Here is another update from SGA-supported storyteller Alexandra, which comes to us after her visit to a volunteer center in Ukraine. She shared that even though it was the smallest center they had visited, it was still very meaningful.
Please continue to pray for Alexandra and her husband, Stas at they gather stories from people who remain in very difficult circumstances. Through these stories we continue to see God’s work and blessings in the harshest of times.
When we arrived in Hostomel, we noticed a mound of stones beside the volunteer center. Curious, we approached a woman, who was headed there after the Sunday Service. “What is that?” we asked, pointing to the pile of stones.
“Oh, that used to be my house,” she replied with a smile. “It was actually a residential building where many people lived in their apartments. Unfortunately, it was mostly destroyed during the [war] attacks in the spring of 2022. Living there became impossible, so the authorities decided to demolish it.”
We found it peculiar to hear her speak about the loss without a hint of grief. “Why are you so positive about it? You lost your house,” we asked.
She replied, smiling. “Yes, I did lose my home. But I gained something else. I found faith. When the rocket hit our apartment, I thanked God for the first time in my life that we weren’t there. It was the day before that He sent strangers our way who guided us out of the city. We didn’t stay during the occupation. Our whole family found refuge in a safe place. I remember my first prayer: ‘Lord, give me an opportunity to return home and recover important documents and precious family pictures.’ And He answered my prayer. I was able to go back and gather all our valuable belongings before the building was demolished.”
She paused, reflecting on her words. “Losing your home is undoubtedly difficult, but I find comfort in knowing that through my loss, the Lord called me closer to Him. Through my involvement at the volunteer center, I discovered the importance of fellowship and community. And that brings me a joy I had never experienced before.”
Her testimony left us amazed by God’s work with people who haven’t accepted Jesus as their Savior yet, reminding us of the transformative power that can emerge from even the darkest of circumstances.
In a time of great uncertainty, God is bringing help, healing, and hope to the people of Ukraine through SGA-supported pastors, churches, a seminary, and SGA-sponsored Compassion Ministry. Be a part of God’s incredible work with your generosity and prayer support.
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