Good Samaritin Ministries Day
Our day started with a return to our familiar hotel restaurant called “The Georgian.” We had an awesome breakfast of mashed potatoes, bologna style sausage, beets mixed with onions, bitter cheese and hard bread. We all loved it and ate every morsel. After a quick catch up with e-mails (wi-fi only in the lobby) we were greeted with our dear friend and Ukraine Coordinator of Good Samaritan Ministries, Alex B. http://www.gsmukraine.com/MainENG.html
We went to the village Vegoda to visit their rehabilitation center that is presently housing about 5 men. The men have ranged from 18 to age 50 but are typically in their 20’s and 30’s.
They come from all walks of life, including a physician, with all sorts of hang-ups . Their program uses no medical intervention but just relies on fasting and prayer to help break the bonds of substance addictions. We listened to the testimony of Dima, who was leading the house as a mentor, and is currently working on a business plan to start a furniture repair/manufacturing business with the help of the men in the program. The average stay varies from 3-6 months, and typically employs the men in metal fabrication or automobile repairs.
Metal working table and shop
Dima had lived in prison from a young age till he turned 25 and his parents had thought he was dead. Though his parents had migrated to Canada, they were visiting in Ukraine and accidentally ran into their son! Their relationships have been restored and Dima is now married with twin 4-year-old daughters. He is extremely thankful for Christ being in his life, and for the program to make such a change for him. The grounds were quite modest, with a “kitchen” garden and a new orchard of fruit trees that will someday provide fruit. Such good work in these men’s lives was so apparent and a blessing to the community.
Men’s sleeping quarters