Monday, December 27, 2010

A letter from Ukraine

Hand-embroidered items
sent to VOM from Ukraine
Under the Communist rule of the former Soviet Union, thousands of believers were martyred and many others were detained in prisons and concentration camps in Ukraine. Today, many of the survivors from this period are elderly and face health challenges. The rising cost of living outweighs their insufficient pensions, and many now live in poverty.

VOM serves these faithful brothers and sisters by providing monthly financial support to pensioners. By supporting them, we remember and honour their faithful service and sacrifice to the Lord.

We recently received a letter from Olena, thanking VOM for its support, and we want to share it with you. Because, it’s through your support and prayers that we can provide for her.

Glory to Jesus Christ!

Dear Friends!

Thank you very much for the help that was especially generous this year. I regularly receive the help. It’s a pity that perhaps you take away from yourselves in order to help us. We have nothing to pay you back except a prayer. I ask God to be gracious to you and bless your work and your generous hands.

I give you over a simple present: a small embroidered pillow, a female embroidered blouse and an embroidery for a man shirt (unfortunately, I don’t know what size do you wear) and portrait of the famous Ukrainian poet Shevchenko. Maybe, it is not done so nicely, because I can’t see well anymore and my hands do not serve me so well. I am 84 years old. I live together with my son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren. My son is already on a pension, my daughter-in-law and grandson work. It is not easy to live in our small provincial town.


We live very modestly and buy only necessary things. But we thank God for everything.

I am very grateful to you for the Bible.... It helps me a lot and gives me strength to live.

Every day I pray for all of you.

Sincerely Yours,

Olena

You can find out more about the ways in which VOM supports persecuted Christians around the world by visiting VOM’s website.

1 comment:

  1. I was aware of the worthy VOM organization and yet had no idea of their continued activity in Ukraine. Indeed it is a blessing that the sacrifice of these faithful Christians in the face of Soviet Communist tyranny was noted and is still remembered. God bless the good works of the VOM!
    A list of Ukrainian martyrs beatified in 2001 is found here: http://www.bvmartyrshrine.com/List%20of%20martyrs2web.htm

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