MTU ministry

Teen’s Deliverance from Spiritual Captivity

“Dear counselor, I would like to make a will”, Dennis*said confidently. The 11 year old young man with special needs continued, “I haven’t told my mother yet. I need to prepare her first, but I want you know, when my time comes, I need to be buried in a sitting position.  It is not good to meet the Lord horizontally”.

I was amazed how much honor and respect for the Lord that Dennis has developed over the recent months of our therapeutic meetings. I was happy to see him experience God’s power in the midst of some very difficult spiritual battles. It took several months for us to find this beautiful freedom. 

Dark Influences

You see Dennis was experiencing some very dark influences that clouded his thoughts. Several years ago, Dennis’ older brother, a young adult, started exploring the occult and would share his discoveries with Dennis. His brother would give Dennis books on mysticism to read and, it seemed, he would enjoy watching his little brother develop fears.
  
Sometime later, Dennis’ 16 year old cousin started attending satanic meetings in her town. When Dennis and her met, she would sometimes tell him of mysterious occurrences. Dennis’ innocent, flexible mind soaked the stories up like a sponge. 

At some point his cousin managed to convince Dennis that demonic powers were stronger than God. He came to believe, he should try everything in life to find what works best for him, until one day he found himself trapped by fear. Held captive by obsessive thoughts, he would tell people of his need to go to Moscow and burn Lenin’s body down. He feared going to bed at night. He needed God’s freedom.

Friendship for Deliverance

At about that time we became friends at one of the overnight summer camps for children with disabilities. Dennis impressed me with his mature thinking and good nature. He asked good questions about God and enjoyed meditation over His truths. Eventually, he dared to share his fears with me, and we started on a journey towards his healing.

We started meeting after camp. He always made sure to make an appointment with me to talk about life. Little by little he would let the Lord in and let Him empower him to fight the evil and receive freedom. Slowly, but surely, he let go of mysticism and the obsessive thoughts. He started praying and seeking God’s answers to his questions. Several weeks ago he shared he was free from the spiritual bondage.

What a joy to see him free and renewed! It is such a blessing to know that he values the Lord so much that he even wants to make sure he meets God in a proper position. What a privilege it has been to help him.

Friends, thank you for supporting MTU’s mission and for making such awesome spiritual breakthroughs possible.

Olga, MTU Bible teacher
* Name changed for confidentiality

Together We Keep Children Out of Orphanages

By Luda Chaikovska, MTU nurse

Ukrainian women have to be strong. It’s in the culture. Even though many might be depressed and drained, they will smile and say they are OK anyways. They manage to get by. Mothers and grandmothers of children with disabilities who come to us for help come weary and broken hearted. Their eyes show pain deep down in their hearts. 

Every day I pray for the Lord to give me an opportunity to be a witness of His great love to our mothers. I have those divine opportunities when they bring their children in for medical treatment.   

Last November Valentina, the grandmother of six-year-old Misha came to MTU for help. As she shared her story, she would frequently have to stop as she choked back her tears. She wiped off the tears, ashamed of them, and made a great effort to continue immediately. Rarely, she allowed anyone to see her cry, but that day she felt safe enough to share her burden. 

For many years, Valentina had been taking care of her husband who lost his sight at a young age, and she still carried the pain of the loss of her 17-year-old daughter. She said she would never forget the sound of the ground falling onto her coffin. Her first and only grandchild was born with severe disabilities, and her daughter-in-law refused to take him in her arms after delivery. 

Her son started having problems in his marriage. Though Valentina tried hard, she could not save the marriage. The young couple got divorced. Valentina quit her job as a journalist at a city newspaper to devote herself to Misha’s care. Seeing how hard it was for Valentina to care for both her husband and her grandson, numerous times her friends and relatives would advise her to send little Misha to an orphanage. She believed she had strength for everyone and that one day it would become easier. She would never let her grandson go to an orphanage. Time went by. Misha needed more care. And then everything escalated when her son left to go to the front in the Eastern Ukraine. There she was, tired, depressed, and at the end of her rope. 
Valentina needed to be strong for all three of her men: her blind husband, her son in the war and her growing grandson, who needed more and more attention and patience. “There are days, when I have no strength to carry on, I give up,” she said.

I thank God for creating a safe place like MTU for such women.  When Valentina brings her Misha to our therapy sessions, she has some time to relax and connect with other women, and to receive encouragement and love from our team. Valentina appreciates every prayer lifted up for her and thanks God for sending her to our charity.  

Recently she taught Misha to sign "Thank God.” It is a great joy to see Valentina’s smile and for her to be part of our MTU family.

Friends, thank you for your support. By helping families we help children escape orphanages while surrounding them with a loving and caring environment. 

 

 

100 Thank you's

Friends,

Happy Thanksgiving!

Our hearts are overflowing with gratitude for your generosity, love, and faithfulness in caring for the least of these in Ukraine. On this special day, we thank our God for you and pray you are blessed with His richest blessings in your lives and families.

We are thankful for the privilege of sharing our Lord’s love through professional services for families with children with special needs as well as pregnant mothers in difficult circumstances. We cherish the ability to give testimony to His love to over 100 people every day! Thank you for your encouragement, prayer, expertise, and donations. You empower us to let His Light and Love shine bright.

Below we show how each of the children, families, and mothers we serve culminates to a 100 thank yous. These “100 thanks yous” are like a beautiful harmony that resounds in our hearts and theirs. It’s our prayer that you tune your own heart to share in our song of gratitude.

On a typical day at MTU:

An expectant mother with an unplanned pregnancy chooses to give her baby life.

30 students learn about the sanctity of human life, the realities of abortion, and how to pursue a healthy lifestyle and avoid risky behaviors.

Every day, 8 families living in difficult financial situations--some with children with special needs and some mothers who chose life for their babies--receive monthly food package and diapers.

35 of the families we serve receive free medical treatment and medicines.

17 children with disabilities grow in their physical abilities and have mobility, function, and quality of live improved at physical therapy sessions.

6 children with disabilities develop, recover, or maintain basic skills for living and work through our exclusive Occupational Therapy (OT) services.

6 children with special needs learn to interact with their daily environment by honing their senses. Our Sensory Therapy activates their brain activity and decreases anxiety, aggression, and over-stimulation.

5 children, who have never been able to communicate, are given a voice via special augmentative aids, such as picture and symbol communication boards and electronic devices.

6 children improve their diction and speaking abilities at their sessions with our speech therapist.

6 children with disabilities learn to cope with their learning difficulties or manage behavioral problems in their psychology therapy sessions.

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22 children and youth with disabilities participate in meaningful lessons and purposeful play. These sessions help to develop social, academic, motor, and language skills, as well as competencies necessary for integration into the state education system.

25 mothers of children with disabilities and the mothers we serve through the pregnancy care ministry receive God’s guidance, encouragement and prayer support at individual counseling sessions and Bible groups.

 From us to you, thank you!