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.
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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.
Friday 14 June 2013 - 12:38:08         Posted by admin        

The 21st MCOW Traveling Season Opened!


As usual in April the Medical Clinic on Wheels (MCOW) started one more traveling season. The buses have already made three stops! This year the starting point was Ternopil Special School (for children with special needs) and High School #15. MCOW doctors spent two weeks there and examined all kids, teaching them how to lead a healthy way of life. Moreover, all children had a unique opportunity to hear God’s Word, because, as you remember, ULC Deaconess always travels with our clinics.

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The next stop was Brody (Lviv region) where WCOW stayed for almost the whole month of May. Not only the local citizens received medical and dental aid but the Brody district council provided free transportation for needy people from nearby villages. Therefore, they also had a chance to get professional care.

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Now the American miracle on wheels is in Radekhiv (Lviv region) where a lot of needy people are still waiting for spiritual and physical help. We are very thankful to our sponsors from the States for making this mission possible!

May God bless all of you!


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Friday 12 April 2013 - 17:59:03         Posted by admin        

Shoe Box Gifts

It’s always so great to see the smiling faces and happy eyes of children who receive some presents. Thankfully to the coordinator of the national leadership team (NLT) "Samaritan's Purse" Sergei Kachan, our Gift of Life counseling centers managed to receive gifts for our crisis and needy clients and their children. For the first time Ukraine learned about "Samaritan's Purse" in 1995. Since then, more than 5 million Ukrainian children received the gifts from "Samaritan's Purse". This year the kids of our crisis clients also became the lucky ones to get the shoe box gifts. Our consultants already gave some gifts out which was a pleasant surprise and will give out more at Easter time (this year Ukraine celebrates Ester in May). Thank you very much to Sergei Kachan for this wonderful opportunity.

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Friday 12 April 2013 - 17:50:11         Posted by admin        

Good People Do Exist

Charity is some real help of one person or a group of people. Charity is when you provide some material or financial help or some other kind of help and don’t expect anything instead.
Of course, we help people. But there are also people who help us. First of all we have the major sponsors in the United States who make it possible for our fund to exist. It is very pleasant that there appear more and more small sponsors here in Ukraine who surprise us with their kindness and generosity.
This time we want to thank Sergiy Savchyshyn for helping our "Medical Clinic on Wheels" (MCOW). Let's start with the fact that Sergiy always finds time to help MCOW with computer software free of charge. He lives near the clinics and can see the huge number of people who receive the free aid. Recently we asked him to improve patient registration program, because it was very slow and has been taking too much time. Sergiy came but could not help the problem as the laptops were too old to allow the necessary improvements. Instead he donated a brand new laptop and a router and improved the program.
Being asked, why he made such a generous gesture and continues to help for free, Sergiy said, "I want to make a small input into your great job." These generous gifts made the work of the clinics better! So we all want to thank Sergiy for his time, kindness and efforts.

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Friday 12 April 2013 - 17:45:34         Posted by admin        

Interesting meetings

Gift of Life Centers offer not only programs, presentations, consultations, but also interesting meetings for pregnant women. Recently, practicing pediatrician, Doctor Olga Dutchak and practicing obstetrician Nadia Shchyrba visited our Ternopil Life Center. Both those meetings took place as a part of “School of Motherhood” program for pregnant women. Our clients had a great chance not only to listen to the lectures on baby care and vaccines, but also get the answers to all questions they had. We express our gratitude to Olga Dutchak and Nadia Shchyrba for their help.

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Friday 01 March 2013 - 15:40:43         Posted by admin        

Breastfeeding is the Way to Improve


I'll feed you with mother's milk,
For you, my child, to grow up healthy,
In which you'll find a source of strength,
As well as mothers true love.

Olena Shlemkevych

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Motherhood is an unbelievable feeling. Every young mother wants to give her child all the best. One of the list of "all the best" is certainly breastfeeding. Worldwide, about 90% of mothers of newly born children begin breastfeeding their babies, but only a few keep doing it up to 6 months and the amount of those who keep breastfeeding their children up to 2 years is even smaller.
Breastfeeding is not only about feeding the baby. It's the way of upbringing, a style of parental care and usage of the unique qualities of woman's body, a gift of the Creator. Close contact directly after birth of a child contributes to the rise of affection and love between mother and child and its continuing growth.
There are classes for pregnant women called "School of Motherhood". One of the topics is "breastfeeding". There is also a group support of breastfeeding created for mothers. Mothers are invited to classes to share the experience of breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding is mentioned in the Bible. In particular, in “Exodus” you can find a story about Pharaoh’s daughter who found a 3 month baby boy (Moses) in the basket among the reeds. She found the baby’s mother and told her: “Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay…” (Exodus 2:9) In the picture - Angelina is going to celebrate her second birthday soon, but she is so happy about having close emotional contact with her mother…

Nina Andreychuk
Pro-life conselor
Ternopil, Ukraine


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