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Widows and Pensioners

Agnesia Frolova

Born 1937

Agnesia Frolova Music Mission Kiev took care of my husband's parents for many years. It was through them that I came to know about Music Mission Kiev. They lived until their 90's and I cared for them. I began to deliver food for my mother-in-law after her husband died. And it was at that time (ten years ago) that I started attended the Bible classes, because it ...
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Aleksey Trunov

01. 04. 1940

Aleksey Trunov He has bitter memories of his childhood. There were four children in their family. When the war began, he and his sister were at the age of 1. The two brothers were older. Those years were terrible and hungry. Their father was a soldier at the front. When he came back home after the war, their financial situation has not improved. The parents w ...
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Alevtina Tarasiuk

February 7, 1930

Alevtina Tarasiuk I thought I was a Christian, but I rarely went to church and had a small knowledge about God. I lived at a time when churches were closed and we had no Bibles. I was a teacher. We were told that God did not exist. Now everything has changed. We can go to the church if we choose. My neighbor, Svetlana Dombrovskaya, invited me to St. Paul's church. H ...
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Alexander Khandogin

February 29, 1932

Alexander Khandogin In my youth, I lived in Siberia and served in the Soviet Army. After that I was sent to Kazakhstan as an engineer of security of labor and techniques at the Academy of Science. When the Soviet Union fell, I moved to Kiev. I guess you could say that I was a military career man. One day I was invited to St. Paul's Church by my friend Valentina Vasc ...
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Alexander Neumitiy

February 20, 1939

Alexander Neumitiy One day three young men (two Americans and a translator) came up to me in Shevchenko Park. They asked me, "Do you know for certain that when you die that you will go to Heaven?" I told them I did not know. I had many sins. My life was godless. They shared the Gospel with me and they invited me to St. Paul's church. And it changed my life. I was bor ...
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Alexander Romanov

January 22, 1964

Alexander Romanov My mother received food from Music Mission Kiev. She always wanted me to come to the church. I have mental problems and live alone since my mother died. Now I come to St. Paul's church and Bible Studies on Saturday. I really like it. The mission decided to give the food packet that my mother received to me, and I am very thankful for this. I c ...
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Alexander Voronin

September 1, 1948

Alexander Voronin In 2004, a widow named Nadezda (who is now in Heaven) invited me to the church and asked me if I would deliver her food packet to her home. I agreed to help her, and I continued to attend the church because I loved the worship, the friendliness of the people, the classical music, Diane's Bible class, and Roger's preaching. I also joined the Evangel ...
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Alexandra Gogol

March 10, 1941

Alexandra Gogol I thought I was a believer, because I had learned the Lord's Prayer from my mother and attended church on big holidays. But when Pavel Berest invited me to St. Paul's church to join the Choir of Pensioners, I heard the Gospel message. I wanted to join the church, and I met with Diane McMurrin, who explained what Jesus had done for me on the Cross, ...
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Alexandra Sobko

March 3, 1937

Alexandra Sobko I grew up as an orphan. My mother died when I was 2 years old, and my father was killed in WW2 on the Front. When I was a teenager, I went to the technical school. I married and I have one son. My husband died. My son does not live with me, so I am alone. I began attending Diane's Bible lessons and the church. Those were such happy days. Bu ...
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Alina Kutsenko

April 25, 1937

Alina Kutsenko Formerly, I worked as a journalist and librarian manager. I was born in Kazakhstan and spent my childhood there. My Papa fought in WWII. I graduated from the Institute in Moscow and worked at the film institute for many years. In 1991, I became a pensioner and had so little to live on that I became a beggar on the street. I was very lonely when ...
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Alisa Kotliar

January 22, 1946

Alisa Kotliar I was born after the war, and my father was persecuted during Stalin's purges and exiled to Magadan. My parents were atheists. I was invited to the MMK's Evangelism ministry in 2005 by another widow. After attending for many months, I began to have problems with my legs and became homebound. Therefore, I am very grateful for the people who com ...
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Alisa Yanborisova

July 24, 1946

Alisa Yanborisova Formerly, I worked as a telephone operator. I was in Chernobyl during the accident, and am now disabled. My friends invited me to MMK in 2006. I have no relatives and am very grateful for the "sisters" I found in church. I am thankful for the food I receive from MMK which helps me to survive. I enjoy attending St. Paul's Church, and am so happy to ...
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Alla Bondareva

August 14, 1939

Alla Bondareva I have never doubted the existence of God. But when my husband and daughter died, I had great grief and pain in my soul. My friend Ludmila invited me to St. Paul's church, and soon afterwards Jesus came into my heart. He gave me the comfort I needed. I became more patient. I started studying the Bible. Due to our teachers Roger and Diane, we kn ...
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Alla Ditkova

