FIRST INTERNATIONAL ONLINE CONFERENCE FOR PARENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN

FIRST INTERNATIONAL ONLINE CONFERENCE FOR PARENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN

Dear friends, we would like to inform you that the very first International Online Conference ” Elijah Puzzle” for families with special needs children took place on February 20, 2021. Parents that represent ministry “Open Heart” took part in the conference, representing countries of USA, Israel, Russia, Kazakhstan, Belorussia, and Ukraine. The conference also had friends who joined from Italy, France, Germany, and other countries. Olga Anischenko, author of ” Elijah puzzle”, is the founder of the ministry “Open Heart.” In collaboration with various international families, who have children with special needs, this ministry held the International pilot conference “ Elijah puzzle” with focus on the topic of “Actual questions of building partner relationships between communities and families, where children with special needs grow up in love.” Dolmatova Inna – organizer and mediator of the conference, representative of Russian Federation.  The discussions were lead by the following speakers: Olga Anischenko – the founder of project ” Elijah puzzle”, Elena Sheff – a nurse and a mother of an autistic son, Svetlana Maimula – a nurse and a mother of a son with a cerebral palsy syndrome, Maria Boltenko – an organizer of the project in the USA and a mother of an autistic son with a down syndrome, Iraida Rodina – idea mastermind and project editor.  Representatives from various countries: USA – Maria Boltenko, Israel – Valentina Dudakova, Russia – Inna, Dolmatova, Kazakhstan – Vera, Belorussia – Larisa Nikolaeva, Ukraine – Tatyana Moskovka. The conference took place over Zoom, online, organized by Anastasia Dolmatova. For the conference 38 people registered, and 25 people took active participation during the event. From the very first minutes of the event, we could feel a warm and friendly atmosphere. Elena Sheff, speaker from USA kicked off the conference with prayer and thanksgiving. Dolmatova Inna, as the organizer, officially announced that the first international conference project “Elijah puzzle” has commenced.  The founder of the project, Olga Anischenko, heartfully told the participants the story of how the ministry “Open Heart” began, and about all of the hardships that had to be overcome in order to arrive at the international level. Our project idea mastermind, Iraida Rodina presented her love-filled message about the creation of this project. Her inspiring words moved everyone, and did not leave anyone indifferent. This lady knows how to set others on fire, she is the starting flame in our project, and she lights up the crest of love throughout the world… Dolmatova Inna, representative of ministry in Russia, followed with her presentation on expansion of this ministry in Russia and the rest of the world…  It was wonderful to hear from a representative from Alliance of the Nation’s of the world – Shulamita Chepella, press secretary of Allience exchanged introductions and gave open words to the participants of the conference, and offered a collaboration with Allience. This collaboration is another step towards the development of this project. Following, the representatives from various countries gave heartfelt testimonies of how this ministry is developing in their country. It was great to see that kindness and love knows no bounds. Finally, the time came for our main participants. The main participants were the families that raise children with special needs. These are families from different countries, but they are united with one thing! They are united with their unconditional love towards their wonderful children, and their strong faith, which moves them to seek solutions for their current situations. Every family shared a moving story of how they welcomed their special child into this world. They told us about overcoming hardships and fighting for the health and development of their children, and their positive mental attitude and their faith, overwhelming faith, that GOD does not leave us. All participants listened while holding their breath. Some cried, and others heavily sighed. All of us gathered that day to listen, to hear, and to introduce these families to each other, and to help. Right away after the families shared, our main speakers Elena Sheff, and Svetlana Maimula – hero mothers, overcomers, women who carried all hardships of raising special children on their shoulders – supported all families that participated in this project. Their support was real and genuine. The words they said stayed in the hearts of everyone who listened to their words of encouragement. Everyone who attended had an opportunity to share, women from Italy, Turkey…mothers of children with special needs expressed their gratitude towards God and towards us for the chosen topics. The conference was wrapped up by Olga Anischenko. And, as always, she found a kind word for everyone and a call to action. This ministry is gaining traction. “We are in desperate need of dedicated people” – that is what Olga said. And her team is in absolute agreement with her vision. There were prizes for those who were most attentive. Also, we would like to bring to attention the novel media leadership from Anastasia Dolmatova – a devoted assistant of Olga who has been by her side for two years. For the continuation of the conference there were no technical difficulties. Anastasia overlooked the technical side throughout the duration of the entire conference. THE MAIN OBJECTIVE OF THE EVENT – TO CREATE A POSITIVE ASSOCIATION of special needs children in the constantly changing world, and also to provide emotional support in situations where an isolation is required for these children. The conference adjourned with the tally of the events and the FINAL RESOLUTION. These were the resolution notes: As a result of the given objective, these were the following goals: 1. Organization of the raised up centers for the emotional support and personal development. 2. Building the foundation for the ministry “Elijah puzzle.” 3. The needs and resources for families of a SPECIAL child were to be considered priorities based on their location of the Ministry Founders. 4. Creating volunteering Association of medical and psychology experts who are CHRISTIAN for prayer over these families who are in the process of accepting the “difficult diagnosis.” 5. Correction for the positive vision for parents on the future of their children with special needs with the help of planned associations for children groups, where they can make friends, learn life skills from each other, and to boost creativity. 6. To form the foundation Center “Rainbow” with the engagement of volunteers, who will spend time with children online, teaching the children various forms of art based on their age group. 7. To have master-classes for parents, teaching them how to engage their children to have stronger family bonds, and providing practical examples. 8. To relate the fundamental position to have INCLUSIVE education with accountability for it’s advantages: adaptation of integration of the children into society, full-fledged education, and communication with peers. 9. Through the means of mass information, social networks, to systematically incorporate into the community the UNDERSTANDING of all layers of the social problems towards handicap and comprehensive support for families with children who have special needs. We are grateful to God and to all participants and guests, that this online international conference ” Elijah puzzle” for families with special needs children took place! Our next step – is to have a conference with pastors of the world and to raise a question of the special needs child, who some churches teach that this is God’s punishment? Is that so? Bless the Lord, the further actions of our ministry “Open Heart” and the project” Elijah puzzle.” Friends, you can find more about our ministry and our projects on our website www.olgaanischenko.com and on YouTube channel “Olga Anischenko.”  We ask for your prayers for our ministry, and if possible, for your financial support. It is possible to do on our website www.olgaanischenko.com, by clicking on the button to Donate.  Also, through PayPal openheartministryoa@gmail.com, CashApp: $CashToOlgaAnischenko, or through sending a check made out to Open Heart Ministry of Olga Anischenko, 211 Providence Farm Dr, Boiling Springs, SC 29316. Thank you all very much! We bless all of you! If you know of any families who have children with special needs, please, share our information with them. Thank you! Olga Anischenko, the founder of ministry “Open Heart”, and author of the book “Elijah puzzl