As soon as Vyacheslav and Olga heard that Kherson region had partly liberated, they hurried back home.
Olga said, “It is impossible to describe the pain we felt when we saw what had happened here. We found the house, yard, and shed in ruins. One room of the house is relatively safe, so we’ll live there. We have nowhere else to go, so little by little and step by step, we will rebuild everything.”
Mission Without Borders (MWB) met Vyacheslav and Olga when we visited Kherson region in November shortly after parts of it were liberated, bringing 1,600 boxes filled with food, hygiene items and treats, warm clothing, blankets, pillows, bed linen, dried soup, roofing material, and Bibles for both children and adults.
“Thank God we are alive. We will overcome everything,” Olga said. “It’s so important to have support. This is what we all learned during nine months of war: supporting each other keeps us alive.”
Our photographer, Misha said, “The region continues to be terrorised by bombs and shelling, and so many people have returned to find their home in ruins – but they’re all eager to rebuild.
“So many people we met are still unbroken even after all they’ve been through. They believe in victory and they look forward to it. If the situation stabilises, even more people will return home.
“Please pray for peace in this region and that no more civilians would be killed and no more infrastructure destroyed. Our help is urgently needed in Kherson region as well as in other regions. There are people with almost nothing left, with no savings, in a country caught up in an exhausting war.
“There’s never been a harder time for Ukraine. We believe that MWB and other Christian organisations are the powerful tool of God’s mercy. Many people are discovering God’s mercy by receiving support from Christians. The whole nation is crying out to God and we believe that He purifies and tests our nation to bring salvation, revival, and blessing.”