Building Transition Homes for orphans in Odessa, Ukraine

Michelle and Audrey
Michelle and Audrey

***We are so excited and thankful that Lifesong has given our project a $100,000 matching grant! This means that every dollar given up to $100,000 will be matched/doubled!***

Here in Odessa, Ukraine, the goal of our Lifesong team is to care for, stay connected to, and guide the children we know in orphanages all the way to independent adult life and beyond.  An essential part of meeting this goal is the family care and nurture that we are able to provide to the orphanage graduates and younger foster children who live in our transition homes.

Lifesong Odessa is currently supporting three families/homes for orphans, but we only have one permanent house available.  The other two families are living in rental homes which are not very well suited for large families and this kind of ministry.  In order to provide the stability and space needed to be able to care for orphans well we have decided to move forward with plans to build two new homes which will house two families with up to eight children/teenagers each.

For several months our team was searching for property options in the area of town where our Boys’ Transition Home and the six rent-to-own homes for orphan graduates are.  Very few properties were available and the prices were too high for our budget.  Two plots of land situated right next to the Boys’ Transition Home seemed like a perfect option, but we could not get in touch with the owners.  But then quite suddenly a new realtor we are working with was able to locate the two owners of these exact properties and they want to sell!

This turn of events was a surprise to us, but not a surprise to the young foster children in one of our families.   They have been praying each night that God would provide the land and money and bricks that we need to build a house for them and their “neighbors” (which is how they refer to our third family).  Talk about the faith of little children!  God has heard their prayers and has indeed provided two plots of land right next to each other and next to our existing house for these children and their “neighbors”.

We are excited to see how God is at work here in Odessa and would like to invite you to join in.  As you can imagine buying land and building homes is not cheap and we are trusting that God will provide all the financial resources that we need to complete this project.  We anticipate the total cost to be around $200,000 to buy two pieces of property and build two homes.

Would you consider being a part of what God is doing by donating today, or sharing this with your friends and family?


STRIPE charges an online processing fee (2.2% +.30 USD per transaction). Your donations will be decreased by this amount. You may also send a check payable to “Lifesong for Orphans”. In the memo line please write “Ukraine Homes #97853-CAP”, to ensure it is credited to that account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 9, Gridley, IL 61744.

Lifesong has been blessed with partners who underwrite all U.S. administrative and fundraising costs (TMG Foundation and other partners). That means 100% of your donation will go directly to this housing project.

  • In following IRS guidelines, your donation is to Lifesong for Orphans. This organization retains full discretion over its use, but intends to honor the donor’s suggested use.
  • Lifesong is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. Individual donations of $50 or more and yearly donations totaling $250 or more will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Receipts for donations under $50 will gladly be sent upon request.
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Raised to date by 134 people
 of  $200,000
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***We are so excited and thankful that Lifesong has given our project a $100,000 matching grant! This means that every dollar given up to $100,000 will be matched/doubled!***

Here in Odessa, Ukraine, the goal of our Lifesong team is to care for, stay connected to, and guide the children we know in orphanages all the way to independent adult life and beyond.  An essential part of meeting this goal is the family care and nurture that we are able to provide to the orphanage graduates and younger foster children who live in our transition homes.

Lifesong Odessa is currently supporting three families/homes for orphans, but we only have one permanent house available.  The other two families are living in rental homes which are not very well suited for large families and this kind of ministry.  In order to provide the stability and space needed to be able to care for orphans well we have decided to move forward with plans to build two new homes which will house two families with up to eight children/teenagers each.

For several months our team was searching for property options in the area of town where our Boys’ Transition Home and the six rent-to-own homes for orphan graduates are.  Very few properties were available and the prices were too high for our budget.  Two plots of land situated right next to the Boys’ Transition Home seemed like a perfect option, but we could not get in touch with the owners.  But then quite suddenly a new realtor we are working with was able to locate the two owners of these exact properties and they want to sell!

