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 exterior his entrance door.
“Final evening was probably the most terrifying evening,” Zinkovski mentioned Sunday.
Explosions echoed all through the evening — some so shut the partitions would tremble.
“You by no means know what’s going to shoot you subsequent minute. You by no means know when this bomb will fall. Will it, you realize, hit your roof?” Zinkovski mentioned. “I think about myself fortunate tonight as a result of my home windows are nonetheless intact, however some folks needed to depart 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 exterior Zinkovski’s residence had been empty, and so had been the cabinets in any respect the close by grocery shops.
“For the previous 4 days, the scripture, ‘If you happen to put together, you shall not worry,’ simply comes as much as my thoughts,” Zinkovski mentioned.
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 certainly getting 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 to go get some meals for my meals storage,'” Zinkovski mentioned.
Dedication to preparedness is now preserving Zinkovski and his neighbors alive.
“We have been blessed by this, and I am so grateful that we have now our church leaders who train us that we have to do that, and I could not be extra useful than at these instances. And I am blessed to assist different folks due to this; we have now loads of meals for ourselves,” Zinkovski mentioned.
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 go away. I do not know the place or how, however you do not know when they are going to shoot you,” Zinkovski mentioned.
He finds peace understanding his brothers and sisters half a world away are praying for him.
“I’ve seen some tales of individuals gathering in Utah simply to help folks right here in Ukraine. This was so touching and so sturdy. This implies loads. I do know it does not assist us bodily, nevertheless it positive helps us mentally to know that persons are standing with us,” he mentioned.
Zinkovski is gathering donations by Venmo to assist these round him. A lady 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 in case you screenshot your Venmo transaction.
You will discover extra data right here.
*KSL.com doesn’t guarantee that the cash deposited to the account shall be utilized for the good thing about the individuals named as beneficiaries. In case you are contemplating a deposit to the account, you need to seek the advice of your individual advisers and in any other case proceed at your individual danger.
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