While ministering to the children of Znamyanka Orphanage of Kirovohrad Region of Ukraine, the 2019 Mission Team of the UOC of the USA had a great opportunity to participate in the presentation of a book of poetry “WONDERFUL WORLD - ЧУДЕСНИЙ МИР” by Valia Nyzhnyk - a young lady in a wheelchair from the Orphanage.
His Eminence Archbishop Daniel opened the presentation, while many children and staff of the orphanage gathered in the hall for the joyful event. The author – Valia Nuzhnyk recited her favorite poems as well as members of the mission team read out loud the poems from her book. Copies of the book were distributed by Valia to all the present. Later in the morning, a formal book signing took place.
Toward the end of the presentation, Valia had a nice surprise as she was presented with a new for her wheelchair that came all the way from Yuriy and Aimee Zmysly of Orland Park, IL. She was thrilled to sit in a very comfortable and cushioned wheelchair, which was delivered and adjusted for her needs by Fr. Vasyl Sendeha.
Valia couldn’t stop saying thank you for publishing the books and bringing them over as well for the surprise gift to her.
The publication of the book was a product of love and generosity of the faithful of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA. Special thanks to Viktoriia Zomchak for the linguistic set up and to Elizabeth Symonenko for graphic design. The Consistory of the UOC of USA published the book in the United States of America and delivered it to the orphanage in Ukraine.
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The 2019 Mission Team of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA to Znamyanka Orphanage in Ukraine consisted of 12 Mission Team Members: Very Rev. Fr. Taras Naumenko, Very Rev. Fr. Vasyl Sendeha, Subdeacon Mykola Zomchak, Subdeacon Ivan Venhryn, Reader Roman Baker, Natalia Hlushko, Alexis Naumenko, Andrew Powers, Daniel Steliac, Mariya Pavlusyk, Olena Lymar under the leadership of Archbishop Daniel.
Photos by Subdeacom Mykola Zomchak