Sponsor a Widow
in Need


Just $50/month provides practical help and
spiritual hope for widows and pensioners in Ukraine.

Your faithful support provides weekly food packets, medical aid, and transportation to appointments, church services and more; supplies weekly Bible class materials; and covers the cost of fellowship gatherings and KSOC concert tickets. 

You will to get to know your sponsored widow/pensioner in a personal way—and experience blessing and growth as you give.



Ludmila Gladchenko
Age: 63
Birthdate: November 12, 1954

She was born in the village of Stara Rudnya, and lived on a farm. She remembers getting up at 5:00 am to take the geese into their pasture, and then feeding 30 rabbits. Life was hard, and she did not have much play time or fun as a child.

Following high school, she went to technical college and then went on to work as an operator in a factor for over 20 years.

Ludmila lives with her husband who is disabled. She started coming to St. Paul’s Evangelical Church in the fall of 2016.



Zhanna Emelyanova
Age: 70
Birthdate: September 1, 1947

Zhanna worked in a number of jobs and occupations for over 40 years, retiring as an advertising agent. She was invited to church by another MMK widow in December 2016 and her heart was transformed. Now a baptized member, she says she's found her second family at St. Paul's

But even greater than the loving support she's received from the church, Zhanna believes Jesus has become her best friend and advocate.

She is also thankful for God's many blessings, including the food program and weekly food voucher she receives from the mission.  



Valentina Piatnichenko
Age: 72
Birthdate: June 18, 1946

Valentina worked for many years as an economist. She was raised in an atheist’s family. Her friend Leonard, who is a member of our mission church, St. Paul’s, invited her to church. She visited the church and after hearing the Gospel message for the first time, accepted Christ as her Savior.

She is so grateful for the church that helps her to grow spiritually and gives her the feeling of being part of a big family. God has given her confidence in life, and hope for eternal life.

Valentina prays for American sponsors and all leaders of the mission, and thanks them for their great help.


Ludmila Korolevskaya
Age: 65
Birthdate: July 31, 1954

When Ludmila was a child she dreamed of having a big happy family, but the circumstances were such in her life that she never had any children.

Ludmila's neighbor, Natalia, invited her to St. Paul's Evangelical church. When she came to the church, she immediately felt warmth and joy. It was her dream come true, and there is where she found the "big" family she always wanted.  She attends church every week with great joy and thanks God for MMK.

Ludmila is also grateful for the food voucher she receives each week that enables her to buy groceries and helps her to survive on her meager pension.


Become a Sponsor:

1. Go to our Donate page.
2. In the SEND MY MONEY TO: drop-down menu, select "widow sponsorship."
3. In the COMMENTS section, enter the name of the person you would like to sponsor.

Thank you!




Raisa Knak
Age: 78
Birthdate: November 15, 1938

Raisa worked at a generator factory as an engineer. Essentially a single mother, she endured a difficult marriage to a man who drank too much and eventually succumbed to alcoholism.

Raisa's former neighbor invited her to St. Paul's for Easter in 2017 and she's continued to attend. She loves everything about the church, from the warm atmosphere and kindness of the people to the music, preaching, and connection to a community of believers.

Raisa endures frequent pain due to herniated discs in her spine. She is grateful for the assistance from the mission which allows her to survive on her small pension.



Valentina Kondakova
Age: 70
Birthdate: September 12, 1946

Valentina attend St. Vladmir Cathedral on big holidays during the year, thinking that was all the church she needed.

Then a friend invited her to St. Paul's. The service was so different from what she was used to. She loved the choir and the music.

Valentina accepted Jesus as her Savior and now attends church and Bible classes each week to deepen her relationship with Him. She serves as a volunteer in our caregiver ministry, and delivers a food packet each week to Nina, a homebound widow who is unable to walk. They love to talk about the Bible together and are now good friends.



Anna Kucher
Age: 71
Birthdate: June 28, 1946

Once a factory worker, Anna is now retired but has not slowed down. She is a member of the community choir and loves to sing.

She has grown children who live with their own families. Anna says that her greatest joy was the birth of her son, his wedding, and the birth of her grandson. The saddest part of her life was the death of her parents and her beloved husband.

Her friend Galina invited her to St. Paul's in the fall of 2016. She enjoys coming to the church, and wants to know everything about God and to tell other people about His Word. She wants to be useful for God and to serve those in need.

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Ludmila Kanuka
Age: 70
Birthdate: November 24,1947

Ludmila grew up in a small town in the middle of Ukraine in a family of workers. Her childhood was hard, but she thanks God that they all survived.

Ludmila graduated from the Trade and Economics University in 1974, and then got a job as head of sales in one of the big department stores.

She lives with her husband Alexander, who is disabled. Her son Alex, recently came back from the “war zone’ in Eastern Ukraine where he has been fighting for over a year. She prays he will not have to return due to the recent increased Russian aggression in the region.

Ludmila is part of our Evangelism Explosion ministry.