Category Archives: Christmas Fundraiser

November 2021

Hello family and friends,

This year our Christmas fundraiser will help support the needs of two special children and the women who care for them. Our goal is to raise $7,000 to help these two families, and to support the MUCH massage therapy program.

Mark’s Moments

We highlighted Maria in Mark’s Moment’s of our August 2021 Newsletter and Sveta’s Journey of the August 2020 Newsletter.
Her grandmother, Vera, lives on a limited government pension. With that meager amount, she has been caring for Maria for eleven years. Winter is the most difficult. Utilities cost more than Vera’s pension.

Determined to make it through, Vera uses a heating mat that she hangs in the bedroom to heat the one room of their house that they can barely afford to heat. When we visited last week, the house was very cold, but the bedroom was not as cold. Maria was wrapped in blankets, with a hot water bottle at her feet.

This is the whole-house boiler (left) that Vera wants to turn on for the season. Will you help us keep them warm this winter?  

You can Donate Here

This older tankless gas hot water heater (right) is separate for the kitchen and bath. Vera would use it only when absolutely necessary.

Sveta’s Journey

It is very difficult not to love Maria when you look at her. She expresses herself with a loud joyful noise when she sees us or the massage therapist. Her whole body, arms and legs, show her joy upon our arrival.  With her large expressive eyes, Maria takes in everything that is happening with what seems to be a clear understanding. She does not speak the human language; she does speak with her eyes. When I read the Bible to her and very simply explained what I had read, she became quiet and listened very attentively. From the depths of her eyes she looked into my eyes as if she understood everything. We believe that her spirit truly understands.

In the summer, our meetings with Maria and her grandmother, Vera, took place in their yard. Now that autumn has come, we have moved into the house. But it’s as cold there as it is outside.Vera is not using her heating system because her pension is not enough to pay her utility bills in the winter.

When Mark said that MUCH would help her with the payment, making it possible for Vera to turn on the heating system, she burst into tears. Three days later, our massage therapist, Enna, and I visited them. The house was warmer and cozy. It was clear from Vera’s eyes that she had been crying. She said she couldn’t stop crying since Mark said to turn on her heating system. Her gratitude knew no bounds.

She said, “My heart is overflowing with gratitude to people who are not indifferent to me and my granddaughter! My heart is overflowing with gratitude to God! When Mark and Sveta told me that the heating could be turned on today, I cried with joy. Thank you, thank you, thank you very much for your help! God bless you and meet all the needs that you have! “

Please Donate here

Living my dream,
Sveta

Let’s work together to make this Christmas a great beginning for Vera and Maria!

Blessings of love and healing,
Mark and Sveta

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October 2021

Hello family and friends,

This year our Christmas fundraiser will help support the needs of two special children and the women who care for them. Our goal is to raise $7,000 to help these two families, and to support the MUCH massage therapy program.

Sveta’s Journey

Alyona is the most courageous woman that I have met. Twelve years ago, she gave birth to a baby boy, Dennis. During the birthing process, the doctor made a mistake. The result was that Dennis had severe damage to his brain and nervous system.
Eleven years ago, Alyona found Tanya, our MUCH massage therapist, and Dennis began receiving treatment. During one of his treatments, Mark and I visited Dennis and Alyona. Although I had seen other children with a similar vegetative state, seeing Dennis for the first time was a shock, and broke Mark’s and my heart.

Alyona has been struggling with many things. She has been raising Dennis with her own strength through her faith in God. Dennis is now 12 years old. We have always seen Alyona’s great love for her son. All of these years, Alyona has been sleeping close to Dennis to warm his slender body. In that time, she has seen two particular forms of progress from massage therapy that have improved the quality of life for Dennis. He sleeps better at night and massage treatments greatly reduced the spastic contractions of his muscles.

Alyona’s husband did not want Dennis, and did not care for Alyona. Mark and I could see the negative effect on Alyona’s life, draining her emotional stamina. I offered to give Alyona a ten-day massage. We talked while my massage did its work. This was the beginning of new energy and new hope for Alyona and Dennis.

