"We live in Ivankiv now because I understand this is God's will." This simple sentence represents Valeriy's deep commitment to God. Ivankiv, a region center, is a long way from Valeriy's home in Lugansk and is in the third zone from Chernobyl. He and his wife and 6 children (4 of his own and 2 foster children) moved there in 2009 to start a church after hearing a sermon about being a missionary from an influential pastor in his life.
In this photo, young people from the church are caroling up the stairwell in an apartment building.