Episode 22 : ‘Voice for the Boys of Ukraine’ – Kim Johnson from ‘Wide Awake International’
What would happen if you felt called to move your whole entire family overseas to serve?
To work within a system which needed fixing?
That is exactly what Kim and Jed Johnson did. They moved their entire family to Ukraine to help bring awareness, support and love to the boys of a local orphanage in Zhytomyr, Ukraine.
The stories of following her faith, trusting the guidance given and showing up no matter how frustrating the process can be. The stories of the boys – both heartbreaking and beautiful – are shared in this podcast episode.
It’s a beautiful episode with so much encouragement, love and vision. I hope that you enjoy.
Kim is a wife, mommy of many, RN and co-founder of Wide Awake International. She and her husband Jed moved from Oregon to Ukraine in 2013 with their 4 kids. Since then they have added two more children to their family through adoption and birth. The Johnson family lives in a small village in Ukraine where they work toward the deinstitutionalization of people with with special needs.
A bit more about their journey and Not-For-Profit – Wide Awake International:
Welcome to Wide Awake International (WAI). Founded in 2013, we are a nonprofit organization based in Oregon and Zhytomyr, Ukraine. Our vision is the deinstitutionalization of Eastern Europe’s most marginalized children. We believe in the dignity of every human being and seek to bring hope, dignity, love and improved quality of life to orphans with special needs in Ukraine.
We don’t want this to be just a story of sitting with the boys and loving them in their suffering. We hope and believe that this will be a redemption story. In the summer of 2016 we purchased a large piece of land in a village outside of Zhytomyr. The renovation of the property’s existing home is just about complete and our family moved into that home in the summer of 2017. The big dream of Wide Awake is deinstitutionalizing the boys. We dream of getting them out into loving homes where they can live out their days with dignity and joy.
Edited by: Resonate Records