WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
Imagine you run into a confused looking 19-year-old young lady who seems to be in shock. You ask “Are you okay?” She tells you, “I heard air sirens going off, bombs exploding, and people screaming. My parents put me on the train and told me to go across the border, doesn’t matter where, just away from home.” Home had become unrecognizable because of continuous Russian shelling. She studied medicine in Kharkov, left everything behind, has no plan, and speaks little English.
What do you do? Give her shelter in your home? Ask someone else to house her, are you comfortable to take someone in not knowing how long they will be in your “personal space,” how much of your time she would take. What if this is a group of 8 with three adults and 5 children under 5. Is your small home big enough, what alternatives do they have? Multiply it by almost three MILLION! No, not an exaggeration. For the last two weeks, since Putin’s military machine invaded Ukraine, the countries of Poland, Moldova, Romania, Slovakia and Hungary where we live have been receiving refugees, the largest refugee crisis in the world right now. Hungary, alone has received three hundred thousand vulnerable people, mostly women and children!
Among our staff in Hungary, I, Yulia, am one of only two people who understands Ukrainian. Our family mission has temporarily morphed to that of helping to evacuate and resettle these refugees especially full-time missionaries to here in Hungary. Because of these missionaries’ hearts to help others they come with college students, and others in need. So, yes, it’s a tough task. After one meeting in which my phone was off, I turned it on and found 80 new messages waiting for me!