Sasha is only in fourth grade, but he has seen many things no child should ever see: violence, death, starvation. He lives in Avdeyevka—a city in the center of the ongoing war in eastern Ukraine—where bombings and artillery fire are a daily occurrence.
But despite his harsh environment, Sasha holds on to hope. He loves giving to others because last Christmas he received a priceless gift: the gift of hope in Jesus.
“After knowing Jesus, the fighting in our town is not as scary as it used to be,” shares Sasha. “When Jesus was born, He received gifts from the wise men. And now, we give gifts to others because He loves us. I know that He is watching over me.”
This Christmas season, more than 70,000 hurting children throughout the former Soviet countries of Eurasia—like Sasha—will receive the gift of hope for the first time through Mission Eurasia’s Gift of Hope project.
Each Gift of Hope is a festive box filled with treats, toys, mittens, and a children’s Bible or Christian storybook. The boxes are lovingly packed by local churches and young Christian leaders in Ukraine, Russia, and other countries in Eurasia and hand-delivered to children in need in schools, orphanages, hospitals, and more. As each Gift of Hope is placed in the hands of a precious child, a bond is formed between the child, his or her family, and the local church or a Christian mentor, leading to a life-long faith commitment.
It costs just $25 to place each Gift of Hope box in the hands of a child. But this #GivingTuesday, November 29, two of our generous supporters have offered a 2:1 match of each gift given up to $10,000. So please help us use this generous matching gift opportunity to reach three times as many children in need with the gift of hope this Christmas season.
Won’t you join us in giving a hurting child the Gift of Hope this Christmas? That child’s life will be changed, and so will yours.