Ukrainian Orphans

What makes a Grown Man Cry?

What makes a Grown Man Cry?

April 21, 2022

Lately, our ministry efforts have turned from evacuating orphans to providing humanitarian aid for starving civilians and giving life-saving medical help to soldiers defending Ukraine. In these stressful and emotion encounters, for sure, there are many tears. Apart from describing the horrors that most soldiers have seen on the battlefield, in the village square and in the wheat fields, do you know what really makes a grown man cry? A first aid kit.

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Preparing for Easter

Preparing for Easter

April 16, 2022

Tomorrow is Easter in America! What a wonderful day for us Christians to celebrate the greatest story in history – Jesus’ resurrection from death! In Ukraine and in many other countries around the world, Easter won’t be celebrated for another week, as they follow the Orthodox calendar. However, our family of 14 in Madrid is celebrating tomorrow, so today they were busy coloring eggs. This refugee family was happy to have eggs to color, even though they look much different that the kind they usually made at home in Ukraine.

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This is Ukraine today – shot with our own cameras

This is Ukraine today – shot with our own cameras

April 14, 2022

One of the big differences of working with a huge, global NGO and a small, focused charity like Hope Now, is that we can tell you (and even show you!) where your donations end up and who they are helping. Take a few minutes and click on the video above, to see how your donations make their way across the border, into the hands of desperate Ukrainians trying to survive in the bombed-out city of Chernihiv.

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“Humanitarian Aid” has a Face & a Name

“Humanitarian Aid” has a Face & a Name

April 13, 2022

We usually think of Humanitarian Aid as sort of anonymous. Who does it really come from, and who does it go to? We usually never know. However, when you give financially to Hope Now, or order something off our Amazon Wish List, YOU are providing Humanitarian Aid and we can tell you exactly who is receiving it. That’s because our own volunteers sort, pack, ship, and hand deliver it to people who need it, in Ukraine. You are being the hands and feet of Jesus to those in need in a war-ravaged land. Vitalina and Zhenya are some of the orphans who received food parcels this past week, along with others from Shpola Orphanage.

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Some days are for Crying

Some days are for Crying

April 08, 2022

“We cry every day.” That’s the big change in the lives of our Ukrainian volunteers, kids and moms who were evacuated to Sweden, Italy, USA, and Romania. Yes, it’s true there are other changes too – especially for those in Romania, like sharing a house with 6 other families, living in a residential home compound (a sort of orphanage), having visitors who bring candy, Coke, treats and SO MUCH FOOD day and night. Not having to go to school, trying to learn Romanian, needing to go to the dentist, doctor, or document maker. Having makeshift birthday parties with strangers, arguing over silly things, worrying about who’s in charge, trying to figure out if there is a schedule and most of all – wondering if your friends and relatives back home in Ukraine are still alive. Trying to get information about them from any slight thread. And being terrified for them, after hearing, firsthand report after report of the brutal carnage and horrifying abuse happening in Ukraine day after day, at the hands of the invaders.

 

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Happy Birthday Nazar!

Happy Birthday Nazar!

April 05, 2022

"It was the best birthday ever!"  Happy news to hear from a child, but it's also bittersweet.  Our wonderful Romanian hosts from Richard Wurmbrand School in Iasi knew from our registration records, that Nazar had a birthday coming up.  So, they did everything in their power to make sure it was a very happy birthday indeed!  Cake, juice, games, songs and funny photos make celebrating your birthday in a refugee shelter almost bearable.

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Happiness is NOT imaginary!

Happiness is NOT imaginary!

April 03, 2022

Imagine my happiness 2 days in a row to be able to see and hug our precious kids from Ukraine!  Yesterday, we brought kids across the border and today we were able to go visit a group of 15 that we brought over about 10 days ago!  We drove about 3 hours from Siret to Iasi Romania, to the Richard Wurmbrand School.  After having a wonderful tour of the school, and hearing about the history and exciting new plans for growth, we bundled into the vans and headed to the group home in Victoria where our kids are being hosted.  Shout out to "World Central Kitchen," who is not only providing hot meals at the border, but also at shelters housing Ukrainian refugees.

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Feeding an Army

Feeding an Army

March 25, 2022

Moms who have a large family often joke about having to “feed an army...”  Cooking pretty much around the clock – especially if there are teenaged boys to feed.  But imagine having to cook for a real army!  Except you’re not a professional, you aren’t cooking in a well-equipped army kitchen, you can’t get many essential ingredients, and oh yeah – you’re in the middle of a war, complete with air sirens and missiles flying around your head.   This is the reality for our little church in Khutory, where Greenfield (our Hope Now Boys Home) is located.  100 soldiers from the Ukrainian army battalion from Donetsk, recently took over the local school and turned it into their barracks, since their own was blown up by russian aggressors.  Day in and day out, our ladies from the church cook homemade meals, package them up, and deliver them to the 100 soldiers who have come to rely on them.

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A New Home – A New Church

A New Home – A New Church

March 23, 2022

As a child, if you have ever moved across town – or even across country, you’ll remember that unsettling feeling you get when you first step onto the playground or into the school cafeteria.  That’s probably what a lot of our Ukrainian kids are feeling these days.  Moving to an orphanage in Romania, they are definitely the new kids in town.  They do not speak the same language as the other kids.  In fact, the Romanian kids have to be kept separated from the Ukrainian kids (or is it the other way around?) until everyone has had their health checks. 

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Waking up in Romania

Waking up in Romania

March 22, 2022

After our group of 15 arrived in Romania late last night, the older teens and adults that still had energy ate a tasty dinner, had hot showers, prayed together, and then hit the sack!  Imagine the next day starting to wake up at daylight.  For a couple of groggy moments, you savor that peaceful feeling of warmth, safety, and security.  Then comes that strange sensation of not really knowing where you are – when you wake up somewhere new.  Imagine waking up in Romania!  And reality starts flooding in.

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Inna & Lena’s Grocery Delivery

Inna & Lena’s Grocery Delivery

April 27, 2020

One month ago, Ukraine closed its borders and will continue to be on quarantine through May 11.  Since that time, all of the children in the orphanage were sent “home” to their guardians and are supposed to be distance learning for the remainder of the school year. We asked how can we help the children?  The answer was clear and swift – bring food.  So, Inna and Lena leapt into action, bought groceries, made up food parcels and received today’s list of the families that needed them immediately.

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A Miraculous Dinner

A Miraculous Dinner

February 15, 2020

A few months ago, 21 of us gathered around a table in the village of Khutory at our Boys’ Pre-Independence Home, “Greenfield”. Over the meal, we reflected on the miracle of God building a safe home for teenage orphan graduates in Ukraine.

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