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Very soon I will be packing my bags to spend a week at the Romaniv Disabled Boys Orphanage. I’ve written about it several times before, but this will be by far the most immersive experience I’ve ever had there.
If you haven’t seen my older articles and photo galleries about Romaniv, I’d encourage you to check them out here (the story of my very first visit is at the bottom of the page).
It’s going to be an awesome experience, and I can’t wait to see what I’ll learn.
But before I head off, I want to share with you a touching little story about a woman who chose not to send her special needs child to Romaniv… All because of Mission to Ukraine.
Galena (or “Galya” as she is often called), is hearing impaired. When she gave birth to her son Vladik, she was devastated to learn that he had Down Syndrome. How could a single, deaf woman raise a special needs child alone in Zhytomyr?
Everyone around her said that she needed to take Vladik to an orphanage. They told her it would be the best for him (If she had gone this route, Vladik would have been raised in a local orphanage and then taken to Romaniv when he was five).
Thankfully, in the nick of time Galena visited Mission to Ukraine. There she realized that an orphanage wasn’t the only option for her son. MTU provided Vladik with food, medical care and, most importantly, an education.
Today, Vladik is healthy, happy and strong. But wait… Why am I telling you this? Why not let Galena tell you herself?
Take a look at the Next Steps below to see how you can be involved with the ministry that gave Galena the hope she needed to continue raising her son!
- If you haven’t already, head over to WND’s partner page for Mission to Ukraine. There you can find updated information about the ministry, a link to their website, and all of the articles we’ve written about them in the past.
- Want to get a steady stream of stories like Galena’s? Sign up for MTU’s newsletter. It’s great!
- Not all special needs children here were blessed to have a mother like Galena. Consider sponsoring a boy at Romaniv Orphanage through Hands of Hope. It doesn’t get much more practical than that.
- Finally, commit to pray for Galena, Vladik, and the thousands of others in their situation. Pray for the children (like those at many orphanages around the country), who are still suffering alone. Pray that God would continue his powerful work here in Ukraine!
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.