Mercy Trucks Ukraine

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.  And what does the LORD require of you?  To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.  Micah 6:8

Recently we sat down with Stepan and Oksana Terletsky of Mercy Trucks Ukraine to discuss how they minister to the needs of orphans in Ukraine.  This precious Ukrainian couple have the gifts of hospitality and mercy and they love God with all their hearts.  I myself have first-hand experience of their generosity when we spent time with them 3 years ago while we were in Ukraine adopting our youngest son.  They opened their home to us for our first home-cooked meal in weeks and extended their hand of friendship.  I also had the privilege of helping them prepare a meal to bless the dentists who volunteer for their ministry.  Our family has personally supported them ever since.

Stepan is the director of Mercy Trucks Ukraine, a ministry they’ve been a part of for over 7 years from the time it began as part of Youth With A Mission.  The past 2 years they have been a separate ministry serving the orphan and the poor in Ukraine.  On average the Terletsky’s and a team of volunteer dentists and hygienists go out with the dental truck 2 times per month (20-22 times annually) to minister to the dental needs of children in orphanages across Ukraine.  Per visit they examine around 50 children with most of them receiving treatment.  I really appreciate this ministry because I know how bad the teeth of an orphan can be.  Our oldest son, adopted from Ukraine at age 10, saw our dentist 11 times the first year he was home with us – all for fillings, root canals, pulled teeth, etc.

In addition to bringing much needed dental care, they also bring the Gospel message.  While children are waiting for their turn in the dentist’s chair, a team of volunteers presents a VBS-type program with games, crafts, and a Bible story.  The Terletsky’s welcome Church teams from the U.S. to come on short-term mission trips to help with this part of the ministry.  To learn more about this ministry or to contact Stepan Terletsky regarding bringing a team for a short-term trip go to their website:  mercytrucksukraine.org