Mulberry International is effectively reaching the most vulnerable and at-risk families and children:
1. We provide for the needs of abandoned and neglected babies and toddlers at the state hospitals.
2. We provide social follow-up and counseling for single mothers and at-risk families at local shelters.
3. We support foster and adoptive families that have taken dozens of orphans into their loving homes.
4. We provide humanitarian outreach to internally displaced and at-risk families and children in eastern Ukraine.
5. We partner with local churches through development projects to increase their capacity to minister to displaced and at-risk families.
The need in Ukraine is so large and we hope you will catch our vision and join us in supporting the work of Mulberry International.
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My service with Mulberry International for the last 10 years spanned from Development to the Board position and now to the role of the Executive Director. I am honored to lead the ministry in my home country and to my people to accomplish His purposes. During this time of turmoil in Ukraine, the need is the greatest, but also the soil is the ripest. I am excited to see God’s work unfolding!
Lurenda has been married to her husband Ron for 8 years, combined they have 3 children and 4 grandchildren. Lurenda has been involved with missions at North Terrace Church of Christ since the mid 90’s. In 2006 Lurenda lead a group of 17 on a short-term mission trip to Ukraine and Crimea. From that time she has had a desire to work with Mulberry and its leadership. She has always had a love for people and different cultures. “From the first time I visited Ukraine the people and this mission has held a special place in my heart.”
The original со-founder and director of the ministry, Jody moved to Ukraine to do mission work in the early 90-s. She has been working not only in Ukraine but other countries in Asia and now has joined the Board. She brings not only the new vision but also the experience of building up local communities torn by wars and conﬂict.
Cindy and her husband, Tim (married 36 years), have supported orphans in Ukraine since Dec. 2000, after they adopted their first two children from Simferopol, Crimea. Since then, they adopted three more children (also from Ukraine). They have raised a total of 7 children and have experienced many challenges inherent in children coming from an institutional setting. Cindy believes that all of her many parenting experiences as well as her heart for the children left behind in Ukraine, have equipped her to serve on the board of Mulberry International.
Gary D. Porter was the Executive Director of The Christian Children’s Home of Ohio for 33 years. He is a graduate of Milligan College where he now serves as a Trustee. Gary was the Founder of Christian Children’s Home International in Ukraine, which became Mulberry International in 2004. He is now retired and lives with his wife Bobbie in Tennessee.
Jim Thomas is a retired attorney who has served with Mulberry International since its beginning. After a career in state and local government, Jim worked as Assistant Director and Legal Counsel of Christian Children’s Home of Ohio. He has made 16 trips to Ukraine including heading three short-term mission teams to that country. Jim and his wife, Patricia, are members of Crossroads Christian Church in Evansville, Indiana where both lead Bible studies.
For the past 24 years Dr. Keeran has been involved in Ukraine as the founder of Commonwealth International University in Simferopol, and as an advisor to its president and board of trustees. He also served as the President of Kentucky Christian University for 22 years, and now continues as the Chancellor of the University. Dr. Keeran has traveled to Ukraine multiple times and has a tremendous experience in missions and international partnerships.
Ukraine (Listeni/juːˈkreɪn/; Ukrainian: Україна, tr. Ukraina [ukrɑˈjinɑ]) is a country in Eastern Europe, bordered by Russia to the east and northeast, Belarus to the northwest, Poland and Slovakia to the west, Hungary, Romania, and Moldova to the southwest, and the Black Sea and Sea of Azov to the south and southeast, respectively. It has an area of 603,628 km2 (233,062 sq mi), making it the largest country entirely within Europe and the 46th largest country in the world, it is also the 32nd most populous country in the world with a population of about 44.5 million.
The territory of modern Ukraine has been inhabited since 32,000 BC. During the Middle Ages, the area was a key center of East Slavic culture, with the powerful state of Kievan Rus' forming the basis of Ukrainian identity. Following its fragmentation in the 13th century, the territory was contested, ruled and divided by a variety of powers, including Lithuania, Poland, the Ottoman Empire, Austria-Hungary, and Russia. A Cossack republic emerged and prospered during the 17th and 18th centuries, but its territory was eventually split between Poland and the Russian Empire, and later submerged fully into Russia. Two brief periods of independence occurred during the 20th century, once near the end of World War I and another during World War II, but both occasions would ultimately see Ukraine's territories conquered and consolidated into a Soviet republic, a situation that persisted until 1991; when Ukraine gained her independence from the Soviet Union in the aftermath of its dissolution at the end of the Cold War.
Following independence, Ukraine declared itself a neutral state. but nonetheless formed a limited military partnership with the Russian Federation, other CIS countries and a partnership with NATO since 1994. In the 2000s, the government began leaning towards NATO, and a deeper cooperation with the alliance was set by the NATO-Ukraine Action Plan signed in 2002. It was later agreed that the question of joining NATO should be answered by a national referendum at some point in the future. Recently deposed President Viktor Yanukovych considered the current level of co-operation between Ukraine and NATO sufficient, and was against Ukraine joining NATO. In 2013, protests against the government of President Yanukovych broke out in downtown Kiev after the government made the decision to suspend the Ukraine-European Union Association Agreement and seek closer economic ties with Russia, this began a several months long wave of demonstrations and protests known as the Euromaidan, of which later escalated into a full on revolution that ultimately resulted in the overthrowing of Yanukovych and the establishment of a new government. These events precipitated the breakout of the Crimean Crisis with Russia in February 2014, and the War in Donbass in March 2014; the latter of which is still formally ongoing as of July 2015.
Ukraine has long been a global breadbasket because of its extensive, fertile farmlands, and it remains one of the world's largest grain exporters. The diversified economy of Ukraine includes a large heavy industry sector, particularly in aerospace and industrial equipment.Ukraine is a unitary republic under a semi-presidential system with separate powers: legislative, executive, and judicial branches. Its capital and largest city is Kiev. Ukraine maintains the second-largest military in Europe, after that of Russia, when reserves and paramilitary personnel are taken into account. The country is home to 45.4 million people (including Crimea), 77.8% of whom are Ukrainians by ethnicity, followed by a sizable minority of Russians (17%) as well as Romanians/Moldovans, Belarusians, Crimean Tatars, and Hungarians. Ukrainian is the official language of Ukraine; its alphabet is Cyrillic. The dominant religion in the country is Eastern Orthodoxy, which has strongly influenced Ukrainian architecture, literature and music.
Ukraine Today Special Project
CNN Crisis in Ukraine 2015 (Photo)
Why Russia’s Evangelicals Thank God for Putin
East West Church & Ministry Report
The Story of Losing a Homeland Through the Eyes of Those Living It
Radio Free Europe
"UNICEF Says 1 Million Children In Eastern Ukraine Require Urgent Aid".
BBC News, Crimea
"Crimea: The place that's rather difficult to get into".
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