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Faces of The Fellowship: Alexander and Ludmila

Ludmila and Alexander, a 71-year-old couple from Ukraine, made aliyah (immigrated to Israel) aboard a Fellowship Freedom Flight to escape the violence and unrest in their country.“We stayed home all the time, in spite of the riots,” Alexander explains. “Every missile made our walls shake.” When they finally fled, he says, “We left everything behind, including the home itself. What can we do? We had to run. We had no pensions, no money to buy medicine or food.”Thankfully they have a daughter already living in Israel, who will help with their transition to their new home. “But we're worried because we're elderly and it will be very hard for us to learn Hebrew. We think it's even impossible,” Alexander says.When a Fellowship staff member explains that in Israel many people speak Russian, so they shouldn’t worry, Alexander smiles and says, “I'm doing this for our grandchildren, and the next generation in Israel.” The Fellowship was honored to help them not only escape the danger in their homeland, but to bring their family to their spiritual homeland.


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