Dnipro Mission Blog

Longfleet Baptist Church Welcomes DHM

Just before Christmas, a team from DHM was invited to speak at Longfleet Baptist Church in the beautiful seaside town of Poole on the south coast of England. Joshua and Varduyi were welcomed by the minister, Rev. Suzie Roberts, who graduated just last year from Spurgeon's College with First Class Honours. Suzie will serve as the group chaplain during the DHM mission trip to Ukraine between 1st and 8th February 2019.

A fluent Scottish  Gaelic speaker, Suzie used to work as a journalist for the BBC's Gaelic service before receiving a call to train for ministry. She's not been on a mission trip before, so she's excited about what awaits her in Ukraine. Having spent much of her life in the Highlands and Islands of Northern Scotland, she should be more accustomed to the freezing temperatures than most of the other members of the DHM mission team this year!

When we asked her about how she was feeling about the upcoming trip, Suzie replied:

"There are just a few weeks to go until we head over to Ukraine now and it's all getting very real, now that the busyness of Christmas is behind us! I'm a little nervous but excited excited to see what God's doing in Ukraine and how we can join in. I'm also feeling honoured to have been asked to take the role of chaplain for the trip and would really value your prayers as I prepare for that."


(L—R: Varduyi, Joshua and Suzie)


During the service at Longfleet, Joshua preached from Scripture (Matthew 25: 31-40) on the topic of compassion and sharing God's love with the world at the time of Advent when we celebrate the coming of God's Son, Jesus Christ, to the world.

Varduyi also led the congregation in a presentation all about Ukraine, which included a quiz which tested the congregation's knowledge of Ukraine.


As a charity we're so grateful for the support we receive from churches in the UK. It is a sign of the kingdom of God in action when Christians from diverse cultures and languages show solidarity with each other and recognise that, despite their differences, they are all brothers and sisters in Christ. 

You can sponsor Suzie and the other volunteers on the trip by clicking through to our Paypal donations page:


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DHM is Blessed by a Visit to New Addington Baptist Church

This Sunday New Addington Baptist Church invited the Chairman of the DHM Trustees, Joshua Searle, to preach in their Sunday service and to give a presentation on some of the projects that DHM is supporting in Ukraine.

It was a blessing to share with this wonderful church and to speak about what God is doing in the Dnipro region. The church was interested in exploring opportunities to partner with the churches that we work with in Eastern Ukraine.

The congregation received us warmly and it was a privilege to have spent our Sunday morning with these faithful servants of God.

DHM Treasurer, Varduyi Searle, with members of New Addington Baptist Church

In the afternoon, we took the opportunity to visit a good friend, Abiola, on the New Addington estate in South London. Originally from Nigeria, she is a graduate of Spurgeon's College and is now active in ministry at Trinity Baptist Church in West Norwood. She is also a long-term supporter of our ministry. Abbi treated us to an amazing meal of delicious Nigerian jollof rice!


I don't know why it is, but DHM has been so blessed particularly by Nigerian Christians in the UK. I can only explain it as a sign of God's grace. To see such solidarity among Nigerian brothers and sisters for suffering people in Ukraine is an immeasurable encouragement to DHM for which we give thanks to God.



Joshua with members of New Addington Baptist Church on Sunday 14th October 2018     
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DHM Visits a Baptist Church in Central London


On Sunday 30th September I was invited to Blackheath and Charlton Baptist Church in central London to speak about the work of Dnipro Hope Mission. It was a great occasion and it was a privilege to preach at this wonderful church and to lead the congregation in worship. 


DHM Chair of Trustees, Joshua Searle, leads worship at Blackheath and Charlton Baptist Church 


During the service we prayed for Ukraine and Varduyi Searle (Treasurer and Trustee of DHM) played a solo piece entitled, "Молитва за Україну" or "Prayer for Ukraine". We're always grateful for these occasions to bring to people's attention the suffering of people in the Dnipro Region of Eastern Ukraine. We depend on the support of our supporters, especially churches in the UK. We are currently planning our trip to Ukraine in order to deliver a minibus to our mission partners in Dnipro. We will soon have a sponsorship page on our website so that you can support this work.  


Thanks for your support!


