Wednesday 14 January 2009 - 12:14:02         Posted by admin        

International Charitable Fund "Gift of Life"


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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.

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.

1.jpg "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers" Galatians 6:9-10 gift.jpg

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, a Madison, Wisconsin Radiologist made this Ukrainian outreach possible. Children exposed to the nuclear catastrophe at Chernobyl were the first to receive treatments. Since those early days 150,000 Ukrainian children and adults have benefited from MCOW.3.jpg
Chernobyl city limits
photo by Elena Filatova
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Medical Clinic on Wheels 1992
photo by Bob Rashid
Gift of Life provides help to the most needy, physically/mentally challenged, orphans, socially unprotected and indigent population of Ukraine. Services are provided free of charge. Opportunities for further assistance abound. Your financial support turns the opportunities into reality. Please keep Gift of Life in your prayers.

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.7.jpg

Gift of Life sends material aid to Ukrainian Lutheran Church (ULC), who then distributes it to the needy in their communities (boarding schools, elderly homes). Distribution of aid is accompanied by a ULC Pastor, deacon, seminary student or evangelist. God's word always accompanies material aid distribution.

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.

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LC counselor giving material aid to a pregnant woman.

The ULC emphasizes that we believe people become Lutheran Christians by grace through faith as the Holy Spirit works in them.
We hope that people will find out more about God's love, His care for us and His sacrifice in Jesus Christ.

God's Word

We care both for your physical and spiritual health.
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.

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A Ukrainian Lutheran Church deaconess accompanies the clinics. She conducts children's bible classes and activities. The Deaconess promotes Lutheranism while distributing Bibles, Christian literature and magazines.

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To learn more about the Ukrainian Lutheran Church visit: http://www.ukrlc.org/ (English: http://www.ukrlc.org/eng.htm)





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