Lyuba Savenok: Funeral & Kids Fund
She was taken away from us by the hands of her husband Eugene Savenok. Click here to read the report.
We are thankful to have had so many people reach out and ask how they can help. Today we ask everyone to dig deep and donate to this fund right now.
Funds will be used to help with funeral expenses and to help with raising and providing for her son Matthew (4) and daughter Vivienne (3).
We wish to honor Lyuba and her son and bury them in a beautiful place where she may be visited by friends and family. Lyuba's greatest passion in life was to enrich her children's lives. With your help her immediate family will care for Matthew and Vivienne and do everything in their power to set them up for success.
UPDATE: We are honored to have had so much support from so many people in such a short period of time thus far. In order to shepherd your giving well I'd like to provide some information below:
My name is Aleksandr Katane and I am Lyuba Savenok's older brother. I live in Eden Prairie MN just 3 minutes away from Lyuba's house. The funds raised here will be appropriated to meet a few goals. First we wish to use some of the money to help with funeral expenses. While we grieve we are working on organizing a fitting funeral for Lyuba to celebrate her life. The rest of the money will be allocated for Vivienne (3) and Matthew (4). We are working on setting up an approriate fund for them to be used to meet their needs in the future. This fund will continue to grow as we will hold yearly celebrations in honor of Lyuba's life and come together to help the children.
Once Lyuba's funeral is behind us we will set up a memorial website. We want people to know where their gracious donations are going and so we will be disclosing that information there and this GoFundMe page will be linked to that.
Thank you for your donations, thoughts and prayers. Please share this in any way you can.
В субботу, 14 мая мы потеряли Любу Савенок и её неродившегося сыночка. Она была чудесная мать двух детей, драгоценная дочь, замечательная сестра и верная подруга.
Люба была забрана от нас руками её мужа Евгения Савенка. Дополнительная информация здесь.
Мы очень благодарны всем кто выражает свои соболезнования и протягивает руку помощи. Мы хотели бы попросить вашей финансовой помощи.
Финансы будут использованы на похоронные расходы и на помощь Любиным детям - Матфей (4) и Вивиен (3).
Мы хотели бы почтить Любу и её сына, похоронив их в красивом месте где семья и друзья могли бы их посещять. Стремление в жизни Любы были дети и их насыщенная жизнь. С Вашей помощью близкие родственники будут заботиться о Матфее и Вивиен и делать всё в их силе чтоб помочь детям в жизни.
Мы благодарим вас за вашу финансовую поддержку, мысли и молитвы. Поделитесь данной информацией.
@Yuriy , I agree violence doesn't have nationality however its a lot more common in Minnesota than some people think , Almost every other friend i was with in Christian Youth with is being abused and dont report it because their pastors suggest against that. .. So yes violence doesn't have nationality and majority of Americans can report it but Slavic people are advised agains it because it will SHAME their family ... LIKE REALLY ???? I hope that this will open many eyes and people make the decision to report their abuse and RUN from their abusive husbands . Divorce is a lot better than being dead . SO again i hope many " Slavic Christian pastors" take this situation and use it as a lesson . And finally start helping the true victims and not tell them to stay and pray for their abusive husband to change .
This is a shame. A young women/mother taken in her prime by someone who should've loved her. Domestic abuse is very rampant in all cultures. If there is anyone out there man or women who is in an abusive relationship and needs help and you're afraid to call the police, there are groups out there that can help. If you don't want the police or these groups, send me a PM and we can discuss your situation and I can possibly assist you.
I was married to a man who could have killed me on multiple occasion. I too, am Russian. My parents nor church did nothing to help me, just continued to tell me to try to be a better more submissive wife, and to pray for him to be better. I have been choked, hair ripped out, bones broken, and had a knife aimed at me. That is not the definition of a Godly marriage. The church did not protect me, and my Slavic parents blamed me. I do believe that this is especially prevalent in the Russian Christian community. I am now married to a wonderful man who treats me with the utmost love and respect.
Pastors are responsible to report any abuse to authorities and being a Slavic women I too have experience abuse and was advised to pray call prophets but after 10 years of a struggle I found it in myself to run. One thing between me and other abused women differ in is I made my own money most Slavic women rely on men when bring home the money they feel in control and above the spouse are pastors need proper training in what their role is to the community and the reporting obligation I know people knew what was going on in this family and with people's silence we have lives lost and broken children without a mommy praying for those children
I agree with Natasha 100% ,couldn't of said it any better myself. She had her whole life ahead of her,he had no right to take her life or their unborn son's life away. My heart breaks for her kids...... Abuse is part of many Slavic families, that's true because most of the "men" can't control their anger and they think that women are lower than men.... I pray that no one will ever go through this....R.i.p♡
Divorce is counted equal or worse than pedophilia almost in slavic christian circles. Divorced people are treated like scum for the rest of their lives. Let me find out this sister was told that she did not have scriptural grounds for divorce. Any Minister not reporting abuse to the police is guilty.
