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Showing Mercy to an Abandoned Teen

Books were Zoya's refuge as she was growing up in Ukraine with parents who fought violently. When her father began selling off the family's heirlooms and losing the proceeds to gambling, Zoya's mother had a nervous breakdown and threw a boiling teakettle at him, burning his neck, chest, and arms.

Zoya's mother was taken into custody and Zoya's father left the family for good. Zoya's older brother blamed her for the final episode of violence and departed for his compulsory Ukrainian military service without even saying goodbye. She was left alone and vulnerable.

Thankfully, Zoya was found and taken in by the staff of Fellowship-supported Tikva Children's Home, a facility that cares for homeless, abandoned, and abused Jewish children in Ukraine and neighboring regions.

At Tikva, Zoya has been struck by the comfort of a stable, welcoming home and a good school with wonderful teachers, particularly in her favorite subject: literature.

Zoya, now 17, still startles easily, is described as a sweet but anxious girl, and suffers from occasional terrifying nightmares, but she has been receiving intensive counseling at the children's home and is making a relatively smooth transition considering what she has experienced.

When you give to our Micah Campaign, inspired by the instructions in Micah 6:8 to "act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God," you help ensure that people experiencing injustice – like Zoya – have a helping hand. Instead of anger, violence, and abandonment from those who should be offering the most love and care, orphans and other at-risk youth find stability and compassion from The Fellowship, all thanks to our generous donors.

Please consider showing mercy throughout the year by becoming one of our monthly supporters.