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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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Boleslav Golubovskiy

September 29, 1937

Boleslav Golubovskiy I was walking on Shevchenko Boulevard, and I saw some musicians with musical instruments entering the Beli Dom building. "Must be a concert," I thought. So I followed them. It was actually the church service. So I stayed and I've been there ever since. I have joined Diane and Kim's Bible class and I serve to those in need through delivering fo ...
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Daria Bilich

March 1, 1942

Daria Bilich I was invited by my friend Ludmila Novitskaya to St. Paul's Church, and I fell in love with this church! "Never will I leave this place," I told Ludmila. "This is a place to meet with God!" I love this church family, and this is the only place where I have a rest in God. We are happy singing together many different hymns, and I love greeting people ...
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Daria Plachinda

April 2, 1939

Daria Plachinda I was evicted from my apartment where I lived with my parents. My neighbor took my apartment, and all the possessions we had accumulated for fifty years were delivered to my neighbor's garage. I had to start again from nothing. It was winter and I had no warm clothes. I had pneumonia but due to God. I survived. Now I live in a small room, 10 ft. by ...
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Diana Milevskaya

July 30, 1952

Diana Milevskaya I formerly worked as an entertainer and vocal artist on the radio and television. Following the Chernobyl accident, I took part in many concerts at the Chernobyl station to help encourage the people who had suffered through that tragedy. I sang with the KSOC for many years beginning in 1993, going on many tours to America. I have been active in the ...
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Dmitry Zapolsky

April 8, 1930

Dmitry Zapolsky When I was a teenager, I was helping my parents on the railway, carrying rails and repairing the tracks. It was a difficult life and we were starving. Later I joined the Soviet army, and was stationed in the Far East. Then I came to Kiev and worked on construction as an electrician. I married, and rented an apartment in Kiev. Almost all our ...
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Dolli Kovaleva

August 14, 1923

Dolli Kovaleva I wanted to come to the classes on Saturday, but it became too much for me to climb the three flights of stairs to the meeting room. Diane understood, and said, "Why don't you let us bring you your food?" Now I'm so thankful that Vera comes twice a week and helps me. She not only brings food, but she cleans my house and gets my medicine from the ...
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Ekaterina Karikalpakova

14. 12. 1940

Ekaterina  Karikalpakova Valentina Vashchenko invited her to the church. Ekaterina was born in large family. There were 7 children in it. Her father returned from the war and was disabled war veteran, without one arm and a leg, and half-blind. She took care of her parents until their deaths. Now she has small pension, her son is a disabled person. She knows that th ...
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Ekaterina Lialushko

May 18, 1933

Ekaterina Lialushko I survived the famine of 1948 and remember just having rotten potatoes and grass to eat. I have 2 sons. One son lives in England and the other son lives with me and has been disabled from childhood. My friend invited me to MMK in 2001, and I had accepted Jesus as my Savior several years before that. I visited the evangelism ministry for a while, ...
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Ekaterina Yakimenko

27.10.1939

Ekaterina Yakimenko At the beginning of November 2015 Vera invited her to the Bible classes. When World War II came to this country, she was a little child. In 1945 her father was killed. There were 3 children in the family and her mother raised them alone in very difficult living conditions. Ekaterina was married and had 2 children but her son died in an accid ...
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Elan Satanovsky

October 19, 1939

Elan Satanovsky My father was an engineer, but he died in the war. My mother was an actress in the theater, but when I was born, she left the theater to work in a kindergarten and raise me. She was a believer, and taught me to love God. She also gave me a love of theater, and I go there when I can. I especially like musical comedy. I became an engineer, and was ma ...
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Eleanora Kalashnikova

April 10, 1945

Eleanora Kalashnikova I was looking for hope, and a widow named Valentina (who is now in Heaven) invited me to the church, and said, "Only God can help you. You need Jesus as your Savior." When I came the first time, I was overwhelmed with God's love, and the love that the people shared with each other. I came to Christ through the Evangelism Explosion ministry at the c ...
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Elena Bulanova

10. 01. 1938

Elena  Bulanova Once in February, on Sunday I first came to the Worship service in the church. Then it seemed to me that I was in a wonderful concert of spiritual music. It was just great! I like the way how the Saturday Bible classes are built. They are informative, interesting and concise. My childhood was happy as my parents and the two older sisters were ...
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Elena Efimenko

May 29, 1941

Elena Efimenko My husband and I love Music Mission Kiev. We attend St. Paul's church every Sunday. We joined the church in the last new members' class. I have been a believer for 22 years. It was then that an American preacher came to Kiev and shared the Gospel with me. I received Christ and was baptized in an Evangelical Church. When the pastor died, Nikolai a ...
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Elza Amelina

July 20, 1939

Elza Amelina I am a widow with no children, and many of my relatives have died. But St. Paul's church has become my family. Some years ago, my friend Nadia Yunosheva invited me to the church, and I knew that it was only through God that I could find peace. I began to visit the evangelism class, and it was there that Jesus came to my heart. Jesus changed my life ...
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Emma Kulemza

March 14, 1930

Emma Kulemza For years I worked as a teacher. Now I live alone. My daughter died. Larisa Chernishova invited me to St. Paul's Church in 2000. I read and study the Bible. I am grateful to God to be in this church. It always helps me. Even though I am now homebound and very sick, I pray to God, and He helps me in every situation.

Esmeralda Drikina

October 17, 1932

Esmeralda Drikina It was God who gave me life and did not allow me to die during starvation of 1932-33 when many people died. I first came to Roger's church in 1997 when my friend Eugenia Maksimova invited me. Then I came to Christ through Roger's Bible classes. I have been receiving widow's food from MMK for many years. I am very grateful for food, for medical hel ...
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Eugene Rudik

September 10, 1940

Eugene Rudik I was born during wartime. Upon graduating from school I entered a military academy and went to serve in Middle Asia. I served in the army for over 25 years. During this period of time, I was married and then had a daughter. It became apparent early on that my daughter had some physical disabilites and ended up being in a wheelchair most of her lif ...
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Evdokia Sichova

March 14, 1924

Evdokia Sichova I was born in Russia, and worked in the village school as a teacher. I was a Komsomol member, so as a communist, I never went to church. After World War 2, my life was so difficult, as millions of people during war time. I was getting an allowance of 400 grams of bread a day, and I was always hungry. I was married and moved to Kiev. My parents ...
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Evdokia Snegur

28/08/1937

Evdokia Snegur Prosvetova Tamara invited her to the church many times, but Evdokia came in 2014, and she is happy to be now the part of it. Evdokia had difficult childhood during the war time. Their family hardly survived in the times of famine. She was very alone after death of her husband and son, cried and suffered a lot. Only in the church she found compassio ...
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Evgenia Kuzina

April 13, 1939
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Evgenia Kuzina I am a widow and I have no children. Some years ago my friend Inna Lichko invited me to the church, and told me that at St. Paul's I would have a real family and not be alone. When I came to the church for the first time, I was warmly greeted by the people. I liked the worship, preaching, and music. It was wonderful that there were so many chairs a ...
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Evgenia Lonskaya

October 5, 1948

Evgenia Lonskaya I worked as an engineer at Hydrotecknik. I have lived my whole life in Kiev. I never married, and was forced by Ukrainian law to retire at the age of 55. This is a very common practice in Ukraine. In 1994, following the fall of communism in Ukraine, I adopted a young girl and became a "single" Mom. I came to Christ through the Bible classes taug ...
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Evgenia Maksimova

January 5, 1935

Evgenia Maksimova One of my fondest memories is that I sang in the first performance of Handel's MESSIAH with Roger McMurrin in 1992. And from that time on, I was a singer with the KSOC, and went to America many times. I received Jesus as my Savior under Roger's teaching. Now I am retired and live with my husband. But until I became ill, I was always active in t ...
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Evgenia Prashmur

September 19, 1942

Evgenia Prashmur I was widowed in 1988. I have severe diabetes which has resulted in bad vision, but I receive help for insulin from Music Mission Kiev and I am so grateful. For many years I participated in Bible study and Evangelism Explosion training class that was held on Saturday. I went through the membership class and became a member of St. Paul's Evangeli ...
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Evgenia Torgashina

March 27, 1932

Evgenia Torgashina I worked in the weather forecasting service before I retired. Now I am a widow. I live alone. I am handicapped. I have a very small pension, and depend upon the Lord for survival. Some friends invited me to St. Paul's church where I receive physical and spiritual food. I am homebound. I read my Bible every day, and pray that God will give me health ...
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Evgenia Yakoviuk

December 18, 1940

Evgenia Yakoviuk I was a teacher and I have been single all my life. Tatiana Borkovskaya brought me to the church in 2005. The church has been very kind to me. I have been very sick last for the last three years. I had pneumonia, heart problems, and diabetes. God helps me through Music Mission Kiev. I always have food. It's great help, because my pension is very ...
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Evgenia Yuresko

July 30, 1937

Evgenia Yuresko Only food program helps me to survive in this cruel world, because 40% of pensioners live in poverty. I am very grateful that I found St. Paul's church and the MMK family. They give me needed food, without which I could not survive. Our generation survived bombing and famine in wartime and also starvation in 1947. Yet we try to live our lives. ...
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Evgeniya Sidelnik

02. 01. 1937

Evgeniya  Sidelnik Evgeniya met with Katerina Matveichuk in the trolleybus, and Katerina invited her to the church. Her childhood was difficult. There was the war. Her father fought at the front and was killed in 1943. Her mother stayed in Kiev. The family had three children. Her younger brother was only three months old. After the war, Evgeniya went to school ...
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Evgeny Abramov

Evgeny Abramov Tamara's story: Evgeny and I are singers, and we have done many performances together. He is a good man, my second husband. I knew all horror of the war, when Germans came to our land. After school I went to the college with God's help. I prayed God to help me during the exams. After I graduated from the college, I went to work to the factor ...
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Feodosia Mikhailova

July 18, 1936

Feodosia Mikhailova I used to work as an engineer-economist. During the war, I lived in an occupied territory in Poltava region. When I was only five years old, a German Fascist soldier threatened to kill me. My eldest brother was in a German prison during the war and my younger brother helped to defeat the Japanese in WWII. I came to Christ through Diane's Bibl ...
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Franya Sokurenko

February 28, 1945

Franya Sokurenko I was a worker at a military plant here in Kiev. I am married, but my husband is an alcoholic, and he beats me, hitting me on the head, and telling me many rude words. We have no children. I wanted to find a safe place, a place where I could meet with God. And I prayed for this. Then in 2011 my friend Anna Shevchenko invited me to St. Paul's c ...
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Galina Savchenko

October 9, 1937

Galina  Savchenko When my husband died, life was so difficult. I had a stroke, and I didn't know how I would survive on my small pension. Later, as I recovered, my friend Sofia said, “I want you to come to the church with me!” Now I come every week to the Saturday Bible classes. When I received my first package of food, I wanted to tell many words of than ...
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Galina Stefanova

22. 09. 1937

Galina  Stefanova Galina was invited to the church by her neighbor Natasha. Galina likes everything in the church very much. She believes in God and is very grateful to Him and to MMK. Her life is very difficult. Her husband died in 1980. It was very hard to survive his death. Her son was in the army in Germany and died in 1986. Galina was afraid that she would l ...
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Galina Borisevich

July 30, 1938

Galina Borisevich I was 34 years old when my husband died. I had a small son and was pregnant with another child. Then I had to work hard to take care of two small children then, and the baby had many health problems. My children grew. My older son had been working in Greece for seven years. On his way home, he was robbed and beaten in the train. The bandits to ...
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Galina Dikun

29. 02. 1940

Galina Dikun Valentina Nikolaenko invited her to the St. Paul's church. Valentina made a call to Galina's daughter; they both worked at the Opera House. Galina asks you to pray for her children. She desires most of all God to give them happiness and health. Calina's father and mother were teachers. Her father fought at the front. Her childhood was heavy, ...
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Galina Grigorenko

September 18, 1938

Galina Grigorenko I had a sad childhood during the war, and then the starvation time after the war in 1947. I remember waiting for the New Year when somebody would bring candy or an orange or any cookies. Twice a year, children could eat candies, and then we would wait a long time. Having bread was a celebration in a family, because in 1946, most people lived on fro ...
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Galina Gudimenko

September 21, 1930

Galina Gudimenko When I was very young, my father died, and my mother raised us three children. We survived during the war and famine. We always were very poor. I grew up, and married. My husband died when he was 52 years old. One son died when he was 36 years old, another son died after operation when he was 53. Now I am alone. Katerina Melnichenko invited me ...
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Galina Karpenko

January 12, 1939

Galina Karpenko Life has never been easy. There were 7 children in our family. Four of them were born before the war. In 1941, my father went to the front. My mother had to take care of four children. Soon after the war started, our house caught fire. (Someone was trying to sell kerosene there.) My youngest sister suffered more than the rest of the family. Her leg ...
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Galina Klivadenko

December 7, 1953

Galina Klivadenko I am divorced and have a daughter who lives in Russia. As a pensioner, I was very lonely. Then my friend Katerina invited me to St. Paul's church, and said that if I want to have a good family… a big Christian family…. I should go to her church and hear God's Word. Coming to the church transformed my life. I felt that God wanted me to help ...
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Galina Kondratiuk

January 5, 1943

Galina Kondratiuk I was previously employed as an engineer. For many years I worked as an optometrist and helped people get corrective glasses. During war time, my grandpa lived in Belarus. My uncle was the leader of the Partisans during the war, and was killed by the German fascists. My papa drove a tank and defended the country on many fronts, but in 1945, just b ...
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Galina Konstantinova

June 20, 1938

Galina Konstantinova My husband was an alcoholic and my life was very difficult. I was raising two sons, and taking care of my husband whose health deteriorated until he had several strokes. He died from the complications of his disease. Then I didn't know how to live. I had always been preoccupied taking care of him. My older son is now an invalid, and my other ...
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Galina Korchinskaya

August 7, 1936

Galina Korchinskaya For many years I was involved with St. Paul's church. The McMurrins called me "the church's first missionary" because I would go to the village and tell people about Jesus. I met the McMurrins in 1995. I was very active in all the activities. Now I am homebound and they bring food to me. I met Jesus when I had my cancer operation. I received a Bibl ...
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Galina Korzun

July 28,1937

Galina Korzun I am a widow with no children. I worked at a hospital for a long time as a nurse and helped many sick people. In 2005 Valentina Verba invited me to church, and for many years I have attended Diane's Bible classes, where I came to trust in Jesus Christ as my Savior. He has changed my heart and my way of life, and now I read the Bible every day. ...
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Galina Kosiak

February 24, 1940

Galina Kosiak It was May 1945. I had been in a Nazi prison camp with my mother. I was only 5 years old, but I remember the Americans bombing the area of the camps, and then the doors were open and we were free to go but we didn't know where. I had been separated from my mother and didn't know where she was. So I went with a French family. Meanwhile my mother wa ...
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Galina Kucheruk

August 10, 1946

Galina Kucheruk I like to sing. When I first came to St. Paul's church with Katerina Melnichuk, I learned that they had a choir for pensioners, and I joined this group. Now I'm happy to be in rehearsal and sing every Sunday with a new family of Christian friends. I also cannot live with the Bible lessons taught by Diane and Kim every Saturday. I've joined the chur ...
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Galina Lukanenko

November 7, 1935

Galina Lukanenko I am a homebound widow. I have a daughter, who is disabled. I came to MMK in 2007 when friends invited me to a KSOC concert. I began attending church and accepted Jesus as my Savior. I am so grateful for the widow's food packet I receive which helps me survive. I am also thankful for my Christian family and for my American sponsor.

