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Healing Hope for Inessa

Healing Hope for Inessa

“Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.” – Psalm 54:4

When bombs started falling in their village in Ukraine, Inessa’s family hid with 26 others from their church in an underground bunker for three long, frightening days.

Before they knew it, they ran out of food and water. Their pastor risked his life to climb out of the safety of the bunker and find his car so they could escape the bombing. He then spent many dangerous hours transporting everyone to another village several hours away.

There they found an abandoned school and turned it into an impromptu center for internally displaced persons.*

Displaced and on the run from the fighting, Inessa’s family couldn’t return home. Their lives were shattered.

Inessa became scared of everything. She started having nightmares.


Because YOU care, our food partner Mission Eurasia was able to give the family MannaPack™ Rice so they could survive. Soon, Inessa’s parents were able to move to a different village and find work.

They don’t make much money, but thanks to the MannaPack meals you’re sending, they don’t have to worry about where their next meal is coming from. Instead they can focus on sending Inessa and her sister to school.

The family is finding hope again, even in the midst of the challenges they are facing. They know they can rely on you.

Inessa is healing, too. She isn’t afraid of loud noises anymore. She stopped having as many nightmares. She started smiling again. And she’s making many new friends at school. Thank you for unleashing the power of food in Inessa’s life. You put the hope and sparkle back into her eyes.

“One day, peace will come back to Ukraine and kids won’t have to hide in dark cellars anymore,” she said. 

We say amen to that. Thank you for providing this hope.


* Internally displaced persons are defined by the United Nations as people who have not crossed an international border but have moved to a different region than the one they call home within their own country. They differ from refugees, which are people who flee their home and country due to a well-founded fear of persecution because of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion.

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