Jeff’s Blog

The Story of Father Frost

The Soviet Father Frost And How They Changed Christmas

In Russia, Santa Claus is known as Father Frost. He is usually illustrated with his granddaughter, the snow maiden, Snegurochka riding with an evergreen tree and presents in a traditional Russian troika

The original Russian gift-giver… Read More...

20 Years of Ministry in Ukraine

Chernobyl plant in 2004

October 1994 Kyiv, Ukraine – Twenty years ago this month the Lord lead us to hire a national director, Irina Skrypnik, and officially register Mercy Projects in the newly independent country of Ukraine. We desired to begin a new ministry to… Read More...

Lives Lost in Eastern Ukraine

Funeral Procession in Slavyansk late July.

KYIV, July 18, 2014 – After five weeks of anxiety, the families of the four men were notified that they had been killed by the so-called “Militia of the Donetsk People’s Republic.

On June 8th the Russian… Read More...

As Kyiv Mourns, Crimea Caught In the Crossfire

Kyiv, Ukraine, Feb 28, 2014– As of Friday February 28th, funeral processions continue to take place here in Kyiv. Orthodox priests carrying large crosses followed by friends and family members of the deceased wind their way down Institutskaya Street, through the barricades past piles… Read More...

The Maidan Movement Drives Ukraine Toward Freedom – Or Not?

Protesters camped out in government buildings

Kyiv, Ukraine, Feb 27, 2014 – The battle in the streets of Kyiv continues but it is no longer violent. Last night on Independence Square, amidst the flowers for those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, we listened as… Read More...

Prayer Tent in Kiev

Mercy Projects Director Jeff Thompson interviews women volunteering at a “Prayer Tent” on Independence Square (Maidan) in Kiev, Ukraine. Filmed on last week of February of 2014 (some of the bloodiest days of the protests/crisis in Ukraine).

Read Jeff’s article about the political… Read More...

A New Chapter in Ukrainian History

Ukrainian Mercy Projects director Irina and her husband Yuri celebrate in Kiev’s Independence Square (Maidan) with Jeff. A moment of victory and celebration emerges through the generally somber mood in the square (mourning those lost). The crowd is just receiving word that the President has… Read More...

Tribute to Ukrainian Lives Lost

March 2014 Newsletter (download now) (part 2). A Tribute to Lives lost in Kyiv in February: 

21 Year Old Oleysa Zhukovskaya

On February 20th as the battle raged, 21-year-old volunteer medic Olesya Zhukovska was providing first aid to wounded protesters. She was… Read More...

A Doctor in the Making

Sasha Stetsenko is a steadfast young man who is used to overcoming obstacles. As a child with special needs, Sasha was in the MP sponsorship program at the Konotop, Ukraine Hearts of Love Centre. There he studied English and Ukrainian, and learned to achieve his… Read More...

A Reason To Dream

Olena is 21 years old and was born in Kiev, Ukraine five years after the Chernobyl disaster. She is one of five girls and has been an active member in her home church. Her mother raised her girls by selling things at the outdoor market.… Read More...