In August, EEM received a letter containing a special donation for Bibles from a humble village woman named Zinaida living in Semenovka, Ukraine. She wrote of her desire to give as much as she could in hopes of furthering the ministry that God has used to change her life.
Zinaida writes, “Peace to you, beloved by the Lord, our friends at EEM. We thank you for the burning love that was revealed to us through the great books that came from you. We are not able to express how thankful we are…”
Zinaida’s letter was full of gratitude on behalf of her and her church family, which is made up of 7 believers. She expressed how encouraged they all were after receiving their own Bibles and Bible-based materials.
It was reported to EEM’s National Director in Ukraine, Dasha Novikova, that Zinaida only receives $50 a month from her retirement payment. Money has been tight as she continues to help pay her daughter’s medical bills, but Zinaida wanted EEM to know that she genuinely appreciated the life-transforming gift of God’s Word.
Zinaida’s willingness to give EEM a special gift- a significant portion of her current resources- reminded us of Jesus’ response in Mark 12 to the sacrificial offering of the widow of His day. The widow Jesus described gave what little she had, and the heavens celebrated her generous heart. Despite her poverty, she gave to the work of the Lord in faith. Zinaida’s actions reflect the actions of the Widow from Jesus’ day, reflecting the true spirit of giving.
We are humbled to know that the Lord opens doors to partner with the wealthiest in faith.