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Yulia from Lezhyne, Ukraine

Yulia from Lezhyne, Ukraine

Yulia is 32 and has cerebral palsy. She has lived in her home village of Lezhyne her entire life and has never been anywhere else. When Yulia was born, her mother, Natalia, was devastated and tried to get help for her daughter, but after learning there is no cure, she accepted Yulia’s disability and did her very best to care for her only daughter.   When the war started in Ukraine, things became very challenging for this family. The Zaporizhzhia region where they lived was being shelled regularly. A few days ago, a missile hit close to Natalia’s home, and all the windows in their home were shattered. Another missile hit her neighbors’ house, leaving no survivors. Despite this ever-present danger, Natalia has just accepted this new reality, and continues to care for Yulia with no plans to evacuate.   School Without Walls leaders trained by Mission Eurasia and their partner Vladimir…

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Viktoria—Gift of Hope in Moldova

Viktoria—Gift of Hope in Moldova

“My name is Oksana. I have had a disability since I was a child. I have two children, Viktoria, 5, and Vladislav, 12. We are from Mykolayiv and came to Moldova on March 20. So, we’ve been here for nine months. We’ve been living in the village of Ryshkova for the last six months. We have only one dream: for the war to finish and to be able to go back home and tightly hug my husband and my parents.    “We have been to many assistance centers for refugees. But when we came to your Christian center, we received what other centers couldn’t give us-peace for our souls, hope, and encouragement that nobody can take away from us.   “My children had such a wonderful day today, thanks to Mission Eurasia’s iCare team in Moldova. They took part in special Gift of Hope Christmas program for children and received gifts based…

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Daria—Gift of Hope in Poland

Daria—Gift of Hope in Poland

As part of the Gift of Hope children’s Christmas gift distribution in Poland, our Mission Eurasia iCare team in Warsaw went to the Osso Hotel to help 600 orphans from Ukraine celebrate Christmas. When the war started, they had all been evacuated to Poland from the city of Odesa, towns in the Odesa region, and Kryvyi Rih where they lived with 200 caregivers. So a total of 800 people evacuated together.    For these orphans, this was their first Christmas event, their first Christmas gift, and their first Bible. The Mission Eurasia iCare team engaged the orphans and made them part of the program, which was also the first time that most of these children took place in any show. The children showed genuine joy and delight during the program and especially as they opened their gifts, which contained toys, school supplies for writing and drawing, sweets, and a Bible….

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Lena’s Testimony: Undying Faith in the Midst of War

Lena, Gift of Hope and humanitarian aid recipient from eastern Ukraine

 There are over one million internally displaced people and refugees in eastern Ukraine today, each with their own story. There is so much pain and tragedy there, but stories like Lena’s show that God is still working out His redemptive eternal plan of hope and healing, even in the midst of circumstances that seem hopeless by human standards. Lena lives with her husband and son in a village near the front lines of the conflict in eastern Ukraine. When the war broke out, the family found themselves right in the middle of the violence. They were unable to sleep for many horrible nights due to the shelling, and Lena’s husband, Valeriy, witnessed several people die and had many missiles explode right above his head. When Valeriy began having psychological problems because of trauma and loss of sleep, the family knew it was time to leave their village. Recently, Valeriy also…

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A Family Transformed by Gift of Hope

Family in need in Russia

“My decision to serve Marina, her husband Sergey, and their five children rose out of my desire to be a doer and not just a listener,” shared Maria, one of our School Without Walls (SWW) students in Russia. “After realizing that there is a great need for evangelism in my community, I started praying that God would provide opportunities for me to share the gospel. And one evening, He moved me to start serving a family in my area. “The next day, I shared this revelation with my fiancé, Rustam, and together we visited the village of Sosnovo, where I had met Marina and her family while distributing Gifts of Hope during the Christmas season. Marina told us that her family was facing very difficult conditions, as they had been living without electricity for two weeks. They had fallen behind on their payments, so their electricity was shut off, and even after…

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Meeting Jesus Through Gift of Hope

Gift of Hope distribution in Russia

Every Christmas season, the School Without Walls (SWW) students and graduates trained and equipped by Mission Eurasia deliver thousands of Christmas gifts to children in need throughout Eurasia. Each festive, hand-delivered Gift of Hope is filled with toys, treats, and a children’s storybook Bible that shares the story of the greatest Gift of Hope of all: Jesus. The gifts are distributed by our leaders in orphanages, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, schools, and neighborhoods where children are suffering or abandoned. Each Gift of Hope gift represents a connection to the local church and a starting point for a relationship with caring Christian role models. Tigran, whose life was impacted through Gift of Hope and the example of one of our SWW students, Alexey, shared his story with us in his own words: “My name is Tigran, and I am 12 years old. My mother died of cancer when I was nine, and my dad is a…

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