by Jennifer, Alumna Ukraine
"One of our friends, Katya (she is in this video), asked us once, "Do you ever feel like you should be spending more time in the nursing homes or the orphanages, rather than with people like us, like students or artists, or average people? The people in the nursing homes and the children in the orphanages “need” you so much more." I explained to her that at first, I did feel just that. There was a friend we often visited with whom I saw no “tangible” needs and I wondered why we spent so much time with her. Then when something bad happened in her family, she called Heart’s Home before anyone else. She wanted us. I ended up developing a very close relationship with her, she would ask me to spend a few nights with them at their house, or to run errands in town with her, or to watch her children while she went to the dentist... She expressed to me that she had no close friends, that she doesn’t like living outside the city because there’s not a social life. And our friendship was so deep! I realized that at first we don’t see the reasons for the relationships we have. But always, always, God is nurturing and preparing those relationships for a reason. Usually for a reason we do not see, and sometimes never see. Katya then explained that the reason she asked was because she realized that Heart’s Home’s door is always open, and that she “needs” Heart’s Home, that “many of us need Heart’s Home more than we realize.” When she wants to call someone to just talk or when she’s sick, she thinks of Heart’s Home. So in this video, yes, you will see old people, lonely people, orphans... But you will also see just people! The souls and friends that are just as big of a part of our mission as the homeless, the orphans, the elderly. You will see all the friends, all the beauty, all the love of our mission in Lviv."