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Transcript of Doug’s Introduction
Hello everybody. In this video, you’re going to meet Misha and Sasha. I met this great couple in early April when we were first there, and they were helping out down in Lublin at Convoy of Hope. Misha is just the nicest guy, and he was running an Auto Service Center in Ukraine before the war started. He was certified with several automakers in Kyiv and had 15 employees. On February 24, when the war hit, they left their apartment, left their business, and just basically tried to get out. It took him two and a half days to go less than 15 miles, as you’ll hear in their story.
They are wonderful people. They have passport and visa problems because they’re originally from Belarus. So they’re Belarusians and in Ukraine. Most Ukrainians would consider the Belarussians to be enemies or part of the satellite orbit of Russia. And so you’ll hear some of that in their testimony as when they were leaving Ukraine in this huge traffic jam, others saw their Belarus license plate and how God just delivered them. It’s just a neat story.
So I hope you really enjoy this and will be in prayer for Misha and Sasha that God would get their passports cleared up. His passport book is stamped completely full, and he can’t get a new one; they can’t risk returning to Belarus. So they’re just in a state of limbo. There are two people honestly without a country. Fortunately, they said Poland has been sympathetic to the people from Belarus and has not just kicked them out. So enjoy this, and we’ll update you later with more videos.
As of May 2022, there are an estimated 4 million people, largely women and children, who have fled the war in Ukraine. Every day there are an additional 30,000 arriving in Poland. We are partnering with several organizations on the ground in Poland to provide housing and soul care for the refugees in Warsaw and Lublin, as well as shuttle essential supplies back into Ukraine for those remaining. Together, we are making a tangible difference!