Widow’s Story


“Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.”

Isaiah 1:17

We are actively serving +500 widows with visitation and food care packages in +25 villages, in Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia. Our interdenominational volunteer team of +30 are all Slavic believers, including our leadership staff.

We honor the widow by telling their difficult story. As our volunteer teams visit and deliver monthly care packages to those most in need, we’re often overwhelmed by difficulties facing the widow in Slavic culture. Alone, at times abandoned, longing for a friend. We’re also greatly inspired by their resilience, and strength of character.

Thank you World Challenge, and all who pray for the widow and our volunteer teams in Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia. You can learn more about our mission to Slavic culture by clicking here.


Ivanova Maria Ivanovna

Hello, my name is Arthur, I am a volunteer from Bykhov. I want to tell you the story of Mary. At the beginning of summer, the youth and I decided…

Danylivska Halyna Mykhailivna

She was born on November 19, 1941 in the village of Divochky, Chernyakhiv district, Zhytomyr region. Her mother said that there were Germans in their village during the war. During…

Zabrodska Valentina

She was born on November 10, 1936, in the village of Novopil, Chernyakhiv district, Zhytomyr region. She got married, had no children from her first marriage. In the village, people…

Nina Kryk

Nina is a kind and friendly woman of 88 years. She was happily married to her husband before he died about 9 years ago. The couple did not have any…

Zagorodnya Nina Mykolayivna

She was born on February 7, 1949 in the Boguslav region in a large family. During the school years she worked hard, helping her parents with the household.After graduating from…

Ekaterina Yakovlevna

Now 90 years old, my legs are completely paralyzed. Lives in one cramped room. I went through the war, terrible torment … My daughter died (from cancer at the age…

Lydia Konstantinovna

Originally from Ukraine. Difficult childhood. She got married and moved to the Republic of Belarus. One son, was constantly ill, now everything is fine. Life was not easy, there was…

Onushko Larisa Viktorovna

My husband died in 1996 and in 2003 my 10-year-old daughter died and I will bring up my son alone, I live in a social apartment, my salary is small,…

Karjakina Alexandra

Karjakina Alexandra Nikitechna, born on 03.24.1947. At 54, she became a widow. The husband suffered from diabetes, which is why he was blind in both eyes. She had to take…

Donenko Irina

Donenko Irina Vasilievna was born on 04.09.1965. in the city of Bryanka, Luhansk region. In 1982. graduated from high school, then from the Kharkov Technological College, specializing in sewing knitwear…