Faces of The Fellowship: Mikhail

Faces of The Fellowship: Mikhail

Credit:(photo: JDC/Arik Shraga)

Mikhail, 71, once had a good job as a radio technician, a family, and a secure home to return to at the end of the day in Moldova, part of the former Soviet Union (FSU). Today, Mikhail is divorced and has little contact with his sons. Retired and barely able to support himself on his tiny pension, Mikhail spends his days in a house that is falling apart.

Ten years ago, Mikhail noticed that the walls of his kitchen were constantly wet and his bathroom pipes were leaking. He removed the wall tiles and floorboards until he found the leaking pipes, which he replaced, expecting to be repaid by his landlord. He never was, and he cannot afford to fix the floor. So now his bathroom has no floor, nor does most of his kitchen.

Mikhail has moved his stove and sink into the living room, which is now crowded with appliances. There are cracks in the wall which grow bigger each year.

Mikhail cannot afford to fix anything, nor does he have the strength. A few years ago, he developed gallstones; they were surgically removed, but Mikhail can no longer lift anything heavy.

Mikhail’s only comfort is The Fellowship. We provide him with food and small household items. While it might not seem like much, Mikhail feels less alone with this lifeline of friendship and support. He is grateful to Christian and Jewish Fellowship friends around the world who make this care possible.

Learn how you can help impoverished elderly in need, like Mikhail, receive the lifesaving care they desperately need.

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