Galina Melnichuk

April 10, 1948

Galina Melnichuk I am a widow and have had many sufferings in my life. When I was a child, I was in a fire and I still have the scars from this terrible tragedy. After the Chernobyl accident, I was very sick with a thyroid condition and I had serious surgery and nearly died. Then my husband died, and after his death, my son was sick with rheumatoid arthritis. For a ...
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Galina Mikolenko

June 15, 1941

Galina Mikolenko I am a widow and I have no children. I first came to the church when my friend Elena invited me. It was a place of light for me, and I felt God's presence there. I then came to the widows ministries on Saturday, and the classes were so interesting that I wanted to attend them all. I got to hear God's Word and be with Christian people. Every Sunday ...
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Galina Novitskaya

September 25, 1941

Galina Novitskaya I overheard a conversation between several women on the trolleybus. They were talking about a church, wonderful people, and Christian programs for aged people. I asked them “Where is such a church?” And they invited me to St. Paul's. The first time I came to church, I had beautiful, happy feelings. I loved everything! Especially hearing Go ...
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Galina Orlenko

November 20, 1939

Galina Orlenko I have been a widow for more than 20 years. I have an alcoholic son who lives with me, but he is unable to work. I was invited to MMK by another widow.

Galina Polyakova

September, 16 1945

Galina Polyakova Aida Rudikova invited her in April, 2015. Galina was raised by her mother in the village in Zhitomir region, during the famine years after Word war II. Her mother was a believer, she taught Galina to pray and to trust God. She is sure God helped our people to go through Chernobyl's tragedy, but the we have consequences until now. Galina's health be ...
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Galina Seliverstova

April 20, 1938

Galina Seliverstova I am a widow, and I was so distressed in my life. I could not find meaning to my life. I went to some churches, but I felt so alone. Then one day I met a lady named Ludmila at the medical clinic. Ludmila told me about her church, St. Paul's, where she had wonderful worship services, and many people who were kind and cared for her. I cam to th ...
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Galina Sokol

July 9, 1933

Galina Sokol I formerly worked as an Engineer. My father served in the military and was a leader of the Tank Brigade. During military actions and camps in Berdichiv, a small town in Ukraine, the KGB arrested my papa. He was taken at night, and my family and I were thrown out on the street. Later my father was killed and Mama found a small room for my sister and ...
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Galina Syabro

April 15, 1941

Galina Syabro My friend Ludmila invited me to come to the church, and I liked it so much. I began to attend regularly. I found there the strength I needed to live my difficult life. I am a widow. I worked many years at the Radar plant as a radio assembler. It was very hard work for a very small salary. I have a 45-year-old son who drinks a lot and does not ...
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Galina Timoshenko

May 17, 1929

Galina Timoshenko From the beginning of my life, I knew uncertainty and suffering. My father who worked at the Academy of Science was arrested and sent to Siberia when I was 3 months old. My mother came with us two children to join him in Russia, and later we lived in Kazakhstan. I came back to Ukraine in 1950, studied meteorology and worked in the research ins ...
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Galina Turina

March 17, 1939

Galina Turina I was a teacher of English in the secondary school Now I am a widow and live with my son and his family in a small house in a village one hour from Kiev. I joined Roger's church in 1998, when it was called Holy Trinity, and when he began his second church, I followed him there. I love the ministries and classes that the McMurrins provide. My life h ...
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Galina Volkova

September 23, 1953

Galina Volkova In the summer of 2013 I ran into some old childhood friends from her village. We were so happy to see each other. We talked and talked, but one of them, Lydia Malevana said, "I must get to the church now!" She was talking about St. Paul's Church, and she invited me to go with her. When I arrived at the church, I was surprised and happy to meet ...
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Helen (Lala) Bugalsky

September 21, 1932

Helen (Lala) Bugalsky All my life my family was persecuted by the Soviet government because we were of Polish origin. My grandfather was named as “the enemy of the Soviet power.” I changed my name from Helen, to Lala Kazimirovna, and Lala became my nickname. After the death of my grandfather, my parents were afraid every night. When they went to bed, they had a spe ...
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Helen Galuzevskaya

June 3, 1954

Helen Galuzevskaya I had always wanted children. But after twelve surgeries, I found out that I could not have any children of my own. I wanted to adopt. There were two infants at the hospital whose mothers did not want them. I made arrangements to adopt them. My husband did not want to adopt. He wanted only to have his own children. Therefore, we were divorced. He l ...
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Helen Shimanskaya

February 21, 1938

Helen Shimanskaya My husband died many years ago because of cancer, and we had no children, so I live alone today. I've always wanted a family, but little did I know that God would give me one with the many sisters and brothers of St. Paul's Church. My friend Galina Mikolenko invited me to the Bible lessons on Saturday, and the next day we went to church togethe ...
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Helen Zakrenichnaya

February 2, 1936

Helen Zakrenichnaya I remember the times when prayer and church attendance were forbidden in the Soviet Union. I knew the Lord's Prayer and because I could say it, I thought I was a believer. But I really didn't know God. Last year I attend St. Paul's church for the first time with my friend Katerina Melnichuk who invited me. I so much liked the music, the friendship ...
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Inna Lichko

August 9, 1937

Inna Lichko I formerly worked as an economist. I remember being with my mama during WWII. She traveled all the roads of war from Kurskaya Duga to Berlin, and she was in Berlin on Victory Day when the Fascists were overthrown. It was in 2005 when my friend Valentina Zhdan invited me to church and to the widow's program. The first time I visited St. Paul's c ...
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Inna Shustova

October 27, 1939

Inna Shustova I met the McMurrin family in 1993, when I came to work for them at their apartment. Then I started to go to the Holy Trinity church, which they founded for Kiev Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. When St. Paul's church was founded, I started to go to this church in 2006. My life was difficult. I was a child during the war, and after the war was over, I ...
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Iraida Chigirina

May 31, 1939

Iraida Chigirina On June 22, 1941, my mother, my sister and I were on a boat floating on the Dneiper River and we witnessed the first German bombing of Kiev. We fell on our knees and started to pray. The ship was not destroyed. My father miraculously survived the war, because he was in the prison where all Jewish people were sent to Babi Yar to be massacred, but h ...
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Irina Loktionova

December 9, 1961

Irina  Loktionova I have known the McMurrins since they came to Kiev in 1992. I was a member of the first choir that presented Handel's Messiah. In fact, I sang in the KSOC many years and toured America with them. The McMurrins needed a translator and I often helped them. I was trained at the linguistic institute and worked as a teacher, as well as a professi ...
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Irina Ignatieva

June 15, 1947

Irina Ignatieva I was born in the family of an Army officer. He served at the space center and in 1961 was exposed to radiation and died within one year. My mother had to take care of us two small children. After I graduated from the institute, I worked for 39 years as an economist. Now I have some chronic diseases, and my daughter has been ill since her chi ...
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Irina Koshman

May 20, 1938

Irina Koshman One day I met a lady named Valentina Verba in the hospital. She invited me to St. Paul's church and told me what a wonderful place it was. I came on December 1, 2005. I started to go to Heart to Heart evangelism ministry with her in 2006, and it was then that I started to receive food packages. I was born in Kiev. During the war we moved to Saratov ...
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Irina Rakita

July 20, 1940

Irina Rakita My life has been very difficult. I graduated from the institute and worked in construction for 36 years. My husband died when he was just 49 years old. I first came to MMK in 2001 when a neighbor invited me. I visited the church for a long time before I gave my heart to Christ. Then in 2004 I found out I had breast cancer and underwent a mastectom ...
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Irina Scherbina

October 27, 1953

Irina Scherbina Fifteen years ago, I was singing in Roger's choir, the Kyiv Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, and I toured America with them many times. Roger invited me to church, but it is only the last two years that I have come to be part of this congregation. Faith has helped me to overcome all trials and difficulties. God has helped me to survive, especially ...
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Irina Topuria

July 11, 1940

Irina Topuria I came to Music Mission Kiev in 1996. My son Valentin, began to work with the mission as a cook. He takes care of me. We live together in a one-room apartment. My former occupation was a TV art director. In 2005 I had a stroke, and I still cannot walk and my right hand cannot work. I survived only because of God's grace. I always get up and go t ...
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Ivan Rudenko

May 9, 1929

Ivan Rudenko My father was killed by the Bolsheviks in 1930, and mother died from hunger in 1934. They left 8 children. We knew famine in 1933. All my brothers and sisters died. I became an orphan. But God saved me. I worked and went to school. I am grateful to God and Americans who help us. It's very noble. Tatiana Borkovskaya invited me to the Holy Trinity ch ...
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Ivan Tatarchuk

25. 10. 1925

Ivan Tatarchuk Ivan likes to study the Bible and learned a lot about the Lord in the church. Ivan knows that God wants believers to support each other and communicate with each other. When Ivan was a child he went to school. Then he has survived the famine in 1933, occupation in 1941 during the war, and the Chernobyl tragedy. He served in the Army in Germany f ...
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Julia Gurtovaya

January 1, 1937

Julia Gurtovaya I was born into a big family with five siblings. From the first days of WWII, my Papa went to the front line and returned from war very sick. Both of my parents, and all my brothers and sisters have died. During the Chernobyl accident, I worked in the Chernobyl zone and was exposed to high doses of radiation. Today I am sickly because of Chernobyl ...
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Katerina Bila

December 31, 1937

Katerina Bila I remember the “wartime” when the German Fascists came to our village and took all the food from the people. I went with my family to the forest to hide from the Germans, as they wanted us out of the village. (I never met my grandparents. They died during the starvation of 1931-1932. ) My father was sent to a Siberian prison as the “enemy of ...
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Katerina Bishevskaya

April 24, 1954

Katerina Bishevskaya I am a widow with five children. When my husband died, I did not know how to survive, and my friend Katerina Melnichuk, invited me to St. Paul's Church and said, “Enough suffering! Go to the church and God will help you.” As I came the first and then the second time, I discovered that God loved me. This church became the place I could meet wi ...
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Katerina Gubenko

January 3, 1931

Katerina Gubenko I formerly worked as a laborer. My mama managed to keep me fed through the starvation period of 1932-33, and God did not allow me to die. Then I survived WWII and the Great Famine of 1948. Life was so hard and difficult in those days. My friend Tatiana, another widow of MMK, invited me to the church, and I was warmly greeted and accepted there. I w ...
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Katerina Kokotuha

December 5, 1931

Katerina Kokotuha My husband died after the Chernobyl accident, and then my daughter and my son died too. I was left to care for my granddaughter. Today she helps me around the home as my legs are weak and I use all my energy to come to the church and widows ministries. When I first came to the church, God's presence gave strength to my heart. I began to visit Diane ...
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Katerina Koval

December 7, 1928

Katerina Koval I was born into a poor family. I attended school through the third grade, and then I had to drop out as we had no food, no clothes, and the school was far from home. I had to walk many miles and I was afraid of the forest wolves and wild dogs which could bite me. During World War II, I helped the soldiers at the front, digging pits to store the mil ...
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Katerina Kozachok

December 2, 1931

Katerina Kozachok My mother died in 1942 and my father went to the Front and did not come back. I had already survived the time of starvation in 1931-32 in the village. Now I lived in a dug-out with my relatives during the bombing. We dug the trench ourselves. The Germans had taken over our house and used our kitchen for their troops. We had no food, and went secret ...
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Katerina Kozina

March 29, 1940

Katerina Kozina I am a child of World War 2. My father fought on the Front. At one point there were 16 people living in our small apartment with only one stove to keep us all warm. I came to the mission in 2002. My husband was disabled for many years and walked with two canes, but he faithfully went every Sunday with me to church. He suffered several strokes and ...
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Katerina Matvichuk

September 3, 1938

Katerina Matvichuk I was a child during the World War II. My mother took care of 5 wounded soldiers who stayed in our home. I helped her with their care. I also remember the Nazi occupation during the war, now it's so painful to see another war in Ukraine. My husband died in an accident in 1997, and my mother died in 2007. I suffered so much after losing them. I h ...
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Katerina Melnichuk

December 4, 1930

Katerina Melnichuk I love to cook, especially vareniki (Ukrainian dumplings) and bring my food to church people. I first came to the church when Ludmila Novitskaya invited me and told me that I needed to know God. My life changed when I came to Christ at this church. I wanted to be useful to people and to serve Him. So I began to deliver food packages to Bronislava B ...
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Katerina Naumchuk

February 2, 1936

Katerina Naumchuk A friend invited me to the church in 2002. I came, because I had great grief after my daughter died. There I received comfort. I am happy to go to this church. I had very difficult childhood, I knew war and famine. I worked all my life as a construction worker. Now I am a widow and a pensioner. I try to help my other two daughters, because they ...
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Katerina Predchenko

October 1, 1939

Katerina Predchenko I have always been concerned about good health. I was a member of a group of women who would swim in the Dneiper River in any weather or any season. It was there, that I met Tatiana Borkovska, and she told me about St. Paul's church. She said that there are many ministries for older people and that they give classes about the Bible. I decide ...
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Katerina Volinets

April 9, 1935

Katerina Volinets I am now a widow, but I was married for many years to Fedor, who sang with the KSOC. I am so grateful that God brought Fedor together with Roger McMurrin and provided him with the opportunity to sing in several KSOC tours in America. I am a child of WWII, and I lived through the German occupation, and saw the death of many people at a very young ag ...
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Klara Grebneva

September 15, 1938

Klara Grebneva I was born in Russia. There was famine after the war, so I entered orphanage so as not to die. When I was small, I was disobedient, and old woman from the neighborhood told me that God could see me from heaven and punish me. But I saw only clouds on the sky. My childhood was very difficult and hungry. With God's help I grew up and became a student ...
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Larisa Belozub

March 17, 1940

Larisa Belozub In 2000, Valentina Kostina invited me to the church, and I joined Diane's Bible class. Every Sunday I attended the church. I love visiting the KSOC concerts. These concerts show the glory of God, and the music is like Heaven. My heart was changed when Jesus became my Savior, and it was through Diane's Bible class that I saw how He purchased my sa ...
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Larisa Chernishova

May 21, 1940

Larisa Chernishova In the past, I was an engineer, and I worked at a cement-asbestos company as an engineer technologist. In 1995 my husband died, and I lost my job at the same time. My daughter was also without work, and life was so hard. I cried all the time. I decided to pray to God. The next day my boss called and said that, since I was only one year from retire ...
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Larisa Karachentseva

October 8, 1937

Larisa Karachentseva Larisa was born in the Nikolaesvkaya region of Ukraine, which is near the Black Sea. Prior to WWII her family consisted of two brothers and three sisters. Her brothers were sent to fight in WWII and were killed on the front. During war time Larisa's family moved to the village Vladimirovka and she lived there until 1955. Her mama was forced to wor ...
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Larisa Kovayzina

June 23, 1945

Larisa Kovayzina I have never been married, and I have no children. I was trained as a teacher, but most of my life I worked in the institute of economy. I took care of my parents until their death. Then I was alone. But being alone changed, when I met Ludmila Novitskaya in the park where I would take walks, and we talked about faith in God, and churches. It was ...
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Larisa Noschenko

October 19, 1943

Larisa Noschenko When I was in hospital in 2003, one Christian woman (who has since died) invited me to St. Paul's church. Now I am member of the church. Due to prayers and care, I have overcome many difficulties in my life. I sang in the pensioner choir at church. I am grateful to God for this fellowship with sisters and brothers in Christ. We can pray togethe ...
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Larisa Panchenko

April 6, 1941

Larisa Panchenko My husband died of cancer after the Chernobyl accident. I was an engineer, and had a son and a daughter, and also my mother to take care of. My employer suddenly stopped paying my salary, and I realized that only God would be able to help me. It was difficult, but we survived. I was in the hospital after surgery, when I received my first Bibl ...
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Larisa Reymer

January 27, 1946

Larisa Reymer In 2003 my mother received help from the church. I would come and take her food packet. It was then that I became involved in St. Paul's church and I've been a member since 2005. Today I am a greeter in the church every Sunday, and I attend Diane's Bible class. I have worked as a teacher for many years. I love children very much, and try to tea ...
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Larisa Saulova

October 24, 1930

Larisa Saulova Larisa came to Christ through MMK, and continues to visit church. She lives alone on a small pension. She has two children and one grandchild. She is grateful for the help that she recieves through the widows' ministry.

