Love your neighbor as yourself!
When we first heard about the war in Ukraine, it only seemed to us something distant and far away. We never thought it would affect us in such a personal way, until the day the first refugees knocked at our door. Everything changed after that. Right away we understood that we are called to help. "We stand with Ukraine!" became our motto and our whole activity was immediately adapted to meet the need at hand. It was not easy to change everything at a moment's notice, but it was far more difficult to see so many families, both young and old, displaced from their homes and so many lives devastated with no acceptable explanation. So hard to see the tragedy of too many people who did nothing to deserve this. The immediate effects of war became a reality in our own home! We felt privileged to help. It was never a sacrifice to us! On the contrary: we got to know a lot of wonderful people and made many new friends whom we will never forget. It is our prayer that the time you spent with us will be remembered as a little sign of God's love in the midst of insanity, hate and destruction, a small ray of hope in a time of darkness and despair. If I were in such situation, I would hope to meet someone who cares for me, for my children and for my family. I am only honored that we were able to fulfill the words of Jesus, when He said: "In everything, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, because this is the whole meaning of life. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself!" Thank you for trusting us with your friendship and for allowing us the opportunity to give you a little glimpse of God's love! We never made a sacrifice, because we received so much in return: friendship, appreciation, fun times, new experiences, yummy breakfasts, original borsh and many memorable moments. We are looking forward to visiting you in Ukraine, hopefully sooner rather than later! Yours faithfully, Daniel & Ema