Update on our dear Myroslava: Our newlyweds fled their newly furnished home in Mariupol, and after having spent 3 days traveling on a freezing cold train with only 4 apples to eat, they have now settled down to 'village life' in Western Ukraine. They found this house (which had just been vacated as the owners fled across the Ukrainian border) and were offered to live there for free -- just pay the utilities. It looks like a time capsule -- the owners fled literally in the middle of a meal, it seems -- and did not have time to tidy up, or put anything away.
At first, Myroslava could not sleep here, as there were so many tiny uninvited guests running around all night long -- mice! However, these sounds are often drowned out by air raid sirens, or missiles themselves. Like many Ukrainians, Myroslava and her husband have decided to stay in Ukraine. They volunteer when they can, and visit various Ukrainian governmental offices, looking for that illusive stamp that will prevent her husband from being drafted into the war. Myroslava is classified as "disabled" due to her extensive scoliosis -- you may remember that as a child, she had surgery in the USA to repair this life threatening disease. Her husband is technically her caregiver, but so far they have not been able to get a stamp to prove it. If they can prove, it, then they can cross the border into Europe. Please pray that this soon becomes a reality.
"In our village, thank God, it’s calm. A couple of times war planes flew right overhead, but we don’t know if they are ours or not, because the sirens worked. We have food, we are not starving. We didn't have much time to take clothes, but we have clothes now. We have medicines. It is not very warm in the house, but we no longer complain. It's better than always having to sit in the basement (bomb shelter,)" Myroslava shares.
It's incomprehensible for Myroslava to see and believe what has happened to her city of Mariupol. She worries about her husband's entire family, who all live there. They have not heard from any of his relatives for more than 2 weeks. Please help us to help people like Myroslava and her husband. Click the blue donate button below to give. Thank you.