Larisa Sitnik

February 27, 1944

Larisa Sitnik I was born during World War 2, and it was such a difficult time for my mother to find food and clothing for her baby. There was bombing and death all around and many relatives died. We knew what it was like to be hungry. I became an economist, I married, and had a son. Now I am a widow and live on a small pension. Valentina Verba invite ...
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Larisa Smoley

September 18, 1948

Larisa Smoley When I was 18, my father died, after having been wounded in World War 2, and as elder daughter in the family, I took care of my mother. I worked as a teacher of Ukrainian language, and married a man who also was a teacher. When my mother became ill, I brought her to our home, but my husband didn't agree, and divorced me. In the same year as my div ...
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Larisa Voloskaya

June 14, 1941

Larisa Voloskaya My life began in tragedy. My father was killed by the Nazi's during the bombing in the war. My mother died at the age of 44, after many years of sickness. In 1960 I was married, and my first son was born the next year. My husband was an alcoholic and beat me very often. He refused to let me eat and threw me out of the house with my small son. ...
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Larisa Yanovskaya

February 8, 1941

Larisa Yanovskaya I came to church on December 16, 2001. The man who invited me died a long time ago. In St. Paul's church I accepted Jesus as my Savior through my pastor Roger and my teacher Diane. I am grateful to God for the life He gives me, and His presence every day. I am grateful for everything that I have, especially for food support. It is such precious hel ...
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Leonard Rubisevich

02. 04. 1934

Leonard Rubisevich Rimma Onatskaya has invited him to the St. Paul's Church. Now Leonard continues to study the Bible by himself at home because he is sick. His father held a senior position in the Soviet administration so the family lived well and safely. But since 1937 there were the terrible years of severe trials, persecution and executions for his family. ...
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Leonila Nekrasova

August 13, 1937

Leonila Nekrasova I first came to a concert of the Kiev Symphony Orchestra and Chorus at the Baptist church. I had attended another Baptist church for worship, but that church was closed. I had been baptized there, and also receive a Bible. When I came to know that this choir and orchestra had a church called St. Paul's, I decided to visit their worship servi ...
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Lidia Berezhuk

October 18th, 1930

Lidia Berezhuk My profession was cartographer, a drawer of geological maps at the National Academy of Sciences. I worked there from 1953 to 1985. Then I became a pensioner and received only $12 a month. My husband is also a pensioner, and today it is hard to survive as a pensioner. Last year a widow named Katerina Melnichuk invited me to the church, and from ...
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Lidia Feoktistova

August 9, 1937
Delivers to Valentina Slobodyan and Paullina Scripka

Lidia Feoktistova All my life I worked, selling clothes at a government department store. My husband died many years ago. I have a daughter who does not live with me and has her own family and her family problems. I have diabetes and began to loose my vision. So I went to the hospital for tests and it was there that I met Valeri Sidorchenko. Valeri was a member o ...
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Lidia Grishenko

December 24, 1937

Lidia Grishenko Lidia formerly worked as an economist for a Ukrainian project. Lidia was a "spy" for the partisans during WWII, and also an activist in protecting women from the German fascists. She stopped many actions of those who served the fascists and wanted to kill young adult women who did not want to go to Germany. Her childhood was turbulent as her father ...
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Lidia Katrich

September 9, 1936

Lidia Katrich I was born before the war. My parents had 8 children, I was the youngest. My father was a common worker, and my mother worked in the field. They loved children very much; they were very kind and honest, believed in God. But it was forbidden to tell about your faith. It was very difficult to grow 8 children in wartime, but they courageously overcame ...
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Lidia Kozar

October 1, 1934

Lidia Kozar During the war I was begging. My father died in 1941 on the front. I don't remember my mother. I was raised in the orphanage in 1941-50. I went to school and trade school and learned construction.. In 1952 I began working at the Artem plant as a painter. I never married. In 2005 I became a pensioner and that year I was invited to St. Paul's chur ...
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Lidia Polozhuk

July 10, 1939

Lidia Polozhuk I was sitting on the bus, feeling very sad. My son-in-law had just died and I didn't know what to do. Then a woman named Vera, a widow of Music Mission Kiev, came to me and began to talk to me. I told her about why I was sad, and I cried. She gave me such words of encouragement, and invited me to her church. That day changed my life. I first ca ...
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Lidia Savchenko

June 8, 1944

Lidia Savchenko I know what it is like to be hungry. During wartime, I remember that I only had oil and a small piece of bread. I was always hungry. After the war, when I was 19 years old., my mama and I got a small room to live. I was so happy and grateful to God. Then I began to work at a plant in Kiev where I made radio equipment. In 2006, Nadia Yunosheva ...
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Lidia Tereschenko

November 22, 1942

Lidia Tereschenko My friend Olga invited me to St. Paul's church. Before, I was going to another church, but in this church I have found a place with God. I am a widow and I have one daughter. God loves me and I love Him very much. He saved me. I was in the car accident. For six months I was in the hospital. But God helped me. Three years ago I had heart operati ...
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Lidiya Shevchuk

15. 06. 1942

Lidiya Shevchuk In February 2016 Katerina Skorobagatko invited her to the St. Paul's church. Since July 2016 Lidiya started to deliver food packages to Inna Lychko. Lidiya was born in a large family during wartime. In 1944 her father was killed at the front. Her mother worked hard to raise the children alone. There were 9 children in the family. Lidiya worked ...
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Lilia Karpenko

June 6, 1946

Lilia Karpenko I thought the best years had passed me by. Even though I was injured as a child, and many of my relatives died, I was happy. Then my son died in Afghanistan in 1987, and my brother died, who was my best friend. That was hard. And he was a believer. I was losing my eyesight, and then I lost my job. Finally my pension started to come and it was ...
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Lilia Yushko

April 3, 1949

Lilia Yushko I worked as an engineer technologist at a pilot plan in Kiev. I am am pensioner now, and a widow. My friend Zhanna invited me to St. Paul's church. I came to Christ at this church, and I am happy to be with Jesus and walk with Him in a new life. I joined the church and the food delivery program. I deliver food to Zhanna who has now become home ...
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Liliya Bondarenko

02. 07. 1938

Liliya  Bondarenko 17.01.15 Lidiya Polozyuk invited her to the church. Her grandfather was exiled to Solovki for the fact that he was a "kurkul" (wealthy peasant). The whole family was in exile. There were 14 children in his family; and only 3 of them came back to Ukraine. The rest died of starvation. When their family returned to the village, they had to live ...
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Lina Kravchuk

May 1, 1936

Lina Kravchuk I was born near Kiev. During the 2nd World War my father was on the Front, and my mother stayed at home with the three children. My brother was 14 years old when he joined the Partisans (a group of people who fought undercover against the Nazis). He learned how to de-mine (neutralize land mines). The Fascists had put 16 mines near the bridge near ...
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Lina Netribitskaya

March 26, 1937

Lina Netribitskaya I love to write poems. I have dedicated many poems to Diane and Roger and the wonderful people at St. Paul's church, where I came to Christ and Jesus became my Savior and Lord. I remember that day. I confessed my sins, and asked Christ to come into my heart. He changed me and made me a new person. Now I love to come to the church, and see other pe ...
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Luba Zelinskaya

May 5, 1955

Luba  Zelinskaya I love to knit socks. I have personally made 16 pairs of socks for the people of eastern Ukraine and Music Mission Kiev sent these socks with supplies to those who are victims of the war. My friend Nina invited me to church, and I come every week, even though I live in the village, and it is a long way. But it was here at St. Paul's and at the ...
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Lubov Dovzhenko

September 16, 1951

Lubov Dovzhenko I was born in Kiev into a big family. My mother had seven children, and she had medals for that. Father worked hard to feed the family. Due to their hands and God's help, they raised all the children. I was the sixth child. When I was 15 I began to work at the plant. After work I went to night school. Also I took care of my nephews. When I was ...
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Lubov Eyhart

November 31, 1924

Lubov Eyhart Lubov formerly worked as a Chemical laboratory technician. She was a young girl during the war and remembers being barefoot and hungry. She also remembers that during the Soviet era it was forbidden to go to church or to own and read a Bible. So she was quite excited when she was invited to church and heard the gospel message preached in 2000. She ...
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Lubov Kolesnik

January 21, 1939

Lubov Kolesnik My mother and father already had three daughters. When mother discovered she was pregnant with me, my father left her. Then mother decided to abort me. But before she could do that, she had an accident and was taken to the hospital, and I was born prematurely at only 3 pounds. God helped me to survive. When I was a child, I fell out of a four ...
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Lubov Omelianenko

February 12, 1929

Lubov Omelianenko It was the famine of 1933. We had big family, 6 children and two parents. My brother, less than 1 year old died, and we were swollen from hunger. In 1943, when I was 14 years old, I worked on the field driving a tractor to raise grain for soldiers. My two brothers and father went to the front. My father died. Two sisters were forcibly taken to Germ ...
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Lubov Pobochaya

October 7, 1941

Lubov Pobochaya In 2006 Vera Kudria invited me to St Paul's church. It was that year that I received Christ. I was born in hard times of war. My childhood was so difficult, and my papa was killed on the front. My family had many children and one of my brothers was buried alive by a German soldier before the eyes of the villagers and my family. My mama and I ...
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Lucy Simbal

June 2, 1939

Lucy Simbal Our family was very poor. Mother was a worker in a factory. Father went to the front during WW2 and came back an invalid. I remember how Mother took me to the center of Kiev to see how they were rebuilding the city after the Nazi occupation. She also took me to the church and taught me some prayers. I knew that we should be thankful to God for ...
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Ludmila Kotliarova

April 19, 1944

Ludmila  Kotliarova I grew up in a simple family in Soviet times. My father was a worker at the plant, and my mother was a member of the communist party She forbid talk about God and prayer in our family. Lenin was worshipped by the people, and the whole country followed him. My mother worked very hard as a teacher, and came home late every night, because after school ...
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Ludmila Gabchenko

July 15, 1942

Ludmila Gabchenko I was born in Kiev, in a family of believers. My grandmother told me about God and often took me to the church when I was small. I went to Medical college and became a nurse. I worked in the hospital for many years, but now I am a pensioner, and I work in security as a "key lady" at the building where the St. Paul's church meets. I am a widow and I ...
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Ludmila Gaponenko

July 11, 1938

Ludmila Gaponenko For many years I was a nurse. I had a husband and two children. When my son was 27 years old, he was killed. I took care of his small daughter. After my son died, my husband became ill, and needed a difficult surgery. I wanted to find him the right medicine to be healed, but later he also died. I met a new friend and her name is Anna Shevchenk ...
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Ludmila Koritseva

October 15, 1937

Ludmila Koritseva I met Zinaida last summer on the bus, and we talked for two hours about God, Jesus, and eternal life. I was excited to accept her invitation to the church. When I came the first time, I was amazed by the beautiful singing of the choir, friendly atmosphere with the people, having a place to sit down, the prayer and hospitality of the church members ...
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Ludmila Kostogorova

April 20, 1935

Ludmila Kostogorova In the past, I grew up in a big family. I was the 12th child and my mother was 45 when I was born. My mother was advised to have an abortion, but she refused. I was loved as a child. Today I understand that it was God who defended my birth. I worked as a bookkeeper during my adult life, and now I am a widow with one daughter and one grandson. ...
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Ludmila Krol

October 10, 1935

Ludmila Krol I was having trouble with my eyes, so I went to the eye clinic. It was there that I met Valeri Sidorchenko who told me about St. Paul's church and invited me to come. That was two years ago, and I have been at St Paul's ever since. My life was not happy, and I had a sad childhood. My father went to the Front during the Finland war, just before 19 ...
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Ludmila Kulagina

March 27, 1940

Ludmila Kulagina My sister brought me to MMK ministries in 2001. I am very grateful to her because now I have a big friendly family with great kind pastors Roger and Diane. Sister brought me to the worship service and I liked it so much. I started to go to this church. I live by myself. I had to quit my job in 1992 before I became a pensioner, because I had bec ...
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Ludmila Liagera

September 11, 1938

Ludmila Liagera I have been a believer for a long time. I praise Jesus and pray to God. My friend brought me to this church 5 years ago. My life changed for the better. I am alone, I have no children, but church helps me with friendship and care. I can share with my sisters in Christ what bothers me. I am grateful to God for all good things, for life, for chur ...
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Ludmila Novitskaya

May 10, 1943

Ludmila Novitskaya In 1931 my parents were sent to Siberia because they were farmers in Ukraine and Stalin wanted to take over their farm. My mama and papa worked so hard chopping wood in the forest. Only a few of them survived the hard conditions, because of the cold and intense work. My mama became sick and died there in 1949. I was only 6 and I do not remember ...
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Ludmila Osadchuk

May 2, 1954

Ludmila Osadchuk In April 2010, I visited my husband in the hospital, and he told me that there was a Christian man who was so nice, talking about Jesus. I wanted to meet him, and it was Valeri Sidorchenko, a member of St. Paul's church who was telling the patients about how Jesus can change the hearts of people who come to Him. I prayed with Valeri there in the ho ...
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Ludmila Pavlenko

October 30, 1941

Ludmila Pavlenko Ludmila was an art teacher for many years. Her father was killed during the war, which left her mother a widow and alone. Unfortunately her mother also died at a young age. Ludmila raised her children as a single parent while attending school and working. It was a very difficult time in her life as her children were sick often, and she was also sic ...
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Ludmila Pilipchuk

August 3, 1950

Ludmila Pilipchuk I was invited to the Bible lessons of Music Mission Kiev by a widow named Margarita. I never knew that this would change my life, but it did. I realized that God must have first place in my life, and I must serve him. I joined the Stevens ministry and began to take food to Dolli Kovaleva, a very sick woman. From our first meeting, we became f ...
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Ludmila Scherbak

August 1, 1937

Ludmila Scherbak Ludmila formerly worked as a engineer and also as an economist. She first heard about MMK in 1995 when she saw a KSOC concert in Kiev. She liked the music very much and through they were better than the London Symphony Orchestra. She then started to attend Holy Trinity Church (the first church MMK started), and then moved her membership to St. Paul ...
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Ludmila Sereda

September 29, 1953

Ludmila Sereda My life has been marked by tragedy. My first child died from a blood infection, and then I was in a car accident with severe trauma to the head. It took me a long time to recover with much pain. Today I am divorced, but I was trained as a teacher of kindergarten so I was able to support my three children when they were small. In 2011 I was st ...
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Ludmila Sidoshenko

February 12, 1949

Ludmila Sidoshenko I am called the People's Artist of Ukraine, and I worked as a director of concert programs. But now I am a pensioner and I have the diseases of aging: diabetes, heart disease, and back pain. My son is an invalid. He suffers from schizophrenia, and we both live on small pensions. I am a widow. I was invited to the church by my friend Valentina ...
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Ludmila Sterzhinskaya

