Light in the Darkness

The Work of the Agape Rehabilitation Centre in Lutsk, Ukraine

by Roger Brind

Natalia and Sergiy Bolchuk were involved in a terrible, life-changing accident while serving the Lord in the south of Rivne province. A tyre burst on their minibus; no other vehicle was involved but Natalia’s injuries left her a quadriplegic. During the months of hospitalisation that followed, Natalia questioned why God had allowed such an awful thing to happen and wrestled with God as to her future.

Full atricle published in the Echoes International Magazine attached: EI Mag June 21 (Light in the Darkness – Ukraine).

Echoes international website.

 

2020 Annual Report

In God, whose word I praise — in God I trust and am not afraid

Psalm 56:4.

In Psalm 56 we see David had great confidence in God. The Psalm reveals it was one of the darkest days in his history. However, we learn that not only did he trust in God, but he had confidence in Him. This should be our experience as we work through all the problems caused by Covid-19. Life has changed and will probably never be the same again, but our God has not changed. The Psalmist assures us, “God, who is enthroned from of old, does not change.” This has been our confidence as we have tackled all that we have had to face in 2020. As we were banned from travelling it would have been easy to do nothing, but praise God doors were opened and we were able to go through them. Please pray that we will be given wisdom as we step out into the Post-Covid-19 World and at the same time we would value prayer for blessing on the work we have been able to do in the past year.

Attached: 2020 Annual Report

IC2021 Mini

23/01/2021 at 13:00GMT on Zoom
The programme will include worship, children’s storygreetings from past conference friends (from Austria, Czechia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, UK, Ukraine, USA) and Bible teaching by Roger Brind & Richard Harknett.

Zoom link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81522793273…
Meeting ID: 815 2279 3273
Passcode: 046669

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Agape Ukraine Part 4

Svitlana Senator had a ministroke several years ago and has also got all of the symptoms of multiple sclerosis. Though, she doesn’t want to speak about it too much. She lives with her teenage daughter and Dad, uses wheelchair. Svitlana visited Retreat for Adults with Disabilities and meetings of the New Opportunities Club. She enjoys talking to the people and can’t wait till the time when the churches are open and she’ll be able to come to the service and other church events.

Anton Kasyan is a 22-year old boy with CP. He visited our Family Retreats a couple of times and often comes to Joy Studio (for young people with disabilities).

Oleksandr Grabovyy – a boy with CP. Both his Mom and Dad used to be military people. When Sasha was born, his Mom Galyna dedicated her whole life to him. They started visiting Family Retreats when a boy was about 4-5 years old. They were learning more and more about GOD and one day Galyna repented. Now she is a member of Fimiam church. Her husband visits both Home Church and Fimiam Church services as well. Recently this family has had really serious difficulties. Galyna was diagnosed with cancer and had 5 surgeries. Now she is recovering step by step and greatly needs our prayer support. The grocery package was a huge blessing for her.

The grocery set. Some people with disabilities were amazed to receive them and figure out there is not only tea, butter or cereals in every package, but also canned fish and meat as well as some smoked bacon.

In addition to the grocery sets the Bibles for kids and books with Christian stories were given to each family.

For more information, go to https://en.agapeukraine.com/

Agape Ukraine Part 3

The Snitko’s family. The elder girl named Khrystyna has got mild mental retardation and problems with the language development. She is very touchy, loves to hug and to be hugged. Last year they visited our Family Retreat for the first time. The mother is very open to the WORD of GOD.

Pavlo Pertak started visiting Crafts studio many years ago. Now he is a young man interested in many things. He has got CP that influenced him mostly physically (he’s in the wheelchair). He has got a Mom and a sister. The family is very nice, but unfortunately they live in really poor conditions.

The lady on the picture named Nina has got an adult biological daughter. However, a couple of years ago she adopted this boy with CP. His name is Korenga Dmytro. We are looking forward to seeing this family in our Family Retreats and Crafts Studio meetings in the nearest future.

Myroslava Romanchuk had a tumor in her spinal cord. After one of the surgeries she came to Agape Ukraine for rehabilitation, visited our Retreat for Adults with Disabilities and is willing to do something for the people with serious health problems in the future. 

