Here, Natasha is pictured with "Babushka," or the Russian grandmother statue. The Babushka is known for the triangular shaped scarf she wears, but I'm fond of her judgmental expression. :)
Natasha Kim, our latest liaison, lives in Kyiv, Ukraine with her husband John, two daughters, Masha, 12, and Liza, 7, and two cats, Tom and Alisa. She and her husband pastor Hope church and work very hard in their community, helping all who are in need, everyone from children in orphanages to soldiers in hospitals to families in Refugee camps displaced from the current crisis in their country.
She and her husband host missionaries in their home regularly, which is how I met them when I went to Kyiv to teach English in February 2014 just before the Revolution broke out in Maidan (Kyiv's Main Square).
When Natasha isn't busy spending time with her husband and her beautiful daughters, she is singing in her church, taking care of extra people staying in her home, working with her flowers in her garden, or cooking. She made the first borscht I ever tasted and it was absolutely delicious! So were her meatballs! She's an amazing cook and an amazing hostess, as well. And she also acts as an excellent interpreter for the English speaking people around her.
Natasha will be providing us with firsthand accounts about what is going on in Ukraine, as well as pictures from the military hospital and the Refugee Camp in Kyiv. There are over 1,000,000 displaced persons in Kyiv right now -- people who have had to flee their homes from the Crimean Peninsula and Eastern Ukraine -- because of the war.
The Refugees need basic toilitries, clothes, and food. And Natasha says they are trying to give the children of the families who've had to flee some toys and sweets. They have had to leave everything -- land, homes, belongings, money, heirlooms, everything -- behind.
As for the soldiers in hospital, most of them are amputees. The photos we will post are shocking, but we believe necessary in order to show just how critical the need in Ukraine is now. Natasha told me it was very hard to visit and especially hard to take pictures, but she understood why it was important to take them, so she did. She also said that the level of health care available to them is far below acceptable and their supplies are limited.
I'm very grateful Natasha has decided to join our team as our liaison in Ukraine. Once we begin sending teams there, she will be helping me arrange accomodations, as well as helping me plan our agendas. We could not ask for a kinder person who is more in love with her country to partner with us on our mission there.