Julie was a baby when her father abandoned the family. As she grew,
life was filled with yelling and abuse. A heavy drinker, Julie’s mother
regularly beat her. Julie’s step father disliked her and also abused her.
Though, Julie was close to her younger brother Alexander, he couldn’t
protect or comfort her.
Julie’s life began to improve when she attended a nearby church in her
village in Ukraine. At a Children’s Bible Club, made possible through the
support of Bible League Canada, she learned about Jesus and how much
he loved her. Soon, Julie eagerly attended every church meeting—she
got to know God more and more in the years that followed.
As her faith grew, Julie’s troubles multiplied.
Finding A REFUGE
In War-Torn UKRAINE
From HOPELESS TO HOPEFUL
“I was raised in a non-Christian family and my parents had no stable jobs so they
could hardly provide for our daily needs. I was discouraged about continuing in
school and was about to drop out because I felt there was no hope. Then, the
worst thing happened in my life. My mother took my younger brother and left
my three sisters and me with my father. I was in grade 5. At that time, a volunteer
teacher came to our school and taught us the story of Jonathan from the Old
Testament. She told us how Jonathan had a hard time with his family but he
never gave up. The volunteer also said that God had a plan for our lives—he
wanted to bless and prosper us and not to harm us. After we finished the lesson,
she asked if anyone wanted to receive Jesus as their Lord. Without hesitation,
I raised my hand. I felt something different after I followed her in the sinner’s
prayer. I believed God answered my prayer. Now I am supported by a Christian
organization and attend the national high school in Banaue.
“I want to thank my Values Education teacher who taught me
God’s Word in grade 5. Because of her, I know there is hope in
God.”– Maximo (age 13)
At the request of the Filipino Government, Bible League Canada runs
Bible classes in the public schools of the Abra province. We have reached
186 schools so far. But we still have 187 schools–and 10,000 children–to
go! Many of those children have never heard the name of Jesus and are
living in darkness.