Jeff’s Blog

Moving to Families

Child Sponsorships are Moving to Family Sponsorships

A few changes to the sponsorship program have been requested by our Ukraine office. In Ukraine, our staff has always worked with the parents, mother, or adult in the family for all program services, ministries, groceries, camps, medical… Read More...

Video: Sasha’s Story

Sasha’s mother brought him to the “Hearts of Love” Centre in Konotop, Ukraine where he received love and support like nowhere else. Doctors said he wouldn’t talk or progress but the centre has been a life line for his family! Watch this touching story of… Read More...

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...

Reaching Across the Iron Curtain

This October 3 marked the anniversary of Germany’s reunification in 1990. LIFE Magazine has just released stunning pictures from the 60’s that depict life in Berlin that was separated by not a figurative “Iron Curtain”, but an actual physical reminder… Read More...

Always Ready to Help the Poor in Kosovo

Isuf and Remsia in the garden

To help the poor in Kosovo is something we feel compelled to do. At Mercy Projects we believe to help the poor is a witness of God’s love as well as a biblical command.

In Kosovo you don’t have… Read More...

Shashlik And Lamb Testicles For Lunch

The day was supposed to be nice and we were invited to take part in a real Armenian picnic. All the supplies were loaded up in our two small cars and we headed out the dirt road toward the river.Five of us squeezed in to… Read More...