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In April of this year, I shared the story of Peter.
Peter, a child abandoned at the terrible Romaniv Boys Orphanage, suffered through terrible living c0nditions, violent “playmates” and negligent caretakers, all while being confined to his wheelchair by a form of muscular dystrophy.
In the article, I told about Peter’s wonderful decision to follow Jesus despite his conditions and the subsequent joy that decision brought to the staff of Mission to Ukraine.
What I didn’t know at the time was that Peter’s story was far from over.
Since the writing of Peter’s article, God has been working in the hearts of several Americans and Ukrainians, orchestrating a “rescue” that has absolutely taken my breath away.
With a little financial aid from some, a little insistent prodding from others and a large dose of generosity from one Ukrainian family, Peter has now officially been taken out of Romaniv orphanage and placed into a loving home!
On Friday, June 12, folks from MTU took Peter away from Romaniv and to his new family. On Sunday he went to church for the first time in his life! As Oksana put it in an email, “I have never seen him look so happy.”
The icing on the cake for me is the fact that Peter’s new family was my host family while I stayed in Ukraine. The father, Yuri, would be appalled to know that I am making that public because he is so darn humble, but with five kids in his family already, I believe their bravery deserves to be recognized!
Currently, the government is allowing Yuri’s family to keep Peter for 3 months, longer if things go well. So one major need now is prayer. Pray that the government would be gracious and extend his stay. Pray that enough financial aid would come in. And pray that Peter’s physical condition would improve.
Mission to Ukraine is looking for financial supporters to help Peter through this transition. Apparently they need around $150 a month, as well as some money to cover the cost of ongoing medical treatments.
I know this isn’t an easy time for any of us financially, but think about it… would you be willing to help? Who knows? Perhaps you could be the one to help write the next chapter in Peter’s story!
All that to say, I am overwhelmed thinking about how fast this has all happened. Every now and then it hits me… Peter is home. Peter is safe. Peter is free.
Be blessed Peter, and may your new family show you the true meaning of love!
- Support Peter financially through Mission to Ukraine (email email@example.com or call 317-846-7990 for more information on how to give)
- Get some friends together and send a care package to Peter's new family!
- Check out MTU's Facebook group here!
- Sign up to receive updates about Peter (email Mission to Ukraine at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up)
- Pray pray pray pray for Peter!!!
About the Author: Barry is the founder and Executive Director of World Next Door. A storyteller, traveller and giant nerd, he lives to compel suburban Americans to get engaged with social justice and find their place in God's kingdom revolution. His ultimate dream is to adopt a pet monkey named Kevin.