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January 2019

Hello family and friends,

Thank you one and all who contributed to the MUCH Christmas Fundraiser.

We Raised Over $7,000!

Contributions came from those who receive our newsletters, Facebook friends, and new friends of friends. Thanks to all of you! Our monthly contributions throughout 2019 and the Christmas Fundraiser will carry our programs through the year.

Mark’s Moments

Here is our program for 2019.

Massage Therapy in four cities and two villages. We have a total of eleven massage therapists serving a minimum of forty-four children per month.

Meet all of our massage therapists here on our website.


Our Transportation Scholarship Program sponsors four University students through the Evangelical Baptist Church in Chornomorsk. One was not able to meet with us because of illness.

Sveta, our manager Ira, and I met with the Pastor. He expressed great thanks for our sponsorship. He shared about how the students use their education to do ministry in the church with the children and the youth. They are giving back to the community even before they finish their education.

Our Clothing Program provides underwear and indoor slippers for the children at the Transition Home in Marganets. It is our smallest program, but the connection with the children and their need for clothing paved the way for massage therapy. Three years ago we started massage therapy at the Transition Home, which proved to meet a much greater need. Their lives have been changing for the better.

Sveta’s Journey

This month, Mark and I had a wonderful meeting with 9 month old Luba and her mother. We saw how much hope Luba’s mother has about restoring her baby, despite the new diagnosis that the doctors have set. An internal hemangioma has formed on the neck of the child, which has greatly increased in the last month to the size of a walnut. Next week the child will be examined. Doctors suggest that it is impossible to remove the hemangioma because the artery passes through this formation and also during the operation it can affect the facial nerve.

The good news is that the she no longer has several cystic formations in her head. Luba also learned to roll over to the left side. Previously, it was hard for her to do this because the left side of her body does not function as well as the right. She still cannot pick up toy with her left hand, but this baby found a way out of this situation; she learned to shift the toy from her right hand to her left.

Luba’s mom has a big faith and positive words about her child. She allows no doubt to creep into her heart. When people say that her baby is premature, she answers that her baby was in a hurry to come to this world. When people say that her baby is very small, her answer is that the little feet can do a great job.

We also met with Ilya. Once the doctors said that this child was hopeless and unpromising. But Dr. Natalya has been working with the boy for eight years already. Massage therapy and exercise are developing skills in walking, squats, etc.

Ilya continues with a great desire to learn how to walk with one cane or holding onto a wall. The child told us that his greatest desire is to walk on his own. Ilya persistently follows all instructions of the exercise therapist. After massage therapy, Ilya has a one hour exercise program of balance, climbing steps, sitting and standing, and walking skills. Earlier, Ilya could focus only on walking. If someone spoke to him, he would try to answer and lose focus and fall. Now the boy can talk in the process of learning to walk. He asked us many questions and at the same time moved forward with rearranging his canes. His speech has become clearer and he is more sociable. Illya no longer has a fear of falling, and if this happens he rises and goes on. Keep it up, Ilya!

Mark and I had a wonderful opportunity to lay hands on children and pray for them. We believe that every child is in God’s hands. Your and our part to love children and help everyone with the gift each of us has from the Lord.

Thank you for your prayers and finances for providing children with their needs.

Living my dream,

Sveta

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 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

October 2018

Hello family and friends,

2018 Christmas Fundraiser

We need your help

Our goal is to raise $10,000

for the 2019 Massage Therapy Program

We can do it with your help.

The children are worth it!

Donate Here

Sveta’s Journey

The last three months in our newsletters we asked you to support some of the children in our massage program. These children will receive regular massage treatments. Together with you, we will see what results massage therapists will achieve, and how the Lord works through their hands and hearts. Of course, other children who need massage therapy are involved in our program. Some of these children need a massage course on a monthly basis. Other children receive massage therapy every other month.

Ira is our massage therapist in Chernomorsk. She is working with a six-year-old girl Valya who was diagnosed with over extension of the joints. The lack of necessary treatment can lead to pain. It can become chronic and atrophy of muscles working the joints will lead to disability. The main part of the treatment is to strengthen the muscles of the surrounding problem joints.

Valya felt uncomfortable because her right shoulder was higher than the left. Girl was upset and irritable due to frequent pains in muscles and joints. After a course of massage therapy, her muscles strengthened, her shoulders became level. Valya said that now she feels better, the pain in the upper back region has passed. It became easier for her to perform special physical exercises to strengthen muscles and joints. She is so happy! It is amazing how a ten-day massage course can make a little child happy!

