What began as searching for humanitarian aid after the tragic loss of her son became immersion in attending church events and reading her Bible. Olga’s heart was open to the Healer and Comforter of broken souls. As a pastor’s wife named Angela shares below, it was the spiritual and physical support of a local church in Ukraine caring for Olga when she needed it most that deeply comforted her. That is why her eyes portray a glimmer of hope in this new day. It’s your kind generosity that has helped make stories like Olga’s possible. Please pray for all who continue to grieve over the loss of loved ones in this very difficult time, and that they will find comfort at local churches in Ukraine, and in the One who truly offers hope…
Let us give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the merciful Father, the God from whom all help comes! He helps us in all our troubles, so that we are able to help others who have all kinds of troubles, using the same help that we ourselves have received from God (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).
“My life changed because of this volunteer center. I began understanding much more about God and about the right path. Honestly, I don’t know where I’d be if it weren’t here…”, Olga’s voice broke as memories flooded her mind. Her eyes, deep with pain and sorrow, held a small glimmer of hope, as if a small candle had been lit and was just starting to burn. The ladies around the table during the women’s meeting nodded their heads in understanding and agreement.
A bit over a year ago, Olga’s son-in-law was one of the volunteers who chose not to leave his home, a city that was suddenly occupied during the war. Day in and day out, he spent his time driving food products to people in need and evacuating frightened women, children, and elderly to safer places. Yet, exactly one day before Ukraine regained control over their territory, he was killed when his car hit a landmine that detonated.
Overcome by grief and anger, and in desperate need of answers, Olga came searching for humanitarian aid at the Christian Volunteer Center started by a local church. She soon started regularly attending church services and women’s gatherings on Thursday nights. She began reading the Bible and would ask questions about things she didn’t understand. In some time, it was evident that God truly did light a candle in her heart as she testifies:
‘The spiritual and physical support we have here now through these faithful and inspiring Christians is especially needed. People have turned with their hearts and souls to God—and this is extremely important!’
We pray that the glory of God will shine through Olga, and that He would bring her to declare her faith through baptism. We pray for the many others who attend this volunteer center to come to saving faith, so that God will heal the pain and anger of broken hearts and turn their earthly sorrow into heavenly joy…”
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.