Joshua with some of the leaders of the church in Blackheath 
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DHM Plans the Delivery of a People-Carrier to Our Mission Partners in Dnipro

We need your help to raise money for a people carrier (MPV) car for our mission partners in Dnipro. Our aim is to buy a good-quality 9-seater MPV that can be used as a tool for ministry, enabling local Christians in Dnipro to provide pastoral care for people in orphanages and disabled homes in Eastern Ukraine.
One of the most urgent needs that we have identified in the Dnipro Region is the means to take out residents of disabled homes and orphanages for day trips out to local attractions – e.g. parks, sports centres and beaches. This urgent need has been confirmed by numerous conversations with local church leaders, social workers and care home volunteers.
In Ukraine, the state-run care institutions (e.g. orphanages and disabled homes) do not have the means to take residents out of the care homes. The result is that all the people in the care homes spend literally their whole lives inside the confines of the building. In most cases, these buildings are in a state of disrepair and conditions are often unpleasant or even unsanitary.
Therefore, one of the problems is that people in the care homes (disabled homes, orphanages) in Eastern Ukraine are essentially forgotten about by society. These people have no money and no possessions. In many cases, they don’t have any living relatives. They depend on outside help, which is simply not available. The government does not have the resources to address people’s most basic human needs, such as fresh air and the means to get out of the building.
If these people had the opportunity to take even occasional day trips out in a minibus, this would immeasurably improve people’s quality of life. As well as allowing time for recreation, such trips would have additional benefit of improving the mental well-being of the residents, creating a healthier and more harmonious environment in the home itself.
For many years we have been in contact with Rev. Sasha Boyko, who is the pastor of Vasylkivka Baptist Church in the Dnipro Region of Eastern Ukraine. Pastor Sasha has been praying for a long time now for a minibus that would enable him to visit various care homes and orphanages in the region and take the residents out for weekend activities.
Under the most adverse circumstances of poverty and deprivation, Sasha has already become something of a roving pastor, travelling throughout the Dnipro region, offering prayer, material help, medicines and encouragement and support for the forgotten people, such as those with disabilities or diseases, the elderly, the orphans and refugees. If he had a minibus, he would be able to take out teams of young people to go out to these forgotten people, offering prayer, music, games and pastoral care.
The trouble is that at the moment Sasha only has his little old Fiat Punto to drive around, so he’s unable to deliver large supplies of medicines and equipment and he’s also not able to arrange day trips out for the people he meets in the care homes he visits. He’d like to bring these people to church, so that they can receive a warm welcome by the Christians in the local churches around the disabled homes. If people are unable to come to church, then with a minibus, Pastor Sasha will be able to bring church to the people!
Having received an amazing gift from one of our partner churches in Surrey, we are now planning to buy a minibus in Germany and drive it non-stop to Ukraine in December this year. The minibus will belong to DHM, but we will leave the keys with Sasha so that he can use it for his ministry work. 
Something as simple as a large people-carrier car will have a massive gospel impact for potentially hundreds of needy people in the Dnipro region.
We will soon have a fundraising page on this website, where people will be able to sponsor our trip to Ukraine. Please continue to watch this space.
Thank you for your support.
The DHM Team
Pastor Sasha this summer with Ivan, a resident of a disabled home in the Dnipro region Joshua with Svitlana at a disabled home in Eastern Ukraine. The people-carrier would enable people like Svitlana and Ivan (who spend literally their whole lives confined in the disabled home) to enjoy occasional days out          
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DHM Partners Organise a Summer Camp in Kyiv for Disabled Young People

Our partners at the Church of the Transfiguration, a Baptist church in Kyiv, recently organised their annual camp for people with disabilities. This camp is conducted for disabled children and adolescents and is held in Voronkiv village, just south of Kyiv, for a month in summer. DHM recently sent a delivery of disability equipment, which was given to the disabled people at this camp. Our mission partner, Alexander, who is one of the leaders of this Church and who helps to run the camps, sent us the following report:

"This camp is a wonderful gift for these people and their parents every year. They look forward to the opportunity of spending time among God’s people in the beautiful surroundings of the Ukrainian countryside. They enjoy living in comfortable premises and they receive the continuous care of leaders and volunteers from members of the Church of the Transfiguration. Obviously, such conditions contrast with their ordinary days. Many people with disabilities live at uncomfortable flats provided by indifferent authorities. Very often they are stuck due to the absence of lifts. Therefore, the accessibility, respect and care that they receive from the Church are gratefully received.

Interesting programme and careful involvement in this year are rewarded by the smiles and cries of joy of these precious people, which we experienced during this year's camp.

The most precious result is the fact that these people listened to the gospel continuously and they were filled by the Word of God. Great joy has been achieved as a result of the camp: three persons have given baptismal vows to Jesus. Praise to God!"

Here are a few more photos from the camp...

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