The Bobyk family,
one of the families in the village enrolled in Mission Without Border’s
sponsorship program, live in a one-bedroom house with an outdoor toilet.
Nadiya, 39, is a
mother of five children, who stare curiously at Sergiy and the other Mission
Without Borders staff when they arrive for a visit. A few minutes later the
children come out of their hiding places to listen to their mother talk. “The
house we live in was built by my grandfather when he was young,” Nadiya said.
“And it has hardly changed since then. We keep cows, pigs and poultry. “My
husband is unemployed, and he’s been struggling with depression for a long time
which makes it difficult for him to be a good breadwinner. There are times when
he’ll just give up with frustration and do nothing for weeks.
difficult for me and only my faith in God and the example of His mercy helps me
and gives me strength. “I often think that God gives people very different
destinies, and it can seem as though He is kinder to some people than to
others. Still, I’ve learned so much from our life experiences and I’ve learned
to see how strong God’s grace and mercy is towards us. “One of His displays of
love is the help provided by Mission Without Borders. We regularly receive the
most essential things: food, hygiene items, stationary, furniture, household
items and many other things. My husband has a lot of respect for Sergiy and
enjoys talking to him.
Thanks to this
support, he’s become more confident and industrious – and he takes more responsibility.”
She added, “I recently gave birth to our fifth child. I had to have a Caesarean
and stayed in hospital for a long time. We had to borrow a lot of money.” The
family has been deeply affected by the pandemic. They own two cows and make
some money selling milk in the main town, Sarny.
imposed strict restrictions in March to prevent the spread of Covid-19, the
selling of agricultural goods was limited and for a long time, and the Bobyk’s
could not earn anything. Now that the restrictions have eased, they have
started selling dairy products again.
The whole family
was thrilled when Sergiy gave them an Operation Christmas Love Box. It was
filled with food, treats and some Christian literature about the true meaning
of Christmas, the parcels make it possible for families living in poverty to
have a wonderful festive celebration together.