March 30, 1938

Alla Ditkova My childhood passed during the war in hunger and cold. We had no shoes, no clothes. There were difficulties after the war with food and clothes also. After school I became a tailor. I got married in 1957. I had twins. They were born prematurely, so my husband left me because of this. I raised these children by myself. My mother helped me. In 19 ...
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Alla Fomenko

August 4, 1947

Alla Fomenko I was raised in poverty. I married, but my husband left me when I became pregnant. I worked hard all my life as a secretary, and now I receive a small pension from the government. My neighbor Katerina invited me to the church. I loved it so much, and now I am a member. I pray for my son, who is an atheist. I'm happy to be useful to other ...
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Alla Ilyenko

10. 02. 1936

Alla Ilyenko Valentina Zhdan invited her to the St. Paul's church; and Alla thanks Roger, Diane and others for that she can listen to the wonderful music, the chorus and the sermons there. Her life was difficult. During the Second World War she survived just due to the Lord God. Once in 1942 Alla's grandmother gave her some food and she wanted to feed the ca ...
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Alla Kostina

August 10, 1938

Alla Kostina Formerly I worked as an editor of newspapers. I am a child of war and till today I remember the noise of bombing and how difficult it was to find food. I was on the Metro one day and sat down next to a woman who began to talk to me about God. This woman was Larisa Noschenko (a widow of MMK), and she invited me to church. The following week I came t ...
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Alla Kostritskaya

Born in 1950

Alla Kostritskaya I have been coming to St. Paul's church since 2007. My mother Zinaida invited me to the church, and we used to come together. Then mother became homebound and I cared for her and delivered her food packages. I regularly visited Diane's Bible studies. I attended the Personal Evangelism course taught by Roger, and receive my graduation certifica ...
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Alla Kurdiaeva

June 7, 1938

Alla Kurdiaeva I survived the Leningrad blockade and kept pieces of bread in my pocket as a means of surviving starvation during war time. Now I have a thyroid condition which requires medicine. My small pension is used to pay for the medicine, so I am very grateful for the food I receive from MMK which helps me survive. I am also thankful for clothes and medicin ...
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Alla Lemeshko

August 4, 1936

Alla Lemeshko I remember the difficulties in my childhood when the Nazis came to the territory of Ukraine, and occupied Kiev. There was bombing, and some of my relatives died. The rest of us left for the Caucuses, and lived there for some years. My father was killed during the bombing in Kiev, and my mama raised us three children alone. When I was 14, I took par ...
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Alla Mokrenko

July 30, 1938

Alla Mokrenko I came to God when I became a member of St. Paul's church. I had been singing in Roger's choir (The Kyiv Symphony Orchestra and Chorus) since 1993, and I went on several tours with them to the United States. But it was Svetlana Atrasevich who invited me to the church, and there the Savior I had been singing about, I met as my Lord. I worked distrib ...
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Alla Yampolskaya

February 5, 1924

Alla Yampolskaya I am a musician. When I was 78 and 80, I played the piano on international competitions, and I received an award as the best pianist. My life has been very rich with concerts, creativity and music competitions. In 1999, Alla Morenko, who was singing in Roger's choir, invited me to the church. I felt very comfortable there. I am grateful for the ...
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Alla Zablotskaya

October 25, 1926

Alla Zablotskaya I became a widow when my husband died back in 1964. I worked for 60 years as a pharmacist. In 2001, my friend Galina invited me to church where I met Roger and Diane McMurrin. Since I started attending church, I no longer needs doctors, as God has answered my prayers and healed me. My life also changed once I accepted Christ as my Savior. Jesus is ...
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Anastasia Nesina

February 22, 1935

Anastasia Nesina God helps me in my life and trials. I am grateful to Him. My life is very difficult. My son is an alcoholic. He yells at me and beats me. I cannot hear well, he strikes my ears. But I believe in God and pray for His help. I am not well and go to the Heart Institute for treatment. I am very grateful for food support. Thanks for everything. My f ...
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Anatoly Matvienko

March 14, 1957

Anatoly Matvienko My mother Antonina was a member of the food program, and after her death, I was invited to the church and to the prayer class by Evgenia Maksimova. That was two years ago. My mother had often asked me to go to the church, and it is a pity that it was only after her death, I began to come. I was an alcoholic, and after mama died, I had a stroke, and ...
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Anatoly Sokolenko

January 11, 1939

Anatoly Sokolenko My father was a Jew, and my mother was Ukrainian. I wanted to enter the Transportation Institute, but I did not pass the test, so I worked my whole life as a driver. Years have passed, and now I am 75 years old and a pensioner. But, thanks to God, my health is good. After my divorce, I was feeling very alone, and I wanted to find a church whe ...
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Anatoly Zhurakovsky

