Andre Zinkovski, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ukraine, says he’s grateful for his meals storage. (Andre Zinkovski)
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KYIV, Ukraine — It has been a month since The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints evacuated missionaries from Ukraine, however the church has members in every of the areas affected by the struggle.
Andre Zinkovski says becoming a member of the church has blessed his life, however now, following sure teachings is saving his life as struggle unfolds outdoors his entrance door.
“Final night time was probably the most terrifying night time,” Zinkovski stated Sunday.
Explosions echoed all through the night time — some so shut the partitions would tremble.
“You by no means know what is going to shoot you subsequent minute. You by no means know when this bomb will fall. Will it, you realize, hit your roof?” Zinkovski stated. “I think about myself fortunate tonight as a result of my home windows are nonetheless intact, however some folks needed to go away their place as a result of there have been no home windows, no partitions, no homes anymore. It was scary.”
On Sunday afternoon, the streets outdoors Zinkovski’s dwelling have been empty, and so have been the cabinets in any respect the close by grocery shops.
“For the previous 4 days, the scripture, ‘In the event you put together, you shall not concern,’ simply comes as much as my thoughts,” Zinkovski stated.
Twenty-three years in the past, Zinkovski and his mom joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Ever since, his household has been slowly however absolutely making ready each needful factor.
“I by no means thought we’d use it, however we had this meals, and my mother would say, ‘It is advisable go get some meals for my meals storage,'” Zinkovski stated.
Dedication to preparedness is now retaining Zinkovski and his neighbors alive.
“We have been blessed by this, and I am so grateful that we’ve got our church leaders who educate us that we have to do that, and I could not be extra useful than at these occasions. And I am blessed to assist different folks due to this; we’ve got loads of meals for ourselves,” Zinkovski stated.
That preparation has helped him pack and share meals with these in his department, and even his subsequent door neighbors.
Zinkovski and his household do not know what’s subsequent.
“We have now two backpacks prepared with water, with medication, cash and our paperwork simply able to go. We’re prepared to depart. I do not know the place or how, however you do not know when they are going to shoot you,” Zinkovski stated.
He finds peace figuring out his brothers and sisters half a world away are praying for him.
“I’ve seen some tales of individuals gathering in Utah simply to assist folks right here in Ukraine. This was so touching and so sturdy. This implies so much. I do know it would not assist us bodily, however it positive helps us mentally to know that individuals are standing with us,” he stated.
Zinkovski is gathering donations by way of Venmo to assist these round him. A girl from Utah who served her mission in Ukraine (Venmo @MichellePearson)* is gathering the funds for him right now.
A neighborhood enterprise, the Plastics Clinic, is matching any donations as much as $10,000 if you happen to screenshot your Venmo transaction.
You could find extra data right here.
*KSL.com doesn’t guarantee that the cash deposited to the account might be utilized for the advantage of the individuals named as beneficiaries. In case you are contemplating a deposit to the account, it is best to seek the advice of your personal advisers and in any other case proceed at your personal threat.