Anya Schegle (Kyiv)
This is one of the 100 stories and one of the lives that are waiting for the winter home.
This is Halina. All her life she lived in this village. She lived happily with her husband for 52 years building the house together, building their lives together to than spend peaceful old years together. They had everything they needed. Her husband passed away in September last year and she is very grateful he didn’t live long enough to see these days. Until February 24rth!!
At fist when Russian troops came in her village she was hiding in a garage. One day two Russian soldiers came in checking in her home. She came out holding her cat and said there were only her and a cat. They did not want to believe her that there were no man living with her. They checked thoroughly through all her rooms, seller, garage, garden. People were hiding males, since most of them were a target. (In The village of Andriivka 45 men were shot, just because they were males). After the check up, they have allowed her to put a peace of white cloth on her fence, indications that the house was checked.
She remained living in her garage, really thinking it would protect her from shelling. Her house was bombed and She lost everything and currently lives in a tent.
She is so sweet, such a hard worker – the garden is planted and soon to be harvested. She can provide for herself to an extent.
After her husband died she took their wedding rings and put them in a China cup in the cabinet. As she was going through the rubble she spotted one of the cups. She could not believe it – the 2 cups survived and so did the rings. From the fire the rings deformed and melted into the China, but it’s still the most valuable and precious memory for her. She says “God was watching over me and over my beloved husband”.
We will bring a beautiful box to put her memory treasure and we are also very honored to bring her a home for winter.
Please pray for these survivors, that they will be ministered to and blessed by the many teams coming to build in the next weeks.
Al Akimoff and the Slavic Ministries Team