March 20, 1937

Anatoly Zhurakovsky I have never been married and have no children. I was born in Kiev during war time. In 1945 I came down with Scarlet Fever and almost died. It was only God who helped me to survive the harsh winter and war. After High school I entered technical school, and after graduation went to work in eastern Ukraine. Later I graduated from the Pedagogical Ins ...
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Anna Rozhkovskaya

19.11.1939

Anna  Rozhkovskaya In June 2016 Ekaterina Matvejchuk invited her to the St. Paul's church. She told Anna about God, the church and MMK. Anna gladly listens to the sermons on Saturdays and Sundays and she also takes part in the church ministries and in the choir. Her life was very difficult. She lived in the occupied territory during the war; she experienced the Ch ...
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Anna Andrienko

February 28, 1938

Anna Andrienko I came to MMK in 2000 and joined the many programs of the widow's ministry. I also came to Christ through Diane's Bible class, and my heart was changed. I am now sure that I have received eternal life as a free gift from Jesus. I am very grateful to Roger & Diane for their help and spiritual guidance. I am also grateful to my sponsor, who provides ...
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Anna Balitskaya

March 5, 1941

Anna Balitskaya My friends invited me to the church. Now I study the Bible. God helped me in all my life, in my health, healing, food support, friendship, studying Bible. Studying the Bible at St. Paul's was a great blessing. Now I am homebound. I believe in Jesus. It's the right way to follow Jesus.

Anna Gorbenko

November 27, 1941

Anna Gorbenko My father was on the front during the war. It was a very difficult time, but with God's help I survived. During the Chernobyl accident I had to run away with my two small children. After 1991, my husband and I had no salary for many months, but we were able to survive with what we grew in our garden. My friend then invited me to MMK in 2006 and tol ...
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Anna Ponochevnaya

November 14, 1937

Anna Ponochevnaya All my life I worked in the kindergarten because I love children so much. When my husband died in 2011, I was in despair. I cried all the time, was depressed, and couldn't sleep. One day I met my friend Larisa from St. Paul's church as I was walking on the street, and she invited me to the worship service. God healed my soul and helped me to ...
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Anna Sadoshuk

December 22, 1931

Anna Sadoshuk My friend Galina Novitskaya invited me to St. Paul's church. She said, "You will be happy and not be alone. Prayers will help you, and you will hear God's Word every week." I wanted to know more about Jesus. When I came the first time, I was surprised to see how kind people were to each other, and I enjoyed the beautiful classical music. I have bee ...
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Anna Shershen

November 13, 1945

Anna Shershen I worked as a musician and conducted a children's choir. I am married with two grown children. My neighbor told me about St.Paul's church. First I came on Saturday to the Bible lesson, and then I returned for Sunday worship. Two whole days to learn about God! I was so happy! I received Jesus into my heart and made friends with many sisters ...
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Anna Shevchenko

February 15, 1935

Anna Shevchenko I am a widow. I have known war and famine. My husband and my son died. I survived difficult operations only by the grace of God. Katerina Melnichenko, my old friend, invited me to the church. I like it very much. It gives me hope.

Anna Vedernikova

February 12, 1951

Anna Vedernikova When I first came to St. Paul's church, I wanted to cry for joy. Everything my friend Zinaida said was true. She said said that I would feel the joy of Christians who serve God and love each other in the family of Christ. So many people greeted me, and I saw how aged people are respected and loved. I then came to the Bible lesson on Saturda ...
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Anna Vetrova

February 6, 1946

Anna Vetrova Formerly, I worked at the Opera house. My father died when I was two months old. My mother was very sick and had three other children to care for, so she took me to an orphanage. I first came to MMK in 1995 when I started to sing in the KSOC choir. I came to Christ after singing in Roger's choir on the KSOC's first American tour. I am married and l ...
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Antonina Dasevich

February 6, 1946

Antonina Dasevich In 2001 I met Ludmila Zavalnaya who goes to St. Paul's Church with her granddaughter. I also brought my granddaughter to the church and Sunday School. I wanted her to know Jesus. I wanted to give 10% of my income to God as well as my time and talent.I know that God brought me and my granddaughter to Himself through this church. I am grateful for Hi ...
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Antonina Nikonenko

May 10, 1933

Antonina Nikonenko People call me "Toni" and I was born in Belarus and still have relatives there. I spent all my life as a worker. I was one of ten children of my mama and papa, and during the Second World War, we helped the freedom fighters (the Partisans) and worked against the Nazi's. Many of my sisters and brothers were killed, and I saw many dead bodies on the ...
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