Baby Luba is now seven months old, but according to the developmental standards she is as a four-month-old baby. Since the mother’s pregnancy was proceeding with difficulty, the doctors performed a cesarean section much earlier than the term of delivery. With a weight of 1.65 pounds, a little girl came into this world. She spent a month in intensive care with an artificial breathing apparatus. Doctors had no hope that the child will live. But God had His plans to give life to this baby.

Doctors gave several diagnoses, some of which are haemangiomas (a benign tumor of the blood vessel) on the upper left arm, muscular myopathy and torticollis. Luba’s left hand is limited in movement, the fingers do not grip the toy as well as the fingers on her right hand. Perhaps this hemangioma affects the motor function of the hand. Doctors are not sure what to do with hemangioma which has increased in size. They continue to explore. If muscles and nerves are affected, there may be no way to treat some of her health problems. Please pray for Luba’s healing.

Tanya, our massage therapist is doing everything possible to treat this condition with the help of massage. In August, she gave Luba the first course of massage treatment. Muscle spasticity was significantly reduced. Also, she began to make attempts to keep her head in a raised position. In October, Tanya gave Luba a second course of a ten-day massage. Now Luba holds her head well. She no longer has torticollis. She can stand on her legs for a while.

 

 

These are good results. Slowly, step by step, we see progress throughout the process. Next month, Tanya plans to continue massage therapy for Luba. We believe that everything will be fine with the child. Thank you for your prayers and for your financial support.

Living my dream,

Sveta

You can see all of our videos at our Youtube site http://www.youtube.com/user/smmuch

Blessings of love and healing,

September 2018

Hello family and friends,

September has brought us comfortable weather in the 60s and 70s F. The children are back in school, the leaves have begun to fall from the trees, and Sveta and I are preparing to visit the children at the Dobromel Orphanage in October. It will be a beautiful time to travel to western Ukraine!

Mark’s Moments

Sveta spoke at church today. She talked about troubled times and how we overcome them. In a nut shell, she explained how we need to look to God to understand how He will bring the solution. — We have a number of opportunities to minister in conversation with different people in our church. It always amazes us how God directs the conversation, and give us the correct words to say to meet the immediate needs of our guests.

In my experience with MUCH, I see every day how God provides for all of our needs as missionaries. He is never late to provide locations, clients, and massage therapists.

Read how God provided a replacement massage therapist for Yana within less than thirty days.

Sveta’s Journey

For fourteen years, MUCH has been blessed with massage therapists who have a special heart for our children with special needs. Some continue with MUCH for many years, while others work with great joy for a shorter period of time. Yana is one of those whose stay was shorter, only two years. In those two years, she changed the face of dealing with the emotional trauma of the children.

Yana

Yana, providing massage therapy at the Transition Home in Marganets, has found a job working for the government that provides more money and long term security. She decided to accept this new position for the future of her family, husband and two children.

Svetlana, the director of the Transition Home, asked Mark and me to find a replacement for Yana. She sees the urgent need for massage treatments for the children. She told me how the children changed after massage therapy, combined with their interaction with Yana. She sees the wonderful results massage therapy brings.

These children are torn from their families because the parents don’t care for them due to poverty, alcoholism, drug abuse, or parents whose own problems are bigger than they know how to deal with.

Because negative situations in family or even separation from bad parents bring stress, many children suffer from an increased tightness of the neck and shoulder muscles. They feel abandoned, unwanted, unloved, and have low self-esteem. One doctor compared the psychological traumas of children in dysfunctional families with the traumatic experience of war. This is called post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Another result of children whose parents are suffering from, is that they endure stress comparable to the loss of a loved one.

Massage therapy has a special effect on children with injured souls. It brings each child a unique solution to their emotional and psychological needs. It has always been clear how a positive and caring massage therapist could affect the children and help them. It is wonderful!

Albina

Upon request, our Marganets manager, Inna, recommended a massage therapist, Albina, to replace Yana. She loves children and her massage therapy profession.

Svetlana has agreed for a trial month for Albina. In October, Albina will work four hours a day, for ten days throughout the month.

In November Mark and I will go to Marganets and meet who we believe God has prepared to replace Yana. We are looking forward to it. It is always about God’s provision.

You Can Help Our Children Here

Natasha and Two Children

Natasha, our massage therapist at the Dobromel Orphanage, provided massage therapy for eight children in September. She describes such wonderful results that she is seeing after the massage treatment courses. As you remember, Natasha combines massage therapy with game therapy, physical exercises, and the lighted sand box.

