The Mercy Projects team recently visited a family in a small town in eastern Ukraine. The father was blind. The mother was also visually impaired, but not as severe as the father. Their young daughter suffers from an eye disease as well. The director Lena invited her to attend classes at the Hearts of Love Special Needs Center in Konotop, Ukraine. The tiny two room apartment was so small we had to stand in the entrance. The family is new, they do not have any sponsors, and Grandma lives in the other room so as to help take care of everyone.
We felt saddened by their poor conditions, yet they felt joy and gladness. You see, Lena at Hearts of Love had not forgotten them. She brought us there to gather their information and to find sponsors. She visits them and has invited them to the center. They felt hope, joy and encouragement despite their circumstances. I realized that they have a reason to rejoice. Sponsorship is like Christmas all year long.
Learn more about Mercy Projects and their Christmas Projects to: (UKRAINE) give gifts to sponsor kids, install a well at an orphanage, send kids to winter camp, and (KOSOVO) provide firewood to needy families this winter: www.mercyprojects.org