About Life in Ukraine in a Time of War: Part II

About Life in Ukraine in a Time of War: Part II

Ordinary Story Podcast

We're back with a special, three-part, mini-series of Ordinary Story about life in Ukraine in a time of war.

In March 2023, Kate and David Schmidgall traveled to Ukraine to meet Rudy and Vadim, the pastors of Family of Christ Church, a small congregation that has mobilized over the past year to evacuate vulnerable people from frontline areas, distribute humanitarian aid wherever it’s needed, and create home for thousands of internally displaced people. Every week for the past decade they have been visiting orphans, the elderly, and the sick. We spent many hours with these extraordinary people and we want to share those conversations with you.

In this second episode, we talk to Katya Balazhinec and Ira Popova about their experiences caring for orphans and navigating the wartime chaos with young kids. Ira’s husband, Vova, sings with Katya in the worship band at church. The Popovas fled their home in Irpin, on the western edge of Kyiv, just a couple of days into the war.

Life for young families in Ukraine has only grown more complex over the past 15 months--sharing their stories is a rare moment for deep reflection and conversation for Ira and Katya.

If you want to put faces to these names and voices as well as the places we talk about, definitely check that out at BitterSweetMonthly.com/Ukraine.

This podcast was produced by Kate Schmidgall, alongside Robert Winship and in collaboration with the BitterSweet Monthly team. Special thanks to our family in Ukraine.

Thank you for listening. Until next time, take care!