Alyona tried to heal the straining relationship between her and her husband. After ten years of raising Dennis with minimal change or progress, Alyona wanted to give her husband a second child. She gave birth to a healthy boy, Kolya. This seemed to create some unity in their family. Two years later, Alyona became pregnant once again. Her husband’s response to this news was a surprise. He told Alyona to either abort the child or leave his flat. In soviet times, abortion was the accepted form of birth control. The Soviet Experiment and its communist theories had fallen apart thirty years ago. Things are different now. Alyona chose life, once again!

Alyona’s parents worked very hard all of their lives. They built a house in the village with their own hands, working every night after a full days work. That kind of life can send you to an early grave here in Ukraine. And it did. Her parents died young, leaving this house and property to Alyona. Without a car, without enough money, and without any relatives to support her, life in Ukraine is a great challenge for her. With the gift of this house, came the corrupt abuse of the gas company, charging her false fees for the time that no one was living at her parents house.

In spite of all of these adversities, Alyona moved to the home that her parents left for her. She found a way to move her children and their things, beginning a new life with God as their foundation. She came to realize certain needs for repair in the house. I was happy to hear that the house has indoor plumbing. Her neighbor was very kind. He installed a faucet in the kitchen and connected the wash machine to the water supply. He did these things without requiring money for his services.

Alyona imagined an area in the yard where her two-year-old, Kolya could play. She created a play area with a sandbox. She found a swing for a few dollars and installed it. Her ideas are without limit, but her finances are limited. She receives disability money from the government for Dennis, and they also provide diapers every month. (The government usually provides less than is needed.) Alyona receives a monthly maternity package that will end when Kolya becomes three years old. She is working on divorce and child support law suits. Alyona rents one of the rooms in her house to an elderly woman for some additional income.

Alyona is due to give birth to her daughter in February. That will cost $700. With the money that she receives from the government and the woman who rents from her, Alyona can pay only about three quarters of one months utilities, much less have money for food or other basic needs. This year the cost of home heating gas almost tripled from the cost last year.

Our goal is to provide enough money to pay off Alyona’s utility debt, pay for her birthing costs, and provide heat for her family through the winter.

Please Donate here


Let’s work together to make this Christmas a great beginning for Alyona and her children!

The November Newsletter will tell the story of a second child and her grandmother. Stay tuned!

Blessings of love and healing,
Mark and Sveta

You can see all of our videos at our YouTube site:
https://www.youtube.com/user/smMUCH/videos

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

It is not Santa Claus or children’s stories that this season is about,

But rather it is children, be they tall or short, thin or stout.

All children need to be told the truth, while they are very young,

That Christmas is a relationship about which songs are sung.

Society can try to change the meaning with decorations and things,

But it will always be the Christ Child for which the season rings.

Yet, it is not a relationship for a season,

For the Christ Child came for an eternal reason.

He came to be with you every day,

To be a part of your life in every way.

God came as the Christ Child to communicate with you and me,

He sent His Son not only to set us free.

God wants a relationship with us as His children every day,

Not for a season, or a holiday, or to celebrate in some mystic way.

So tell the children while they are young and can believe,

The story of the true Christmas, that they may always retrieve.

Let it be deep in their minds and warm in their hearts,

That relationship with the Christ Child would never be apart.

The children are the future, they should be our main focus,

We must teach them truth, not some magical hokus pokus.

The Ukrainian children pictured above,

From the transition home, are desperately in need of truth and love.

Tell the children so they may hear the true Christmas story today.

Let them have the chance for relationship with God in every way.

Relationship with God is the reason for the Christmas Season!

Have a very merry of Christmas this year!

Mark and Sveta

December 2020

Hello MUCH Sponsors and Friends,

You can help in providing life-changing help for children with special needs in a big way and it will cost you very little.
Imagine being able to help many children who have no hope but you. MUCH is in great need of financial support. Due to COVID-19, our donations have declined. To keep our current programs running, we need to raise $7,500.
As you know, MUCH is a Christian based mission that serves young children with physical and mental disabilities. Massage therapy helps these children attain marked improvement. It offers them hope and gives them opportunities to lead a better life.
Sveta and I greatly appreciate your continued support to help disadvantaged children in Ukraine. Thank you for your help!