This turn of events was a surprise to us, but not a surprise to the young foster children in one of our families.   They have been praying each night that God would provide the land and money and bricks that we need to build a house for them and their “neighbors” (which is how they refer to our third family).  Talk about the faith of little children!  God has heard their prayers and has indeed provided two plots of land right next to each other and next to our existing house for these children and their “neighbors”.

We are excited to see how God is at work here in Odessa and would like to invite you to join in.  As you can imagine buying land and building homes is not cheap and we are trusting that God will provide all the financial resources that we need to complete this project.  We anticipate the total cost to be around $200,000 to buy two pieces of property and build two homes.

Would you consider being a part of what God is doing by donating today, or sharing this with your friends and family?


STRIPE charges an online processing fee (2.2% +.30 USD per transaction). Your donations will be decreased by this amount. You may also send a check payable to “Lifesong for Orphans”. In the memo line please write “Ukraine Homes #97853-CAP”, to ensure it is credited to that account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 9, Gridley, IL 61744.

Lifesong has been blessed with partners who underwrite all U.S. administrative and fundraising costs (TMG Foundation and other partners). That means 100% of your donation will go directly to this housing project.

  • In following IRS guidelines, your donation is to Lifesong for Orphans. This organization retains full discretion over its use, but intends to honor the donor’s suggested use.
  • Lifesong is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. Individual donations of $50 or more and yearly donations totaling $250 or more will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Receipts for donations under $50 will gladly be sent upon request.
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Foundations

December 6, 2021

After some Ukrainian bumps in the road, we are happy to report that we have started pouring foundations for the two new homes.   We praise the Lord for the Christian building contractor we are working with who understands and shares our vision for serving orphans.  

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Land purchase complete

July 26, 2021

We are so excited to be able to share with you that we have completed the purchase of the two plots of land that are right next to the existing Boys’ Transition Home!

We are currently working with a local architect to design a plan for the two new houses and we hope to start building as soon as possible.  Please pray for wisdom as we will be making many detailed decisions in the coming weeks and months.

Thank you so much to all who are supporting our project through your prayers and gifts.  We are humbled by the way God has provided through your generosity and giving.  Thank you!

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“Thank you, Michelle Maly, for following the leading of the Lord and your service to these kids. You are an inspiration.”

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“Michele, many years ago you shared out at Immanuel Lutheran in Stony Plain... we have been so proud of your work. Happy we can help out with this vision for transition homes. Blessings, The Crowell's”

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Jul 16, 2021

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Jul 14, 2021

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Jul 14, 2021

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Jul 14, 2021

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Jul 13, 2021

“Thank you so much for the work you do, Michelle. Your Immanuel CRC family loves you and supports you.”

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Jul 13, 2021

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Jul 13, 2021

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Michelle

Jul 13, 2021

“I love what you do, Michelle!”

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Jul 8, 2021

“Audrey, your dedication is inspiring. Wishing you all the best in reaching your goal. xoxo Kristi”

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James

Jul 3, 2021

“Thank you for the work that you guys are doing in sharing the Love, Light and Hope of Jesus these children.”

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Jul 2, 2021

“Michelle, praying for your wonderful dream to become a reality. Many blessings, Jody”

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Jul 2, 2021

“Keep up this important work! Nathan and Tessa Stob”

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Jun 29, 2021

“This is wonderful news! I'm so excited about the land purchase! The placement couldn't be more perfect! I will spread the word.”

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Jun 29, 2021

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Jun 26, 2021

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Craig

Jun 25, 2021

“May the Lord move His people to provide for these children. Thank you for your efforts on their behalf. Craig”

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Jenny

Jun 24, 2021

“praying that you will be able to build the two homes”

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“Love your dream! Praying for God's provision!”

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Francis

Jun 24, 2021

“Thanks to Michelle for informing me of this.”

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Marjorie Wilma

Jun 24, 2021

“Go for it, Michelle! God bless! Wilma”

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“Be blessed. 💓”

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