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God Protected Us And Brought Us Out Of Hell

One of the churches we serve in Ukraine was recently a vessel of God’s mercy and a messenger of hope through the Gospel for a displaced family. This father and mother, children and their grandparents endured great suffering. “But now we look back and see how God protected us and brought us out of hell,” they share.

We also see how God is working through the generosity and prayer support of friends like you. You  help equip congregations to be the hands and feet of Jesus, so that Ukrainians will receive emergency aid and spiritual care in their time of greatest need. Read more from this family’s testimony of tragedy and grace . . .

Good afternoon to all those who care about us! Our large family sincerely thanks you for all your help and support.

We fled here from Kurakhove, Donetsk region. Our way here was not easy. But now we look back and see how God protected us and brought us out of hell. Before we managed to escape from our city, we had seen a lot of grief. [The invaders] were killing children, women, and old people. They did not spare anyone. Our hearts were torn in pieces, because we fled and saved ourselves, leaving our elderly parents, home, and friends behind. It took us four days to get to [this] region. Here we were given an old house where our large family could live. My heart was not at ease until my husband and I returned to the war zone to take my elderly parents out of that hell. We left the children for a few days with other people in the village and went to Kurakhove ourselves. God miraculously saved our lives on the way there to our parents, to our hometown, and then again when we were leaving. Those were terrible days, under constant shelling. 

My mother did not live with us for that long. Her heart could not stand the stress, the constant grief, and she died in [this] region. My father took my mother’s death very deeply, but we and the grandchildren tried to spend a lot of time with him. We are also very grateful to the Baptist church we started attending here. God works with our hearts. It is difficult to describe the thoughts and the feelings we have, but God surely hears the prayers of believers and prayers for us. We feel good and comfortable here in this village, and we thank God that He is revealing Himself to us a little by little.

Last year in December I found out that I was pregnant again. In August, our family welcomed a wonderful boy, Damir. This is happiness and joy for our family. We understand that there will always be something missing in life, but we thank God that we are alive and that our children are healthy and with us. This is happiness despite all the tragedies around us! Thank you very much for caring and praying to God for us! 

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-supported Compassion Ministry. Be a part of God’s incredible work with your generosity and prayer support.  

Your gift of compassion helps struggling people with emergency aid that generally includes Scripture materials, food, medicine, warm clothing, and shoes.

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