Another Story of Hardship and Life Challenges
Wholesome Life  2008-07-18
A week ago I had the opportunity to sit and have a conversation with yet another person who is beneficiary of our Wholesome Life ministry – her name is Stoyka Petkova. It is a priority for me to get to know the people I serve, so that I could be better able to help them and/ or find good people who could provide assistance where it is needed.

Stoyka is a very nice elderly lady. She is 75 years old, and from the moment you sit and start talking with her you can feel the pain and suffering that have overwhelmed her life. And I am not talking only of the physical pain connected with the Parkinson’s disease that she has. I am talking about the pain that hurts more – the one that grasps your heart and doesn’t want to let go.

Stoyka is a lonely woman. She lives in one apartment with her husband, but they each have their separate room and have almost nothing in common. For years her husband has been spending his earnings for gambling, alcohol and women. For years he has abused his wife psychologically and physically to the point that she had insisted that they live separately in their little apartment.

Stoyka has a son, who is married. He has endured his share of suffering – a while ago a train had run over his leg and it had to be amputated. However, his wife had stayed with him through all and is still his faithful companion in life. This really gives Stoyka a lot of joy and hope that people can be good. She wants to believe that life can be good and that there is God and He loves us.

After I heard her story and saw the tears in her eyes, I felt her pain and I was able to grasp at least a bit of her suffering and heartache. I believe that God brought her to us on purpose – to show her that only in God’s embrace there is joy and peace and hope. I offered to pray for Stoyka and she agreed – I saw the hope rise in her. I led her in prayer towards God for forgiveness and deliverance and I know that she will lift her voice towards God when she is alone and lonely in her little apartment. I myself will continue to pray for Stoyka and to be her friend every day when she enters the doors of the Wholesome Life Center.

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