Pastor – crocodile and naked- belly- trouts. Notes of the Black brief case about the black continent (The journal of the African trip 2013) Day 5
We started early in the morning. We’re heading to the mountainous area to the people who are called “Pokad” here. There are quite big mountains around us and even not far from the tops we can see the hay roofs of houses. At times we could see tin roofs (that is a sign of wealth).
Life here (4 hours away from the missionary base where we live) is even poorer than there. The medical team of sister Freeda joins us in this trip. Our donations gave opportunity for them to be able to purchase medications and to serve kids and adults in this place. The locals stand in line and after being examined by the sisters of mercy and having received the prescription they go to another table where they can get necessary medications.
While our mobile clinic was functioning we went up to the riverside. While we were walking towards it, the number of kids, surrounding Muzungu people grows. Playing with kids and approaching the river, I see them pointing on the branches of the trees hanging over us. As it turned out there are quite a lot of dangerous and big (over 10 feet long and up to 8 inches wide) snakes. It made me run away from the trees. A week ago a man was stung here and he barely survived, it is a miracle.
Finally we are by the mountain river, not very deep one at this time of the year, but nevertheless very dangerous since any minute the tsunami can rise there. It is possible that 30 miles from here it was raining and the huge mass of waters was sent in this direction to cause the tsunami. It happens quite often here and it causes lots of tragedies. There is a bridge across the river which was built by missionaries and was dedicated to Steve’s father and to Freeda’s husband whose mobile hospital we took along. They took a direct part in building it and it has helped lots of people to survive here. In the rainy season the streams of waters in this river make it impossible to cross it. Very often the attempt to cross over it (in order to get some food and at least some kinds of medicine) ended tragically. The safe way to cross it can be found only at the distance of 20 miles down the stream and this is why the bridge has become such a real joy for the locals having united two banks.
We met the local elders and their interesting traditions. We danced amazing chorographical pieces with the Pokad inhabitants. We had a look at some really weird devices and we were a bit confused at times but it was fun.
The special joy of the day (you must watch this video) is a solemn moment of turning me from a pastor into a crocodile and the beginning of my hunt for the naked- belly –kids in the river! It is an extremely amazing scene. Regardless of my weight I can move quite fast in the mountain river and to the great delight of the black “trouts”! The process was such a fun that part of the team joined me in it and the kids had the most amazing time – just like we did!
On our way back to the village I suggested to brothers to try to repeat what I had tried before – to carry a bundle of firewood for about a hundred yards. This experience impressed them quite a lot. For those unfortunately numerous victims of brainwash who considered that the reason of poverty in Africa is their laziness I recommend to try to do what our brother Moses was doing (you can see it in my video blog). We saw him on our way to the river and contemplated the way he was working! All the day through under the hot sun he makes bricks from clay with his own hands and produces more than 100 of them per day!
In the end we gave away candies to the local kids and once again we got convinced (due to the fight it provoked) that we need to do it discreetly, we headed back to the base.
On asking on our way back to drive the 25-year-old jeep I was sorry about it very soon having realized that the car practically has no breaks! I gave the right to drive back to the driver pretty soon (he can drive very fast along these mountainous serpentine roads) and to my regret I couldn’t calm down after that to the level of a normal person who hasn’t driven without breaks. We do drive here on prayers only!
Pastor – Pilgrim Gennadiy Mokhnenko
06 September 2018
Mariupol chaplains provided food kits to the frontline for Ukrainian soldiers.
03 September 2018
Before they were married, Igor and Lyudmila Grechanovs heard a lot from pastor Gennady Mokhnenko about adoption and foster families, and therefore after the marriage they already knew that they wanted to take adopted children to the family. In 2012, they began to collect documents, and soon the first adopted child appeared in the family.
07 August 2018
The last 5 thousand kilometers passed in 3 months in 12 states of the United States of America from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean. The team of Pilgrims led by pastor Gennady Mokhnenko completed the round-the-world tour, claiming that the dream of a world without orphans moves across all countries and continents, and this process can not be stopped.
23 July 2018
Every year many children from the "Republic Pilgrim" children are graduating, and not only graduate from school, but also successfully complete the path of rehabilitation and are ready to return home. If, of course, there is where to return.
17 May 2018
Artem is now 11 years old and he lives in Pilgrim for a year already. Earlier in his life a boy lived in a village Mirny with his mum. His mum had problems with alcohol addiction so Artem spent his free time wandering on the streets, being all too himself and having no appropriate care. When the war in East Ukraine started, a situation in a boys’ family didn’t change much - he was seen on the streets even while there were bombings!
27 April 2018
Former orphans and kids from children's rehabilitation center «Republic Pilgrim» are preparing to finish a round-the-world bike tour called «World Without Orphans» and on the first days of May this year they will go to North America. Starting from Los Angeles, California and ending in Miami, Florida state, they will overcome few thousands kilometres on their bikes, proclaiming their wildest dream, telling people about the value of the family for every single child in this world. Participants of this tour hope to prove the society that a Global Orphans Crisis – is just a myth that can be overcome by providing support for adoptive families, promoting adopting orphans or directly taking children to their families.
16 April 2018
Mariupol Charity fund «Pilgrim» realizes the biggest rehability project in Ukraine for children and teenagers who got into difficult situations in life, does work in a sphere of adult rehabilitation, helps elderly people who have no place to live and no facilities to survive. Because of the military situation in Eastern Ukraine it also doe some work with those who were forced to move away as refugees, and helps peaceful citizens in a war zone.