The 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 +300 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.

I hope their stories encourage, and challenge you as they us, and connect us together in solidarity with this broken world. God has not abandoned, He has come in the suffering Christ. He has come inside the pain of this world, providing hope to the hopeless, joy and hope in believing (Rom 15:13).

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.

April 2021

Name: Ksenia Kirnyak

City: Reni (Ukraine)

Ksenia is 80 years old. She got married when she was already about 35 and the couple lived for some time in Reni. SHe was unhappily married and suffered alot, her husband allowed the couple to be deceived and they did not receive the govermnment house they had been entitled to. Eventually her husband got ill and died. She had one son who got married and moved to Yakuti (Russia) where he died at 30 years. She has no close family and lives alone in a small little house without any conveniences.

She is handicapped with very poor vision and also has problems with her nervous system and frequent headaches. She receives a very small pension ($61 per month). On 23 April 2021 she repented and accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Please pray for her, she needs lots of repairs in and around her house and also has a huge debt for electricity.

April 2021
Name: Vira Petrovna
City: Myrnograd (Ukraine)

Vera is 58 years old, and has three children. She was born in a small village in the Vinnytsia region. All her life she worked as a foreman on a collective farm and survived as they were able. She was married, and gave birth to their first child, a daughter, but then her husband died. After that she moved to Myrnograd. Sometimes she went to the Baptist church.
The eldest daughter lives in Moscow and is an alcoholic and does not communicate with her mother.

She was married again, had two children, a son and daughter, but her second husband also died. 7 years ago her son was killed. Her daughter had a child, but left the child with Vera to raise who is now 8yrs old. Little assistance it given to Vera.

Vera Petrovna does not go outside because there are problems with her legs. From 2013 to 2018 she worked as a caretaker at an oxygen plant. She experienced a very strong stress at work, which gave problems to her legs. Now she hardly walks, and nobody will hire her for work because of this.

She does not receive a pension, and has been waiting on the government for help for + 6 months. She is very grateful for the volunteers and for the people who help her survive in a difficult situation. She is very happy when volunteers not only bring her help, but that she may not be alone and that someone thinks about her.

March 2021
Name: Tamara Andreevna
City: Mogilev (Belarus)

Tamara is 75 yrs old. Our team started visiting her in October of 2020. She became a widow in 1999. She suffers from diabetes mellitus, a fracture of the femoral neck, a focal scar on the heart and therefore surgery on the legs cannot be done and the legs cannot walk.

Unfortunately, her children do not maintain relations with each other and are not interested in their mother. Tamara Andreevna always looks forward to when we come to visit her. In her youth, she devoted her time to God very much. Her husband was categorically outraged and forbade attending church meetings; over time, she completely lost her relationship with believers. Today, due to her health, there is no opportunity to attend church.

The widow is being looked after by her son Andrei who is 40yrs old. His mother requires his full time care, so it’s impossible for him to get a full time job. Also, because Andrei is seeing a therapist for addiction, this goes on his record officially and makes it difficult for him to get a job. They live in extreme poverty, however the house is always tidy, clean and comfortable.

March 2021
Name: Medelyaeva Zoya Grigorievna
City: Slovyansk (Eastern Ukraine)

Zoya is 73 years old. She was born on April 12, 1947 and lived all her life in Slavyansk. She graduated from the Slavic Technical School of the Chemical Industry. She worked as a laboratory assistant at the Khimprom design bureau.

In the mid 1980’s, the disease rheumatoid arthritis began to progress. At first, Zoya Grigorievna could still work, but gradually the disease made her completely incapacitated. Her legs and arms were twisted, and severe pain in the joints.

Her daughter Victoria is now 47 years old, has no family of her own, lives with her mother, takes care of her. At the same time, she works in the hospital on shifts. The family has a very difficult money situation. Our ministry food care packages are an essential help.

Recently, Zoya completely lost her eyesight! Through our program, and your generosity, we were able to provide the costs for eye surgery, as well as the consultation, and transportation. Her eyes are slowly recovering, and currently she is able to see with one eye at 10%, and the other 20%. Please pray for Zoya’s health, for healing of the eyes, and recovery. Please also pray for Zoya as our volunteer teams continue to show her the love of Christ, and prayer with her with each visitation.

February 2021
Name: Varvara Vasilyevna
City:     Sumy (Eastern Ukraine)

Born on July 1, 1945, in the Krasnopol district. At the age of 20 she got married and moved to Krasnopole. She worked in the dining room as a cook. She gave birth to three children, whom she had to support herself on her feet, as her husband drank, walked, and often did not come home.

When the children grew up, he set fire to the house in a drunken, angry state. To rebuild the house, she had to go on business trips, at that time it was Chernobyl. After the explosion of the nuclear power plant, people from all over Ukraine went to fight the consequences of the explosion.

Varvara Vasilyevna restored the burned house, but Chernobyl left its traces in her already not easy life. Inter-vertebral hernias in the lumbar region cause pain and difficulty walking. You have to maintain your health by constantly taking all kinds of medications. She is very grateful for the rations that we bring her, having a minimum pension ($50/month).

February 2021
Name:  Dominika Polyukhovich
City:      Skadovsk, Ukraine

Dominika is 86. She has experienced a tremendous amount of pain in her life.

