Dmitry V.

Dmitry V.

My name is Dimitri Segey V. I was born in the Donetsk region in the spring, March 4th 2000 into a family where we always had a warm family life. I never knew my father. My mom raised me by herself. We had a happy family. But when I was 6 years old, the tragedy came to our home. My mom got sick with sarcoma and within a year I became an orphan. Even though I was small, this left a sad mark on my life. After these events, my grandma took custody of me and tried to take the place of my mom. But as they say, tragedy doesn’t only come once and in 2013 when my grandma died I realized that I was left completely alone. In my short life I had lost two very important people and had become a total orphan. In 2014 in eastern Ukraine the war began. I saw many sorrows and carry the war with me. In people’s eyes I saw fear, hate, hopelessness, and no desire to live after this. I decided to leave Donetsk in order to forget these horrors that I saw and have a new purpose in life. When I came to Odessa, the department of children sent me to the shelter where I stayed for one year. When I came to the shelter nothing changed. I didn’t understand what I needed to do. I knew that I needed to change something but I didn’t know what. Some Christian people started to visit our shelter and I decided to go see what they were talking about when they gathered the children. They talked about joyful life in Jesus Christ.  They talked about eternity and about how life can change if we trust our lives to Jesus Christ. Then I met some Christian people who helped me get out of the shelter and they helped me enter the Maritime Academy.  I am thankful to God that He is in my life. From that time I started to go with the Christians to visit the shelter where I used to be. I help the kids. We play sports games, tell stories, and other things. If I could join the scholarship program, I promise to fulfill all the requirements of the organization. Thank you in advance if you can help me finish school. After I finish my studies I would like to work and have my own strong family.

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