July 9, 1936

Ludmila Sterzhinskaya I grew up in Kiev in the 1930's. When the Second World War began, my brother and I were with my mother when the German Fascists came and occupied our land. Because the Germans were living on our land, we were labeled “enemy of the Soviet power” after the war was over, and the Soviet goverment sent us to prison in Siberia for five years. Aft ...
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Ludmila Temenik

29/05/1957

Ludmila Temenik Ludmila's son Roman came to Children's music club when he was 13 years old. Now he works in the Mission on Saturdays, helping during the Bible classes. Roman invited his mother to come to the church. Ludmila's memories about childhood come up every time when she looks at the window, because when she was small they lived with mother in the basement ...
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Ludmila Vishibaeva

September, 21, 1944

Ludmila Vishibaeva My friend Katerina Gaidai invited me to Diane's Bible classes, and from the first prayer at the lesson, I knew that I wanted to in this spiritual family, and that God had brought me here for a reason. I came to church the next day, and I told Katerina, "This is a holy place to meet with God." For years I had been alone with my diseases, and I ...
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Ludmila Zaritovskaya

27. 05. 1949

Ludmila Zaritovskaya In January Lyudmila was invited to the church by Larisa Yankovskaya, who attends the church for 14 years She was born May 27, 1949 in Makeyevka (Donetsk region). Her childhood was in the same place but each year parents were taken her and her three younger sisters on vacation to Slavyanogorsk to her grandmother. Since their childhood grandmothe ...
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Ludmila Zavalnaya

August 22, 1937

Ludmila Zavalnaya I thought I was a believer. I went to the Orthodox church. But I did not know that I had eternal life. Only in St. Paul's church I became to know about that, and I received Jesus as my Savior and Defender. In my life I put my trust in Jesus Christ. I have two sons. They are both pensioners. I prayed for my older son when he had a difficult kidne ...
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Luiza Krivosheeva

March 1, 1938

Luiza Krivosheeva I am a widow, and I am grateful to God for the MMK Food program which was begun by Diane and Roger. We thank our sponsors for such generosity. May God bless them. Katya Lialushko invited me to the church in February, 2001. I am grateful to God and to this sister that she brought me to this church. I received Jesus in my heart and recognized Him ...
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Lydia Didochkina

September 28, 1397

Lydia Didochkina My husband was very sick. He had cancer of the lungs and needed so much care. Then the cancwer went to his brain. I cried so much. I did not know what to do. Then Ludmila Pavlenko invited me to come to Diane's Bible class. These lessons help me so much to understand that God loves us and wants us to be with Him, and only through knowing Jesus as ...
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Lydia Malevana

June 20, 1945

Lydia Malevana I first came to Kiev as a university student to study mathematics. I graduated and got work in the scientific instituted of economy in Kiev, where I worked 31 years. Then I became so sick with my heart. That was the end of my career. I am divorced and have two sons. When I was 62, I began to write poetry. I have written a whole book of poems, a ...
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Lyubov Podvoyskaya

July 28, 1935

Lyubov Podvoyskaya I was an orphan. My father was killed in an accident in 1936, and my mother died in 1937. My uncle became my legal guardian but he was killed in 1941, when the war began. I moved to my grandparents home in the village. I had to walk 4 miles every day to get to the school. One of my uncles came to visit us, and he had tuberculosis. He died whe ...
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Lyubov Sidorovich

02.02.1938

Lyubov Sidorovich In March 2015 Nadezhda Kolesnik invited her to the church. On the first day she was in the Worship service led by Roger and Diane. She liked it very much. Since then she has found many friends (sisters) in our church. Now it is her spiritual family. She was 3 years old when the Second World War started. She lived with her mother and 2 sisters, w ...
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Maina Gvozditskaya

January 1, 1937

Maina Gvozditskaya Nadezhda Yunosheva invited me to the church. Thanks to her, I met Roger and Diane, and accepted Jesus Christ, which was the most important event of my life. Jesus changed my life. I was very nervous, had health problems, worried a lot. When I became a believer, I changed. I studied evangelism in the Heart to Heart ministry which Roger teache ...
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Maisa Poltavets

May 13, 1937

Maisa Poltavets I was born into a military family. During the war, my father went to front, and mother was a nurse. I was evacuated to Kazakhstan and later to Azerbaijan. I worked in the Opera theater there. I became a member of Roger's choir in 1992 after his announcement in the newspaper. I listened to his preaching and went to Diane's Bible class. I a ...
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Margarita Kebets

October 10, 1935
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Margarita Kebets In the past, I was a ballet dancer and worked for a long time in the Opera Theater. In 1998, my friend Alla Mokrenko invited me to the church. This changed my life, when I heard the preaching, met Christian friends, and attended Diane's Bible class. Jesus came to my heart. Now I read the Bible and pray. It is wonderful to understand what the Bible ...
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Margarita Knir

Margarita Knir I was born in Russia, and my father was a military man. After World War II, we moved many places as a family. I became a bookkeeper, and I married a military man, too. We had children, and moved to Kiev in 1989. Soon thereafter, my husband died, and my mother and father died. 1989 was the hardest year of my life. It was then that I began to read ...
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Margarita Maliarenko

February 24, 1937

Margarita Maliarenko Tatiana Borkovskaya, my friend, invited me to church on Women's day, March 8, 2006. I started to go to this St. Paul's church. In three month I began to receive food packages. I am very grateful to Tatiana. My father was a priest in Russia, Kursk. They were persecuted, and moved to Ukraine before the war. Germany bombed Kiev in 1941, than they c ...
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Margarita Oshurkevich

September 23, 1936

Margarita Oshurkevich I was born in an artistic family of orthodox Christians. My father was the director of the Opera House in Perm, Russia, and my mother was a famous soloist there. My grandmother baptized me when I was 2 month old. Later she taught me to pray and took me to the church. I trusted God with all my soul and loved Him. I am very grateful for His defe ...
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Maria Aleeva

November 26, 1943

Maria Aleeva I am 67 years old. My childhood was in difficult in the hungry time after war. We had 4 children in our family. My parents worked hard, and we children were often by ourselves. So, later I had health problems and four operations. But God never leaves us in our trials. He loves us and helps us. I had a big grief in my life. My grandson died, whe ...
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Maria Dzhola

April 16, 1937

Maria Dzhola My father died a week before I was born. My mother was taken by the Nazis to work at a German camp. Meanwhile my grandmother cared for me. My childhood was hard because my parents' house was burned to the ground during wartime, and we were on the streets without food or clothes. But when the war was over, I wanted to study, and I entered the mu ...
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Maria Dzigil

July, 23 1947

Maria Dzigil Her former colleague Lidia Velentey invited her to the church in April, 2015. She was born in the village,in the poor family. Mother alone had to take care about two children, and taught them to love God. Maria studied in the nurse school in Kiev and got married when she was 42. Later her husband died in car accident. Her health is not good now, ...
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Maria Erko

January 6, 1947

Maria Erko Maria Jola brought me to the church in 2008. I am grateful to God that He brought me to MMK. At that time I had lost my husband, son-in-law and stepdaughter. It was great grief. When Maria invited me, I was glad to come, I knew that big Christian family is waiting for me. I am grateful to Roger and Diane, who take care about us, like we are the ...
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Maria Kolikhan

February 21, 1936

Maria Kolikhan My parents were believers. When I was 1 ВЅ years old, and my brother was 3, my father was jailed by the government for political reasons. My mother got sick and had a brain operation in Moscow which took all our money. Mother became an invalid, and our town was occupied by the Nazi's. We were all sick and without money. Times were hard. God was ...
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Maria Kurilenko

December 10, 1929

Maria Kurilenko I previously worked as an engineer, artist, and construction worker. I survived the starvation of 1933, and famine of 1948. I remember the Germans coming to our house and conducting a search of the rooms during WWII. My father was killed fighting on the front. My mother was left with four children to raise on her own. My life was filled with many ...
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Maria Leleka

April 20, 1943

Maria Leleka I worked as a traffic controller at the railway station. I came from the village where I was born, and I married at 18 years of age. Ten years later, my husband died tragically, and I was alone with two sons. Then I married a second time and had a third son, but the marriage ended in divorce. I'm grateful for my three sons whom I raised alone. M ...
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Maria Liaskovskaya

March 27, 1952

Maria Liaskovskaya In July 2010, my friend Valentina Galchenko invited me to the church. My husband had left me, and I had no children. I was alone. She said, "With God you will not be alone. You will have a new family in Christ." I came to church and I joined Diane's Bible class. I told her that I wanted to join the church, and it was in my new member interview wi ...
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Maria Matviuk

May 1, 1944

Maria Matviuk I was born in wartime. My father came back from the Front, but it was difficult for our family to live after the war. My father was always grateful, however, that God had brought him back alive from the horrors of war. I was married, but it was not a happy life, and my husband left me to raise our young son. My parents were sick and I cared for the ...
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Maria Ochkina

July 20, 1940

Maria Ochkina My husband died, and then my son disappeared. I had such bad depression. I went to many churches and monasteries, but had no peace came my soul. I did not want to live. Then my friend Ludmila invited me to the St. Paul's church. I liked Roger's preaching, choir and orchestra, but I cried all the time. I began to go to that church. When I believ ...
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Maria Pilaeva

February 29, 1936

Maria Pilaeva I am a widow with two children and four grandchildren. I worked as an economist. God help me in raising my children. They went to school and are working now. I was raised in a family of five children during the Nazi occupation. It was a difficult time, but God took care of us during that war. I am so grateful to Him. Today I am happy as I ...
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Maria Shostka

October 16, 1938

Maria Shostka In September of 2007 my friend Vera Kudria invited me to the church. I liked the services and started coming every week. But I really didn't take time to read the Bible at home. I liked to read magazine and newspaper. Vera talked to me about this one day on the telephone. "Without reading the Bible, you are choosing to be poor, poor spiritually," ...
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Maria Shulzhenko

March 20, 1950

Maria Shulzhenko I was born in Kiev region and had several siblings. My father fought in WWII and was badly wounded, which eventually led to his death. My Mama was unable to care for the large family, so I was sent to an orphanage. After High School I moved to Kiev and got married, and had two children. In 1986 during the Chernobyl explosion my husband went to Che ...
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Maria Zhuk

March 12, 1945

Maria Zhuk My mother was taken by the Nazi's to Germany during World War 2 to a labor camp. It was there that she met my father. He, a prisoner, was sent to dig trenches on the front ling, and he was killed before I was born. After the war, my mother brought me as a baby back to her native village in Ukraine, only to for the village burned, and my grand ...
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Marina Basilevich

March 29, 1933

Marina Basilevich I was born in Kiev. After the war I went to the orphanage for gifted children. I graduated from the ballet college and worked in the National Opera Theater for 22 years. During the war I took care of wounded soldiers in the hospital, sang and danced for them, and read poems. God saved my mother and me during the war. We were alive, but went throug ...
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Marina Naumova

August 6, 1938

Marina Naumova I first came to the church in 1998. I had just become a pensioner, and I was living on a small pension. I could only afford to buy vegetables. I am a widow and I have no children. My husband died after a stroke. I felt absolutely alone. But coming to the church meant that I was not alone. I come to Diane's Bible students every Saturday, and I?m ...
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Masha Romanova

October 29, 1947

Masha Romanova I first came to the church in 2001 and so enjoyed listening to the music and preaching. I began to read the Bible and got to know about Jesus through Diane and Roger McMurrin. I accepted Christ into my heart, and I know that God gave me new life. I am happy to attend Diane's Bible classes and am often asked to read Scripture to the class. I used to ...
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Melania Kaliuk

November 22, 1939

Melania Kaliuk I grew up in a priest's family, so I knew of Jesus from an early age. Even when my father was under religious persecution, I knew that my Savior was near and would help him and my family. I became an engineer, married, and we have two sons and a daughter. Raisa Viprazhkina told me about the wonderful bible studies at St. Paul's church. She s ...
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Mikhail Komaha

April 23, 1944

Mikhail Komaha In my work, I was a carpenter. I am divorced and I have a niece. My mother and sister died, and I lost my job. Only my relatives and friends helped me. Now I have a small pension. My old friend, Peter Lesik, invited me to the church. He sings in the pensioner choir of St. Paul's church, and now we sing together. I am happy to visit the Bib ...
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Mikhail Nikitenko

13. 07. 1949

Mikhail Nikitenko Once his neighbor Alina has told him about the St. Paul's Church and then she invited him to the worship service. Mikhail has graduated from Economic University and then he worked in the State Bank. Then he served in the Army. After that, he worked as an economist at defense enterprises. During the Chernobyl tragedy, he took part in the evac ...
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Mila Boremskaya

July 6, 1934

Mila Boremskaya I am a retired medical worker. In 2000, an MMK widow invited my husband and me to attend church. I was sick at the time and couldn't go, but my husband George attended the church and Roger's Bible class. My husband would tell me all about MMK and Roger's concerts. Then in 2007 my husband became sick and died. I was so alone and cried all the time. ...
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Miroslava Dvornichen

July 29, 1939

Miroslava Dvornichen My friend brought me to join Roger's choir in 1994. Later I came to know God and was baptized in the St. Paul's church. I am so happy to study the Bible in the church. I am very grateful for food support. It's a great help because of my small pension. I have been a pensioner for a long time. I go to the church and Roger's concerts. I go to the ...
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Nadezhda Belokoz

11.11.1945

Nadezhda  Belokoz Tamara Veter attends the St. Paul's church for 6 years. She invited Nadezhda to the church. Now she goes to the Bible classes on Saturdays. She attended the worship services on Sundays since December 2015. She likes the music here very much. During the war the front line passed through the village when Nadezhda lived. Many houses there were dest ...
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Nadezhda Olimpieva

14. 07. 1937

Nadezhda  Olimpieva July 4, 2015 Maria Shostka invited her to the church. Nadezhda goes there with great pleasure. She likes to know more about God and hope that He will enter into her heart. She wants to be cleansed of sin. Nadezhda was born in a peasant family in the Kyiv region. She remembers the terrible times of the war. Their village was burned January 6, 194 ...
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Nadezhda Anikina

04.10.1946

Nadezhda Anikina She became an orphan when she was 13 and began working at a construction site when she was 16. Nadezhda's baby was born with vacuum help and had big problems with its health. Her husband was seriously ill for 15 years and needed care. She knows that she survived due to God. Now she worries a lot because of son’s family life. She prays to Jesus ab ...
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Nadezhda Grebenshchikova

28. 11. 1947

Nadezhda Grebenshchikova Elan Satanovskiy invited her to the church in the spring of 2015. Nadezhda asks to pray for her children, Igor and Tonya. Now they both are unemployed. Especially she wants you to pray for her daughter, Tonya's salvation, faith and healing. Nadezhda was born in a poor family. There were 4 children in it. Her father drank. When she was 6 mont ...
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Nadezhda Morgun

January 21, 1939

Nadezhda Morgun I live alone and have undergone several surgeries due to lymphoma disease. I am a “child of war” and often tell stories about how God saved and protected me during the war. I am very grateful for food, for the Bible I received from MMK, and for Roger & Diane.

