From Lyuda (Day 259): Dear brothers and sisters, This morning is foggy and everything is hazy. But usually by noon the fog dissipates and the day becomes sunny and clear. It was nice to see how a cloudy and foggy day yesterday changed to be warm and sunny.
We had a nice time during the breakfast in the café. Some people who were absent for a while because they were sick, recovered and came back. It was nice to chat with teenagers who are always funny and tease each other.
One woman who is the mother of a teenager wanted to talk about the problems she has with her daughter. We talked for a while and then Tanya appointed a meeting with her later this week. Sergey, the man who organized people to work on picking the grapes in August is organizing a new group to do grape pruning. But this work is more skilled and needs training. I think some of our refugees will be glad to learn this skill.
As I communicate with our counselors and as we share the information about our work we can say that despite a lot of trauma and anxiety, there is a tendency for people to return to normal life, build relationships, learn, settle down and move on with their lives.
There are some stories from Tanya:
Inga left Ukraine in spring when he city was bombed and there was a big threat of the tragedy at the nuclear power plant which is not far from her home.
She went to Norway where she lives now. First time in Norway was hard for her and she found the information of our center at our website and contacted our counselor,Tanya. Tanya began to work with her. Inga could not sleep, she had nightmares. Everything around was so different, the fact that she doesn’t know the language and can’t communicate irritated her the most. Her next door neighbor was doing renovations in his apartment and knocking and clattering that she heard made Inga scared. Some time passed and she calmed down and began to feel better. Tanya helped her with her anxiety and depression. Last week Inga wrote Tanya to tell that her life is quiet happy and comfortable. But because of it she can’t develop because she is afraid to lose this comfort. She wants to find a better job and she needs to move to a bigger city for this and she can’t make this step. Tanya is going to work with her this week.
Max broke up with his girlfriend after they were in relations for two years. He noticed that he began to have problems with anger. He has the attacks of anger that come up at sudden with no reason. Last time it happened while he was driving and he began to increase the speed. He has always been balanced and steady person and these emotional swings scare him. He understands that he needs help.
Tamara is a woman in her 60s. He daughter and her grandchildren left for Europe several months ago. Tamara didn’t want to leave her home and decided to stay. Her city isn’t occupied and she feels relatively safe, she is glad that her grandchildren are away and don’t hear the sounds of bombing. But she feels very lonely, she cries every day, she can’t see their toys and books without tears. She has a fear that this war will never end and she will never see them again.
Please, pray for our counselors and their clients.
P.S. There are photos of our breakfast in the café.