A MUCH Success Story

Valya is nine-years-old. Her parents were deprived of their parental rights because of their immoralities, so Valya was sent to a Baby House. The care at Baby Houses is minimal and lacks maternal affection and parental attention and care. The developmental stages of growth are stifled.
After spending three years in the Baby House, Valya was sent to the orphanage in Dobromel, Ukraine.
She has speech problems and problems walking. After three years of full-body massages and speech therapy face massage, Natasha, the massage therapist of Mission Ukraine Children’s Hope, noticed that Valya was better at pronouncing certain words. She began to express herself. Before the therapy, one of her legs seemed shorter, making it was difficult for Valya to walk. After therapy, her hips became level and she walked with greater ease.
This is just one example of how MUCH helps children with disadvantages improve their physical and mental well-being.

You can see all of our videos at our YouTube site

Blessings of love and healing,

Mark and Sveta
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November 2019

Hello family and friends,

We wish everyone the happiest of holidays this
Thanksgiving and Christmas Season!

God continues to show us the great needs of
children with disabilities throughout Ukraine.

We will add 6 therapists to our team in 2020, totaling 17.

Our goal is to raise funding for the

17 therapists to work for 12 months!

Our Christmas Fundraiser for 2019 is to raise $18,000!

We Need Your Help!

Donate Here

OR

Make your checks to:
Mission Ukraine Children’s Hope (MUCH)
488 Hiatts Drive
Greensboro, NC 27455

 

We continue to expand our Massage Therapy Program. Our eleven therapists work in four cities and two villages. We introduced Oksana in the October Newsletter. She is training to work in our district of Mykolaiv.

 

 

Two more, Nadya and Alla, begin training in Odessa to work in a third village, Ovidiopol, west of Chornomorsk.

 

 

 

 

Where are we working in Ukraine?

 

 

 

 

 

Which Massage Therapists serve children in which cities or villages?

Dobromel 1 Natalya M
Veleeky Lubin 1 Igor
Ovidiopol +2 Alla and Nadya
Chornomorsk 3 Natalya B, Ira O, and Tanya
Mykolaiv 3 +1 Anya, Tanya, Oksana V, Oksana K
Stepovoya 2 Ira and Natasha
Marganets 1 Albina

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December 2018

2018 Christmas Fundraiser

Hello family and friends,

The Christmas Gift

Christmas was always once a year when I was young,

This year, that wonderful day, twice will be sung.

While receiving massage, that therapy of relaxation,

Our children’s minds reel with exhilaration.

December 25 we will celebrate that wonderful day,

And on January 7, we will proclaim again in an exuberant way.

Our children rejoice how through God’s provision,

They receive massage therapy because of your generous givin’.

Friends of theirs and friends of mine,

Please remember our children this Christmas when you dine.

Know that through your donation you change their lives,

Know that through this therapy their body revives.

Together we can help them heal and grow,

So in the years to come, they will walk tall,

Harvesting the seeds in them that you did sow.

$10 $25 $50 $100 Your hearts desire

Donate Here

Thank you each one. God bless you this Christmas season and throughout 2019.
Blessings of love and healing,

Mark and Sveta

November 2018

Hello family and friends,

Here is a great opportunity
to give our children of MUCH

A Christmas gift that will
keep giving all year long

Donate Here

$10 $25 $50 $100 Your hearts desire

Our goal is $10,000

for the 2019 Massage Therapy Program

We are changing lives!
Please help us continue our great work!

Mark’s Moments

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have a new massage therapist waiting in the wings for MUCH Board approval. We met yesterday in the new Young Life facility in Mykolaiv, Ukraine.

A Massage room was part of the plan. This Young Life Club is very involved in the Capernaum program for children with disabilities. Massage therapy is part of this program.

MUCH has one massage therapist Anya, in this program and is waiting for approval of a second, Tanya, pictured above.

The grand opening is TONIGHT 11/15/2018

Blessings of love and healing,

Mark and Sveta

January 2018

Hello family and friends,

The Christmas fundraiser was a success!
We raised more than $4000 to help
four village schools and two Orphanages
Sveta and I are ecstatic!

