We are very grateful to faithful friends at Horley Baptist Church for their generous support of our work in Ukraine. Yesterday, I gave a brief presentation, showing a few photos of our ministry to a disabled home in Eastern Ukraine. The church responded by donating over £700 (mostly in small, individual donations) to support the work of DHM in caring for the residents.
DHM volunteers with members of Horley Baptist Church on 14/1/2018
When I spoke at Horley on Sunday, I was keen to stress the point that we do not view the residents in the disabled home as "objects of our charity." Instead, we think of these people as our friends, and we consider it a privilege and a blessing to help them in whatever way we can.
This is why when we visit the disabled home in Ukraine, we will not just leave our gifts at the door and shake a few hands. Rather, we'll spend quality time with the disabled and elderly people in the home - hearing their stories and playing board games (our favourites are snakes & ladders, draughts, and dominos!) with them. The advantage of visiting the same place year after year is that we recognise each other and we know each other by name.
We're also going to lead a service for the 163 residents, which will include singing, poetry and preaching words of encouragement.
Thanks to the generosity of Horley Baptist Church and other faithful supporters from countries as far and wide as Norway, USA, and Switzerland, we will be able to purchase a good supply of medical supplies. Since we've exceeded our fundraising targets for this trip, we're also able to purchase cotton towels, bars of chocolate and some fresh fruit for every resident at the disabled home.
Towel, chocolate and fresh fruit
Pastor Sasha with Ivan, one of the residents of the disabled home
Pastor Sasha and other DHM volunteers visited the disabled home in the summer of 2017