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Join us in helping this family whose home was destroyed by the violence in Mariupol, Ukraine.

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The Ukrainian town of Mariupol became a household name for all the wrong reasons. The destruction they have suffered grabbed the attention of the rest of the world. Among the rubble was the home where Dima and Ludmila lived with their young son and Dima’s parents.



Dima and Ludmila have been connected with Legacy Refuge for many years. They have an amazing heart for orphans and have served orphans in Mariupol for a long time. We first met them through Vika, a special young girl we hosted for one of our summer camps.

Vika told us about Dima, who visited their orphanage every Sunday to spend time with them and talk to them about God! Dima helped us stay in touch with Vika and send her presents. He also played a vital role in the adoption of three boys by the Heinnemanns, an American family connected with Legacy Refuge.

When we heard about what happened, of course we wanted to help. Our friends are in need.

Ludmila evacuated to western Ukraine with their baby, along with Dima’s parents and siblings and their children. There are 9 of them altogether. Dima wasn’t able to leave Mariupol because of his role with the Ukrainian army. We have been able to send this family some support every month but now that they have nothing to return to in Mariupol, we want to do more.

We want to help them get a fresh start in a new place. Knowing they will have a stable place to live and raise their son will bring hope to a dark and frightening time, as they wait with longing for their family to be reunited.


As a Legacy family, we want to come alongside them in this time. Our goal is to help raise $40,000 for them to purchase a new home, while also fervently praying for Dima’s safety and for him to be holding his son again very soon.

You can help by sharing this video, praying, and donating today.

Not all are called to adopt, but all are called to orphan-care.