Nadezhda Turkot

January 17, 1946

Nadezhda Turkot My mother died in 1950. A year later my father found another wife. I was 5 years old, my brother was 1 year. Then we had 2 more sisters. But my stepmother never liked us. Father didn't know that she refused to give us food. Only by God's grace did we survive. My friend Zinaida invited me to this church. Diane was very kind to me, and I began to ...
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Nadezhda Yakunkina

August 20, 1940

Nadezhda Yakunkina My family was persecuted by the government during WWII, so we ran away to another country. But I was born in Kiev, and when I was very young, my grandmother took me for communion to the Orthodox Church. I also learned the Lord's Prayer. However, it was impossible to go to the church in those days, and I devoted my life to my home and children. I ha ...
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Nadia Zenenko

April 13, 1945

Nadia  Zenenko I was born in Western Ukraine and my childhood was difficult because it was war time and my family survived as best they could. But I was able to go to school and become an engineer. And then I got married, but now I am a widow, and I have one son, who lives separately from me with his family. I don't see them very often. But my life was changed ...
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Nadia Abramova

July 8, 1945

Nadia Abramova My father was a military man who served in the Soviet army, but he died soon after my birth. So my mother raised me alone, and all the difficulties of the post war years were on her shoulder. It was not a happy time. As a young woman I became an engineer, and then I married. But my husband died when our son was small, so I too raised my child al ...
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Nadia Adelina

December 20, 1936

Nadia Adelina I worked for many years as a nurse in the hospital and also as a "medical sister" in the prison. My first husband died soon after we were married, and I remarried and live with my second husband. As a child during WWII, I lived in the forest to escape from the Fascists bombing and killing. Those were very terrible times for all people of Ukraine. ...
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Nadia Alekseenko

December 22, 1938

Nadia Alekseenko Katerina is my good friend. We have known each other for a long time. One day she told me, "Let us go to the church, and we will sing together in the choir of pensioners." I came and loved everything at St. Paul's Church. Wes was preaching that day, and he spoke about Jesus, how He came into this world, what he did for us, how He died for us. I ...
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Nadia Bobikina

December 21, 1927

Nadia Bobikina In the past I was a worker in the central statistic department of the government. I was retired in 1982 before the end of the Soviet era. The 1990's were very difficult times for pensioners. It was in 2002, that I was invited to the church by my friend Raisa, and I have been a member there for eight years. It is a wonderful place for friendships, ...
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Nadia Drozd

October 26, 1933

Nadia Drozd In the past I was a medical nurse. I got to know about St. Paul?s church and MMK through Galina Getman. I came to Diane?s Bible class where I heard God?s word and felt a part of a wonderful fellowship. My childhood was so difficult. Now I understand that it was God who helped me to survive in the traumatic time of starvation. Then war came, and ...
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Nadia Golovachenko

August 17, 1937

Nadia Golovachenko When I was ten years old, my mother died and our family was starving. There was no food. We tried to find frozen potatoes or beets in the field. It was forbidden to take wheat from the field, but when we found a few stalks we brought them home and made soup. That soup was like a feast to us. I came to Music Mission Kiev when I met a lady named ...
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Nadia Khvorostova

January 5, 1942

Nadia Khvorostova My husband died, and then my son died when he was 40 years old. My son left me my granddaughter whom I care for. Even so, I felt so lonely and it was difficult to survive. Then my friend Raisa invited me to the church. I started to study the Bible and learn about Jesus. My life became brighter, and I met many kind people. I started receiving ...
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Nadia Kolesnikova

March 18, 1937

Nadia Kolesnikova I was sitting in the park one day when a woman came to me and began to talk about her church. She told me about St. Paul's and then invited me to come. I was ready to hear a message of hope. My life had been very difficult. I was born before World War 2, into a family of four children. My father came back from the war, without one of his h ...
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Nadia Komarenko

May 6, 1941

Nadia Komarenko I graduated from a college and had a good job. My husband and I moved from the village to Kiev, and then he had four strokes in ten years. The last four years, he could not speak or walk. And then he died. That was two years ago. I was in despair, but God sent Ludmila Ponachevnaya, who brought me to the church. I like this church so much. I ...
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Nadia Soboleva

November 29, 1935

Nadia Soboleva The most important event in my life was when I came to Christ in 2002. It was the holiday of my Heart and Soul. I felt how Jesus was changing my heart. It was that year that Katerina Lialushko invited me to the church, my first contact with Music Mission Kiev. I love my country Ukraine! It is a beautiful country with very friendly people. Her ...
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Nadia Yablonko

June 23, 1943

Nadia Yablonko My husband died some years ago, and I have a son who is sick with heart disease. I also have cancer, high blood pressure, and asthma. I was quite discouraged, but God sent someone to encourage me. It was Ludmila Vishibaeva who lived not far from me. She invited me to her church, St. Paul's. She told me about the lovely worship services and the info ...
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Natalia Dyachenko

05/05/1949

Natalia Dyachenko Natalia was born in a Christian family, in a village called Velikaya Topal' which is in Bryansk region (Russia). In 1965, after leaving school she moved to Kyiv to study. She graduated from Construction College, then worked at Kyiv enterprise "Building Industry" as a technologist. Now she is retired, has small pension is. She lives alone in ...
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Natalia Gerasimchuk

August 15, 1942

Natalia Gerasimchuk During the 2nd World War, my family was evacuated from Kiev. I was the youngest of four children. My mama was sick and my three sisters cared for me. I was very ill with dysentery, and I only got the antibiotics I needed because my father gave a box of butter to the military office as a bribe. For this he could have been killed. But I recovered th ...
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Natalia Kozakevich

December 19, 1954

Natalia Kozakevich I lost my job in 1993. My mother and I were starving. Then a singer in the KSOC came to visit my mother Marianna Kosakevich, and told them about Roger McMurrin, the choir's conductor, and invited us to the church. We came, and my mother was added to the food list. Because of Music Mission Kiev, we had enough to eat. My mother survived the sie ...
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Natalia Mikhailova

June 7, 1950

Natalia Mikhailova From 1993, I joined the KSOC as a singer. I had 17 wonderful years with Roger, visiting America many times on concert tours, singing in Russia and the Stans, being part of a wonderful musical family. I also sang at St. Paul's church as we professional musicians provided service music. Through MMK, I became a believer in the early 90's. I volunteer ...
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Natalia Nekrasova

December 4, 1945

Natalia Nekrasova In the past I was a staff member in the research institute. I am divorced. My life changed when Svetlana Grishko told me about St. Paul's church. I love music and I wanted to study the Bible, so this was a step to finding a better life. When I decided to join the church, I receive Jesus as my Savior, and now I am very much involved in minis ...
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Natalia Revenkova

March 25, 1954

Natalia Revenkova In 2007, I met my friend Valeri Sidorchenko, and he asked me, "Do you know who Jesus is?" I told him, "Yes, but I want to know more." He said, "Come to St. Paul?s church, and you will." Through coming to St. Paul?s, my life has changed. Jesus is now my Savior, and I put all things into His hands. I live with my brother in a one-room apartment. ...
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Natalia Surikova

September 4, 1944

Natalia Surikova I grew up in an orphanage from the time I was a baby, as my mama died during my childbirth. My father was killed during wartime on the Front, and I had no relatives. After finishing school, I went to work at a factory and worked there all my life. I married. I met my husband at the same orphanage where I grew up. We had two children, and when my ...
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Natalia Volkova

May 23, 1953

Natalia Volkova I am a widow and I have a son. In the past I was a teacher in Kindergarten. When I was small I worked a lot at home, taking care of my young brother. My mother was from Poland. She was wounded during the war, so she needed my help. I have had many people that I have loved, die. My sister died, and also my husband, my aunt, and two of my best fr ...
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Natalia Zhishko

July 18, 1951

Natalia Zhishko I am divorced, a former factory worker, and I live with my elderly father, who is a World War 2 veteran. My friend Lidia invited my father and me to church. My father couldn't go, but I decided to come. I became involved in several activities. I joined the pensioner choir, attended Bible classes, and started to deliver food to the homebound. ...
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Nella Frolova

June 1, 1939

Nella Frolova I formerly worked as a tour guide and led many different excursions around Kiev for tourists. I live with her husband, Alexander, who is disabled. Back in 1999 I came to the building, which we call the Beli Dom, with my granddaughter looking for dancing classes. It was a Sunday, and I found out from other ladies I saw going into the building that t ...
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Nella Nuzhina

December 29, 1940

Nella Nuzhina I have a friend named Inna. We have known each other for 45 years. She is the one who brought me to St. Paul's church, and I am so glad. My husband died in 1998. I worked as an engineer, but my plant was closed and I could not find any job for a long time. So I worked as a cleaner or a saleswoman. In 1991, I was at a Christmas party with m ...
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Nella Zakharova

August 3, 1941

Nella Zakharova All my life I worked as a bookkeeper. I became a widow when my husband died at age 55. I have two grown children, one of whom lives in western Ukraine. In 2000, I had a heart attack and since them I have high blood pressure and suffer from angina attacks. Last year I was attending some meetings with other aged people who are past war veterans. ...
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Nikolai Bukatey

January 2, 1940

Nikolai Bukatey I worked for many years as an economist. When I turned 60 (in 2000) I was forced to retire and received my first pension. It was such a small pension that I found a part-time job handing out advertisements of different events, concerts, and businesses. On one of the announcements I saw advertised a classical concert by American conductor Roger McMu ...
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Nikolai Kashlyuk

10. 01. 1941

Nikolai Kashlyuk In October 2014 Valentina Piskovaya invited him to the church; and then he began to attend the classes on Saturdays. Nikolai has a wife, a son and a daughter, and 3 grandchildren. The youngest granddaughter is 4. During the war Nikolai's parents were evacuated; then his father fought at the front, and his mother worked at the plant. Nikolai h ...
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Nikolai Maluta

December 23, 1939

Nikolai Maluta In the past I drank a lot. But God showed me the right way, and I decided to serve Him. My friends invited me to St. Paul's Church and I go every Sunday. There I find the support and inspiration I need. I was a plant worker, I married and I have a son. Today I am a pensioner, I do housework, and take care of my three grandchildren.

Nikolai Semenenko

April 14, 1926

Nikolai Semenenko I worked on construction, and became a pensioner in 1986. At first my pension was enough for necessary things. I was from believers' family, but I rarely came to church. My health became worse, pension smaller. I had no children to help me. Then I did some small jobs to have some money. So in such difficult days, when my both wives died, no help, G ...
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Nikolai Yakubovsky

February 29, 1988

Nikolai Yakubovsky My mother was under the care of Music Mission Kiev. I wanted to deliver her food, and I learned that I must attend Bible classes in order to do that. So I attended the classes for several years. People were kind to me. Diane and Kim always greet me. My mama whose name is Maria was in a wheelchair. My father was an alcoholic and she was par ...
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Nina Zinovieva

25. 04. 1940

Nina  Zinovieva In May, 2015 Mila Kotlyarova invited her to the church. Nina attends Bible classes on Saturdays and Worship services. She lives alone, was married twice. Both husbands died. Her elder son died too. The younger son is drinking, Nina always prays for him. He helps her in the household because she feels pain in back and legs. When she was a ch ...
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Nina Budovskaya

January 22, 1955

Nina Budovskaya I came to know Jesus as my Savior in an interview from Diane McMurrin for church membership. I had been coming to church for several months and really loved the worship and the people. I was first invited to church in 2009 by Olga Iosipenko. I came to Diane's Bible classes and never missed once. By the time I came to be a church member, my heart w ...
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Nina Chigrinets

July 6, 1934

Nina Chigrinets I was trained to be a soloist, but after a serious illness, I could no longer perform solos. She was invited to MMK by some of my colleagues from the Opera House. I have been with the mission for 12 years. I always brought my granddaughter to church with me. I raised her myself after my daughter divorced, and married again. My daughter entrusted ...
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Nina Karachevtseva

January 2, 1940

Nina Karachevtseva Former occupation: kindergarten teacher Family: widow, has a son In the difficult years of the second world war, I lived in the village with my grandmother and grandfather. The Germans made trenches in our garden, We had no place to plant vegetables. We were starving, and we ate only some beets. God helped me. He sent us richer neighbors, and ...
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Nina Kitaeva

April 16, 1929

Nina Kitaeva I worked as a technologist. In 1932 when I was just three years old, my father died from starvation. I have been divorced since 1970, and have no children. I live with and take care of my 93-year-old sister who is bedridden. I came to Christ 8 years ago. I am very grateful for the help and food I receive from MMK. I thank my American sponsor a ...
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Nina Kozenko

07. 05. 1935

Nina Kozenko Lyudmila Koryttseva invited her to the St. Paul's church. Nina attended the lessons "Heart to Heart". Her childhood was difficult. It was cold and they were hungry as there was not enough food during the war and after it, in 1946-1947. Her father was killed at the front. There were 3 children in the family. They went to school by turns becau ...
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Nina Kushnirenko

November 15, 1948

Nina Kushnirenko I did not think I was well enough to come to the church with my friends Emilia Voronova and Svetlana Pugachevskaya when they invited me to St. Paul's church. They told me about the beautiful music, about the prayers of the people, and the hearing of God's Word. I decided to come, and I was so happy there. I joined Diane's Bible class, and then my ...
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Nina Lisenko

February 28, 1942

Nina Lisenko I came to Music Mission Kiev in 1997. Roger invited me to sing in his choir. He is great conductor, he treats everyone well, embraces and kisses people, says kind words. I became a member of the church in 2005. Roger baptized me. I am very glad that I go to the church. My mother was the 11th child in the family. The Communists took their prope ...
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Nina Lozinskaya

April 27, 1938

Nina Lozinskaya I have lived a difficult life and have many "bad" memories of war time. My husband died several years ago, and I have a grown son who lives in one small apartment with me. I suffer from scoliosis and must wear a back brace. I was invited to the Mission in 2008 by my friend Zhanna Pushkareva, who is another widow in our program. Through the Bibl ...
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Nina Osipenko

April 5, 1938

Nina Osipenko As a child I was always hungry. It was wartime, and life was hard. But later I became a worker in a factory, married and had children. Today I am a widow. I love singing, and one day a friend of mine, Pavel Berest, invited me to the church, saying, “You like to sing. Come with me and we will glorify God together.” I came to the church, and ...
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Nina Pelikh

September 29, 1954

Nina Pelikh I worked all my life as a house painter. I married and had three children. One day I met Katerina Melnichuk on a bus, and she told me about St. Paul's church. I accepted the invitation and came once, but my busy life and my family problems distracted me from coming again. My husband was an alcoholic. He drank a lot, was rude to me, and even b ...
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Nina Stanislavskaya

March 19, 1938

Nina Stanislavskaya I formerly worked at the plant "Artema" together with my husband. He was only 50 years old when he died, and I have been a widow for 25 years. I have two daughters, but they live in other cities, and have family problems of their own. I live on a small pension, and can barely survive. I grew up during the hard years of war time, and I remember ...
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Nina Tereschenko

September 28, 1949

Nina Tereschenko I moved to Kiev from the Lugansk region, more than 30 years ago, and worked at the research institute as an archivist. My mother was homebound, and I had to bring up my small daughter my myself. My mother and my sister died. My daughter had health problems. Life seems hard and full of trouble. A friend of mine invited me to St. Paul's church la ...
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Nina Tolpiga

October 7, 1958

Nina Tolpiga I first came to Diane's Bible class at the invitation of my friend Tamara. The lesson touched me, and I felt that God was speaking to me. I was so excited that the next week I brought my daughter Oksana. My daughter came, and told me afterwards, "This is a place that God has prepared for us!" Now we come together every week, not only to Bible st ...
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Nina Tututchenko

January 13, 1941

Nina Tututchenko One day I was sitting on a bench outside my apartment building, and Svetlana Dombrovskaya came to me and after some pleasant conversation, she invited me to come to her church. I had not been to church for some years, and after the first visit to St. Paul's, I knew this was where I wanted to be. I became a member and now I have a Christian family. ...
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Nina Zabavskaya

December 10, 1927

Nina Zabavskaya When I was 17, World War 2 began. I asked to join the army, but the officer in charge told me that I had to be 18. He sent me to the hospital, to work in daytime hours, and study in the evenings. I worked there until the end of the war in Europe, but then they prepared us to the Japanese front of the war. I was to go to Japan on May, 10, 1945, but ...
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Olesya Kaprelova

December 29, 1936

Olesya Kaprelova During 1998-99 my relatives passed away: my mother, brother, husband, my daughter (24 years old) with her husband died in an accident. I was in depression and had small granddaughter 5 years old. I tried to escape this spiritual pain. My friend Vera Pletneva invited me to this church in 2002. I understood with my heart and my soul, that this is ...
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Olga Demchenko

September 10, 1927

Olga Demchenko In the past I worked as a nurse in the hospital at the x-ray laboratory. In 2001, a friend from the KSOC invited me to the church, after I came to a concert, and after I came to the church, and began to attend Diane?s Bible classes, where I cam to Christ, and then joined the church. I remember with tears my very hard life. My daughter-in-law die ...
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Olga Dyadyun

12. 07. 1937

Olga Dyadyun She was born before the war. She survived the lean years and had a lot of difficulties in her life. During Chernobyl tragedy she lived in Kyiv and didn't leave the city. The Lord God came into her heart. She loves Him and will love Him while she is alive. She will fulfill all His plans. The Lord God is Love. Faith is a key which opens the heave ...
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Olga Fedotova

April 8, 1934

Olga Fedotova In 2005, I got to know about St. Paul's church at a subway station when someone took the time to talk to me and invite me to church. I am so happy that I came. It changed my life. I survived World War II. I was evacuated to Grozny. I was on the train when it was bombed. Only three railway cars were not damaged, and I was in one of them. They ...
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Olga Ganenko

July 30, 1939

Olga Ganenko Olga was born July 30, 1939. She came through World War II and the 1947 starvation. She was widowed in February of 2000. She has a son, and a daughter who is handicapped, and two grandsons aged 13 and 11. Her pension is 188 grievna a month ($37).

