Faces of The Fellowship: Jonah

Faces of The Fellowship: Jonah

Credit:(photo: IFCJ)

When Jonah started having odd communication problems as a toddler, his mother, Marina, was devastated. She had seen these same behavioral difficulties with Jonah’s older brother, Anton, when he was a toddler. Anton wouldn’t drink from a cup, was afraid to wash his hands under running water, had trouble communicating with others, and exhibited other problems Marina had originally chalked up to personality quirks. Surely they would pass as he got older.

But Anton’s behaviors didn’t pass – and eventually were given a name by doctors: autism. And then Jonah was given the same diagnosis. Between the two boys and their sister, Anya, who is healthy and manages to communicate and play well with her brothers, Marina had her hands full. She also worried about her boys’ future.

Thankfully, she found the Fellowship-supported Chamah Center for Child Development in Moscow. Their specialists began working with her sons, using computerized programs and various therapies, and soon they were showing signs of improvement and interacting well with other children. Marina is grateful to the excellent professionals at the center and to Fellowship friends around the world who made this transformation in Jonah and Anton possible.

Tags: Faces of the Fellowship

More From Fellowship Blog

Fellowship Blog

Changing — and Saving — Lives with The Fellowship

A Fellowship staffer shares impressions of her recent trip to deliver aid to needy people in remote areas of Ukraine…a trip that changed her life.

Fellowship Blog

From Survivor to the Sports Pages

Noah Klieger survived Auschwitz and other Nazi camps to go on to cover Nazi war crimes trials and Israeli athletics as a journalist.

Fellowship Blog

Faces of The Fellowship: Dmitry

Dmitry is no stranger to hard work — he’s worked for 37 years since he was just 14.

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Stay informed about issues affecting Israel, the Jewish people, Jewish-Christian relations, receive daily devotionals, and more.