You can Sponsor Kate

She wrote:

“Kate has no physical problems but to me I see that she needs correction and recovery of psychological functions. She cries often, is very emotional, and is often aggressive. With the help of massage therapy, I was able to relax her psyche.

You can Sponsor Dan

These children are special. In my opinion, they come to this world to bring good. In their eyes there is no hatred, anger, and they don’t hide behind a mask. They are bright, open and with a good heart, these are children with Down syndrome.

In the beginning of the month Dan came to me for massage therapy. He was frightened and did not want to undress. In his contact with adults, he pushed everyone away. For three days, he came and we looked at pictures together, played games with balls, and other games in a dry pool. Eventually, he agreed to receive massage therapy, and we began to work actively.

As a result, he started to walk with me as soon as he saw me. When he sees me, he raises his arms and laughs. I am pleased to say that my work with Dan has yielded some very positive results that are changing who he is and will become!

Massage has actively influenced the state of the muscles, becoming stronger and more elastic. He has improved coordination of movements; his walking gait, running, and squatting, have improved. In mental development I did not notice big changes, but I have great hope for further positive results, and I hope that with God’s help we will be able to help this little angel.”

Living my dream,

Sveta

Do you want to change the life of a child in Ukraine? You can begin here!

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

August 2018

Hello family and friends,

The good news is that Sveta’s arm is healing up very well. She had the metal rods removed July 24, and has been learning to rehabilitate her arm. It has been an emotional challenge for her,trying to understand the pain and swelling that sometimes go along with self-directed occupational therapy. She is on the high side now, so that is good.

A Little History

In 2002, I started a clothing program at the Marganets Orphanage.

In 2004, MUCH was created and we initiated the massage therapy program in Chernomorsk.

In 2007, MUCH started the transportation scholarship program in Chernomorsk.

From 2007 through 2017 MUCH has completed many projects improving environment and education for children in towns and villages in Ukraine.

What is the main work of MUCH in 2018 forward? Our biggest contribution to the children of Ukraine is the massage therapy program. In September, we will be working with forty-two children. To make this happen, MUCH must raise $900.00 each month. This will pay nine massage therapists located in four cities and one village across Ukraine.

Help a Child Live a Better Life

Tanya visits the homes of the MUCH children for whom she provides massage therapy. Before she began working for MUCH, she had retired from twenty years of adult massage therapy in a hospital setting. She saw patients in private practice at her home as extra income to supplement her pension. When we met with her, the passion to work with children who had disabilities blossomed.

You may ask how parents learn about her. Word of mouth travels fast among parents who have children in need of quality treatment. Beginning in 2007, Tanya showed her skill, compassion, and loving personality toward children with serious medical needs. For eleven years, Tonya has been changing lives of children and their families. She brings hope and good results, month after month.
Sveta’s Journey

Vanya is one year old. During childbirth, he experienced asphyxia. Vanya is diagnosed with muscle myopathy. Myopathy is characterized by weakness or muscle atrophy. The child was constantly in a lying posture on his back. Subsequently, Vanya may develop scoliosis. It is also likely that he will become susceptible to pneumonia due to poor mobility. Massage treatment and breathing exercises are two of several therapies that Vanya is receiving. It takes a long time but his parents do not despair.

In August, Vanya received his first course of massage therapy. Tanya saw good results. His muscles are slightly strengthened and now he can take two steps without the support of his parents and stand two minutes holding on to the sofa. This is a good result. Tanya will continue to work with Vanya.

Sponsor Vanya or Lena — $20 a month

Lena was born after caesarean section with a weight of 1 pound 10 ounces. She spent a month in the intensive care unit in need of an artificial breathing apparatus. Now the child is five months old and weighs about 8 pounds 13 ounces. Lena’s doctors gave several diagnoses, two were myopathy, and torticollis.

In August, Tanya gave Lena her first course of massage therapy, which showed good results. Lena has no a muscle spasm, she tries to keep her head in a raised position. Thanks to you, dear friends! Because of your help Tanya will continue to help this little girl grow stronger and develop correctly.

Max is three months old. He went through a caesarean section and doctors diagnosed a muscle spasm and torticollis. Parents, in time, turned to Tanya. We see the result: now the baby has no torticollis, the muscles are normal and the development of the child is excellent in all respects!

How important it is to recognize and start the right treatment on time! Thanks to all who help our children!

Our focus on early intervention is bringing great results like Max. Sometime, the problem can be corrected in one course of massage therapy!

