Pastor Alexander was a charity worker in Donetsk Region. Due to the war in Eastern Ukraine, Alexander and his family had to leave the area in 2014. He at one time hid for one week in a basement as he was on a hit list of Pastors that would be put in prison. Some Pastors were killed and some wounded.
Many families lived in fear and along with Alexander and his family they escaped in their cars at great personal risk to themselves.
Pastor Alexander first moved to a place called Poltarva, across the border. In the occupied area many people did not receive a pension for 6 months and 16 people died of starvation. Money donated from Door of hope was used at this time to bring food to people in this region. Alexander stayed with them until the pension was reinstated.