The Grand Opening of Stephen's Home
SEPTEMBER 6th, 2019
We invited local pastors, friends and those who worked at the construction site over the past 3 years. About 65 folks showed up and celebrated with us.
By opening I shared that "the building standing behind me was not constructed by any one person's hands, but through the vision and planning that the Lord placed on my heart years ago." And then He included all of those who were gathered that day to take part in the work He's started to love on and bless the young men who will call Stephen's Home their own.
Welcome to the Grand Opening of Stephen's Home!
our MC for the day, Nastia, did a fantastic job
I'd work with her again any day 😀
Sasha, my first project manager, returned
just in time, from the states with his wife to share in the celebration.
Andrew Kavetski translated for the day. He and his family
are long time friends now and continue to be a wonderful encouragement.
Paliv Smolikov, alongside a host of pastors, closed the first part of the day. As the regional director for the local churches and a board member for PROMISE, his wisdom and understanding brings great blessings and insight as we continue
down this path the Lord has set before us.
THEN the RIBBON CUTTING
It was a very winding day, so I had tied the red ribbon tightly so it would stay in place through the first part of the program. We'll I forgo that when Maxim and I went to untie the bow and found the knot, so the ribbon was cut, with very dull scissors.
take a look
THEN THE TOUR OF THE HOME
bedroom and baths for the guys who will live here
main hall and kitchen
therapy garden coming together
All cleaned up for the special day!
Our wonderful friend Ralph Wilson came from Chapelstreet Church in Geneva, IL
to work for two weeks, his third time to Ukraine, to put on a handicapped accessible deck and ramp with the assistance of Jack(Jennia), a local Christian and construction worker. They did a fantastic job!
AND THE BUFFET
which included lots of good sweets