Serving widows: «The meaning of life is only in my son»
“Global Christian Support” Mission continues implementing the program “Serving widows”, whose husbands died during the hostilities in Ukraine. We were able to visit and help Oksana Makidon. GCS volunteer and military chaplain, Viacheslav Bevz, met with the widow, told about our social program, invited her to participate in it and recieve help with necessary food and household supplies. Oksana was silent for a while, and then just burst into tears. She thanked God for the people who did not leave her and her children alone with grief. Oksana gladly accepted us and told her story.
Her husband, Viktor Makidon, had worked at the Ministry of Internal Affairs for 20 years, then retired. They lived modestly in a hostel not with the best conditions. But the main thing that the family was united and had no problem. When the war started in 2014, Viktor could not sit at home. He decided to become a volunteer and serve in the special battalion “Mirotvorets” (meaning “peacekeeper”). In July, he had a hard fight near Popasna and as a result, he had a concussion, then pulmonary edema, coronary heart disease and heart failure. “He was a very responsive and kind person, a true patriot of his country,” - says Oksana.
This is a great sorrow. Oksana tells us about her experiences: “Before Victor’s death, we had plans for our life: work, family weekends and vacations, peace and understanding. Everything has changed: there was only pain, I wanted to do nothing, we did not have any holidays and joy anymore, the meaning of life remained only in our son.”
Her son’s name is Mikhail. He is 19 years old. After the death of his father, he decided to enter Ivan Bohun Military High School. Now, Michael completes his studies at the National Academy. Recently, the family has moved from the hostel. He works in public organization, and, despite his grief, helps others.
At the end of the meeting, our volunteer Viacheslav prayed for Oksana and her son, and invited them to worship at the local church. We believe that this good seed will help this family.
Sincerely, we want to thank our friends from the United States: Sergey and Valentina Pavenko, as well as Alex and Alina Kirichenko for their cooperation and financial support for this family. May God bless you and your families!