But there is hope. The Stel'makhs were enrolled in Mission Without Borders' (MWB) family sponsorship programme last year – and since then, they've been receiving ongoing material, spiritual and emotional support. MWB aims to help strengthen and empower the family so that they don't just survive the war and poverty – but thrive and become all God intends for them.
Sergiy, the MWB staff member who works with the family, said, "The war affects everyone, even people living in comparably safe parts of the country.
He continues,” The Stel'makh family are Christians. They trust in God and look to Him for comfort and peace. They, as well as everyone else in Ukraine, are doing everything possible to help Ukraine to victory – praying, donating, and helping refugees and all who are in need. This is the reality of our lives now: David against Goliath, and we desperately need God's presence."
With all the hardship that families like the Stel'makhs face, winter brings an extra set of challenges. Winter means less work and a dip in wages, but firewood is expensive, as is warm clothing and footwear for growing children. That's why MWB supports families and elderly people living in poverty with extra support in winter.
Although it is cold outside, with a glorious blanket of snow covering the landscape, it is cozy inside the Stel'makhs' home. MWB's support is making all the difference – ensuring that the Stel'makhs aren't forced to choose between warmth or food.
"Thank you to the sponsors – and please pray for peace in Ukraine," Oleksandr said.
With your support, we can help more families like Oleksandr's survive – and thrive – through a harsh winter – and even harsher circumstances. Help us share God's love with families in Ukraine – sponsor one today.