Nadya, Teacher from our Christian School in Kyiv, member of the Presbyterian church in Kyiv, now a refugee in Poland:
Krakow – Posted noon, March 10 – Youtube video (revised)
When I left Kyiv, it was peaceful. But when we saw tanks on TV, we realized it was now or never. We didn’t want to leave Kyiv, but another teacher needed to get out, so it was a matter of helping her, so we went.
Due to the traffic backups for miles, we got off the main road and took a different road, only to learn later that the bridge was out on the main road. So, although our road was terrible, it was the best choice, although it took us 16 hours to get to Lviv.
After a few hours’ sleep in Lviv, we made another difficult decision to go on to the border. I really didn’t want to go and leave my country, where I could help, but I felt I had to help the other teacher get out.
Approaching the border, the line of cars was so slow that we only moved 100 yards in 12 hours. So we got out of the car at 7am and walked all day to the border, only getting across at about 5pm that day. It was very tense, having to go through various military road blocks. But we finally got across, and when we crossed the border, we were met by very helpful people. They welcomed us and fed us, and gave us a lift to Krakow for free, which is a 3-hour drive. And there, we met other teachers from our Christian school.
It was a difficult, but very blessed trip. I say that because, each time we had to make a decision, God influenced our hearts to make the right decision. Bad roads, etc., but we ended up crossing where there were very few people. Why? Because the main road was so bad — as if it had been bombed. Yet, God got us out, and we’re thankful.