Club Ruth Summer 2015 Posted June 20, 2015 by obi-web


The women’s ministry in Ukraine had its roots in a women’s meeting in Kiev in 1995. Then in 1997, Zhanna Segeda (1st photo with her husband and Caroline Grube) attended a follow-up event…and she caught the vision. She participated in women’s ministry events in Ukraine(2nd photo) and Russia (3rd photo) with military Christian wives from the USA, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Belarus, Slovakia, Russia, and Ukraine. She started to share some of the ideas that she had learned at these events (4th photo with kids using resurrection eggs) and began meeting with other military wives in her community and called it Club Ruth. She was able to participate in an international conference for Protestant Women of the Chapel (American military women’s ministry). Her vision was finally realized in 2007 when Olive Branch sponsored the first Christian conference for Ukrainian military women. There were 100 attendees from several countries including Ukraine, USA, and Russia…”A Woman and her God…her Family…her Ministry.” Zhanna and her team worked to establish 15 chapters in various military communities around the country. In 2011, a second conference was held to encourage the leaders of this vibrant ministry…”Sacrifice of a Woman’s Heart.”

This summer (2015) ladies from across Ukraine will gather in Chernigov for the third women’s conference…focusing on hope-filled choices in the difficult times of our lives. During this time of war within their country, the ladies need the hope that Jesus Christ offers to face the challenges within their families, their military communities, and their country. Nine American ladies between the ages of 18 and 80 will represent Olive Branch International at this conference which will be held after the 14th English Camp for the families of the Ukrainian military community. OBI sends team members each year to teach English and share their faith. OBI provides the major support for the campers who attend since their families are unable in most cases to fully fund campers. The Lord has used this mighty ministry of English Camp to equip teens with the practical skill of the English language, and more importantly the truly life-giving knowledge of Jesus Christ. The impact of this camp reaches beyond the campers into their families and their communities. Both ministries, Club Ruth Women’s Ministry and English Camp, are vital to the military community of Ukraine at this critical time in their country…”For such a time as this!”