I've been on the World Without Orphans team for over ten years. Along with my wife, Tanya, and our 2 young sons, I chose to stay home in our eastern Ukrainian city of Dnipro, feeling a strong calling from God to help and serve those in our community. Shortly after the start of the invasion, we opened our home to a family of four who needed a safer place to stay. Currently, eight to eleven people are finding refuge in our apartment and making use of our building's bomb shelter when sirens blare. Tanya cooks food for our guests and helps with coordinating volunteer efforts in evacuations from Kharkiv, and I continue to perform important tasks as the logistics lead for WWO’s online conference in Africa as well as working on the evacuation efforts across Ukraine.
We love showing God’s love to our neighbors and serving them during this difficult time. Equipping the bomb shelter to accommodate 30+ people has been important. We have food and basic necessities at present, but this food supply is not enough for the number of people we will have with us when the shelter gets full. Even though there are limits on shopping, I am currently able to buy some food and water each day.
This is a scary time, and at least the children need to be protected and feel as safe as possible. This is also a great time to build relationships and even pray together. We’re playing games, studying English, teaching each other survival basics, sharing the resources we have, and expressing God’s love in other ways as we practice compassion.
God is giving us strength and the ability to serve as we face this battle in our nation.
I invite you to partner with us as we continue to serve the vulnerable in our community and beyond.