Lets not acuse pastors for the barbaric did of a man who has no shame and love towards his wife. Don't accuse no one but him. I understand pastors they think and give chances because if the report goes to the police and courts it gets very hard for everyone including the family. Also when the abuser goes in front of the pastor he is not holding a gun or a knife or punches the wife. He is very calm acting like I don't know what this hysterical women accuses me of. Also they can use things like she is not a Godly wife. So, based on what the pastor hears he says " Lets pray to God so he forgives the wife the husband and give you peace. " A pastor is not God a pastor can be wrong. My own advise to every mom and wife if you are in a situation when you need to protect yourself and kids not safe than please go away or make sure he goes away. I am not telling you to run away from a husband who is working too much and is not giving you the attention and the money you think. However, I am begging you too run from the husband who is constantly not providing but telling you that he provides, heating you and than playing holly in front of people. Who is not a friend but an enemy to you. Separate as soon as you can because he will wear your strength as a women as a person as human being. Let him be separate maybe he will realize that what he is doing is wrong and if he does and you feel safe let him go back into your life. However, some jokes they are good for a while and than agein act ridiculous. So, be ready to separate agein if you need to protect your kids and yourself. God commanded the husbands to love their wives like themselves. So, if one is not doing it that please keep yourself safe. Don't worry what will the people say . God loves you he will provide and take care of your kids needs. I am so sorry that as this girl had to go through so much abuse she must of endured a lot of emotional stress too . She did her best she probably wanted a father for her kids too. We are thought to not divorce and is nothing wrong with it however if he puts you in danger devours the buster your kids will appreciate it.
Daria Wiegand Thank you for sharing your story. I was in the same situation in an abusive marriage and grew up in a strict Pentecostal home where divorce was not an option in the Slavic community and where the pastors have suggested that I stay and be a submissive wife. There is a way out if anyone is an in abusive marriage please leave you don't deserve the abuse. If anyone needs helping getting out of an abusive marriage please message me. I am in a better place now and thank the Lord every day for giving me a way out.
When pastors "advise" to stay with abuser and pray for him and women does not listen and divorces there are many consequences to the women. 1. Church restrains you from membership. 2. Everyone in community think you've sinned because of the divorce. 3. Many church goers think there is something wrong with the women not the men. 5. Kids of those parents feel they don't fit in because of all the gossips and talks. 4. And the list goes on.... That is why most Slavic women stay with an abuser; to fit in. However of the community and church supported those victims I am positive that it would'very never gone this far....
people who are in an abusive relationship are the kindest you will ever find. . but it so hard to let someone know what you are facing because you believe that they will laugh and look at you like your crazy. some friends encourage you but what can be done if he threatens you or the kids. being in that situation feels like you have no where or no one to turn to.you wouldn't want to tell because your afraid and scared that he might do something to your babies..especially..if you have more than 1 kid its so damn hard to smile everyday to your kids and trying to hind hurt from them...you just wish you could make it go away. they say sorry and it repeats over and over again.. that man should be put in jail with no bail.i am saying this because I have been there once. its so sad that it had to be solved that way. i am crying writing this because it hurts so much to see another life gone due to lack of nothing being done to prevent her death.(domestic violence should be STOPPED)....... now she left her two babies .I could never imagine a child living without a mom...
Honestly this is a hard situation but ya'll know slavic culture... wives must stay with their husbands no matter how crappy, mean as heck, and how much like trash he treats her. I blame the pastors. They are jusy as guilty in this case. Telling this poor beautiful inoccent lady to stay with a monster, a satana. I hope he rots in prison and dies a slow and painful death. Its is the pastors fault as much as the monster husband's .
I would like to apologize and clarify my below comment, since these are not editable. In no way did I mean to imply that slavic churches in particular cover up for abuse, or any minister in particular is culpable in this case and the comment regarding attitudes towards those involved in divorce are not limited to slavic churches at all. Each case is unique, and ministers ought to report knowledge any kind of crimes to the proper authorities. May the family find comfort from the God of comfort in that this sister is in a very real Gloryland with her very real Saviour. Ephesians 5:11 KJV & Acts 20:19-21 KJV
I don't agree that Slavic Christian pastors ignore domestic abuse. I don't know where that information is coming from. They never protect husbands if any violence is caused by them at home. Please don't make generalizations. I would say the same regarding Christian youth.
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