Brenna's Home has served many different children since its establishment in 2005. The picture to the upper right shows the 12 children currently living in Brenna's Home in January, 2013.
While our work in Ukraine is through Resurrection Church in Lutsk, our approach is interdenominational and we obtain support from a wide spectrum of believers, both Protestant and Catholic. We believe showing the love of Christ transcends these denominational boundaries.
We welcome your support through prayer and finances. American dollars go far in Ukraine! We also have periodic short-term mission trips and we welcome those interested to participate. The Foundation provides the financial support for the ongoing operation of Brenna's Home. All financial donations are used for the direct support of the children in Brenna's Home. Mission trips are privately funded by participants.
Please feel free to contact us with any comments or questions about this ministry. There is printable sponsorship information and a brochure to the right.
Christmas Day in Ukraine is observed in January. It is an annual public holiday across Ukraine, and falls on Tuesday, January 7, 2014, the Orthodox Christmas Date, this coming season.
What do people do? The period from January 7-14 is a festive week, in which it is customary for some people to dress up, visit homes, sing Christmas songs (eg. Koliadky), and wish each other blessings, attend worship services.
Sviaty Vechir(Holy Evening) Sviata Vecherya or "Holy Supper" is the central tradition of the Christmas Eve celebrations in Ukrainian homes. The dinner table sometimes has a few wisps of hay on the embroidered table cloth as a reminder of the manger in Bethlehem. It is traditionally a twelve dish meal.
A Ukraine Christmas dinner may include dishes such as: Kutia (sweet bread pudding) Borshch(beet soup) Vushka (small dumplings with mushrooms) Varenyky (dumpling with cabbage and potatoes) Holubtsi (stuffed cabbage roll)
After the Holy Supper, the family often sings Ukrainian Christmas carols. The Ukrainian song "Shchedryk" became the basis for the world famous Christian carol, "Carol of the Bells."
Other Christmas activities include puppet shows of the Nativity, holiday concerts, and Christmas fairs.