Kolia Prokopchuk broke his neck many years ago when he dove in the shallow lake. He’s got tetraplegia. Kolia repented while visiting church services and Retreats for people with disabilities and was baptized. He stays most of the time at Agape and helps with the media ministry. Because of Covid-19 restrictions he had to stay at home (4 room apartment on the 9th floor with 4 families living in it). When some additional problems with his health appeared, he was taken to the hospital. The caregivers from Agape were helping him all the time in the hospital.  (The photo is taken in the hospital).

Go to https://en.agapeukraine.com/ for more information

Agape Ukraine Part 2

In the appartment of Lidiya Shyshko, who takes care of her 25-year-old niece with disabilities Ilona. The girl’s Mother – Lydia’s sister was alcohol-addicted. When she died, Lidiya left a good job in Italy, said good bye to the man she was to marry and came back to Lutsk, Ukraine, to be able to take care of Ilona. Now the girl is in her twenties.  Lydia repented several years ago, was baptized and is a member of Fimiam church now. They often visit our Family Retreats and other church events.

Maryna Yaremiy with her son Max. This very cute and sweet boy has CP and problems with hearing. The doctors say he cannot hear at all. However, sometimes he reacts to the sounds, the people make, when he sits with his back to them. So, it would be great if a family could find some really professional doctor and check with a help of high quality medical equipment, if he can hear at least a little bit. Why I say it, because I wish he could have some assistive hearing device that would help him hear his Mom and try to talk at least a little bit. There is also the older girl in their family, so both Mom and Dad work hard to earn their living.

Daryna Martyniuk is a very touchy girl. Despite of her hyperactivity disorder and episyndrome (symptomatic epilepsy), she just loves to take care of other people and help them.

Arthur Povidzion is a boy of 8 years old. He has congenital brain defect, spastic tetraparesis and problems with his eyes. Together with his Mom he visited our Family Retreats and Crafts studio for kids with disabilities a couple of times.

Kryvych Uliana (in the middle) – a girl has got a congenital brain defect that provoked a number of other diagnosis. She has also got a younger sister. They were interested in looking through the books we brought together with the grocery package. They also visit our Crafts studio.

For more information, please go to https://en.agapeukraine.com/

Agape Ukraine Part 1

Over the few weeks we will be sharing about the work at Agape Ukraine and people’s stories who have been connected to the work.

Agape’s History

Sergey and Natalya Bolchuk were serving the Lord in Central Ukraine running a rehabilitation centre for drug addicts in the early 2000s. They were involved in a car accident when a tyre burst and their car overturned on a country road. Both were injured but Natalya’s injuries were life-changing as she is now a quadriplegic.
The time spent in hospitals and other care facilities convinced them both of the need to help others in their situation so they returned to Lutsk, and set up a Christian care facility. First in a disused church building and then later in this purpose-built facility.
It was a tremendous faith initiative then and still is today as they help children and adults who have suffered disabling injuries.  Not only do they minister to the physical needs of patients but to their spiritual needs. The rehabilitation process deals with the whole person and helps the disabled person live as full a life as possible.

 

People Agape are serving

The family of Andriy Korolchuk who had a Brain Aneurism several years ago (hemorrhagic stroke). As a result, he lost his ability to speak, walk by himself, normally use the right part of his body. He’s been at Agape for rehabilitation a couple of times. Together with his wife and two children he also visited Retreat for Adults with disabilities several times. Right now he can walk using a cane and speak a little bit. However, he’s got a problem with memorizing the names of the people and is very discouraged because he cannot use the right hand. The man is very open to hearing the Gospel.

Vira Matsiuk, has been having multiple sclerosis for about 20 years. She used to be the member of our church, but unfortunately backslided. We continue supporting her. From time to time she visits the Fimiam Church.

Pavlo Knysh, one of the businessman from Fimiam church, and Roman Antoniuk, the Administrator of Agape Ukraine, are taking the grocery packages to the vans and cars to take them to families affected by disabilities.

A prayer of the team before visiting the families.

Pavlo Knysh, one of the businessman from Fimiam church, Roman Antoniuk, the Administrator of Agape Ukraine, and Pavlo’s son are about to start visiting the families affected by disabilities.

To find out more, go to https://en.agapeukraine.com/