Service Update 2014

OBI has gotten off strong into another busy year of international service. Assessment and achievements of service linked below.

Ongoing

  • Women’s Ministry, Club Ruth, Ukraine

    Olive Branch International resources the women’s clubs among military families throughout Ukraine. There are two hundred forty five women who currently attend fifteen chapters in cities near military bases across the country. OBI sends teachers to Ukraine twice a year to provide training for the ladies in areas of strengthening military families, small business entrepreneurship, women’s health, etc. With the development of war between Ukraine and Russia, many of these women are helping displaced military families from Crimea, wounded soldiers, and meeting the physical and emotional needs of military families.

  • Hospital Chaplains, Chervona Sloboda & Moshny Regional Hospitals, Cherkasy, Ukraine

    Olive Branch International resources four hospital chaplains to work with doctors, staff, and patients as counselors. In addition, the chaplains counsel AIDS patients, AIDS families, and provide women’s counseling. The hospital chaplains serve abandoned children received in the children’s ward. With the advent of war between Russia and Ukraine, there has been an influx of children from eastern Ukraine. In 2014. OBI provides instruction and training for these chaplains. The chaplains personally counsel 850-1000 patients per year in the Cherkasy region alone. Beginning in 2013, the chaplaincy team expanded their work to four additional hospitals in the cities of Dnepropetrovsk, Alexandria, Odessa, and Kiev, Ukraine.

  • Chaplains Curriculum, Kiev Theological Seminary (KTS), Kiev, Ukraine

    Olive Branch Ukraine resources a four-year chaplains curriculum for hospital, prison, and military chaplains at Kiev Theological Seminary. Fifty four men & women chaplain candidates are currently enrolled in 2-year and 4-year degreed programs.

Winter 2014

  • January 2014

    Olive Branch Ukraine, 1st National Staff Meeting, Kiev, Ukraine

    Bruce Kittleson, Olive Branch International, attended the first Olive Branch Ukraine nationwide staff meeting held after designation as a national organization, Saturday, 25 January. Twenty three representatives from 11 of 15 provinces (oblasts) of Ukraine and had the opportunity to have a fuller explanation of the work of OBU. Registration in 15 oblasts is necessary for classification as a national organization. Bruce Kittleson lead the opening session, followed by LTC(Ret) Nicholai Dudko (hospital chaplains), Zhanna Segeda (military wives/ military women), LTC(Ret)Valera Trufanov (Ukrainian Chaplains CHC), and Valentyn Korenevych (Olive Branch Ukraine). The afternoon was spent working on organizational issues. Valentyn’s encouragement was for each oblast to determine what area1st Chaplains Conference, Former Soviet Countries, Kiev Theological Seminary, Kiev Ukraine

    1st Chaplains Conference, Former Soviet Countries, Kiev Theological Seminary, Kiev Ukraine

    Olive Branch International (OBI) and Olive Branch Ukraine (OBU) hosted the first conference promoting military, hospital, prison, and police chaplaincy for international representatives. Eighteen delegates from Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan attended the four-day conference to discuss the issues addressed by the chaplains curriculum, the recruitment of qualified candidates and discussed the educational requirements. Presenters included Bruce Kittleson (OBI), LTC(Ret) Nicholai Dudko (hospital chaplains), Zhanna Segeda (military wives/ military women), LTC(Ret) Valera Trufanov (Ukrainian Chaplains CHC), LTC(Ret) Vasili Khimich (OXBY) and Valentyn Korenevych (Olive Branch Ukraine). The program was hosted by COL(Ret) Valentyn Korenvych, President, Olive Branch Ukraine.

  • February 2014

    Kiev Theological Seminary (KTS) Hospital, Prison, and Military Chaplains Training

    Chaplain (Major) Richard J. Stiliha continued as adjunct professor for curriculum at KTS, training students in biblical and pastoral ministry of a chaplain in institutional setting to include prison, police, the military and the hospital settings. The course includes interaction with specialists who work in those institutions as well as an internship focusing on one of these institutions. Chaplain Stiliha had 8 students in his Introduction to Counseling Course that included: The Staying Healthy in the Ministry, Helping People in Crisis, How to Lead Someone Out of Shock, How to Help the Person and Judge Less. (Note: This was held at the time of mass shooting and demonstrations at the Maidan in downtown Kiev.)

Summer 2014

  • July 2014

    English Summer Camp, Olive Branch Delegation, Chernigiv, Ukraine

    An international delegation of Americans and a German lead a week-long English-As-A-Second-Language Summer Camp for seventy Ukrainian teenagers, several active-duty parents from military families of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense. Forty hours of English language training (Conversational English) was accomplished as well as Bible classes in a summer camp environment in the forest near Chernigiv, Ukraine.

Fall 2014

  • Fall 2014

    Kiev Theological Seminary (KTS) Hospital, Prison, and Military Chaplains Training

    Chaplain (Commander) Donald Cramblit, US Navy (Ret) continued as adjunct professor for curriculum at KTS training students in biblical and pastoral ministry of a Chaplain in institutional setting to include prison, police, the military and the hospital settings. The course includes interaction with specialists who work in those institutions as well as an internship focusing on one of these institutions. Chaplain Cramblit had 10 students in his course.