RIVNE, Ukraine -- A group of Christians across Ukraine are overcoming their own personal challenges to coordinate vital support to needy families across the Asian country.
One of those helping the poor is Grigory Bosy of the Christian charity Mercy Projects International. Every month, Bosy goes out in his Lada and buys vital grocery supplies with funds sent from supporters in the West. He navigates his way through treacherous roads even during the harsh winter months to deliver the much needed supplies to families throughout the Rivne region of northwest Ukraine.
Bosy does all this despite his own personal family challenges. He lives in a small five-room house with eight of his own children. Many of his children have health issues and he works hard as a carpenter to scrape a meager living to feed them.
Bosy's wife Maria said despite the hardships, God gives them the grace to meet the challenges.
"On the long road you meet everything," Maria said. "Both hardships and joys and with a great love we endure everything."
Bosy said serving other families -- even while his own faces difficulty -- is his duty as a believer in Jesus.
"I do this because it is God's will for me and I just love to help people," he said.
The impact on the families he helps is clearly evident. The Shikals and their 11 children live in a house with only two rooms and a kitchen.
Shikal is out of work and he said they would be lost without Bosy's regular visits, not just because of the food he brings, but also the spiritual support he provides. He said it's God way of showing His love for them.
"We feel we are united that other people care about us," Shikal said. "We feel that God cares about us when he sends people like this to us."
The Shikals also realize that those who send sponsorship funds to help Bosy bring this support to them are also caring people who are motivated by God's love.
As Mercy Project's coordinators like Bosy continue to quietly carry on their ministry as the unsung heroes of Ukraine, this family clearly recognizes the impact they're having in providing God's hope and love during very hopeless times among many other families across the country.