Living my dream,

Sveta

Mark’s Moments

As I was working on this newsletter, an article about the conflict in eastern Ukraine popped up. Take a look at the story that suggests there is unrest between the separatists and Moscow. The leader was killer in an explosion at a cafe in Donetsk.

There has not been any evidence of problems in our area and west. We don’t believe the danger has past. Life goes on, keeping one eye on the periphery. We look to God Who called me here to serve the children. We live one day at a time.

Bringing healing to Ukraine,

Mark

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

July 2018

Hello family and friends,

Your contributions to MUCH are helping Ukraine move forward and improve as a country of freedom!

Did you ever say to yourself, “Wow, I wish that I could impact a child’s life the way that he/she is doing! Unfortunately, I’m locked into my job and lifestyle.”

Friends, I understand that completely. Before God called me to Ukraine, I thought the same. In fact, the Bible verse where Jesus says, “… sell your possessions … and come follow Me,” was my favorite verse from my childhood. It left me with the question, “How do I do this?” At age 44, I began to understand what this meant for my life.

Interestingly though, I could not do this without the financial help of people like you. Come follow Jesus with me through your financial gift.

Sveta shares this story of a one-year-old child that MUCH sponsors who is having great success. Consider answering the call of Christ, “Come follow ME,” by contributing $36 a month to sponsor Andre’s massage and physical therapy treatments.

Help Andre grow and develop

Sveta’s Journey

A year ago Andre was born when his mother was only six months pregnant. This premature birth escalated when his parents were in a car accident. The boy’s mom spent four months with Andre in the hospital. Doctors saved the life of this child, but during the medical care they gave him more oxygen than was needed for the baby. This led to the rupture of one lung. Andre also had a cerebral edema.

From the age of six months, his parents brought their baby to Dr. Natalia’s rehabilitation clinic. Now Andre is on a permanent monthly massage and physical therapy treatment program. Andre’s parents are seeing good results and continue to believe that God will restore the health of their child. Dr. Natalia and her team continue to work intensely with Andre. Neuropathologists are constantly surprised at his results. And we rejoice and thank God for this baby!

 

When Mark and I met with Andre’s father who brought his boy for treatment, we saw great hope and faith in his eyes. He is very grateful to the MUCH sponsors for the rehabilitation program for his little son.

Here are the results to date: Andre smiles, reacts with emotion to light, and to sound. He turns his head in response to voices. He tries to keep his head in a raised position longer and longer. He starts to sit with support. Supporting his body on his hands and knees, he makes attempts to crawl correctly. The results are clearly positive, to which everyone is surprised.

Dr. Natalia wrote: “A huge thanks to each of the kind and sympathetic people from MUCH!”

Living my dream,

Sveta

Mark’s Moments

One of my projects this summer is to build a corridor for our front door. I’m ready to finalize the foundation and pour the floor. I’m waiting on supplies. Building the walls should be quick and easy.

I have been working on my second project for three summers. I want to complete the AAC block insulation this year. I hope to complete both projects by the end of September. Life seems to always be getting in the way.

A friend stopped by last weekend with his video drone. He took a 20 minute aerial video of our property and neighborhood. Sveta and I are building friendships in our community of Balabanivka, the southern city limits of Mykolaiv.

As we continue our MUCH mission, we seek a vision for our new mission as retired people in seven years. We want to minister to the people of our neighborhood community in some way. (Matthew 9:37) “… the harvest is plentiful, the workers are few.” Balabanivka is waiting for more workers to claim this community for God. Our property is the corner lot, left of center, with the small house.

We have a vision for how our home and property can be used for the Kingdom of God, so we continue to improve what God has given us for service to others. See how our house and property looked when we bought it. We have improved it step by step each year.


Our neighborhood has a mix of retirees with soviet mentality, and young families with the mentality of freedom and entrepreneurism. A number of new construction homes are in process. Some have been waiting for years to be finished. Twenty-seven years of freedom is changing the way people think, live, and dream.

Until next time,

Mark

Your contributions to MUCH are helping Ukraine move forward and improve as a country of freedom!

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

June 2018

Hello family and friends,

$36 = a fifteen day course of massage and physical therapy for Ilia!

Imagine the results that YOUR $36 can have for this child in Ukraine!

Help Ilia walk

Ilia is a long term out-patient of MUCH at Dr. Natalia’s clinic. Be his sponsor and help him become his personal best. Change his future with your contributions! Take two minutes and watch a video about his success.

