This summer I had the opportunity to live in Zhytomyr, Ukraine and work with Mission to Ukraine. I started the summer not knowing anything about the country of Ukraine and I only had minimal knowledge of the ways disabilities affect those living with them. Now I have fallen in love with the culture of Ukraine, and I have learned a lot about what life is like for those with disabilities in Ukraine.  

This summer I saw how MTU is changing the lives of the boys living at Romaniv Orphanage.

I spent my summer tagging along with MTU as they ministered to those living with disabilities. I went to classes at their center, visited homes, spent 20 days at camp, and hung around the office in Zhytomyr.  

I saw the kingdom of God at work in Ukraine in amazing ways as the staff of MTU ministered to those with special needs. As I saw God at work I learned a major lesson. God is good. Even in the midst of pain, tragedy, and oppression God is good to His people.  

I also came to a deeper realization of how important it is for those of us who follow Christ to be involved in the lives of those around us. We can do so much even through seemingly small actions; we simply have to make the choice to do something.  

In a City Called Zhytomyr

My first few days of immersing in the culture of Ukraine…      

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More Than Plastic

Round, plastic, and colorful… Is there more to a simple bead?     

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Curbs Without Ramps

One girl’s struggle for independence in a world of disadvantages…     

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Culture Guide: Living without Language

What happens when you spend your summer in a home where no one speaks English?     

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Treasured Possessions

Would you still be able to serve God if you lived with a disability?  

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Part of the Family

What does being part of the family of God mean to kids rejected by the world?  

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The Dedication of Mothers

These moms dedicate their lives to caring for their children, but who dedicates their lives to caring for these moms?  

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Photo Gallery: Let the Games Begin!

How can bocce ball, volleyball, and baseball transform someone’s life?  

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Photo Gallery: 8 Reasons to Hope

There is hope for those with disabilities in Ukraine.  I’ve seen it with my own eyes…  

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About the Author: Krystallin was a summer intern with World Next Door in 2010. She is currently a senior at Moody Bible Institute majoring in Communication Studies. After graduation, she hopes to spend her life pursuing justice for the oppressed. She loves adventure and chases tornadoes on her time off.

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