Hi everyone, Nita returned to Ukraine Wednesday. She came into the office Thursday for lunch. It was great to see her and catch up. However, today she is not feeling well and has a cold. Please pray for her recovery from jet lag and this cold so she can get back to 100%. We have a lot to do this month and next. We are planning another trip to the East of Ukraine to host a seminar training pastors from both the East of Ukraine and the Separatist controlled regions on wheelchair distribution and visitation. Nita, Sergei, Tanya, Marina, Alexei and myself will be going.
On Wednesday, Lena and I had the chance to visit Kostya in the hospital. He was diagnosed with latent tuberculosis, a non contagious strain that will require a month of treatment in Kiev. If after a month, the treatment is working he’ll be able to go home on the weekends, if not they will have to try a different treatment. Please pray for him, I know it is hard to be away from his family, and living in a hospital room with 3 other men. Kostya is remaining upbeat and positive as always, and he was a pleasure to be around. We played a card game called Munchkin, it was a lot of fun.
We are very excited to have three pastors from the USA coming to visit next week. Please pray for their travels and that all our staff would quickly get over this cough that seems to be going around.
On Wednesday the 12th, Valodia came from Kramtorvsk to pick up more wheelchairs for the East. He took around 25 wheelchairs along with other mobility aids. Our hope is this holds them over until we can send an entire shipment of wheelchairs directly to them in Kramatorvsk. Please pray for that shipment, that all the paperwork and details would be ironed out.
Also this week, I took Sasha Kobets, one of our young campers to try wheelchair fencing for the first time. He really enjoyed it and would like to go more frequently, but he would have to take the public busses and would need some assistance. We’re contacting some of the churches in his area to see if we could find some volunteers to help. Also, he doesn’t have an active wheelchair which helps for wheelchair fencing and life in general for a young man in a wheelchair. They’re pretty expensive and we don’t receive them often at God’s Hidden Treasures. Please pray for Sasha, that God would open the doors and he would be able to be involved. He lives alone with his grandmother and the opportunity to get out of the apartment and have something to do would be really good for him. I know winter is an especially hard time to navigate public transportation.
Sasha is on the right in both photos!
Finally, one of my best friends here in Ukraine, Pastor Kostya, has been sick for a few weeks now. The doctors haven’t been able to figure out what it is and he is waiting on test results which hope to determine if it is something serious. Please keep him in your prayers. Kostya is one of our interpreters at camp, and volunteers as Father Frost to visit children during the winter.
God bless, and again thank you for all your prayers.
Last week I got word a few of our campers were in the hospital. Dima had an operation on his legs, and was having a tough time in recovery, being stuck in a cast and having lots of pain and discomfort. I made a plan to visit him at the hospital, only to find out another one of our campers Masha Daviduk was having the same operation at the same hospital.
This is Dima on the left and Masha on the right. I had a chance to visit with Dima on Monday and bring him some candy and gifts. We prayed for his recovery, and we also prayed for Masha who was in surgery when I arrived.
Dima is scheduled to go home this weekend, his Birthday is on Sunday, he will be 8 years old. Please pray for his recovery and also for Masha’s recovery as well. I had a chance to speak with her mom and drop of some gifts for her too, but she was still in surgery when visiting hours were over. She will be in the hospital in Kiev for at least another 4 or 5 days I believe.
We also got word another of our campers, Masha Klipach was just diagnosed with diabetes and is having some complications getting her blood sugar levels normal. She too is in Kiev at a different hospital receiving treatment.
Insulin, testing strips and other items for diabetics can be very expensive in Ukraine, we are looking for a family or individual who would like to sponsor her, anywhere from 25 to 50 dollars a month. We are always looking for people interested in our sponsor a child program. (You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested)
Please pray for all of our campers. Also, keep Nita Hanson and all those in Florida and along the coast in your prayers as the hurricane approaches. Pray that it would weaken, turn course and head out to sea. Thank you all so much for your prayers.