A Look Back At The Year of 2020
Mercy Projects is a Christian 501c3 organization with a “Christ-centered, family-focused” vision of assisting vulnerable children, the poor, and the widow. We work primarily in Ukraine, with other programs in Kosovo, Armenia, the Republic of Georgia, and Russia. Our approach is to strengthen vulnerable families and children by providing ministry services, grocery support, counseling, Christian case-workers, and spiritual assistance.
Kosovo – 15 Families supported with monthly groceries or medical needs
Armenia – Christian Camp for 45 needy children (canceled due to covid-19)
Ukraine – 800 Vulnerable children from 271 sponsored families
Russia – 4 National pastors / chaplain
Custom Ministry Approach
We look for customized solutions for single mothers and large families in our sponsorship program in both Ukraine and Kosovo. Some need groceries, others need education assistance, others need medical help, etc.
In Ukraine, our office staff manages the ministry efforts from Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine. In addition, there are 16 Christian Coordinators or “Case Workers” who live around the country and minister to their caseload of families. We also financially support Christian Foster Families in Ukraine. This helps keep children out of an orphanage and in a family. Our summer and winter camp ministry focuses on discipleship, strengthening young people in their Christian lives.
271 Families Receiving Sponsorship Support
12 Foster Families Receiving Sponsorship Support
29 Christian Students Receive Scholarships
4 Ministry Workers (Missionaries & Chaplains) Supported Monthly
5 Office staff in Kyiv
16 Case Workers (Childcare Coordinators)
1 Education Center in Ivankiv
1 Education Center in Konotop for 55 special needs children
From Child to Family Sponsorships
In 2019 we began counting “Family Sponsorships” as our primary measurement of ministry impact. The various types of families receiving help include single-parent families; grandparents raising children; Extended family members raising children; Parents who adopt children; and Foster Parents who receive official government support and private foster parents who do not receive government support.
Goal -> Facilitate children to be raised in families
Family Sponsorships are how we connect sponsors to families receiving support. The various types of families receiving help include single-parent families; grandparents raising children; Extended family members raising children; Parents who adopt children; and Foster Parents who receive official government support and private foster parents who do not receive government support. Sponsorship benefits include medical assistance, Christmas presents; exchanging and translating letters with sponsors; Education help, English classes, Computer training, and support services from our local childcare caseworkers.
Approximately 800 minor children benefit from the family sponsorship program.
Christian Camps: Due to covid-19, no Christian camps took place. Instead, we focused on computer-based outreach through social media, zoom calls, games, email, and phone calls.
Hearts of Love Center for handicapped children: 2020 was a very difficult year for our Special Needs Child Center “Hearts of Love” in Konotop, Ukraine. The Center closed down for several months due to covid-19 and parents of these children were frantic.
A special trip to the sea was arranged by the Center director and this was quite successful. We hope to sponsor this type of trip for these special children in the future.
In Ukraine, an extension of developing strong Christian disciples is our Student Scholarship program. This year 29 young people showing Christian character, good grades, and who agreed to be monitored and counseled by our student program director, were eligible for scholarships depending on their level of higher education.
Families in Kosovo are primarily widows or those with special needs such as mental illness, blindness, or emotional trauma. The Kosovo program is designed to provide basic food necessities for these very poor children and their families. Families are able to redeem grocery vouchers each month for 50 Euros ($65) at a local grocery store partner. (No alcohol or tobacco).
Ministry in Kosovo is done through a partnership with a local church that is located in the Muslim community of Malisheve. Children and families are encouraged to take part in church-related activities including English and Bible classes. Mercy Projects works with pastor Urim there to represent our ministry.
In Russia, we financially support 4 pastors (chaplains) who reside in different areas of the country. These men also work part-time to support their families and ministries. They are part of local Russian churches and use their financial sponsorship to pay for expenses to travel and share Christ’s love in prisons and with at-risk youth in orphanages. They mobilize local churches in those regions to assist orphans and ex-prisoners. They work with churches throughout Siberia, the Urals, and the Caucuses to start Rehabilitation Homes and discipleship ministries for released prisoners.
Making disciples of Christ is our priority and with your help, thousands of young lives are being transformed in Eastern Europe. Thank you for standing with us.
Available here: 2020 Financial Statement (Compiled) and the 2020 IRS 990 Report