Deaf Refugee Escapes from Kharkiv, Ukraine to Romania with Help from Deaf Bridge

Julia Bange (left) and fellow missionaries pose for a photo with Elena (red shirt). (Photo courtesy of Julia Bange/DOOR International)

War is chaotic and confusing even when you can access the latest information. Imagine being stuck in a warzone in Ukraine, cut off from communication.

Elena, a Deaf Christian woman from Ukraine, recently shared her story with Julia Bange, a Deaf missionary serving in Romania with DOOR International:

Bombing started along the border, eventually hitting Kharkov, where Elena lived. Her building was hit, blowing out the windows, electricity, running water, and heat. Elena huddled in her apartment with her son whenever they weren’t in the bomb shelter, boarding up the windows to keep the cold out. They lived on crackers, a little drinking water, and whatever food they had left.

One day, Elena decided to go out to get more food. She was stubborn and did not listen to the Lord or her neighbors about staying inside. She went out and saw a man about a short distance away in front of her fall over from being hit in the arm by a bullet! She immediately went back to her apartment building. She asked the Lord to forgive her and apologized for not listening to Him. She then began to pray, asking the Lord what to do next.

Eventually, Elena escaped to Romania with help from Deaf Bridge, one of DOOR’s partners. “Deaf Bridge had a van ready to load up Deaf individuals to escape from Ukraine; it (the van) would fit 10 Deaf individuals,” Bange says.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth


  • Pray for Julia Bange and other Deaf missionaries seeking to reach Deaf Ukrainian refugees. Pray for divine appointments and Gospel opportunities.
  • Pray Deaf Ukrainians will open their hearts and minds to Christ as Elena continues to minister to them through her phone.