Since the invasion of Russia into Ukraine in 2022, God has been working to bring much-needed hope and peace to refugees, civilians, and others through Keys for Kids Ministries and our partners. Hundreds of thousands of devotionals have been distributed in Russian and Ukrainian, and Mission Eurasia is requesting 200,000 more Keys for Kids and Unlocked devotionals. Click on the picture below to read one of the many testimonials coming out of Ukraine and the surrounding areas regarding the impact of the Keys for Kids and Unlocked devotionals. (Note: some of the stories have been edited for grammar or clipped for readability and brevity.) Your gift will provide devotionals that speak Jesus’ love and peace into the lives of desperate, scared, and hopeless kids in their greatest time of need.
Arina, Violetta, and Dayana live in Zaporizhzhia, south-eastern Ukraine. Just recently the girls received a devotional called Unlocked. They loved having a book that would help them grow in the knowledge of Jesus and salvation. Dayana said she was really touched by the devotional called “Friend and Brother” and explained, “If everyone understood that, the world would be a better place.” Arina especially appreciated the devotional called “Loving Those Who Betray You.” Through studying it, she was surprised to find out that God continues to love people despite their sins. She wanted to learn to be that way. All three girls wanted to continue studying the book to learn more about Jesus, and be more like Him.
- Liza (first row, first left) shared how scared she was in the early days of the war, how she sat in a damp basement hugging her cat, afraid even to think about what would happen next. And then there was the escape with her mother and brother in a cargo van to an unknown place that scared her as much as the explosions. She still comes to her hometown on visits. One of those visits, the group was studying Unlocked, and it was a chapter called “Peace Amidst the Storm,” and that was exactly what she needed to hear. She said, “I think God especially prepared this topic personally for me. Every word resonated in my heart, and I truly found peace and calmness in this storm.”
- Yura (second row, second left) is at the very beginning of his path with God. The boy has many questions he longs to find answers to. Yura openly shared that the Unlocked devotional truly helps him get those answers. He was particularly touched by the chapter “Fighting Doubts,” because he has many of them! His primary question today was, "Does the Lord hear my prayers if I have doubts about Him?" After studying the chapter and reading from the Bible, he feels more connected to God and is more confident in his faith.
Two boys, Sergey and Misha met in a village in western Ukraine. During Christmas celebrations, Mission Eurasia volunteers went to different villages to distribute Gift of Hope gifts to children there. They were pleasantly surprised to receive gifts with wonderful books. One of the volunteers returned to the village later and saw one of the boys, Misha. He shared, “We read the book with my mom every evening. We don’t have internet because we don’t get much electricity, so my mom reads me stories from the book. At first I didn’t think it was going to be interesting. I thought it was going to be a little boring. But it really was interesting! When we came to the story called ‘Secure Protection’, we realized that Jesus can protect us from danger. I used to be scared, but after that I wasn’t as scared and I believe that Jesus can keep me safe.”