Ilia is learning to walk video

Sveta’s Journey

Now Ilia is seven years old. His birth was difficult and he was born with cerebral palsy. Immediately after birth, this child was admitted to intensive care and his mother, Sasha, spent six months with her son in this neurological hospital. Doctors diagnosed his type of cerebral palsy as spastic diplegia and atrophy of the frontal lobes of the brain. They did not give hope for him to his parents. Their prognoses were disappointing. Soon, Ilia’s father left the family. The young woman was left alone with her grief. She returned to her parents and together they began to care for the baby.

The massage program began for Ilia when he turned one year old. Ilia could not hold his head upright, sit, or stand. For the past six years, three times a year, Ilia received massage therapy. At first, his grandmother took charge of taking him to massage therapy. Sasha worked to have enough money to support her son. Sasha is a very responsible mother. She tries to do everything necessary for Ilia. But the difficulties in her life continue. I’m surprised at her stamina.

Now, Sasha has the care of three people on her shoulders. Along with caring for Ilia, she also cares for her disabled father, and her mother whose health is declining.

We have written about Ilia on a number of occasions in past newsletters. He is a very charming boy. Thanks to a specialized massage program and physical therapy exercises, we see tremendous results. Dr. Natalia, has developed the best rehabilitation program for children with severe disabilities.

Today, Ilia can walk using a walker. The truth is that he practices at home. On the street, Sasha pushes him in a stroller. Now, Dr. Natalya is teaching him to walk with the help of canes. He ceased to be temperamental during physical exercises. Ilia began to understand that exercise is necessary for him and most importantly it gives him great pleasure when he sees that he can take several steps with canes by himself! He likes it!

Because of Ilia’s atrophy of the brain, what he learns in intellectual and motor memory is soon lost. Therefore, Ilia needs massage therapy and movement exercises every day. But it is also necessary to take medication to restore cells of the brain tissue. This is a very expensive treatment. With age, the brain and brain tissue will grow and skills will be consolidated. To maintain any and all of his progress, daily repetition is necessary. In Ukraine, you must be mobile to attend school. Accessibility is not yet a law here. Mark and I, Ilia’s mother, and Dr. Natalia are asking for your help to give Ilia a chance to grow strong in mind and body and go to school. Ilia’s future depends on his going to school.

Living my dream,

Sveta

Mark’s Moments

In past newsletters, we have written about doctor error, and lack of responsible treatment for patients. This month, we experienced a Ukrainian dilemma in our family. While helping her parents in the village, Sveta fell and broke her arm. She was taken to the hospital; the doctor realigned the break, and x-rays were taken. Satisfied that the bone was were it should be, a cast was applied. Very little direction was given to Sveta.

Two weeks later, she returned for evaluation. More x-rays were taken. The doctor said with disappointment, “It is not healing as quickly as it should.” Sveta returned home, unhappy with the report. She noticed that something was oozing out of her cast. She decided that we would go to a different hospital on the following day.

On the way, we met a friend of Sveta’s who suggested we see the main surgeon in the same hospital. We did visit the main doctor, but his diagnosis made Sveta less happy. He said that she needed metal rods put in to hold the bone together. I suggested that we would get a second opinion. With this, the doctor explained further why the rods were necessary. He asked when she had eaten last, and determined a safe time for surgery. It was 9:30 AM. He said, “I can do the operation at 12 PM.”

We went to our daughter’s home to talk it out. On the way, Sveta called two friends who were nurses. They knew the doctor and approved of his skill as a surgeon. On the way to the hospital, we stopped at the pharmacy to buy the metal rods and other items needed for the surgery. The surgery was done in a room across the hall from the doctors office. This is were minor surgeries and dressings are done.

The anesthesiology team arrived, I was told to wait around the corner in the waiting area, where you can see the wheel chair. The operation took a little longer than suggested. The anesthesiologist came to me and we went to the operation room to talk with Sveta. She was walking and talking, but not steady on her feet. She was also in a lot of pain. Our son was with me and we took Sveta down stairs for more x-rays. Next we went to talk with the doctor about the surgery. He answered all of our questions, gave Sveta a list of medication and daily wrap instructions.

Aside from the pain and swelling, Sveta is healing, day by day. She has a difficulty resting and keeping her arm raised.That is a discipline problem. We will keep you informed of her progress.

This was my first hands-on experience with hospital realities in Ukraine.

Until next time!

Mark

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

October, 2017

Hello family and friends,

This is my favorite time of the year. The leaves are changing colors, the air is crisp and cool, and Christmas is just around the corner. The children are waiting for gifts. What better Christmas gift could they receive than a better education?