She had 3 sons and lived in Crimea. In 1960, children played in the field and found a shell left over from the war. Denis, her son, did not understand the danger and decided to play with it and it eventually exploded. Denis, and her second son died in the explosion, her youngest son survived but was injured, left without an arm.  Her husband could not bear the losses, became very sick and died of infections. Since then, she and her son were alone. Her son is now 55 years old.

Our ministry has helped to establish a personal relationship and Dominica. She has believed in Christ, but continues to be in dire need of help. Her son is now disabled and does not move well.

Volunteers from the church have taken the family into their care and are trying to help with the household, to take care of this families emotional and spiritual needs.

February 2021
Name: Galina Bessmertnaya
City: Priluki (Eastern Ukraine)

Thanks to God, the ministry to widows began in May 2020. In August 2020 we met Galina, a widow since 1993. It’s been three years since he buried her son. The widow has diabetes, mellitus, sore legs, and a sore heart. Her emotional state is bad. Our team prayed and God gave us a desire to serve her. The financial situation was very difficult: credit, debts, sometimes there was no food at all. She was constantly looked after by her daughter who also has health problems. (who also has diabetes mellitus, cataracts of the eyes).

Thanks to God there was an opportunity to help the widow with food and medicine. She was very desperate.They constantly visited her, brought help from the mission. We talked a lot, spoke the Gospel, talked a lot about Jesus the Savior! We prayed with her constantly. In the winter, her condition worsened. Pneumonia, heart, and she could not walk. Widow’s Care provided assistance with the necessary medicines. She was very swollen, it was difficult to breathe, her body and face doubled. There were very severe pains. We constantly called up with my daughter, prayed, came.

One day they brought her foot ointment (the doctor recommended), and she couldn’t even speak, she was overwhelmed with gratitude. Thank God, We prayed with her, once again called for repentance, and that she would trust her life to Jesus. She agreed in prayer! She died the next morning (January 30, 2021).

We have hope that she trusted her life to the Lord. The Widow’s Care ministry was able to pay for her funeral, because the financial situation was critical. After the funeral, the relatives were invited to the church for tea, and they also had the opportunity to tell the news of Jesus love. We continue to pray for the family.

We thank God for serving, for helping the mission. The Lord in this way leads to people, to tell people about Jesus so that people would be saved. The Lord works hard through this ministry and in our hearts, ministers. The Lord gives strength to go through sorrows with widows and support them. Thank God for this ministry to widows! May God bless this ministry and all ministers.

(Volunteers in this region joined us our ministry in 2020, and have a wonderful heart to serve the widow).

February 2021
Name: Praskovya
City: Ivankiv Region (Northern Ukraine)

Praskovya is 93 years old, she is a widow, and has buried all her sons. Praskovya’s life was not easy, she went through the war, hunger and many other things that made her look death in the eye. Around 1960, Praskovya came to believe in God and devoted her life to studying the Bible and believing in God. All her life she was a kind and sympathetic person, took part in the needs of others, preached the gospel and introduced people to the Bible and God.

Most recently, Praskovya fell ill with coronavirus, she needed medications that could raise her immunity and fight this disease. Thanks to Widow’s Care, and other caring people, we were able to buy the necessary medicines and take care of her, brought her food and medicines for continuous treatment. But a few days later, another tragedy struck Praskovya at night, her house began to burn and she fought for her life in the burning house.

 

Unfortunately, Praskovya’s house was completely burned down, she lost all her documents, savings, clothes and received injuries to her face, legs and burns to her body from the fire. When she was in the hospital, thanks to you friends of Widows Ministry and GLOW, we continued to take care of her, buying her medicine, food and new clothes. Now Praskovya is in a nursing home, but she still needs care and love.

Every time I visit these women, their hearts thank God for your generosity, care and kindness.

(Thank you for praying for Max and his family. They just joined our volunteer team in January! He and his wife are expecting their first child in March!).

February 2021
Name: Maria
City: Ivankiv Region (Northern Ukraine)

This widow’s name is Maria, she is 79 years old. She lives alone and has physical health problems. Several years ago, her legs stopped walking and she was confined to the bed, and over time, her hearing and vision began to disappear, she really needed diapers and food.

When we first visited her, it was a very unpleasant picture, there was a terrible smell in the apartment, everything was gray and hopeless, we tried to talk to her, but she did not hear us. We just prayed for Maria, left her diapers and food and left, and this continued for several of our visits. During our last visit to her, Maria met us sitting on the bed, it was a miracle for all of us. I greeted and she said something in return. It was impossible to believe in it, I knelt down to hear her words better and she told us all that she wants to die and dreams about it every new day.

Dreaming about death is the worst thing that can happen in life. I told her that it is better for her to dream of a Jesus who loves her and cares for her through us, and that Jesus can meet her in Heaven. After I shared the Gospel with Maria, she said that she wanted to believe in Jesus and said a prayer of repentance.

People who know her illness were surprised at this miracle, because all this time Mary was silent, and today she spoke and believed in the Lord. We continue to take care of Maria and hurry to visit her again to bring diapers and food and also tell about God.

(Volunteer: Max, Chernobyl Region)

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