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.



Alla Lemeshko
Age: 82
Birthdate: August 4, 1936

Alla is one of our home bound widows. She was formerly a professional athlete. At 14 years old she was member of USSR National team of rowers. After the dissolution of USSR, she moved to Ukraine. Alla then worked as a rowing coach in Ukraine and helped other athletes to recover after traumas. He died many years ago.

 Alla has been a member of MMK’s widow ministry for 10 years. Through the preaching at St. Paul’s Church she prayed to receive Christ and place her life in his Hands.

 Several years ago she suffered a cervical hip fracture, and uses a cane to walk.  

One of MMK’s Caregiver ministry volunteers Luba, delivers a food packet to her each week. Alla is so grateful to God for his care of her through the supporters of MMK.



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.


Maria Oksenchuk
Age: 61
Birthdate: March 29, 1958

Maria was born into a family of 12 children. Her childhood was difficult as their village was burnt during WWII, and her father and aunt were sent to concentration camps. Her grandmother prayed often, and Maria believes it was God who saved them.

Her friend Nina invited Maria to St. Paul’s church where she learned that Jesus came to the earth to save the world and to give eternal life to all those who belief in Him. Maria loves to quote John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Maria now knows that she has eternal life.

Due to several health issues, it is difficult for Maria to survive on her small pension.