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Nina Chizmakova

I have seen many things in my long life. My papa died before the 2nd World War, and I lived with my mama and my brother on occupied territory when the Germans were in Ukraine. During the bombing our house was ruined, and we were in the street during very cold weather. Then someone invited us to live in their cellar, and my brother and I drank snow water and ate frozen potatoes and dried bread to survive.

 

 

  
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Nina Chizmakova



January 30,1925
Active: Bible



 

I have seen many things in my long life. My papa died before the 2nd World War, and I lived with my mama and my brother on occupied territory when the Germans were in Ukraine. During the bombing our house was ruined, and we were in the street during very cold weather. Then someone invited us to live in their cellar, and my brother and I drank snow water and ate frozen potatoes and dried bread to survive.

When the war nearly finished, I came to Kiev and entered the university to become a teacher of the Russian language. I began classes in 1944, and we have a cold winter. The building had no heating, and all the windows were full of snow. Some windows were broken because of bombing, and the snow came in and fell on the study tables. The students had no pens, and wrote from lectures only by pencils. After classes, the students were required to go to the main street of Kiev and pick up the bricks from the street, after the bombing, to allow the cars and people to move along Krashatik Street. After that, my friends and I were ordered to bring the bricks to the university building to close the broken walls from the bombing. In the summer time, I worked on a collective farm, so that I could have some vegetables for the autumn, and not die of starvation.

Then I decided to join a military hospital and care for the wounded soldiers who were delivered from the Front. I was happy to do this, because I got food at the hospital while I cared for them. I read to them letter from their families, and helped them to write letters back home. I brought food from ward to ward and cleaned the rooms, washing the floors.

The next summer I worked again and tried to find dry wood to keep for heating during the winter season.

After graduating from the university, I worked in school as a Russian teacher and was married. My husband died so early, and I was left with a small daughter. Now my daughter is also a pensioner, and is so sick after some surgeries.

About 10 years ago, I came to the church at the invitation of a friend. I did not know much about Jesus and God. I only knew "The Lord's Prayer" as many war children had learned it. But I was happy at the church. I joined Diane's Bible class and began to read the Bible for the first time. I came to Christ through this mission (Music Mission Kiev), and I'm grateful to God for Jesus who came into my heart to be my Savior. I noticed that my life was different when I became more peaceful and friendly to my brothers and sisters in Christ.

I am so grateful for help with medicine and medical bills when I was sick and admitted to the hospital. I have a problem with my blood and often visit the hematological clinic for medical procedures. I also have high blood pressure.

I know very little English, but I can say, "Thank you very much, America!"