Olga Iosipenko

June 25, 1939

Olga Iosipenko I am called "a child of war" because both my parents died during the war years. I survived the starvation of 1947, that many people do not know about, but it was terrible. After my parents were gone, one family adopted me, and I grew in their family until I was seventeen. Then I was responsible for myself. I worked in a knitting factory. I was ...
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Olga Kiyan

January 30, 1925

Olga Kiyan I still remember my childhood when many people in my village starved to death during 1932-33. During the war, the Germans occupied our village and living was difficult. After the war, I helped to rebuild the destroyed houses and buildings. It was my job as a construction worker. In 1986 I heard about the Chernobyl accident on the radio, and th ...
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Olga Kovalevskaya

October 1, 1952

Olga Kovalevskaya I grew up in a family of 5, and we loved each other and were very happy. But my younger sister Tamara died in 1981 at 24 years old and then my elder brother died, 14 years later. Losing them brought me pain and sorrow. I worked very hard as a nurse, but then I was divorced, raising my one son. I didn't have a Bible until I went to the hospital f ...
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Olga Lisenko

April 22, 1941

Olga Lisenko I was born in Siberia in Russia. My father went to fight in World War 2, and my mother had three children to care for. All of were sick, because the weather was cold, and we were starving. After the war, the family moved to Moldova and I became an invalid. One of my kidneys was removed in an operation. Later I had other surgeries. I became a t ...
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Olga Lubimova

March 26, 1936

Olga Lubimova My friend Helen Kovalenko, whom I have known for many years, invited me to the church a year ago. At first, I didn't want to go. I told her that I was not in good health and it is difficult for me to stand for a long time. Then Helen said, "In this church, everyone has a comfortable chair, and the people are so nice. Come and hear God's Word." ...
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Olga Movchan

April 4, 1950

Olga Movchan I have had many troubles in my life. I raised my son alone, after I was divorced from my husband. It was very difficult. I had four operations and the most difficult was in 1996. Thanks to God, He was always with me. Now I am sick, I have diabetes and high blood pressure, spine problems. Now I am a pensioner, having retired from a career as s ...
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Olga Nekrasova

November 27, 1934

Olga Nekrasova When my son died, I had a heart attack. I was a teacher, and I am a widow. I trust in God for everything. I used to go to a Baptist church in Kiev, where I received Christ and was baptized. I visited this church for a long time, but then I learned about the ministries of St. Paul's church, where many aged people gather. I love classical musi ...
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Olga Ruzhanskaya

January 1, 1957

Olga Ruzhanskaya I was working as a social worker, visiting an MMK widow named Elena Soroka. Helen told me about St. Paul's church. That was three years ago. She was always inviting me to the church, but I thought I was too busy. Then she had a stroke, and was feeling very weak. Her neighbor Irina Koshman, who had been friends with Elena for 10 years, visited ...
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Olga Stahova

July 17, 1949

Olga Stahova When my husband died in 2007, I was in depression. We had lived together for 37 years. My depression lasted more than 1 year. I did not want to live. I lost 35 pounds. At that time my fellow worker at the telephone company, Yanborisova called me and invited to go to the church and to study the Bible. Now I have gone to the church for more than ...
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Olga Tverdokhleb

20. 10. 1938

Olga Tverdokhleb Lidia Polozyuk invited her to the St.Paul's church, and now she loves the church very much. Her eyes were opened, Olga started to read the Bible and to understand it better. She learned about the Salvation and Jesus Christ, 12 disciples. She remembers the post-war times, when all family suffered because of starvation. She was small, but had to go t ...
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Olga Zaitseva

April 24, 1943

Olga Zaitseva I was born during wartime. My father was killed on the Front. My mother could not take care of us children, so she gave my brother to my aunt and she raised me alone. Mother worked hard, but we had very little to eat. I worked as an operator, was married, had a child, and was divorced. I brought up my son alone. One day I met Irene Ko ...
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Olga Znamenskaya

October 21, 1955

Olga Znamenskaya I was raised in a big family, and graduated from the trade college. I worked my whole life as an engineer at a chemical plant, from the time I was 18 until I was retired on a pension. After I was married, I had two sons and then a daughter. But my daughter died. So I decided to have another child when I was 40 years old. My third son is 18 ye ...
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Pasha Kodenko

November 10, 1938

Pasha Kodenko I was born in a very poor family with 6 children. Mother taught us how to pray, and we visited church on holidays. I moved to Kiev in 1956 with my husband and two daughter. My husband died, and I was so depressed that I went to the Orthodox church. There I met Raisa from St. Paul's church, who told me about the mission to the elderly. Raisa inv ...
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Petro Lesik

May 16, 1940

Petro Lesik From the age of 16, I worked on a collective farm in my small town of Peryaslov Kmelnitsky. I remember the starvation time of 1947 when life was so hard. There was no food, no cloths, and my relatives searched for frozen roots from the soil to survive. We went to bed hungry every night. In 1959 I was called to serve in the Soviet army, and afte ...
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Raisa Bobkova

July 18, 1932

Raisa Bobkova I love to serve God through singing, knitting, and children. Often I go to Orphanage #22 and bring something I have made to the children- bookmarks, or hearts as a sign of Christian love, scarves, or socks. I came to Christ through the Evangelism ministry, and now I work with street evangelism to tell people about Jesus and invite them to church. ...
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Raisa Danilova

January 10, 1936

Raisa Danilova I came to the church because my friend Nadezhda invited me. As I entered the hall, I was glad to take the worship program and be greeted by the ushers. I did not know that I would have a place to sit, a hymnbook to sing songs. Everything was new to me. After the worship someone asked me, “Do you like our church?” and I replied, “Yes, t ...
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Raisa Gaydamachenko

October 1, 1946

Raisa Gaydamachenko I was born in the family of workers in the Chernigov region of Ukraine. I lived with my mama, my older sister, and a 100-year-old grandma. I never knew my father. My family was so poor. We lived in an apartment that was always wet with mold. We had no electricity. I was always sick as a baby. My grandmother cared for me. On major holidays my gr ...
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Raisa Ponomarenko

July 12, 1932

Raisa Ponomarenko I was alone during the war, because my parents and all my relatives were killed. They took me to the orphanage, where I lived until 1947. There were 40 children in one room and I was always hungry. For a long time I was almost deaf, because of the sound of the bombing. I got an education and became an engineer. Then I was married and got an apa ...
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Raisa Rakitina

January 1, 1937

Raisa Rakitina I formerly worked as an engineer at a plant from 1954 till 1992. In 2005 I visited the church and began to attend Diane's Bible class. I am so grateful for widow's food I receive which helps me to survive. I enjoy being useful in many of the MMK ministries. I am so happy to belong to a big Christian family. I pray God's blessings on American sponso ...
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Raisa Savitskaya

January 29, 1937

Raisa Savitskaya I came to the church eleven years ago, and told Roger and Diane about my daughter Alla?s need for heart surgery. Alla is the wife of one of Roger?s singers, and so he helped to raise money for her operation. He told me, ?Don?t cry, dear! Pray and we will pray with you.? Diane took my hand and some people joined us in a circle, and we prayed togeth ...
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Raisa Viprazhkina

May 17, 1938

Raisa Viprazhkina My life changed when I receive Jesus Christ into my heart. I joined St. Paul's church, and was baptized by Roger. I remember this day — Sept. 9, 2012. I will forever celebrate this time as my new life. My parents were killed during the war and I was sent to the orphanage where I grew up. From there I went to a technical school. After the war, ...
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Rimma Koltsova

April 9, 1947

Rimma Koltsova I formerly worked as a Biologist. My Mama was born in 1925, and survived the starvation of 1932-33. During war time Mama was sent to work in the labor camp in Germany. I was born in the year of the second famine in Ukraine of 1947. My friend, Klara Grebneva, another MMK widow, invited me to St. Paul's Church in 2008. I went to the church and rea ...
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Rimma Onatskaya

June 18, 1938

Rimma Onatskaya I was a ballet dancer, a soloist. When I went to Leningrad conservatory, some professors would not permit us to have exams if they knew we read the Bible. It was in 1974. I did not understand God that time, I knew only some biblical stories, because art is based on them. Only in 1990 I had a vision, God in heaven, and I asked Him to permit me to ...
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Rita Panasenko

January 6, 1941

Rita Panasenko I am divorced and has a son, Ivan (22) who is a student.

Roman Didetsky

December 3, 1934

Roman Didetsky My mother died when I was 18 months old, and I was raised by my three brothers from 1936-1944. Then we were active with other families to organize underground activities to defeat the Nazis. At 14 years old, I finished the seventh grade, and went to work in a coal mine in eastern Ukraine. I learned rescue techniques, especially underground. One ...
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Rosa Saricheva

February 25, 1933

Rosa Saricheva For 52 years, I was an x-ray technician. I lived in Siberia for 32 years. I have a son, but he does not visit me as he has many family problems. During my childhood, I lived in Simferopol in Crimea. When the war broke out, this became occupied territory. My Papa was sent to the front to fight, and Mama raised three children alone. I witnessed many ...
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Roza Bondarenko

April 22, 1937

Roza Bondarenko I formerly worked as a crane operator. I had a difficult life. During WWII my Mama was killed by bombings and my father was killed while fighting on the front. I was then raised by my grandma. In 2001 my neighbor invited me to church. Then in 2004 I began to visit the widows Bible program. I came to Christ through Diane's Bible classes, and ...
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Sergey Serkerko

December 25, 1935

Sergey Serkerko In the past I was a professor of history. In those times, it was forbidden to pray or talk about God. The Soviets controlled everything and people were even afraid to think about religion. I was born in Kiev. My father died in Kiev during the Nazi occupation, while my mother and I lived in Novosibirsk. After the war, my mother and I returned to ...
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Seva Matveev (Trojan)

December 19, 1975

Seva Matveev (Trojan) I am not a widow, nor am I aged. But I have been an invalid since my childhood with Down's syndrome. I live with my mother who receives support from Music Mission Kiev. We have been coming together to Bible classes and church since 2001. I have learned much about the Bible and I know that Jesus lives in my heart. Usually a family only gets ...
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Sofia Aksenova

February 22, 1930

Sofia Aksenova I used to be a factory worker. My childhood was hard and I survived the famines of 1932-33 and 1947. My eldest brother died in Germany in 1942 during the war. Growing up, I lived on a collective farm. I helped rebuild the city of Kiev after WWII. I first came to MMK with her sister in 2005. I attended a Bible study at the mission and accepted C ...
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Sofia Praidkina

September 23, 1943

Sofia Praidkina For many years I worked in a sports equipment factory. Last year in 2010, I met in the street Olga Olga Iosipenko, who used to work with me at the factory. She invited me to St. Paul?s Church. She said that I could hear God?s word, and have love and respect in my aged life. At first I didn?t respond, so later Olga called me and invited me again, s ...
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Sofia Tkachenko

June 15, 1934

Sofia Tkachenko I have know much grief since my childhood. When the war began, my older brother was killed. My father was an invalid, and died soon afterwards. My mother and I tried to hide from the bombing. When the Germans left, they burnt my whole village, and our house was destroyed. After the war, we had no shoes, no clothing, no food. And then in 1947 we ha ...
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Svetlana Atrasevich

June 13, 1941

Svetlana Atrasevich I became a singer of Roger's choir in 1993 and found out that I can go to his church. At that time it was called the Holy Trinity church. I received the Bible in the church and started to study it. When I retired, I received food support. It helps me so much, because I have small pension. I trust God in everything I do. I pray and ask Him for h ...
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Svetlana Bakaleyko

July 13, 1941

Svetlana Bakaleyko I first came to MMK in 2003. My friend Svetlana Pugachevskaya invited me to church, and I began to get food in 2005. As a child, I was in an orphanage for five years. Then I lived with my grandpa and grandma. My papa was called "The Enemy of the People" in Soviet times and was arrested. My mama grew sick and died. Today I am called "A Child ...
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Svetlana Boguslavskaya

February 20, 1936

Svetlana Boguslavskaya I formerly worked as a doctor. Ten years ago I was in a serious car accident and damaged two teeth. I could not eat and had headaches all the time. When Diane and Roger heard about my accident , they provided assistance through MMK so I could receive artificial teeth. I am so happy to be a member of St. Paul's church and be part of a wonderful Ch ...
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Svetlana Dzus

April 26, 1937

Svetlana Dzus I first visited Evangelism Explosion class with my friend Svetlana Dombrovskaya when I had good health. But then I became sick with a hernia, heart problems, high blood pressure, and other illnesses. My husband died, and my daughter's husband died also. I am deaf and it is difficult to speak over the telephone. My daughter lives separately fr ...
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Svetlana Grishko

January 31, 1942

Svetlana Grishko I worked all my life as an engineer. I am now a pensioner and live with my invalid husband. I also am very weak in my health because of kidney disease. I have had four operations. I have two sons. One of them is an alcoholic. I met Tamara Kravtsova, who told me about the church at an meeting of an invalid's organization a year ago. I came to ...
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Svetlana Pugachevskaya

January 28, 1940

Svetlana Pugachevskaya My father died during the war. My mother died in 1955. I studied and worship in Kiev in radio electronics. I was divorced. It was my daughter who invited me to the church in 2002 after she graduated from the music academy. But then she had no work. So she and her daughter left Kiev. Now I am alone. I had a heart attack and became an invalid. ...
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Svetlana Shulga

02.06.1959

Svetlana Shulga In May, 2015 Vera Ustyuhina invited her to Bible classes. Her parents were children, when II World war began. Svetlana's mother gave her to an orphanage so that family could subsist. Father was an alcoholic, they were starving. Mother worked as a janitor and had other dirty works, and Svetlana always helped her. After finishing school she w ...
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Svetlana Skripak

