|I have given them the glory that you
gave me, so that they may be one, just as we are one.
I am in them, and you are in me. May they be completely one, so
that the world may know that you sent me and that you have loved
them as you loved me. John 17:22 & 23
|Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
~ Mark Twain
NEWS of CRIMEA ~ Pg.2
Now I've moved out and am living in our office. It's not bad, has all the necessities. My move
cut our rent and utilities outlay by $600+ a month. Perhaps even before we get the septic
tanks and water pipes in at the ROJ project I will make my second move...out there. That
move will cut rent expenditures altogether. Why? It is about fruit production. Pruning isn't
comfortable, but it's needful for the sake of fruitfulness. That project is going to bless and
project languishing for lack of funds.
Our mission to the children of Crimea has gone through several transition stages in its life.
During that time we have learned that not every opportunity, and not every offer of help is God
sent. Some new ways to spend God's resources divert us from our goal. We have also
learned that the help we have been encouraged to give here usually helps the children's
institution more than it does the children. WE NEED EFFECTIVE INSTITUTIONS!
So we are handing the reins of Light of Crimea Foundation to Eugene Navitsky, who's
mission to children with cancer as been under our umbrella for years already, and we are
concentrating our efforts on the River of Joy project, which encompasses street child
rehabilitation, children's camps and village transition in the Belogorsk region.
ROJ foundation will distribute humanitarian aid to ruined villages in that region, therefore to
some governmental children's organs such as newly reopened kindergartens, but the focus
will not be institutional help primarily. It is more directly about placing abandoned children in
homes and about training foster and adopting parents in Ukraine to raise children into men
and women of God. It is also about changing villages and villagers to become responsible
people who do not leave children alone to shift for themselves in the first place. For this
project to accomplish these goals and work as it must, we have begun to build a base. For
more on the ROJ project see our Mission page. To HELP US HELP A CHILD
send a HELP THE RIVER FLOW donation today.
A serious athlete prepares to race by losing extra weight and by focusing intently on the goal
as he prepares for the race and runs it. "I press toward the mark..." ~dgh
|Svetochnoe is a large village strung out mostly on
humanitarian Aid has allowed them to restart a
kindergarten that has been closed for many years.
They are very grateful. Below the Director and her
assistant guard their new treasures at our rented
|Children in Simferopol Street Kid Shelter reach out
during a Laser Team ministry visit. The shelter is
where we started children's ministry. It is still
offering a primary seedbed for God's Word.
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Crimea's DNA is also about hard soil. It
apparently got its name (Krima) from the
Greeks, who used to banish convicted
criminals and religious misfits north to
these uncivilized shores get them well out
of Greece proper. Later icon lovers hid
here from the iconoclasts in mountain
cave towns. Today the colder climes of
Eastern Europe send people here for a
warm rest. During the last ten years
Casinos, bars and 'adult' entertainment
has sprung up.
Our prayers in 1999 stopped racial killing
for years, but now racially motivated
killings have begun again. The 2009 May
18th Tatar Memorial Day will include a
World Tatar Congress. Add that plan to the
increased Russian fears about losing
Sevastopol port and perhaps you can see
why we need to pray for Crimea. It is a
powder keg with fuse inserted. Please
pray for racial peace, denominational unity
|MAY 1999 AT THE SAME PLACE
THIS CRIMEAN TATAR PASTOR, BRAVELY
SERVING THE LORD IN A MUSLIM LAND
REPRESENTED TATARS DURING
IDENTIFICATIONAL REPENTANCE ACTIONS
|2009 PRAYER WALK
MARKING THE WAY AHEAD
|HELP FROM OLD FRIENDS
REBORN AT R.O.J. SITE