For MUCH, it is time for the Christmas Fundraiser.
We desperately need your help!
Our goal is $4,220

This year we are focusing on education. Four village schools and two orphanages need your help to improve their quality of education! The government has not updated educational tools since before the end of Soviet times. If the children of Ukraine are going to compete in the world job market, they need better educational equipment.

MUCH believes that better education is what will change Ukraine. When we give new equipment to schools, we see very positive change in the children. Help us make Ukraine strong for a stronger Europe, a better world!

Donate Here

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

1. Projector – For biology class 1 = $150
2. Laptop – For after-school activities 1 = $261
3. Computer tablets – English class 6 = $335
4. Printer 1 = $111
5. Hula hoops gymnastics 15 = $ 41
6. Voltmeters demonstration (0-15Volts) 2 = $ 25
7. Ammeters laboratory (0-2 Аmps) 5 = $ 25
8. Voltmeters demonstration (0-6Volts) 5 = $ 25
9. Model of motor demonstration 1 = $ 25
Total: $998

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

1. A set of charts for the physics class $71
2. A set of charts for the chemistry class $83
3. A set of charts for the biology class $53
4. A set of charts for the Ukrainian class $ 83
5. A set of charts for the English class $ 81
6. Projector $305
7. Monitor $186
8. Jump Rope $ 8
9. Hoop gymnastic $ 16
10. School classroom chalkboard 3 = $313
Total: $1,128

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

1. Microscope = $100
2. Chemical reagents = $123
2. Kit for electrolytes = $ 18
3. Chemistry kit = $ 25
4. Wall charts for biology and physics = $149
5. Printer = $185
Total:$600

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

1.wireless microphone 2 = $186
2.microphone stands 2 = $ 60
3. digital piano 1 = $485
4. music bells 4 = $ 41
Total: $772

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

1. Caulk gun 1= $ 9
2. Stapler gun 1= $ 9
3. Rubber hammer 1 = $ 3
4. Pry bar 2 = $ 7
5. Jigsaw for wood 2 = $11
6. A set of drills for wood 2 = $13
7. A saw of aerated concrete 1 = $13
8. Chalkline chalk 1 = $ 1
9. Ax 2 = $13
10. Clamps 1set = $ 6
11. Joiner’s clamp set 1 = $ 3
12. Miter box 2 = $ 9
13. Digging bar 1 = $ 7
14. Plastic bucket 2 = $ 4
15. Galvanized bucket 2 = $ 3
16. Battery screwdriver drill 1 = $35
17. Electric Drill 1 = $46
18. The hammer drill larger 1 = $67
10. The hammer drill smaller 1 = $56
20. Electric reciprocating saw 1 = $56
21. Electric circular saw 1 = $67
Total: $587

Veleeky Lubin asks for a tablet for the psychologist

Tablet 1 = $135

Donate Here

Thank you for your gifts this Christmas!

Blessings of love and healing,

Mark and Sveta

September, 2017

Hello family and friends,

Sveta and I will be in America between October 14 and November 28, give or take a day. If any of you would like us to visit with you, we would be happy to do so. We will be in the Greensboro area October 15 through November 7. Please reply to this newsletter, or write to us at [email protected].

Mark’s Moments

Our journey to Dobromel in western Ukraine began with a ten minute bus to Mykolaiv, and a thirty minute bus to the train station. The next twenty-three hours Sveta and I talked with cabin mates on the train and caught up on much needed sleep. At the Lviv train/bus station we quickly found a bus to Veleeky Lubin where we stayed overnight in the empty infirmary at the orphanage. After visiting with the director and the children, we took a bus to Sambir. From there our final hour of our journey by bus took us to Dobromel.

While at the Dobromel Orphanage, we visited our two Ukrainian massage therapists, our Ukrainian computer teacher, the school psychologist, and of course, the children. We visited Ternava village school, about three and a half miles south of Dobromel, and Migovo village school, about three and a half miles south west of Dobromel.

Dobromel Orphanage
Five years ago, Natalia began the massage therapy program at the orphanage. This summer she gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. She continues to provide massage therapy, but with a different schedule and for different needs. Now she provides massage therapy for children with emotional or psychological problems for three non-consecutive days a week.

Ten-year-old Galina was a very uncontrollable child when I met her three years ago. Her diagnosis is hyperactivity. Natalia is beginning a massage therapy program for Galina that will overcome this disorder.

Through her need to be with her child, she has broadened the scope of what MUCH is doing at Dobromel! Now Paul is focussing on children with physical disabilities and Natalia is working with children who have emotional and psychologically related disorders.