Sveta has been busy connecting with the directors of the village schools. She wired the
money to each director or manager. They are in the process of ordering the educational
equipment to be put to use immediately. We will have receipts for every purchase soon.
Mark’s Moments
Take a look at our latest three videos. If you only have 6 minutes to spare, be sure to see our 2017 update video.
On our last visit to America, friends ask me if Ukraine is changing for the better. I say emphatically, “Yes.” Here is a current article that suggests that corruption is under attack. In Ukraine, a Successful Fight for Justice, Then a Murder It is not a pleasant story, but it does show that truth is what Ukraine is moving toward. Corruption is on the way out.

It is interesting to read how some journalists represent Ukraine. This article about the new police force in Ukraine is not exactly 100% correct. Read the comments at the bottom of this link page. I have lived in Ukraine for 15 years and I have watched change take place in different cities. I see the new young police force in our city. I see a generation of young people who want to change their country. When you read about Ukraine, challenge everything. With fake news and propaganda hackers, we must test the sources of all that we read.

I think that this article helps me, someone with high hopes for Ukraine, to better understand why the anti-corruption programs are not moving forward faster and better. Bringing about change in a country the size of Ukraine is not easy. What I found most interesting was how it seems that the Oligarchs have more control of the country than the government. MUCH continues to operate without any interference for any organization. It seems that the needs that MUCH meets will remain.
We see problems of corruption in Ukraine on different levels of government. Last year, a disgruntled employee anonymously brought false changes against a direct of an orphanage. The investigation went on for about 6 months. The director was found innocent of all charges. The orphanage is in Western Ukraine, very pro Ukrainian.
Currently, the director of a school that we have been working with for three years is in a similar
situation. This time, someone wants her job. After all possible complaints have been proven false, one was made up. We sent a letter in support of the director to the proper authority. It was returned to us, explaining that it was written in an incorrect format. The school pro Ukrainian, is in eastern Ukraine, influenced by pro Russian sympathizers in government. And the beat goes on.
Sveta’s Journey
Very often doctors are in a hurry to prescribe antibiotics for a child or a shock dose of treatment to relieve themselves of responsibility. If doctor prescribes a “weak” medication for a child or one that has “slow-effect,” it will have mild results. When this happens, it appears that the doctor is not so qualified. I saw it when our grandchildren were ill. The parents requested the doctor to make a house call. He prescribed antibiotics without knowing the results of the previous tests.
When Sasha was three months old, the doctor diagnosed him with dysplasia of the hip joints. If
treatment did not begin on time, pathology of the musculoskeletal system and even disability could occur. The doctor ordered the child be put in special stirrups, and remain in this apparatus for five months. The mother of the child decided to try another treatment, to begin a massage therapy treatment.
Oksana, our massage therapist in Mykolaiv, gave Sasha two
ten-day courses of massage therapy. Oksana and Sasha’s mother saw positive results. The baby’s legs were symmetrically and painlessly spread in both directions. After seeing these results, Sasha’s mother visited the doctor for a new evaluation. The doctor confirmed that the baby’s dysplasia of his hip joints was corrected. He made a new diagnosis and
cancelled his recommendation of needing stirrups.
A second similar story occurred with a four-year-old girl, named Victoria.
The child was repeatedly sick. Obstructive bronchitis of an allergic and
infectious nature lowered her immunity system. The main problem was shortness of breath and a clear lack of oxygen. The girl was regularly treated by a pulmonologist and took antibiotics quite often.
This time, when the doctor prescribed antibiotics for Victoria, her mother decided to delay using them. She decided to turn to our massage therapist Tanya and her child received a 10-day massage therapy course of drainage massage and massage to correct her spine. It was an unpleasant procedure. During the massage treatment the girl cried. Unfortunately, the pain was necessary.

