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New Creation International Church Hosts DHM

It was a great pleasure to visit New Creation International Church in Lewisham last Sunday.

The lead pastor there is one of my former students, Rev. Gideon Okeoma. Pastor Gideon graduated last year from Spurgeon's College and is leading a church plant in a deprived area in south London. He is a gifted preacher and has started a significant gospel movement, which shines the light of Christ in the London borough of Lewisham. It is amazing to see the incredible work that our students are doing after graduation - it's definitely one of the best things about being a lecturer at Spurgeon's College!

Joshua with Pastor Gideon at his church in South London

I was invited to preach on one of my favourite Bible passages from Philippians 2. I spoke about the suffering of Christ on the cross and that if we want to know what God is really like, we should take a look at Jesus. My message was that by dying on the cross, Jesus was revealing to us what God is really like: He is the God whose most basic essence is self-giving love.

After my sermon, I was invited to speak about the work that DHM is doing in Ukraine. I spoke about the war in Eastern Ukraine and about what many of our friends from churches in the Dnipro Region were doing to help people in dire need. 

It was such a blessing and encouragement to me to have been so warmly received by the wonderful congregation at New International Church. They showed a real care and concern for the people of Ukraine. When the pastor prayed for Ukraine and for the work of DHM, I felt the presence of God. I was on holy ground.

We give thanks to God for churches like New International Church in Lewisham that support the work we do in Ukraine. With little worldly wealth or practical resources, these faithful brothers and sisters are rich in faith and their prayers and support mean more to us as leaders of DHM than we could ever express in words.

We celebrated the birthday of Pastor Gideon's daughter

 

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DHM Dispatches High-Quality Disabled Equipment to Ukraine

A team of DHM volunteers has just delivered a van-load of disabled equipment to our mission partners, based at a Baptist Church in Kyiv, Ukraine. This church runs a remarkable ministry for disabled people on the margins of society.

Rev Alexander, leader of Transfiguration Church in Kyiv, with his team of volunteers and a few of the disabled people who have joined the church as a result of their ministry

Although the church volunteers have been able to offer pastoral support over several years, the leaders of the church have been praying for an opportunity to give practical help to the people they feel called to help and serve.

This is where DHM has been able to help. Over the past year, DHM volunteers have built up a good relationship of trust with the leaders of the Baptist Church in Kyiv and we have been able to perform due diligence checks on the church and it has been a great encouragement to learn about all the amazing work that this church is doing. Here are a few pictures, which give a glimpse into their ministry with the disabled:

 

 

This weekend the trustees met to disassemble the zimmer frames for transport to Ukraine. We were helped by the wonderful Kirk family: Afi (a DHM trustee) and her husband and two young sons.

 

 

 

The boys, Adriel and Zachary, helped us to dissassemble the equipment that was destined for Ukraine

 

Once again, I'm reminded of what a privilege and a blessing it is to encourage and enable local churches in Ukraine that are doing amazing work in sharing God's love with all people in quiet, unpretentious, yet deeply impactful ways. It's a blessing that none of us at DHM takes for granted.

We will only be able to continue to send essential equipment to Ukraine if we are supported by people like you. Please contact us for a standing order form if you are able to support our work.

Thanks for your support.

JTS

Pastor Alexander baptises one of the disabled members of the church who came to faith through the disabled ministry of the church

 

 

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Meeting Friends from Eastern Ukraine – in France!

A few weeks ago I attended the tenth European Mennonite Regional Conference in Montbeliard in France. This conference takes place every six years and offers an opportunity for Mennonites to meet and share experiences and stories.

Joshua in France with Ukrainian friends from Molochansk and Zaporizhe Mennonite Church

I was struck by the quality and authenticity of the fellowship among the wider European Mennonite family. I cannot remember attending a theological conference that was pervaded by such a deep and meaningful sense of community.

Given my links to Ukraine through my work with DHM, it was a blessing to meet the group from Zaporizhe Mennonite Church in Eastern Ukraine. The Ukrainians had a stall where they presented their work among the homeless, refugees, drug addicts and other marginalised groups in one of the poorest regions in Europe.

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DHM Now a Registered Charity

 

DHM is now registered as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation with the Charity Commission of England and Wales (number 1177504)! 

This is a significant milestone for our movement, which opens up new opportunities to develop and expand our work for God's Kingdom in Eastern Ukraine.

At DHM we are sustained by our faith and belief that we are simply a part of what God is doing in Ukraine. We have seen God at work in Ukraine in powerful ways. Even in the short time that DHM has been active, we have already seen lives changed and communities transformed by the saving power of the gospel.

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The DHM Team Visits a Disabled Home in the Dnipro Region

Joshua with Valya at the Disabled Home

During our recent mission trip to Ukraine, the DHM team visited a disabled home in a remote region of Eastern Dnipro Region. The "home" was a dilapidated crumbling old building, which was built during the rule of Stalin. We were struck not only by the ugliness and brutality of the architecture, but also by the appalling stench of the unhygeinic conditions in which people, abandoned by family, friends and social services, were forced to live. We saw people living in rooms, which we in the UK wouldn't dare to put a dangerous dog into. 

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