5/2/2022 – Bringing an expecting mother and 4 daughters to safety

From Jamie Peipon FB Post (Jamie is minister of music at First Presbyterian, Jackson, MS, as is a volunteer working with the MTW Ukraine Crisis Team transport wing.)

On the way into Poland [from L’viv], I drove a pregnant mother and her four daughters. They are from the area around the southern city of Kherson that has been heavily contested and at least partially occupied from very early on in the war. The mother described how their home was located adjacent to a place where Russian forces had set up some missile-launching weapons. The very presence of Russians is dangerous. But, of course, it is worse when they set up their military equipment near your home. If/when Ukraine counterattacks, they would easily be in the crossfire. But consider this… they had been in that position for a while and the danger of war was not what drove them. This mother of four (and soon to be a fifth) daughter had just read so many reports of the brutal rape and torture that she couldn’t stop imagining that being her daughters. She could no longer bear the thoughts and finally had to leave with them.

As they tried to evacuate the area with a group of civilians, the mom said they were stopped at close to 100 Russian check points. This meant everyone had to get out of the vehicle and everything was searched. The young men who were with them were questioned, and told to take their clothes off from the waste up. The Russians were apparently looking for tattoos that would identify them as military personnel. Bags were pulled out and searched. Phones were confiscated and searched. 100 times, all they could do was pray they’d make it through the next stop.

They finally made it to L’viv and today they made it to Poland. The younger girls picked bouquets of dandelions at the border crossing and drew hearts into the dirt on the van. The van now looks like a rolling Valentine’s Day card and it is way more hearts than I’m comfortable driving around with.

We stopped and ate some pizza once we made it to Poland. They all seemed to be breathing more easily. As we kept driving, she asked me about what things would be like going forward. Apparently, a group in Spain has already agreed to take them in. She asked if I knew what prices were like there, but I’ve never been to Spain. She said that, in a pinch, their family can stretch $100 out a whole month since they always planted food in their garden and had chickens and goats on their little piece of land. I told her I’m sure everything will work out, but that even with housing covered, $100 would probably not last long. She then said that $100 is what she had in her bank account as they fled. She’s concerned about how she is going to work as a pregnant mother of four, but is thankful they’ve received so much. The woman has $100 in her account. She said that she was so thankful for how good it was that they were able to get out and how they had what they needed. The woman has $100 in her account. “We’ve received so much.” The woman has $100 in her account.

I dropped them off at our team’s shelter to get them settled in and it was hugs all around. As I left, I was able to hand her a little something from the saints back home. It isn’t much, but she’ll have a little more than a $100 in her account.

“But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.”

3 responses to “5/2/2022 – Bringing an expecting mother and 4 daughters to safety”

  1. Oh my goodness! How wonderful it is to have such faith and gratitude. Prayers for this family. I have faith that God will continue to provide all they need and will put the right people and situations in their paths. God Bless you for being part of their solution at just the right time. God Bless all of you for hearing His call and willing to do His work on earth in such a dangerous time. Prayers for you all.

    Matthew 25:40 “ And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. ” King James Version (KJV)

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  2. May the Lord guide and provide for all their needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus. So thankful that you were able to be that hand extended from the Throne.

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