Feodor has been homeless for 19 years. He is 68 years old.
Born and brought up in Odessa, Ukraine, he married a young woman he met when he was 30. They moved to Moldova where they worked their own farm. Life was good.
But when their son, their only child, drowned in a lake, their lives changed forever. Feodor’s wife suffered a nervous breakdown and he did his best to care for her, making sure that she received treatment in a psychiatric hospital.
One day, when she was alone in the house, she set it on fire and died in the blaze. Feodor was a broken man, becoming homeless and using alcohol to dull his pain. Since then he has been living in the streets, sleeping in basements, in parks, under bridges, in the forest, in boxes.
Valentina Federova is a voluntary worker, distributing aid from Blythswood to homeless people in Chisinau, many of whom are elderly. “I’ve told Feodor that Jesus is close to him and knows his situation,” she says. “He is thankful for the food and clothes.
“I have given him a New Testament and I pray for him, that one day he will understand the love of Jesus.
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