Paul continues to fine-tune his therapeutic skills of massage. He works with children who have muscular imbalance, scoliosis, and other posture problems. After his time fighting for his country, he now turns his attention and talents to the healing arts.

Construction classes

Paul’s education has also prepared him as a mechanic, and a trained welder. His additional life experience skills will help him train the children to learn different skill such as plastering, tile work, foundations, and building walls.

This month, MUCH provided $185 worth of tools to enable a new class to teach children construction related skills. MUCH will continue to provide tools each year to complete their wish list. I am very excited to see the children develop these new skills.

Ternava Village School

MUCH has been helping the Ternava Village School improve their education program for a few years. They are doing great with what we have provided. They are a community of educators and students who are most eager to take what God has given them and develop it to the max. In this picture, you can see that the elementary children are making good use of the interactive white board. The children enjoy the hands-on learning experience.

You can see the Christian cross on the wall. This school was originally developed by a Greek Catholic Priest many years ago. Although it is a government funded school, the spiritual foundation remains strong. My vision for this school is to become a hub that will reach out to of spiritual activities that will reach out to other schools and communities.

The music teacher, in red and black, shared with us the singing talents of three of her students. First, they sang a beautiful song as a quartet. The second song was a delightful duet.

The director has a vision for her music teacher to provide lessons to play musical instruments, but the school doesn’t have any. The highest priority on their list of musical instruments is a piano. We will address this dream in the October newsletter.

Sveta’s Journey

How can you teach children the interaction of chemicals without a live demonstration? How can you teach a child to work on a computer without having a computer? One of the directors said that the teachers must use abstract concepts to teach concrete experiences. Without the necessary equipment, the teachers must explain “on their fingers.”

In January 2017, MUCH added several new projects. In August, three village’s schools, the orphanage and Transit Home received help. MUCH could not provide the entire list of needs that they shared with us. Each teacher chose from this list several priority items. With the money of our sponsors, the mission purchased five notebooks, a tablet, an interactive whiteboard, sports equipment, a microscope, chemical reagents for chemistry lessons, equipment for physics lessons, construction tools for the construction class, a Swedish wall, and massage aids for $4,429.

In September we visited a small school in the village of Migovo. They are preparing for winter. Behind the school by the outhouse, the pile up the wood and coal that they will use to heat the school.

 

MUCH bought two notebooks and a tablet for this school. I was impressed as Maria, the teacher, taught three children a natural science lesson with a high professionalism suitable for as a class of thirty students. When Maria teaches, she shows how she loves her profession and children. She teaches with maternal tenderness and at the same time, a strong focus and deep knowledge of her subject.

The students and I listened with great pleasure about the planets of our Solar System. Following her lecture on the new notebooks they were able to see the presentation as she spoke. Maria not only taught, but she involved children to take an active part in this lesson. We are very pleased that the equipment purchased by MUCH helps teachers to teach their lesson and helps children visually and physically learn new concepts.

Great thanks to all of you for helping Ukrainian children! The teachers and children are very grateful to you! In the Shostakovo village school these two boys came to us and said thank you very much for your help. I saw that this gratitude was living in their hearts.

Because of your interest in our work, prayers, and funding, all of these children are beginning a new school year with new hope! THANK YOU!

Living my dream,

Sveta

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March 2017

Hello family and friends,

In 2014, we moved into our unfinished home in Mykolaiv. Each year we make improvements, making the house warmer, drier, and cozier. Sveta was working in the garden this week and her eyes twinkle once again. I am ready to finish the external insulation of the house and am making plans for the workshop/summer kitchen. God has blessed us abundantly with our little home.

Mark’s Moments

The hearts of our two new massage therapists in Mykolaiv are on fire. Each therapist began to reach out to their community, offering home visit massage therapy for children with different diagnoses. They began in January and are building their clientele. This has been working out well. We are seeing results in the first month of treatment.

Anya in Mykolaiv

Anya is working with Philip who is diagnosed with hyperactivity. Home visits are a bit more difficult. Finding a work surface that is comfortable for the massage therapist, and is comfortable for the child, can be a challenge. Another situation that the therapist must deal with in the home visit is the presence of siblings. In this situation, Philip is calmed by watching cartoons while Anya focuses on the massage treatment.

Oksana in Mykolaiv

Oksana is working with George, 14 years old. His diagnosis is kyphoscoliosis. His spine is curved forward more that normal in the shoulder area. Also, you may be able to see in the picture that his spine is also curved side to side instead of being straight up and down.