January 4, 1936

Svetlana Skripak I used to work in construction. I began attending the widows activities in the late 1990's. I came to Christ through MMK, and I am a member of St. Paul's church. I was active in Evangelism Explosion ministry and Bible Study. Now I have been homebound for a number of years. I believe in Jesus with all my soul. My creator, He gives me peace. Jesus ...
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Svetlana Telepneva

August, 22, 1968

Svetlana Telepneva Maria Erko invited her to St.Paul's church. She found real joy, when became to know Christ and had a possibility to study the Bible. In the middle of life's calamities she met Christian friends, feel love and compassion. She had a lot of problems in her family, but now she is sure that Christ can help her to restore relationships. Her faith grows b ...
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Svetlana Yaremenko

March 19, 1945

Svetlana Yaremenko I was a teacher of the Russian language at the University. My grandparents brought me to the Orthodox church when I was a child. We read the Bible together and talked about God. But my school stopped my spiritual life with Communist propaganda and atheism. A friend invited me to St. Paul's church. After suffering tragedies in my life, I knew t ...
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Taisa Demchenko

March 28, 1937

Taisa Demchenko In 1944, my Papa was killed during war time in the front. Mama raised my brother and me all alone. I worked as a radio operator in the airport for over 40 years. I had the opportunity to visit many countries. I first got to know about MMK through my friend, Evgenia Torgashina. For several years, I attended Diane's Bible classes and St. Paul's c ...
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Taisia Bazhenova

26. 11. 1931

Taisia Bazhenova In July 2015 she was invited to the Bible classes and then to Worship service. Evgeniya Snisar first told her about these classes. Taisia came and liked them very much. Now she tries to attend them regularly. She says about herself: During all my life since the childhood Lord helped me. When I was a child, I lived in a small town in Siberia. A ...
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Tamara Bondarchuk

May 22, 1950
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Tamara Bondarchuk I have been with this mission since 2002 when I first visited the church. I like the choir and orchestra music, the preaching, and the people. So I joined St. Paul's church, and became involved with the evangelism ministry. I especially liked street evangelism, where we would go to the parks and share about Jesus to complete strangers. I came to C ...
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Tamara Bondarenko

February 5, 1938

Tamara Bondarenko In 2002 my husband died, and I became a widow. It was then that I began visiting the church sponsored by Music Mission Kiev. I had worked for 42 years as a dentist in one of Kiev's hospitals. I had studied at the medical university in Riga, Latvia, and moved to Kiev to live and work in 1962. Now as I was growing older, I had heart problems ...
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Tamara Ilchenko

April 3, 1932

Tamara Ilchenko I had no father. My mother had no education. When the German came, we suffered cold and hungry years. After school I grated from the economic institute. I did not know God at that time. I came to God in 2002. Now I cannot imagine my life without Him. He is my Savior, Healer, Advocate and Helper. He is everything to me. I wanted to grow in F ...
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Tamara Ivantsova

August 13, 1936

Tamara Ivantsova I remember the happy days when I came to the church. In 2005, I began to come to worship at the invitation of a friend. But then I became homebound when I had a stroke. I was absolutely unable to come back to church, so my friends from the evangelism ministry began to bring me food packets. My pension is small and this weekly food helps me to sur ...
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Tamara Kebets

July 12, 1929

Tamara Kebets Ten years ago I was in the hospital. My spine was broken. My colleague came to visit me and told me about MMK. After six months, I could walk again, and I came to the church. Now I am member of St Paul's Church. I go to Prayer group, receive food packages, and go to the concerts. We are grateful to our sponsors. We pray for their health and God's ...
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Tamara Koziatik

April 9, 1929

Tamara Koziatik My husband Vladimir was in Roger?s choir in 1993, and tour with them as a soloist. He was one of the first people baptized in the church. Roger led him to the Lord. He would read the Bible with me and tell me about Jesus. These were the first lessons about God, and the first time I had read the Bible. Then in 2000 my husband died, and I was in s ...
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Tamara Lazareva

March 10, 1934

Tamara Lazareva I first came to the church where Roger was preaching in 1998, and then I decided to audition for his choir. I spend several wonderful years as an alto in the Kyiv Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. Then, when I retired, I kept coming to the church. It is a place to meet with God and a place for spiritual education and Christian family. I grew in my un ...
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Tamara Nadzos

November 7, 1950

Tamara Nadzos Last year I met Natalia Kravchenko at the drugstore, and she told me about MMK, the church, and Diane?s Bible classes. I decided to attend these classes, and I realized that God holds my future. I receive everything from Him. Through MMK, I came to Jesus, and faith in Him changed my life. Today if I have any problems I give them to God?s hands. ...
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Tamara Slusarenko

June 10, 1936

Tamara Slusarenko I was born in Kiev and experienced Nazi occupation in my childhood. I was hungry and cold. I thank God that he saved me during those difficult times. I became a seamstress and worked hard all my life. Now I am retired and live with my husband. We have a son who lives separately from us. He has two small children. I have had two heart attacks ...
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Tamara Viter

January 23, 1942

Tamara Viter It was August 10, 2010 when Ludmila Krol invited me to the church, saying, ?When you have Christian friends, your problems will seem easier, because all problems will be in God's hands.? I considered myself a believer because I had learned ?The Lord?s Prayer.? But when I came to the church, I learned much more: who Jesus is, why He died, and that ...
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Tamara Zhurahovskaya

June 14, 1941

Tamara Zhurahovskaya When I first came to St. Paul's church, at the invitation of my friend Nadezhda, I felt a presence of God in the room, and in the love of the church leaders. It was medicine for my soul. I grew up during wartime, and I remember being hungry and being homeless. I slept on a park bench during the summertime, and in the railway station in the winte ...
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Tamila Melnik

April 11, 1940

Tamila Melnik I was one year old when World War 2 began. I lived with my grandfather on the territory occupied by the German Nazi's. After the war, our family lived in a wet, wooden hut, so I became ill with pleurisy and arthritis. I went to the university where I met my husband, and studied engineering and physics. When I was pregnant, I fell and broke m ...
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Tanya Molderf

February 27, 1943

Tanya Molderf My friend Lubov Belous invited me to church, and this first worship was so exciting. I met Roger and Diane and many church people. Following these happy people, I came to Diane?s Bible class and felt so close to God that I did not want to leave her home. Now I am growing in my Christian faith. I am a child of war. I was very young, but I remembe ...
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Tatiana Belaya

November 7, 1955

Tatiana Belaya One day I met a widow of MMK named Vera Kudria who invited me to the church, saying, “You are a widow and live alone. But come with me to the church and you will have a spiritual family!” I came to St. Paul's church and was amazed by the classical music, beautiful preaching, and friendship among the people. It was a holiday for my heart a ...
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Tatiana Kosareva

24. 02. 1956

Tatiana Kosareva July 11, 2015 Tatiana's neighbor, Lyudmila Novitskaya, invited her to the Bible lesson in the St. Paul's church. Tatiana liked it very much. She was born in Ukraine, in Ovruch in Zhytomyr region. Her father was a forester, her mother was a medical assistant and midwife. Tatiana's childhood was spent in the nature. After leaving school T ...
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Tatiana Kosmich

August 30, 1952

Tatiana Kosmich I came to Roger and Diane's house for a worship service under the trees, and it was there that I heard prayers, wonderful choir singing, and a great sermon. I was moved to repentance and asked God's forgiveness. I am so grateful for all the church leaders and the congregation who helped me to find the right way and peace in my heart. I was bo ...
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Tatiana Kuchma

July 23, 1929

Tatiana Kuchma In 2003 I was invited to the church by Galina Sikorskaya, and it was like fresh air after many sufferings in my life. Jesus came to my heart through MMK. The church was my place to meet with him. I love going to church and also Diane's Bible class. Now I have many Christian friends. The hard circumstances of my life left me a very nervous perso ...
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Tatiana Proshina

February 25, 1952

Tatiana Proshina For all my life, I will remember the date when Jesus came into my heart. It was March 10th, 2010. I am a widow and I have three children. After my husband died, I was in deep grief. My friend Anna invited me to St. Paul?s church and told me, ?God and this church family will help you, and you will not feel alone.? I came to the church, and then ...
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Tatiana Solomatina

November 2, 1936

Tatiana Solomatina In my life, I have learned the hard lesson of survival. I remember the times of World War 2 when I was a child. The main street of Kiev was on fire and there was bombing in the streets. My father went to the Front to fight for the Homeland, and my mother was alone with two small children. People were leaving the cities and sold their clothes for ...
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Tetyana Kuzmenko

19.09.1968

Tetyana Kuzmenko Nadezhda Kolesnikova invited her to the sermon in the St. Paul's Church; and Tetyana was eager to know about God more. She didn't know much about Jesus before. She lived in difficult conditions and raised her son by herself. She had to work on unskilled jobs because she did not have any profession. Once while working she have had an accident an ...
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Tonya Lopushanskaya

November 24, 1946

Tonya Lopushanskaya I was working as a doorkeeper for the building where Music Mission Kiev holds their widows classes and worship services. One day I was invited to attend the worship service. I was curious about all these happy people, so I went. From the first time I came to the church, I wanted to be one of them and serve the Lord. Now I help to distribute food ...
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Valentina Buhtiyarova

November 29, 1954

Valentina Buhtiyarova I was working as a secretary at the building where St. Paul's Church meets. I remember when Roger came to visit my boss, and he asked me, “Do you have a church? You are welcome to come and worship with us.” I didn't accept his invitation at the time, but I went to a Christmas concert of the Kiev Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. I decided to ...
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Valentina Doroshenko

April 10, 1946

Valentina Doroshenko In the past I was a chemist and worked at a chemical plant. I am a widow and my husband died many years ago. I have two children and they have no formal education. They work hard, and have families of their own, but they say they cannot help me. Last year I heard a concert of the Kiev Symphony Orchestra and Chorus on the radio, and I wanted to c ...
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Valentina Galchenko

February 19, 1938

Valentina Galchenko In the past I was an economist and I worked at the biggest factory in Kiev. I am a widow with two children. My husband died and my son died also. My daughter is raising three children alone. For a long time, I wanted to find a place to meet with God. I tried to read the Bible, but it was difficult to understand. I visited the Orthodox church, b ...
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Valentina Gluschenko

May 8, 1947

Valentina Gluschenko I was on the street when a woman names Olga Velichnaskaya came up to me and in a friendly way began to tell me about Jesus. It was street evangelization from St. Paul?s Church. This short meeting changed my life. I invited Jesus into my heart. Olga and I gave each our phone numbers, and then we came to the church together. I am so glad that God op ...
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Valentina Gorshkova

August 3, 1944

Valentina Gorshkova In 2015 her friend Valentina Piskovaya invited her to the church. Both Valentinas helped the same old woman. Valentina was born in Ukraine during the II Word war. Her father died on the battle field in 1944. She had difficult childhood, but her grandmother always prayed about survival of the family. After she graduated from the Teachers' traini ...
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Valentina Kiyashova

August 20, 1948

Valentina Kiyashova I have been coming to the programs of Music Mission Kiev since 1999. For me, it has been such a blessing. Here I met God and many good people. I receive food support which is a big help. I am part of a knitting group which kits scarves, socks, and Bible bookmarks. It is a great time to be with the "old girls." We sing Christian songs and folk songs ...
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Valentina Komanchuk

November 7, 1940

Valentina Komanchuk We had a poster in our school where I worked as a teacher, "Religion is the opium of the people." They did not permit us to go to church. Then in 1992, I heard about an American named Roger McMurrin who wanted singers to perform Handel's Messiah. I answered the ad and became a member of Roger's choir. When he and Diane moved to Ukraine the next ...
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Valentina Kostina

July 22, 1931

Valentina Kostina My father died during the war. My mother had three children. We were so poor, so I went to the orphanage. Then I went to the institute and worked as a teacher. God helped me to meet Nina who invited me to the church in 1998. I became a member of the Steven's group and I continue to deliver food to one homebound woman. She is very interested in ...
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Valentina Krasnaya

February 24, 1934

Valentina Krasnaya I was born into a worker's family. My grandmother was a believer, she baptized me and taught me to pray. I have known the Lord's Prayer since I was 5. It saved me during the war. As I grew older, I became a teacher and then a widow. I have no children. In 2004 Svelana Murova invited me to St. Paul's church. I started to attend in 2005. I was ve ...
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Valentina Luchko

June 15, 1926

Valentina Luchko I met some women on the trolleybus. They told me about the church. I found it, and I'm happy to be in it. I joined the Heart to Heart evangelism ministry and learned much about God. I had a difficult life. My parents, my brothers and my husband died. I am 84 years old and a widow. It's very difficult to live alone. My legs are so bad, I walk wit ...
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Valentina Masalova

July 4, 1926

Valentina Masalova Sasha Sikorsky, who was the first pastor of the church, invited me to the church in the 90's. I was active in this church for many years. I felt great care through the holiday dinners, humanitarian help, Bible studies, and fellowship with fellow church members. Now I am an invalid and homebound, but I still feel the church's care. People come to vi ...
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Valentina Nechiporenko

November 15, 1945

Valentina Nechiporenko I was born near Chernobyl. I went to school and teacher training institute. I worked in schools and orphanages. I liked girls most of all. I have only sons and grandsons. I was in Chernobyl during the catastrophe. My husband died during it. I was evacuated to Irpen, a town near Kiev, but we had no place to live with my two sons 3 and 11 years ol ...
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Valentina Nikolaenko

May 23, 1954

Valentina Nikolaenko I worked as a singer in Roger's choir for many years. Now I am retired, and I have become involved in the life of St. Paul's church. I attend Bible classes, and deliver a food packet to the homebound. My mother became ill with cancer in 1988, and I said, "If my mother survives after this operation, I will believe that God exists." My mother live ...
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Valentina Piskovaya

October 31, 1952

Valentina Piskovaya When I was 14 years old, I visited an Orthodox church because I wanted to hear God's word, but I did not understand very much because the priest spoke everything in the Old Slavic language. I wanted to buy a Bible, but it was so expensive, a whole month's wages of my mother. In 2002, I received my first Bible, and I began to read God's Word. ...
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Valentina Pozharitska

June 22, 1938

Valentina Pozharitska Valentina Verba and Nella Frolova invited me to come to St. Paul's Church. I liked this church and began to attend regularly. After two years I began to receive food support. I am very grateful for it. I had a good life with my husband. Then he got sick and died. Now I live with God and I trust Him. I glorify God for everything He gives me. I ge ...
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Valentina Prakshina

July 5, 1944

Valentina Prakshina When my son was sent to prison for ten years, I cried day and night. I didn?t even want to live. Then Loida Silenok invited me to the church, telling me that I would not be alone and I would find comfort in God. I was warmly greeted by Diane and Roger and the congregation. It became easier to survive my grief. I began to attend Diane?s Bible clas ...
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Valentina Semishkurova

December 16, 1939

Valentina Semishkurova I have known hunger, cold, and devastation. During World War 2, I lived in a dug-out in the forest. My father was killed during the war. From the time of my youth, I had to work very hard. For ten years, I took care of a paralyzed woman and lived at her home, while I worked at another job to earn some money. Then I received my own apartment. ...
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Valentina Surzhik

February 1, 1944

Valentina Surzhik I was a singer in Roger's choir in 1993, the first year that the McMurrins lived in Kiev. It was then that I began to visit the church. I came to Christ and my life changed when Jesus came into my heart. In the past I was a doctor. Actually I was the only doctor who was a member of Roger's choir. I am also married to a doctor, and we have a ...
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Valentina Timofeeva

