The mission The mission
The mission of Gift of Life is to enlarge and strengthen the body of Christ by providing opportunities for the Ukrainian Lutheran Church to proclaim God's word. This ministry advocates Christian love and a wholesome life for the people of Ukraine, including the unborn, and especially for the family of believers.
International Charitable Fund Gift of Life International Charitable Fund Gift of Life
Gift of Life (GoL) has five pro-life counseling centers in Ukraine. They are located in the cities of Ternopil, Sevastopol, Kremenets and two in Kyiv - Left Bank Life Center and Right Bank Life Center.
Our history Our history
Gift of Life began as Medical Clinic on Wheels (MCOW) in 1992. Support from the Evangelical Lutheran Synod mission society, Thoughts of Faith Inc., together with the late Dr. Stephen Dudiak made this Ukrainian outreach possible. Children exposed to the nuclear catastrophe at Chernobyl were the first to receive treatments. Since those days 150,000 Ukrainian children and adults have benefited from MCOW.
Material Aid Material Aid
Baby and maternity clothing are given to pregnant women to help them and to show them Christian care. Gift of Life (GoL) also assists these women by supplying them with prenatal vitamins.
Material Aid Material Aid
Donations of new/used clothing, footwear and hygiene products are gathered and shipped from the United States to Ukraine by Thoughts of Faith. Gift of Life distributes the aid to needy people in Ukraine through the Lutheran Church congregations, counseling centers and other reliable institutions.
God God
The Christian Lutheran connection is evident to clients who visit the clinics, counseling centers and to those who receive material aid. They have an opportunity to hear God's word. Many women have their babies baptized into the family of believers. Gift of Life provides opportunities to the Ukrainian Lutheran Church to proclaim God's love found in Jesus Christ.
Wednesday 17 June 2015 - 16:30:19         Posted by admin        


Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

If you consider sending us any material aid please note that our shipping directions had changed. Please go to Shipping to Ukraine which is on the main menu on the left side of the page and read shipping directions carefully. Dowloading and reading Shipping by Sea and/or Shipping by Air directions available in Word documents is super important.

Thank you!

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Friday 07 August 2015 - 11:11:32         Posted by admin        

Our summer 2015

We at Gift of Life can say that our summer season is over. Today, August 7th, is the last work day for most of the personell as tomorrow the annual monthly vacation begins. Everyone has been helping a number of the other people daily so now we are ready to spend time with our own families, get rested and inspired to continue this blessed work, Lord willing, for another year.

Patients at the Medical Clinic on Wheels

This summer was very special and rich in events for the entire country of Ukraine, therefore for Gift of Life too. Even though the headquarters of Gift of Life is in the Western Ukraine which is far from the war actions, our Medical Clinic on Wheels continues to travel to different regions helping the refugees, military families, poverty stricken population which unfortunately increased in numbers, and just the needy.

Dr.Laryssa and Dr.Oxana with the patients from one family: the widow of
a military man with her four children (8, 6, 4 and 2 year olds)
Our counselors in their locations meet more and more clients from all over Ukraine including the suffering Eastern regions. It happens quite often that a pregnant woman comes for a consult in tears on one hand wanting a baby, on the other hand being afraid as she is the refugee herself looking for a shelter and either her husband is in the war or her father or brother. It is so emotional to see when the only thing the little children pray for is the peace. They don't ask for candies or new toys but want their fathers to be back from the war or their mothers stop crying or have a new home where there are no bombs in the sky. Then our counselors at the pro-life centers or deacons/deaconesses at the clinic explain that our loving Father will provide EVERYTHING we need.
Deaconess Halya with the military family at MCOWDeaconess Lyudmyla sharing God's Word at MCOW

Gift of Life personell leaves for vacation but the good news is that the Holy Spirit never has one :) and the sown seeds will continue to grow through!

Please keep Ukraine in your prayers.

GoL manager,
Nadiya Khodzinska
Ternopil, Ukraine

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