Presbyterian Peacemaker Visit

Alla Soroka of Odessa, Ukraine, is one of twelve International Peacemakers for the Presbyterian Church USA in 2017. Alla Soroka began her career in Peacemaking in 2005, by working as a psychologist with the “Restorative Justice” program in the juvenile prison system of Odessa, Ukraine. She is trained in the Quaker Program “Alternatives to Violence,” and has served as the AVP coordinator for Ukraine. In 2008, she met Robert Gamble and began working for This Child Here with street kids and by designing programs for children in orphanages and shelters.

Ms. Soroka is the Project Manager for This Child Here. Her work has expanded to training¬†foster families and children, and developing a mentoring program for children in orphanages. Since the war began in Ukraine, she has been designing cooperative work with other Ukrainian nonprofits to train youth in peacemaking skills and mindfulness. In 2015, she organized and directed the first Peace Camp, “White Sail,” for refugee families displaced by the fighting in eastern Ukraine. The annual camp is sponsored by This Child Here, a ministry in the region of Odessa, Ukraine supported by Presbyterian Churches (PCUSA).

Who needs this war?

-From misinformation to trust
-From alternatives to nonviolence

751 orphanages, 106,000 children

-From mentoring to healthy teens.
-From orphan to foster family.

Dr. Robert Gamble is a former pastor of Presbyterian Churches in Tennessee, Florida and New Mexico. In 2006, he moved to Odessa, Ukraine and started the non profit This Child Here, a ministry supported primarily by Presbyterian Churches(USA).

First Presbyterian Church, Fort Worth welcomes Alla Soroka from the Ukraine at our Worship on Wednesday worship service on Wednesday, October 18 at 5:30 pm at 1516 Hemphil.