• Sasha

“I remember when I first heard what sounded like fireworks going off in the distance,” said Sasha.

A team of students visited several villages near the front lines of the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine, to share the love of Christ and bring the Light magazine to a local school families in need. Sasha (short for Aleksandr), a 13-year-old boy, was one of the many hurting people who received a copy of the Light magazine.

“I remember when I first heard what sounded like fireworks going off in the distance,” Sasha shared. “However, a few days later, they were so close that I could tell they were explosions. The noise shook my whole body, and I was so afraid I was going to lose my friends and family. The fear was crippling. I watched the news, and I found out there was a war in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, and many people were dying. My family didn’t know what to do. People were panicking, storing food and water in their basements, and some people left our village.”

Today, Sasha’s family is struggling. Even though his father works very hard, his small salary isn’t enough. His mother can’t work because she’s taking care of his baby sister. Sasha’s grandmother is in poor health, so he helps care for her. “In spite of these difficulties, I don’t get discouraged,” Sasha said. “When I feel scared or upset, I pray. And when I talk to God, I feel at peace. I also read the Bible and the magazines you bring us, and I always learn new and exciting things from them. Now I am so excited to read the Light magazine! I thank God that there are people like you, who don’t forget those in need, and bring us hope.”

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