From Lxxx (Day 147): Dear brothers and sisters, I wish you a good day full of blessings. I hope our day will be quiet. Yesterday there were no air alarms and the day was peaceful and nice.
This morning we read news about firing of enemy positions in Kherson. There is such a hope for the liberation of our southern territories.
It’s a big problem for us to go to Odesa now. That only road is very busy and vehicles stay long hours in traffic jam. Because our ports don’t work the trucks carry different goods through the border with Romania and Moldova. It takes about five hours to get to Odesa now.
Yesterday it was a birthday of one of our elderly church lady, Yxxx. She is 86 and she can’t come to the church any more. Her children live far away and the sisters from our church visit her and help her about the house. Yesterday we gathered at her place to wish her Happy Birthday. She was very happy.
Our consultants are still very busy and continue to work with clients in the office and online.
Among our clients there are many teenagers, they are very vulnerable and need help, their personal problems often are seen as the end of the world. Here are some stories from our counselor Vika:
“Nxxx, 15, lives in France now, she studies at school. She became friends with some students in her class, but she has the feeling that they do not really want to be friends with her. When she first came to that new school in France, everybody wanted to be her friends. Nastya made friends with one group of girls. But since it was hard for her to talk, she more listened than talked. Within a month, she began to feel like a ghost. She follows them and listens to them, but she doesn’t speak, only occasionally answers if they ask her something.
The school director asked them not to talk about Ukraine, may be she didn’t want Nxxx to be traumatized by heavy memories, but the girl wanted to share with everybody and to tell what is happening in Ukraine. She wants to go home but the fighting is going on very close to her city. She misses her dad who is in Ukraine although she was in conflict with him before leaving.
Axxx 16, She has been abroad for 5 months already, almost from the beginning of the war, she fled with her mother under bombs and reached Germany on evacuation train.
All her friends are Ukraine. Axxx and her mother live in a small village, the Internet connection is not good there. She has to look for a place where there is a connection to talk with friends. She feels very lonely without communication.
Recently, she began to cut her body, and began to have the thoughts of committing suicide.
Her mother tries to explain her that it’s impossible to return home now and they will probably stay in Germany till the next year. The girl thinks she won’t live to see the end of the war.
Lxxx, 19. When the war began the family had to flee. As they were travelling to a safe place the parents were arguing and Lxxx learned that her father was unfaithful to her mother many times and she had to face the consequences of his careless life. She found out that her dad has a son almost of her age who lives in Donetsk. It’s very hard for her, because she used to be very close to her dad. Now she is in Germany and she met a young man, they date. But she doesn’t trust him and has a fear that at some point he will betray her.”
Please, pray for our clients for our work with them.