Areas of Ministry
Our children’s ministry consists of i.a. visiting children’s homes, supporting them financially and ministering to street children as well as supporting those who do the same.
Koivisto’s children’s home
Koivisto’s children’s home, the boarding school for orphans and children in need of special education, has become a kind of sponsorship target. We make it our goal to visit the children’s home during each trip. About 85 children are staying at the children’s home. Some of them do not have parents at all and some are from difficult social backgrounds. The staff at the children’s home look very favorably on our visits.
One Way’s teams have also helped in renovating the deteriorating boarding school in addition to evangelization and humanitarian aid. During the spring of 2007, we began a prayer sponsorship program for which we are looking for sponsors who will pray for the child assigned to them and remember them during Christmas and on their birthday with a small present.
At Kallvik’s mansion in Finland, a summer camp was organized during six summers for those orphans at Koivisto’s children’s home who did not have any surviving relatives or acquaintances. While the rest of the children at the boarding school went on holidays to visit their relatives these orphans came to Finland. The camps have been a great blessing and have carried the children and the caretakers a long way. In 2015 however, children’s foreign travels were banned and thus, we had to stop holding the summer camps.
During the past years, many Christian rehabilitation homes for drug addicts and alcoholics have been established in Vyborg because there is a huge need for them. One Way supports financially and visits regularly the drug addict home of Kirvu and the drug addict home in Käkisalmi which has room for ten drug addicts.
The street children’s ministry comes partly under the same ministry. Many of the children are addicted to various substances from glues to much stronger drugs. In addition to evangelization, we strive to help children break free from drugs during camps and weekly meetings.
Kirvu’s drug addict home
Kirvu’s drug addict home is one the places we visit regularly. In addition to the Gospel, we deliver humanitarian aid for them as well. At present, there are only men staying at the drug addict home. There are 10-15 men at a time in rehabilitation. The home is located on a farm where the men get rehabilitated by doing farm work and taking care of the animals. This at the same time provides the Center with food supplies and income i.a. from breeding rabbits.
Kirvu’s drug addict home makes a significant spiritual contribution to the entire locality; people from neighboring villages also attend its Sunday services. One of the fruits of our work in Kirvu is a small church that has started in Räisälä (Rus. Melnikovo) about 60 km from Kirvu. The ministry in Kirvu is led by Andrei ja Olga Gulevatyi.
The evangelization and aid teams visit Russia around once a month. During December and May, the groups are quite large, 20-25 people. During other times, they are smaller consisting of about 12 people.
During outreach trips, we usually visit most of the places that are supported by One Way such as the messianic church in Vyborg, Koivisto’s children’s home, the club at Heinjoki, Kirvu’s drug addict home, the hospital at Kaarlahti and also the city of Käkisalmi. Also in Vyborg and St. Petersburg we evangelize on the streets, parks and plazas.
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In the region of the Karelian isthmus, there are hundreds of villages that do not have any kind of a church or Christian home group. These villages are often isolated and far from the churches of larger cities. Many of the people in these villages are unemployed and social problems are rampant. One Way’s teams are reaching out to these villages and their inhabitants through outreach trips.
The meetings at the Cultural House of Heinjoki are part of this village ministry. For the past 4 years, we have held meetings in the village through songs, speeches, and drama. We have also shown Christian films i.a. the Jesus film and “Treasures of the snow”. In addition to the Gospel, the listeners receive aid packages that may contain food, beddings or toiletries.
We have also visited the Cultural House of Motornaja’s village in the area of Käkisalmi and the small village of Parlammi near Johannes.
A part of the village ministry is visiting facilities. We regularly visit the hospitals for elderly people in Johannes and Kaarlahti. For years, we have also visited the facility for the disabled in Käkisalmi. In these facilities, we have the opportunity to bless the sick, hold devotionals and i.a. Christmas celebrations. We deliver also clothes, wheelchairs, and walkers as well as other hospital supplies to these facilities.