The mariupolites are making a worldwide trip for the sake of the world without orphans.
Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands and Germany. 20 mariupolites rode along these countries on their bikes This summer alongside with the founder of the Charity Fund Pilgrim, Pastor Gennadiy Mokhnenko.
It is impossible to overcome such distance without any difficulties. Valerii said that they came across physical and psychological challenges: “There were many hard moments. We rode about 100 km daily. So first issue is physical and second - psychological, because you always ride your bike. You need to fight with the fact that you spend so much time riding a bike. Of course it is a serious difficulty for your physics. Of course it is not easy to be a part of the team.
Regardless of the difficulty of the trip 8-year old Semion and 10 year old Daniel also took part. Unfortunately, their bikes were very old and heavy because new professional bikes cost too expensive. But it didn’t stop them, they tried their best not to be in the tail and could overcome 60 km a day. Semion and Daniel also learnt the phrase “The world without orphans” in several European languages.
According to Gennadiy Mokhnenko, due to such initiatives they attract attention of people to the problem of orphanhood and help them to overcome fear before adoption. During their trip very often people would come up to them and thank them for helping them to decide to adopt a child from an orphanage: “We were holding on our laps kids in Germany who were adopted by people who heard us and stopped being afraid of the word “ Orphan”. Thus the fruit of this action is over one hundred happy stories, including handicapped kids, children in wheelchairs, HIV + kids. Because some kids with HIV+ status were with us in the trip and they openly told their testimonies saying that such kids need families too. They told about how they were adopted. People stop being scared and it destroys their stereotypes and prejudices. People start adopting kids and t is our reward”.
Gennadiy Mokhnenko and his team is invited to many countries of the worl including China. But for now they plan to finish their route around the world. The Pastor says: “Next year we plan to visit 10 more countries of Europe and then we will cross to the American continent. It will be the finish of the worldwide action”.
20 April 2017
The major part of the rehab program of “Republic Pilgrim’ is the work education of the teenagers and for this very reason the Center of work education was organized in the Pilgrim village. This small farm supplies them with some products and gives them some skills of agricultural works.
10 March 2017
While the there are some disputes about the 8th of March and it’s semantic load the children of the Republic Pilgrims decided to turn this day into the triumph of kindness, beauty, warmth, love and awakening of nature.
03 March 2017
The project «Bringing the gift of Good» was initiated by the children and has been carried out in “Republic Pilgrim”. The purpose of the project is to teach the kids to live not only for themselves but for others too, to share their talents, skills and gifts. Since the beginning of this year the pilgrims have already held an event in the center for kids with special needs, they brought them gifts and made a show – the fairy tale” The Red Hot in Paris”
21 February 2017
One of the amazing people who invest his heart into Africa is Dr. Kirill. The young man from Russia has been saving lives of the kids on the Equator for a few years now alongside with the Ukrainian team of missionaries.
14 February 2017
The ungraded school classes from the nearby state secondary school are open and function at the center of Children’s Rehabilitation “Republic Pilgrim”.
06 February 2017
The African “Republic Pilgrim” under the name "Embrace".
I am proud of the guys missionaries from Ukraine and Russia who develop the work with Kenyan street kids. From my first day in Africa I had dreamed for street kids here to have a chance for Good Changes!!!
30 January 2017
James Ochodi was 18. He grew up with 6 of his brothers and sisters, without parents. They were raised by their nana. The partner orphanage for Republic Pilgrim on the Equator “ Gilgal” had become a home for the boy.