Sunday, February 27, 2022

Our Beloved Serge


I write this with tears streaming.

Our beloved Serge has given his life for his country.

He didn't have to. He had his American citizenship. He could have left and sat safely on this side of the ocean.

But he loved Ukraine.

So he entered the trenches with all the other volunteers, and he is gone.

We loved him. 

Without him we would not have Aaron. Pure and simple. He fought like a grisly bear and got our boy out, and I will be eternally grateful to him.

He oversaw all three of our crazy adoptions.

When our second one almost derailed, he sat in a coffee shop with us for hours while we grieved.

He was gruff and had his detractors, but he helped facilitate thousands upon thousands of adoptions.

He went to bat when no one else would.

Just weeks ago, when a family was turned away at the airport - he marched in with lawyers and got them safely home.

He was a fighter.

In every way.

We loved him.

The first American citizen to die for Ukraine.

A pointless, cruel, unprovoked war.

Please pray. We know so many others throwing Molotov cocktails at Russian tanks.

My heart bleeds this morning.


  1. Sending prayers to your family and all our dear Ukrainian friends. Breaks my heart.

  2. i am so so sorry for you, his family, all of it. i thank God for warriors like him.

  3. So very sorry for your loss. Such a tragedy what is happening in Ukraine. Prayers for his family. Rest In Peace 🙏🙏

  4. Oh, I am so sorry. Praying for you and all who loved him. What a legacy he has left!

  5. Sending massive prayers! Wow what an amazing soul ...So sorry for your losss and everyones! God Bless you all and Ukraine

  6. Oh, no, this is a terrible loss. What a good, tenacious and dedicated man Serge clearly was. I am so very sorry.

    A group of 25 including many young children plus a wee one only a few months old, their young orphanage graduate parents, and two of the staff of Bible Orphan Ministry left their hometown by road for a safer location early Thursday morning, after a few harrowing days with everyone sheltering in their church. Alla posted en route - all was going well and they hoped to arrive at their destination before curfew. I hope all in the U. adoption and orphan care community will keep them in your prayers, for safety, and much-needed rest following their arrival. The BOM Facebook has more info and photos.

    So many to keep in our prayers these days. But I stand in awe of the courage of the Ukrainian people and their brave leaders, along with the generosity and warm hearts of those who are welcoming them in bordering countries of refuge. M prayers are for a rapid return of peace - and justice for those who instigated this unjust war.

    Thanks for letting us know about Serge - a truly heroic man.

    love from Susan in Kentucky

  7. I am so sorry about your friend. He was a hero in so many ways.

  8. So sorry to hear of his passing. My prayers are with him and all of the Ukraine.


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