May 12 Update from Nita
Vadim is back home safe and sound! It was pretty unnerving not to hear from him when communication got cut off. Now we understand that some of the villages they went to didn’t even have internet. They mainly concentrated on 2 villages near Chernihiv, taking the boxes of food and prayers for and with the people. In one village 120 tanks had passed through and didn’t do any damage. The other village had 2,000 tanks go through and a lot of damage.
At first some of the people were afraid to communicate with the group that went and many others didn’t want their pictures taken for fear the Russians would come back and target them. There were many prayers for people whose sons are fighting for Ukraine and for peace for their families. But, for the most part, when they saw the group only brought food, they warmed up to them.
I made a decision today that in the future we will mainly focus on the refugee families that are in the Bila Tserkva Region and to help them as much as we can. Today a wheelchair was given to someone who was evacuated from Mariupol. She was able to walk a little bit before the Russians came and started bombing everything, but now can’t walk at all. She said that twice her building was hit by missiles and caught on fire. After the second time, they decided to try to get out to safety and thank God they did!
We know that there are thousands of refugees in our area, most of them having left with little more than a suitcase containing their documents. Whatever we have and whatever we can get, we will hand out to them, starting with food.
I found out today that our Olya cook, who had a dual mastectomy last month, is doing well. She is amazing and her attitude is wonderful. She is currently undergoing some more chemotherapy and has been blessed to have everything paid for. The doctor told her she will have to stay for at least a year before she will be released to return home. Hopefully before too long she will be able to have reconstructive surgery.
Following are some of the pictures Vadim took on their trip to the Chernihiv area.
And last, a picture of the Ukrainian attitude toward the war – they are planting while the missiles are going off, just ducking and then going on! And another of some of the fields that have been bombed and mined by the Russians.
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