A Home Visit
Wholesome Life  2009-01-16

Zhelyazka Teneva is one of the elderly people who are beneficiaries of the ministry at the Wholesome life Center. She is part of the new group that we welcomed. When I first saw her, I was impressed by her smiling face and her positive attitude. I was impressed that although she has been through a lot, she has not lost her smile and sense of humor. Zhelyazka is 80 years old and lives all by herself.

In the first week of the new year, after the holidays, I was looking for Zhelyazka, but she did not come to the Center. Then, after a whole week had passed and she never appeared, I decided that it was time for a home visit. My colleague Pavel and I got in the car, bought fruits and sweets as is traditional in Bulgaria when you are going to visit someone in their home, and headed towards Zhelyazka's apartment. As soon as we entered the door, we realized that she lives in total misery in a rented apartment (because she does not have her own place).

Until a few years ago she had lived in a nearby village, but had left due to conflicts with relatives. Now she is all alone in Stara Zagora – her husband has died, her daughter never visits her, and her grandchildren are somewhere abroad (she has no idea where…). So the poor soul, instead of living peacefully in the years of her retirement, has to suffer in the cold and ugly apartment, for which she spends half of her monthly pension.

We spent a lot of time speaking with Zhelyazka and promised to continue to help her with whatever we can. At the end we asked her whether she wanted for us to pray for her and with tears in her eyes and without a minute of hesitation, she said "yes". After the prayer, Zhelyazka said – "Young people, you warmed my heart!" Yes, we are happy that we were able to bring a bit of joy in the life of this sweet lady, but we were at the same time sad, because there are so many more people like her in our city. We pray that God would give us the ability and motivation to do all our best for elderly people who live in poverty and desperation.

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