George complained of upper back pain. He received a 20-day massage therapy treatment. His mother saw changes in George’s posture and emotional composure. His pain was alleviated and George was feeling much better.
Oksana bought her own massage table and treats some of her clients in her home. Her work is straight from her heart. She has two small children of her own at home.

A Deeper Passion

This month, as Sveta has been talking with the our therapists, they are asking about another possible opportunity to serve children. In Mykolaiv, there is an orphanage that serves children with physical disabilities. Our therapists are very interested in investigating the feasibility of focusing their work on the children at the orphanage. This sounds very good to me!

Sveta’s Journey

Dr. Natalia in Chornomorsk

Ilya lives in Chornomorsk. He began to receive massage therapy when he was 1 year old. This timely treatment that we call “early intervention” makes new connections in the brain while the brain and body continues to develop.

Through massage therapy, the “walking” motor skills are trained to develop correctly. The muscle tone of the weaker muscles is improved, and the opposing muscles can now develop together. This causes the brain to work correctly.

Ilya was not interested in the world around him; he could not speak or walk. Step by step there was progress. At first he learned to crawl. It was not easy to achieve such an activity. Then he began to say some words. Although this is normal for healthy children and it happens easily, for Ilya this was the result of much time, and the joint work of Dr. Natalia, Ilya’s mother, and grandmother.

During the last five years, his mother and grandmother have done their best to help the child. All of these years, Ilya has received help from MUCH by receiving massage therapy. Dr. Natalia saw how difficult life was for Ilya’s family and she has also contributed to their need. Last year she invited Ilya’s mother to work as an administrator in her center.

Today, Ilya is speaking well and intelligently. He can construct complex sentences. This is a great achievement for a child with his diagnosis. This little boy learned to walk somewhat independently relying on a moving object (chair). Dr. Natalia believes Ilya has promise and she plans to teach him to walk without support. She wants to improve his intellectual potential so that by the age of nine, he will be prepared to attend a special school.

It is a long process. Even so, when we see such extreme progress, we can better understand the long term value of the work that our massage therapists are doing every day.

Marganets School #3

The Marganets School #3 students are very enthusiastic about sports. MUCH has provided the equipment and team shirts; the teacher provides the education and leadership; and the students provide the energy and joyful noise.

Now the children really feel that they are a team! They are united not only by their desire to take part in competitions, but also by wearing the same uniforms, they feel like a real sports team! Their teacher, Igor, is always grateful to you, dear friends, for such great support. He thanks you for helping him do his job better.

Also at School #3, about thirty children participate in the clothing program. Orphaned children and those who live in poverty are in great need of clothing, particularly in the winter months. MUCH provides funds for these needs each month.

You would have to meet the children to truly understand their great need. They are very thankful! Even so, their lives are so challenging, it is difficult to see smiles on their faces for very long.

The children thank you for your care about them!

Yana is our new massage therapist. She began this new program for MUCH at the Marganets Transition Home in January 2017. Children who come to this place may not need physical healing, but their wounded hearts need healing. Interacting with children through massage therapy treatment, the massage therapist not only touches their muscles but also their souls.

Almost all the children did not want to undress to receive massage therapy. When asked to do so, they looked at Yana suspiciously. She did not insist. Rather, with patience, she lovingly spent time with children, chatting and preparing their hearts to trust her. On the third day, the children agreed that Yana could give them massage therapy.

She worked at establishing a trusting relationship. Some teenage boys have ceased to be cruel and loud. One girl name Anya was restless and irritable. At first she did not want to do physical exercises and did not want to take off her clothes for the massage therapy. She started undressing herself by the third procedure, and on the fourth visit, she did all the exercises with pleasure. She especially liked to blow up the balloons, an exercise for her lungs.

Vanya was happy to participate in all of the procedures. At first, he only smiled and nodded his head at all of Yana’s questions. From the fifth procedure, she heard the first words from his mouth.

Our dear friends, thank you for helping us touch the lives of these precious children. God bless you and your children!

Living my dream,

Sveta

Nine MUCH massage therapists in five cities in Ukraine are changing the future of this country. Maybe one of our children receiving massage therapy will make a great contribution to Ukraine, or the world. A more concrete reality is that by setting examples of compassion and human rights for these children of great need, communities are changing their mentality. People see hope, and are standing up to speak for children who cannot speak for themselves.

Thanks to each of you who read our newsletter, share our stories with your friends, and lift us up in prayer as we continue to follow God, sharing His blessings with the children of Ukraine.

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Blessings of love and healing,

Mark and Sveta