
Just mark your check “Girls’ Shelter”
May God bless you.
Elder Pat McCoy