When I saw my Ukrainian friend, Oksana, and her youngest child in Michigan a few days ago, it was bittersweet. Oksana’s family was to host my (adopted) son Jake and me in their home this coming summer. We were scheduled to lead English camps through our nonprofit, Nourished Hearts, in Yuzhny, Ukraine. I still hold my plane ticket.
When Oksana and her child told me they were now to live here, I was overjoyed. I knew her husband was fighting for Ukraine in Kyiv. But where was David, her older son?
My friend’s smile faded, and tears began to fall.
“He is still there, Kim. He is trying to catch up to us. We have visas. David still needs one. He is walking into Moldova, trying to get to the U.S. Embassy in Poland.” The tears streaked my dear friend’s face.
There must be millions of similar stories. It hits differently when you know and love the people involved. I prayed as I consoled my friend.
I’ve been struggling to pray lately. I find it hard to pray for God’s will, though I know it is always best. I fill my quiet time with clear-cut requests—for individual people, and for specific events to happen. Not my usual.
Nothing feels usual.
I fill my reading with the book of Psalms. I find many soothing chapters and verses there. I’ve claimed different passages for Ukraine—including chapters 18, 27, 144, and more. However, the verses that keep coming back to my mind are from Ephesians.
As encouragement for my Ukrainian brothers and sisters around the world:
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Ephesians 6:12-13 NKJV
Back to my plane ticket. The reservation I made in June 2021 included a flight to Odessa, Ukraine, with a stopover in Warsaw, Poland. The reservation was just changed. While I prepare to go and find David, I ask for your continued prayers for Ukraine, for Nourished Hearts, and for our leaders there who are reaching into the community to help as many as possible, and for David. May God direct my steps to him.
If you’d like to support Ukraine with funding, you have many choices. I hope our Nourished Hearts (501c3) is one of them.
I stand with Ukraine,
Kim de Blecourt
You can donate on the following sites:
Direct Donate Link for Nourished Hearts: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=ZPHVCSE5ASET4
Direct link to our GoFundMe campaign: https://gofund.me/b7c327a2
Friends, in the comment section, feel free to give Kim a word of encouragement, or leave a prayer, or a scripture verse you’re clinging to during these turbulent times.