Such a hard massage therapy is necessary in her situation and because of it, we saw good results. When in the middle of the massage course mother with Victoria visited the doctor, the doctor was surprised when he listened to the baby’s lungs. Her breathing improved. Chryps, the wheezing, decreased. The doctor said that antibiotics were no longer needed. How wonderful! Victoria did not need antibiotics! Massage therapy was the correct procedure for this illness!
We are so very grateful that God opened the door of massage therapy for Mark thirteen years ago. Because of his need and success, hundreds of children have been treated with positive results. Mark and I are thrilled to be a part of this and see the results!
Living my dream,
Sveta
Our goal for 2018 is to find more monthly sponsors to maintain and grow our massage therapy and Transportation Scholarship programs. The village school projects will continue as once a year fundraiser. There is so much to do here in Ukraine. God’s timing and your compassionate support will move us forward.

Thank you friends of MUCH!
You can see all of our videos at our Youtube site:
http://www.youtube.com/user/smmuch
Blessings of love and healing,
Mark and Sveta

December 2017

Christmas 2017

’Twas the night before Christmas and all through Ukraine,

Were children whose hearts beat like the speed of a train.

Would this be the year that their school would have what it would need,

To explode their educational experience from the teacher’s dream seed?

In the Chemistry class to see the minerals combine,

Bursting in the air as the molecules create a picture sublime!

Could Physical Education class have sports balls to kick and that bounce,

And a climbing rope that would not unravel with each additional ounce?

Would this be the year that the chalkboard screech,

Would be replaced by a smooth chalkboard-wall that everyone could reach?

Or in the physics class where eyes would see, ears would hear, and hands would touch,

The mystery of an electric motor the children’s minds would finally clutch?

Would this be the year, in the village schools,

That the children’s education would be met with the 21st century tools?

It could happen, and it is within reach,

MUCH has received all but $470 to complete this years fundraiser beseech.

The lives of 400 children in four village schools and two orphanages you can touch,

This Christmas season by contributing to MUCH.

Your dollar will go far, the exchange rate is high,

For 27.6 Hryvnia, one dollar will buy.

If you have a few dollars just laying around,

Send them to MUCH, and a new purpose for them will be found.

Then know that the spirit of Christmas giving, from deep in your heart,

Has touched the children of Ukraine, and it is your Christmas of which they are a part.

Merry Christmas to all who read this poem of hope this year,

May your understanding of true love through giving be clear!

Blessings of love and healing,

Mark and Sveta

November 2017

Hello family and friends,

If you tried to donate online, we apologize that our website was offline. It is working now and waiting for you visit again.

We trust that all have had a blessed Thanksgiving experience. God has blessed Sveta and I with many joys in our life these past six years. We pray that each of you take hold of the many blessings that God has waiting for you.

Sveta and I spent 7 weeks in America with our families and friends. We stayed with new friends in Virginia, and visited two home schools and a church. We were interviewed on a local Radio Station, WPAQ. It was a nice experience. We visited sponsors and spoke at a church while staying with four families of my relatives in North Carolina. We enjoyed meeting with our MUCH Board of Directors. Two weeks in Florida was a special time. My Dad and step-mother, Bob and Jean Koehler, helped us by organizing opportunities to present our story. They organized a meeting at supper with different people every night. It was wonderful to talk with people from all walks of life. We made new friends! It was such a blessed time!

Thank you everyone who helped us with housing and food, transportation, and all our needs!

Our Christmas fundraiser is moving forward! We are improving education in four village schools and two orphanages. Help us spread the joy of Christmas by providing many of the educational tools that will help these children change their future in Ukraine.

Thanks to the friends of MUCH, we have raised $1,500.

We still need to raise $2,720 to meet our goal by Christmas.

Donate Here

 

Shostakovo asks for help to improve their Biology, Physics, and English classes …

In September, MUCH provided a few educational tools! It was a great beginning.

 

 

Maksimivka asks for help to improve 5 classes with wall charts …

Migovo asks for help to improve their Chemistry, Biology, and Physics classes …

Ternava asks for help to bring instruments into its Music Program …

Veleeky Lubin asks for a tablet for the psychologist …

Dobromel asks for tools to teach the children to work with concrete and plaster …

In September, MUCH began to provide tools for the construction class.

Let’s meet this goal together!