Reflecting back upon 2015, UOO, our missionaries and volunteers were busy! We started the year hosting our ministry partner from Ukraine, Karen Springs, as she spoke about the situation in Ukraine due to the conflict. Our annual “Ziploc Bag Goodie Drive” challenge exceeded the goal of 125 bags filled with blessings for widows and orphans. In February, the news coming out of Kramatorsk being bombed by Russian separatists had us all on edge, as you joined us in prayer for safety for the House of Grace: Maxim and his family and the eight young men. Shortly after, we received a text from Maxim that everyone was safe, but they had been cut off from the utilities as a result of the bombing. The first part of the year also entailed developing a plan with our friends from Great Britain, as the Brits set out to do something brilliant for orphans! With their passion for bikes and orphans, our friends raised $2,850 for UOO! As springtime approached, our first mission team departed to Ukraine as they concentrated on continued relationship building with our partners as well as sharing the “Ziploc Goodie Bags” with widows and orphans.
Fall brought continued advocating and awareness as we shared stories from both transition homes, the House of Grace and the House of Hope. UOO has a strong, committed relationship with Agape Ministry and we continue to trust God to provide for our monthly financial commitment to support both homes, which is approximately $2,000 per month. Currently, there are 13 young adults that live in both homes, all former orphans, learning what life looks like in a loving family model. We offer monthly sponsorships, starting at $35.00 per month which help support the individuals currently living at the home.
At the beginning of 2016, UOO will be announcing their shared vision and plan, along with Samaritan Ministries, to make a difference by bringing hope to the vulnerable displaced and living in the margins who are seeking desperate hope.
From the bottom of our hearts, on behalf of the UOO board, Clarke and I are so grateful to all of you and for believing in our mission. We would love to grab a cup of coffee with any of you, if you’re interested in learning more, want to help, or if you have some creative ideas for serving the least!
Just give us a call or send an email. (970) 290-6588 email firstname.lastname@example.org
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Kris and Clarke Stoesz
Founders of Ukraine Orphan Outreach