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  • THERAPY BRINGS NEW HOPE

    “A shy and anxious woman came into my counseling room,” said Victoria Brzhezytska, Director of Life Skills Center. Before long, Iryna Schmidt shared her story of trauma and suffering.

    “When I was 16, my mother was paralyzed and I became her caregiver,” said Iryna. “Later, when I married, I continued to care for my...

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  • HIDDEN TREASURES

    Gangs, crime, prostitution, homelessness – with limited skills and resources, the options orphans and other marginalized youth face are few. An estimated 60-70% of former orphans become involved in prostitution or organized crime; another 10-15% commit suicide by age eighteen. Hopelessness abounds.

    Yet, hidden in each of these young people is the treasure of...

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  • CONSCIOUS LEADERS CREATE NEW FUTURE

    “Following the example of Jesus, being a good Samaritan, is the foundation of true leadership,” said Nadiya Siryk, administrator Pulin Community Center. The Jesus Model for true leadership was explored by teens during their winter break in Puliny.

    “A true leader is a conscious leader who always takes on 100% responsibility,” said Sasha Lubchuck, teen...

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  • MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

    It had been four long years since Alex Brzhezitskyy, our national director, had visited our SMU Headquarters in Portland, OR.

    The visit could not have come at a more-timely and important phase in the development of our ministry. Founded 25 years ago, the work has recently exploded as we have entered into another phase...

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  • I FOUND JESUS

    He’s an example to all of us.

    His name is Andrey Zabigaylo. He is 34 years old. He came to our Rehab Center in Vigoda seven months ago. In 2014 Andrey quit work as a policeman in Kremenchuk, Eastern Ukraine, to join the Ukrainian Army Forces when Russia invaded Eastern Ukraine.

    He was a commander of a...

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