Financial crisis hits the hospital

Yesterday, Jim spent some time at two departments in one of the children’s hospitals here in Kyiv. And he was able to get about an hour with the head of the AIDS department — one-on-one English lesson! He was asking her questions about the financial crisis here.

Sadly, she had only recently heard how this crisis would be affecting her unit: Among other things, the government will be cutting the food allowance per child from 20 griven a day to less than 2 as of February 1. This is unbelievable to me. Can you imagine feeding a hospitalized child for under 30 cents a day?! Parents, of course, subsidized food even before this crisis. But what about my sweet orphans? Who is going to subsidize THEIR food?

And, can you imagine being asked this question: Why do you continue to give these children such expensive drugs? They’re just going to die.

Well, aren’t we ALL going to die?

We’re praying about what our role should be in this situation. Please join us as we look to our Sovereign God — who is NOT surprised by any of this, by the way — for His direction.

And pray where even YOU might become involved…



  1. This is gut-wrenching! What can we do?

  2. This is very heart breaking. I’ll be praying.

  3. I heard they were shutting the AIDS program down along with other special medical programs. It’s amazing they will do anything at this point.

    As long as Ukraine is in survival mode, the weak and oppressed will be pushed aside……

  4. Wow! This is a tough situation; it is truly gut-wrenching. What a dilemna from a helper standpoint. On the one hand, it is a natural response to want to jump in and help materially and financially to meet the immediate physical needs. At the same time, will jumping in create new and more dependency? And, at the center of it all are some of God’s most vulnerable of those created in the image of God.

    I will pray that you and others will be granted the discernment needed to find the Genesis 50 in all of this. What man means for evil, God can use for good. Of course, the Lord’s ultimate good is the redemption of all of His Creation.

    Please keep us up to date.

  5. How could you possibly be MORE dependent than an infant orphan?

    And then there’s this:

    27Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
    James 1:27 (New International Version)

    This is a no-brainer for me.

    My next stop:

    We love you!!

  6. Oh, it just makes me weep for those helpless little ones.

    In Matthew 10:13-16 we read:
    “Then they brought little children to Him, that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” Verse 16: And He took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them.”

    As the old song reminds us “Jesus loves the little children…”. He so loves those little orphans, Marianna. He will take care of them in His timing, in His most perfect way. And we should all pray that we’ll know how He wants us to help them, how we can be His hands here on earth, how we can show His love to the least of these.

    Praying you & Jim will know what steps you are to take for these little ones.

    Soli Deo Gloria!

  7. To all: Please keep praying. I love each one of you (though I haven’t even PERSONALLY met each of you) and your hearts for Ukraine.

    I think it’s becoming obvious that we will have to come up with funds to help feed these children. The doctor that mentioned this need to Jim RARELY EVER mentions ANYTHING that she needs from a financial standpoint. She one time asked Jim if he knew someone who could get a certain medical book — a couple hundred dollars! — and deliver it to Ukraine. She would pay for the book. When a women’s bible study group in Birmingham purchased the book, signed it to her (with Scripture verses though she is not a professing Christian…YET!), sent it to Jim who delivered it to her and then told her that there was no cost — well, this woman was GIDDY (not a word used to describe her normally) and had to wipe tears from her eyes. (She needed the book to teach herself about treating AIDS patients who have cancer or additional situations that many physicians here will not touch…especially if the patient is an orphan!) So when she asks for help we typically listen.

    Wayne, I appreciate your comments as well…recognizing that the most vulnerable are the ones who will suffer! So, in the short run, we will probably step in. How could we possibly NOT? For the long run, we need to be praying about the world economic crisis and how to get these countries (including America!) back on semi-stable ground.

    The good news at this particular hospital is that I am quite certain that the doctor will see to it that the children will receive food! We may take food or we may give her money…not sure the best way yet.

    Please keep all of this in prayer.

  8. Karen: Thank you for supplying the link for giving funds. And thank you for your passion….and compassion!

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