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Championing Humanitarian Support: Rudy's Remarkable Journey

Championing Humanitarian Support: Rudy's Remarkable Journey

We are honored to share the incredible story of Rudolf Balazhinec (Rudy), one of the founders and a devoted volunteer of Family of Christ. Rudy's journey is a testament to the power of faith, resilience, and unwavering commitment to humanitarian support in Ukraine.

Rudy’s Volunteerism in Ukraine

Rudy and his wife Katty began their mission in 2012, visiting orphanages in and around Uzhhorod, where they spent precious hours with children in need. These visits planted the seeds of what would become Family of Christ, officially registered as a Ukrainian charitable foundation in 2018.

Their work has since expanded to include countless volunteers dedicated to providing essential support to orphans, nursing home residents, at-risk families, and abandoned babies.

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Volunteers Making a Difference

Rudy's dedication took on new significance during the war in Ukraine. As he recalls:

"I've lived through two years of war, but I never thought it would be so hard to describe these last two years of my life. One thing I know for sure is, 'If not for God, I definitely would not be alive.'"

The call at 4:30 in the morning, urging evacuation, marked a pivotal moment. Despite the chaos and danger, Rudy felt a divine call to remain steadfast and serve. With his team, he organized aid for refugees, providing food and shelter amidst the turmoil. Rudy’s wife’s support strengthened his resolve, as she told him:

"Don't let the thoughts torment you. We're not going anywhere; we're with you till the end."

Together, they faced immense challenges, from feeding thousands of refugees to ensuring the safety of their premises from potential threats. Rudy’s heart was deeply touched by the stories of those they helped, like Max, an eight-year-old boy from Mariupol who expressed his gratitude despite enduring unimaginable loss. Max said to Rudy: 

"Uncle, thank you. I thought my mom wouldn't make it because my little brother was blown up by a grenade given to him by a Russian soldier."

Join Us in Our Mission and Get Involved with Family of Christ

Rudy’s story is a powerful reminder of the impact we can make when we come together in faith and compassion. We invite you to join us in supporting Family of Christ in our mission to provide vital aid and support to those in need. Here’s how you can get involved:

  • Donate: Your contributions help us provide food, medicine, and care to vulnerable individuals.
  • Volunteer: Join our dedicated team in making a tangible difference in the lives of others.
  • Partner: Collaborate with us to expand our reach and impact.
  • Pray: Your prayers are a source of strength and support for our mission.
  • Share: Help spread the word on social media to increase our reach and support.

Together, we can continue to serve God’s Kingdom and make a positive impact on the lives of those in need. Let’s unite in our efforts to bring hope, love, and care to the people of Ukraine and beyond.

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About Family of Christ International

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From focusing attention on ongoing humanitarian needs, to coordinating volunteers and planning mission trips, to raising financial support, the purpose of Family of Christ International is to deliver help, hope and healing in the name of Jesus Christ to people and places in crisis. Whether you contribute online, donate stock or mail a check, every gift makes an impact. Learn more about ways to get involved and donate to support.

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