January 1, 1946

Valentina Timofeeva I am a widow, and I worked as a pharmacist. Some years ago my son died.He was 38 years old. She was depressed and I didn't want to live. My aunt, Tatiana Fomenko, a widow of MMK, invited me to the church . When I came, I was happy to see such beautiful a Christian atmosphere—friendship among people and such beautiful worship. I loved everythin ...
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Valentina Vaschenko

November 15, 1941

Valentina Vaschenko I first came to St. Paul's church at the invitation of Valentina Doroshenko. I was so pleased to experience the friendly and hospitable atmosphere, that I came to Bible lessons the next Saturday. From there, I heard about the Care Givers class and so I just had to join that too, and to bring food to a homebound person. It made me so happy to serve! ...
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Valentina Verba

April 2, 1941

Valentina Verba In my past, I was an engineer. Today I am a widow and I have one daughter who lives separate from me. Many years ago, Nella Frolova invited me to the church, and I started attending every week. Soon I was in Evangelism ministry, and I came to Christ through this training class. My life changed in one moment when I prayed the prayer of repentance, ...
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Valentina Yakunina

December 9, 1935

Valentina Yakunina I am a widow and live alone. I recall having a schoolmate as a child, who came from a wealthy family. When I would visit my friend, they would feed me well, and also give me extra meat for my three hungry brothers and sisters at home. I have been a believer since I was a child. My mother taught me about Jesus, and read the Bible to me. My frien ...
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Valentina Yuvchenko

May 24, 1932

Valentina Yuvchenko Natalia Matvienko invited me to this church. I decided to study the Bible and be a messenger of God's knowledge. My mother brought faith to our family. My mother wrote psalm #90, and gave to my father and two uncles. They came back from the war. Prayers always save us. The hardest thing I suffer is my poor eyesight ( -20). I try to listen more ...
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Valentina Zhdan

October 17, 1930

Valentina Zhdan I was born in Siberia and during the wartime, my papa was on the Front. Then after the war, he took his family to Ukraine. Everything was in ruins, and I worked so hard as an engineer to build the roads, and, as an economist, I did what the government told me to restore the economy of Ukraine. In 2005 Galina Korzun invited me to the church, and ...
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Valentina Zubchenko

December 28, 1939

Valentina Zubchenko I was born in a family of communists and atheists. Going to church was considered immoral. I graduated from three universities. Afterwards, I worked in the cabinet of ministers. All this time I was an atheist. Only when I became a pensioner in 2004, could I find the way to God and to church. I came to St. Paul's church. My friends invited me h ...
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Valentine Yenichek

October 1, 1941

Valentine Yenichek I formerly worked as an artist of the choir. He was born into a big family of five children. I graduated from the Moscow Institute of Culture and finished musical school as a conductor. Then I was sent to Kazahstan to work as a Conductor of a choir. In 1979 I moved to Ukraine. I worked in the elite Ukrainian choir "Dumka" as an artist for over 15 ...
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Vera Garkavaya

December 10. 1929

Vera Garkavaya I was attending another church, when my fried Raisa invited me to this church. I knew about God, but everything concerning Jesus Christ I learned at St. Paul's church and through Diane's Bible classes. Now I grow in faith and am learning to share the Gospel to others in the evangelism classes. I remember the times of starvation. My mama raised ...
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Vera Gerasimenko

May 28, 1931

Vera Gerasimenko When I was a small child, all my family suffered from the starvation years of 1933. I was the smallest of four children, and my parents went to another village to find food or any kind of work to feed us. We children tried to feel ourselves, even from putting hot water in an old bowl we found that someone had been kneading bread in. During the 2 ...
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Vera Lisenko

18. 02. 1938

Vera Lisenko At the beginning of March, 2015 Valentina Holod invited her to the church. Vera likes the Bible classes because she wants to strengthen her faith in God more and more. Vera was 3.5 years old when the war began. There were 3 children in the family. Her father fought at the front. The mother and the children lived in the trenches. They prayed to G ...
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Vera Maslennikova

June 27, 1935

Vera Maslennikova I lived in horror and hunger during my childhood. It was scary, bitter cold and my family had no food. I remember in 1943 attending school without any heat, and we sat in the cold all day wearing as many clothes as possible. We also used newspapers to write on as we had no notebook paper. When my father came home from the war, there was much rejoic ...
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Vera Matveeva

April 15, 1938

Vera Matveeva I was a singer in the Radio Choir of Kiev. One day in 1996, my friend Anna Gorbenko invited me to Roger's church. I became a member in 2007. My son Seva is an invalid with Downs syndrome. He is now 35 years old. He is a believer, and he reads and knows his Bible. We live together, go to church together, and go to Bible study together. I have ha ...
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Vera Mikhailchenko

June 12, 1932

Vera Mikhailchenko In the past I was an economist and worked in the state statistical company of Ukraine. I am a widow and I have no children. In 1980, my mother died, and then soon afterwards my husband died. I was completely alone, and so lonely for years. I wanted to find a church to come and pray. In 1997, my friend Natalia invited me to come to a church wh ...
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Vera Nesin

February 2, 1944

Vera Nesin On January 25, 2009, I met a lady named Antonina at the post office. She invited me to St. Paul's church, and it changed my life. I can give thanks to God for my life and His blessings, and glorify Him. Christ is now in my heart. I always worked as a nurse. I have two children. My husband died in 2001. This loss brought me sickness. I had a can ...
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Vera Petrusenko

September 20, 1947

Vera Petrusenko When I lost my son two years ago, I could not find healing for my broken heart. I cried a lot and even began to drink. Then my friends invited me to St. Paul's church. It was there that I found a closeness to people who care, many new friends, and healing for my soul. I love the Bile studies of Kim and Diane, and the preaching of Roger and ...
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Vera Prohorenko

September 26, 1939

Vera Prohorenko I was a seller of books in a bookstore. I was married and had a daughter, Galina, but the marriage ended in divorce in 1975. I began to attend different churches, trying to find comfort. I wanted to hear God's word and pray for my family. But it was not until 2012, that God sent me Luba Dovzhenko, a widow so MMK. Luba invited me to St. Paul's churc ...
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Vera Suprun

June 6, 1941

Vera Suprun I formerly worked as an engineer and operator at a factory in Kiev. I had two children, a son and a daughter. My son lives in another city, and I don't see him very often. In the spring of 2010, my daughter and son-in-law were involved in a fatal accident. I found comfort in God's word and from her church family. I volunteer with Stephen's Min ...
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Vera Vidish

November 20, 1931

Vera Vidish I lived through the starvation time of 1932-33, and though I was young, I know now that it was God who helped me to survive those difficult years. When I entered elementary school, I began to study the German language. And four years later, the German fascists killed the director of the school, and the school was closed. We were hungry during the ...
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Victor Zhuravlev

February 23, 1946

Victor  Zhuravlev I worked as a builder, and was a specialist in restoration. Now I am a pensioner and live with my wife with little money, and children who are not able to help us. My mother Tatiana Zhuravleva died some months ago. She had always told me to come with her to church, but I did not go. Then she became homebound and I delivered her food. In order to do ...
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Victor Soroka

December 2, 1945

Victor Soroka I was a railway worker. The most difficult times in my life were when I lost friends and relatives. I am also divorced and live with my daughter and her husband. My son-in-law was recently diagnosed with cancer of the brain. I met a woman named Nadezhda in the center of the city, and she invited me to the church. I cam to St. Paul's and I rea ...
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Victoria Reznikova

May 26, 1936

Victoria Reznikova In the past, I was a laboratory worker and I worked for 52 years for a small salary, and ended up with a small pension. My husband was an alcoholic, and he left me and later died from alcoholism. I raised our daughter, but after a vaccination, she became ill, and now she suffers with asthma. I was discouraged and looking for hope, when a widow ...
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Viktoriya Sperkach

10. 08. 1936

Viktoriya Sperkach Raisa Vypryazhkina invited Viktoriya to the St. Paul's church. In this church Victoria learned a lot about Jesus Christ, faith in God and the blessing of God. The church congregation praises the Lord Jesus Christ, their Redeemer. Her childhood and youth have fallen on the difficult war and postwar years. She remembers the terrible flying Germa ...
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Violetta Kordiani

April 3, 1934

Violetta Kordiani I was an artist, and I worked for a long time in a Ukrainian concert company. Now I am alone. In 1998 a friend from the KSOC Fedor Volinets invited me to church, and told me about Music Mission Kiev. I enjoyed listening to him talk about God, and so I began to attend the church to find how to be close to God. I enjoyed singing the hymns and reading ...
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Vitaly Shostatsky

March 2, 1938

Vitaly Shostatsky For years I worked as a technician and mechanic at a factory. Ten years ago, my son was hit by a car. He had several operations, but now he is an invalid and walks on crutches. My other son is unemployed. My wife and I can only trust God for these difficulties. My life changed when my wife Mila was invited to come to St. Paul's church. I start ...
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Vladimir Gavrilenko

April 21, 1934

Vladimir Gavrilenko My neighbor Irina invited me to the Saturday Stevens classes, where people help one another. I had never had any children, and I wanted to do something for someone who needed help. When I came the first time, a widow named Rimma came to me and said that she couldn't come next week, as her legs were so painful, and ask me to help her by delivering ...
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Vladimir Matsenko

July 20, 1943

Vladimir Matsenko In the past I was an engineer and I graduated from the Institute of Light Industry. I am divorced and I have one daughter. I have known Valeri Sidorchenko for a long time. We grew up together as children. We studied in the same secondary school, and then our lives went different ways. We each married and had families, and saw each other maybe ...
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Vladimir Onischuk

January 5, 1930

Vladimir Onischuk I was born in a peasant's family in western Ukraine. Until I was seventeen years old, I worked on a collective farm named after Stalin. My mother was a believer and sang in an Orthodox choir when she was young. My father was a communist, and after they were married, he forbid my mother to sing in the choir, attend the church, or even to pray at hom ...
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Vladimir Pushenko

April 16, 1954

Vladimir Pushenko Vladimir was born in Kiev in a worker's family. When he was small, he had many health problems, because of the terrible conditions of his poor family. After high school he went into the Army and served there for six years. Twice he was almost killed, but he is sure that it was God who saved him each time. Vladimir then became a general worker, ...
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Vladimir Yatsenko

January 12, 1953

Vladimir Yatsenko I was raised in an orphanage, and all my childhood was spent in Orphanage #1. It was so difficult to know how to live without parents. Afterwards, I worked so hard in some shops, and then I served in the Soviet Army. Then I began to study at the economics institute and became an engineer. I was married and had a son. But my son was kill ...
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Vladimir Zhidko

October, 17, 1945

Vladimir Zhidko Her friend, former choir member Dvornichen Miroslava invited him to the St. Paul's church. When he first came to the Bible classes he understood that his soul craved for God. He wanted to learn more about Christ, to pray and to worship the Lord. He remembers his poor childhood, when 3 families (3 women and 7 children) shared one apartment, without ...
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Yaroslavna Filonenko

16. 04. 1938

Yaroslavna Filonenko Evgeniya Timofeeva Invited Yaroslavna to the St. Paul's church September 30, 2016 and Lyudmila Zaval'naya invited her to the Bible classes. She needs the food packages because her pension is small (1300 UAH) and food, medicines and etc. are expensive. It's difficult to survive. When the Great Patriotic War began, her family lived in Donba ...
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Yelena Harchenko

January 10, 1950

Yelena Harchenko My father died when I went to school. Then I entered polytechnic institute to become an engineer. I had to work hard, but I always felt God's help. But sometimes I could not understand what God wanted me to do. After I became a pensioner, I sang in the amateur choirs, I liked to sing. I go to the library, which has free Internet (at home I have ...
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Yelena Plisko

November 21, 1935

Yelena Plisko Helen (Yelena) has never been married, and formerly worked as an engineer – technologist. She remembers stories told to her by her relatives of the hard times in Ukraine during 1932-33, and Great Famine of 1937. She also personally recalls the time of war, starvation, bombings, and killings. She came from a family of "8" members, who were all ki ...
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Yelena Soroka

June 8, 1935

Yelena Soroka Family: divorced, two children Former occupation: agronomist My life and my job were difficult. I graduated from agricultural academy and worked for 25 years. Then I worked in the Ministry of Agriculture. I had difficult business tours to Russia and in Ukraine. I helped my children to receive high education. When I was 70, I became a believer. ...
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Yuri Goncharuk

December 20, 1939

Yuri Goncharuk I worked all my life as a stone masonry worker. I have never been married and I have no children. My father was killed fighting on the front during the WWII, and Mama and my brother also died during war time. I lived in an orphanage until I became a young adult. Now I live in Kiev. While waiting at a bus stop I met Raisa Vipryazkina (a widow i ...
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Zhanna Pushkareva

June 10, 1946

Zhanna Pushkareva I have been a widow since 1973. All my life I worked as a teacher in the secondary school. I had always been an atheist. In 2005 Valentina Prakshina told me about God and invited me to the church and the widows? ministries. When I came to church and met Roger and Diane, it was the first time that I heard about Jesus openly, and I received a Bib ...
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Zhanna Selech

November 6, 1939

Zhanna Selech My husband and I were attending the concerts of the KSOC at the Baptist church. We loved the music. My husband wrote poetry, especially Christian poetry, and we were very happy together. Then my husband became sick, and I cared for him. I began to come to St. Paul's church because my friend Ludmila invited me. The church was a great comfort ...
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Zina Savina

April 8, 1939

Zina Savina I was married to a military man and we lived in near Moscow for ten years. But now I am divorced and living in Kiev. For some years I was a member of the Baptist church and worked in their orphanage ministry. I was called “mama” for a few of the children there. One day my friend Zhanna invited me to St. Paul's church. She told me how much ...
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Zina Trepez

February 21, 1944

Zina Trepez My nickname is "Zina." I have suffered with poor hearing all my life. I was born during WWII, and I remember the bombings making such a loud noise that it left me almost deaf. During the war there were seven other children in my family for my mother to feed. I was the oldest child and started to work after school, washing clothes at different hom ...
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Zinaida Danchenko

May 22, 1932

Zinaida Danchenko I am a widow and live with my daughter, grandson, and granddaughter in my small apartment. I am disabled and hardly go out, but want to visit St. Paul's Church. I was born during the 1932 famine and remember the horrors of war, and being cold and hungry. My father was killed during the war, and my sister and brother were held captive in Germany. My ...
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Zinaida Gurzin

April 2, 1937

Zinaida Gurzin I am a widow. When I finished 7th grade in school, I was sent to a collective farm to work. However, I did not receive any money, as the country did not have any money in those days, and they sent children to labor camps. I survived WWII, and the starvation period in 1947. I got married in the 1950's and left the village. I had two children. My son ...
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Zoya Bolubash

August 27, 1959

Zoya Bolubash I was the oldest daughter from a large family, and I worked as a seamstress. I was married when I was 20 years old, and we had three children. My daughter had a very dangerous infection in 2000, and I prayed for her and she got well. My husband died in 2001, and my old daughter got sick with epilepsy. A widow from MMK named Tatiana invited me t ...
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Zoya Dmitrieva

22/01/1939

Zoya Dmitrieva Nadezhda Kolesnikova invited her to Bible classes. Kim led this lesson, accompanying it with the movie about the life of Mariam and her relations with God. Since that day Zoya attends Worship services, studies the Bible and how to pray; and she tries to understand the essence of every sermon. In her life there were joys and sorrows but God ...
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Zoya Sikorskaya

May 17, 1946

Zoya Sikorskaya I worked as a storage manager. Today I am a pensioner, a widow, and an invalid. In 2007 I came to St. Paul's church at the invitation of my friend Galina. Before that I was in the Orthodox church. St. Paul's provided me food after my operation, and I am very grateful for their continued care. I began to go to Diane's Bible study in 2009. The ch ...
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