Wellsboro Community Gathers To Stand With Ukraine
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:1
What can we do to help others during this time of crisis in Ukraine?
When American Airlines pilot Jim Stephens (also known as Floyd) heard about a local family’s need, he stepped into action. They had family members in the war-torn country of Ukraine who needed to escape to safety. Jim says it was his area of expertise, his wheelhouse, to find the flights and begin the necessary paperwork. Still, he credits about 50 others who also assisted the family in the process. Thankfully they are now en route to America.
When The Home Page staff arrived at the Green in Wellsboro this past Saturday for a gathering to support Ukraine, we heard Westfield resident Galina Chuiko leading the group in song: and this is what she sang.
*Ukraine’s glory hasn’t perished, nor her freedom
Upon us, fellow compatriots, fate shall smile once more.
Our enemies will vanish. like the dew in the morning sun,
And we too shall rule, brothers, in a free land of our own.
We’ll lay down our souls and bodies to attain your freedom.
And we’ll show that we, brothers, are of the Kozak nation.
We’ll lay down our souls and bodies to attain our freedom,
And we’ll show that we, brothers, are for the Kozak nation.
Galina’s family’s town in Ukraine was destroyed when Russia invaded. As stated above in writing, when American Airlines pilot Jim Stevens heard about it, he began securing flights for them to come to America. He pursued many avenues to accomplish the task at hand. One of the fifty who invested their time securing this family’s journey to America was Tioga County Commissioner Erick Coolidge.
You’ll see Galina’s gratefulness to Erick for his work on the video presentation. It made me feel a little emotional watching the interchange and grateful that we care about others in need. Thankfully her family is blessed to be out of danger in Ukraine and will soon be here in America, and we pray their journey will be a safe passage.
Many Ukrainians are still in danger while living in or leaving their country. There are many agencies like Samaritan’s Purse who are doing their best to support the Ukrainian people at this time.
If you feel led to give, there are agencies to choose listed below.
* Shche ne vmerla Ukrainas’, the national anthem of Ukraine, has just one verse and one chorus – but it remains one of the world’s mightiest patriotic songs.
It was formally adopted less than three decades ago, following the country’s independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.
While formally known as the ‘State Anthem of Ukraine’, it also goes by its native title ‘Shche ne vmerla Ukrainy’, which translates into English as ‘Ukraine Has Not Yet Perished’.
The rousing melody we hear today was officially accepted in 1992 by Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada.
Videography: Andrew Moore, John Vogt
Video Editing: Andrew Moore
Writing: Sara Vogt
Anchor: Sara Vogt
Correspondent: Sara Vogt
Guest(s): Erick Coolidge, Galina Chuiko
Produced by Vogt Media
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