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Fall Newsletter

October 4, 2021
 
We would especially encourage you to take time to read all about the summer camps held this season. Much, much more could have been said about how the kids enjoyed their time at the sea, the excursions into the forest and the Carpathians. Coming from the ATO (war zone) where they are constantly living in fear, wondering where and when the next missile will fall, and then, coming into God’s beautiful creation of quietness and peace – well, this was mind boggling for them to say the least. They were blessed beyond words and came to know the love of Jesus, and how much He cares for them. 



Summer Camp for special needs

September 28, 2021
 
There are numerous students at the L'viv Theological Seminary that require outside assistance in covering their expenses, tuition etc. Some are orphans, some are from the war zone and some are from large families. (Masters has supported these causes over the years) Below is an email from one of our partners in Ukraine. 

Rest and camps are very important for people with physical impairments. On July 6-10, the graduates of Lviv Theological Seminary held a camp for young people with hearing impairments at the seminary. There were 30 participants of age 15-23. We had a wonderful opportunity to talk in detail about what is the true Christian like.

Taking to account psychological and physical issues of the participants, we had Bible lessons that included discussions about Church, love to our neighbors, and obedience to God. We also discussed topics that are relevant to young people.

We thank God for this given opportunity and pray for abundant blessings on everyone, who made it possible for us and the deaf to have such a blessed time together. We appreciate all this help from Master’s Foundation who create for us this great possibilities to be in camp.



A thank you from Ukraine to our financial and prayer supporters

September 14, 2021
 
Thank you and your entire team for your open hearts and financial and prayer support! I am sending you photos about our visits to children and the preparation of children for school! Thanks to you, together we were able to help 40 children displaced from the ATO zone who live in the city of Lutsk, we helped 10 children from poor families, visited and donated help to children from a boarding school in Rozhyshche. There are about 100 children here. We also bought diapers, a tonometer (blood pressure machine). We also went to the children's rehabilitation center in the city of Kovel! The children are very grateful, the directors are very grateful, all the children wanted to hug you personally! ❤ In this very difficult time, we thank you for not staying away! We bless you with the name of Jesus Christ! We pray for you! Special thanks for helping us pay for the four months rent for the gym! Thank you very much! We are looking forward to your visit!

With grateful hearts and love, Dmitry, children and team!



 Ice Cream treat on a hot summer day

July 22, 2021
 
An ice cream treat on a hot summer Ukraine day for some of the girls at the Nova Borova Orphanage that Masters sponsors.



Summer Update

July 5, 2021
 
COVID continues with its devastating effects but, in spite of it, God is working. In the midst of all this hopelessness, there is hope and God is the source and center of that hope.

It is now the seventh year that Ukraine bears the brunt of hostilities in the east. In this war, over 14,000 have been killed, 1.4 million became internal refugees and the number of those affected stands at 5.2 million. Populations living near the front-line daily face conflict-related hazards such as shelling and mine contamination. Stories come across our desk written by the people that we support, people who visit the needy and the broken. Many of them are heart breaking.



Ark Church Construction Update

June 2, 2021
 
Due to inflation and other additional expenses an additional amount of $25,000 is needed to complete the finishing touches. State regulations have enforced laws to remove the current heating system housed within the church and relocate to the outside of the church. This includes the reworking of all the electrical, the boiler, heating elements and plumbing as well as the erection of housing for it.



Ukrainians becoming increasingly opposed to vaccination: Resistance rooted in longstanding suspicion dating back to the Soviet era and mistrust in health system.

March 29, 2021
 
An opinion poll released earlier this month by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology found 60% of the country’s people don’t want to get vaccinated, up from 40% a month earlier.

Winter Update

March 1, 2021

As we soon transition from Winter to Spring, Ukraine has not escaped the effects of COVID -19. With shortages of medical supplies, the ongoing war, the worsening economy – all this has given rise to many soup kitchens and food stations. In the cold winter weather, people line up for a bowl of soup and a loaf of bread. While in the comfort of our homes, it’s difficult for us to comprehend this, but it is a reality. 

A great loss for Ukraine

February 24, 2021

As we were preparing our latest newsletter, I received some shocking and devastating news concerning one of our partners. Pastor Ivan Pryadka of Krasnohorivka, Ukraine (ARK Church) passed away suddenly. As you know, Masters was committed to helping him complete the construction of the church, as it served the community from the very onset of the war in Eastern Ukraine. He was a pillar in the community, known to all. From the first day I met Pastor Ivan, our hearts were knit together. He was a man after God’s heart, a man of humility, compassion, integrity, a true servant of our Lord. 

Masters is still committed to Ark Church. We covet your prayers for the family especially at this time- and for the continued ministry (supplying bread, pasta, food packages) to the needy in the town and the surrounding villages. 

Stan Watrich and the Master’s Team.

Pastor Ivan
A great start to "Good Morning Ukraine"

February 8, 2021

In February of 2020 Master’s launched a YouTube program with Pastor Fedir Lebediuk of Lutsk, Ukraine called “Good Morning Ukraine.

The success has been overwhelming! During 2020 approximately 200,000 viewed this program. One week had over 40,000 hits. 26.3 % of the viewers were in the 18-24 age bracket, 29.7 % in the 45-54 age bracket. 63.7% viewers were from Ukraine with 14.8% from Russia and others from Kazakstan and Germany. We covet your prayers and support for Pastor Fedir in this venture. 


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