SERVING IN : Southeast Asia
MINISTRY FOCUS : Evangelism
I was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya where my parents served as missionaries with Cru. When I was almost five years old, I understood my own sinfulness and need for God’s grace and prayed with my dad, believing in Jesus Christ for salvation. My parents returned to America before my eighth birthday and I went through a difficult time of culture shock and adjustment. At the age of twelve, I surrendered my life to the Lord for His service and began to actively grow in my faith. After graduating from high school, I went on a summer mission trip to the Amazon region of Brazil. During that time, I felt God calling me to serve Him in overseas mission work.
Initially, I planned to get a degree in Nursing and serve as a medical missionary, but God had other plans for my life. I completed a TESOL certification in order to teach English overseas and a year later moved to China where I served as an English teacher for several years. During that time, I also studied the Chinese language and assisted several house churches in their ministries. Eventually, I returned to America in order to continue my college education. After graduating from Columbia International University with a Master’s degree in Teaching English as Foreign Language (TEFL), I returned to China and taught English for two years. Due to political changes in China during that time, I was unable to continue my outreach and ministry to the Chinese people and had to return to America. I continued to teach in the United States before moving to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where I worked with international college students for two years.
In the fall of 2020, I began serving the international refugee community in Pittsburgh through a ministry called Agapao. I served with this ministry until the spring of 2022, when I married my husband, Dhiraj, and moved overseas to join him in southeast Asia. My husband is a doctor and is faithfully serving the Lord by ministering to the poor and underprivileged people living here in this country. The hospital he works at was started by a missionary and continues to this day as a Christian mission and training hospital. As the wife of a national, I am allowed to live here in this country on a spouse visa but cannot work a job due to the visa restrictions. However, I am able to volunteer and have been using my teaching experience and credentials to serve as a volunteer teacher at a local Christian school where I assist the local teachers, plan lessons, and teach Bible and English classes for the students. My husband and I also host a weekly Bible study at our apartment every Saturday where we gather with a group of about 15-20 local believers and study a book of the Bible together. I am thankful for the incredible opportunity to share God’s love with the people around me in this beautiful country as I seek to faithfully serve the Lord.
Thank you for your prayers and support and may the Lord bless you!
SERVING IN : Ukraine, Europe
MINISTRY FOCUS : Evangelism, Mercy Ministry
We are the Perekotiys, a Ukrainian and American family! We have been entrusted with four beautiful children: Chambers (2013), Lev (2015), Mila (2016), and Remington (2019). Our story began when we met in Ukraine in 2008. After living on the Gulf Coast of Alabama, we packed up our gang in 2018 and moved to Odesa, Ukraine, a beautiful, historic port city on the Black Sea. While visiting family in Alabama in 2022, the full-scale invasion broke out in Ukraine. We decided to remain in the US for the 2022-23 school year while supporting our partners in Ukraine through the War Relief Fund. In August 2023, we launched back overseas to share the Gospel among Ukrainians. We are based out of Bucharest, Romania, where we can serve refugees and be close to the Ukrainian border.
Through the War Relief Fund we have sent medical aid, vehicles, food, and education supplies to those in need. The needs of the vulnerable will only increase as this crisis continues, and we are committed to partnering with our friends and partners to meet those needs. We pray to use these resources to rebuild Ukraine when the war ends.
Our heartbeat has always been caring for the vulnerable and fatherless. Our vision is to see Christ proclaimed as we serve vulnerable children and families with national partners and churches. We also serve the unreached deaf community, and provide training and trauma resources for families and volunteers. Thank you for journeying with us!