From Melinda Wallace, former MTW Ukraine team member:
Dear Praying Friends, “Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” (Romans 12:11,12)
First, I can’t thank each of you enough for your calls, e-mails, and texts sharing your deep and heartfelt concern, for your encouraging, comforting words, and for your continued prayer!
This will be brief. What is crucial at this moment is prayer.
What’s happening at this very moment as I write this – because Kherson is now occupied by Russia and Russian troops, things have and are changing very quickly in Kherson. Communication is quickly being cut off. In Kherson, TV stations have already been changed to Russian, Ukrainian mobile phone companies have been cut off, internet service has been severely impacted. We are quickly losing the ability to communicate with our friends there.
We (MTW Ukraine coordinator, Jon Eide, me, Pastor Richard and Pastor Sxxxx) are in the process of trying to coordinate our efforts in the best way we can to help our dear brothers and sisters in Kherson. Please pray!!!!! Pastor Sxxx and his family made it to the US. I’ll be sharing more on that later.
In speaking with Pastor Sxxxx briefly just now he told me that the bridge to his wife, Oxxxx’s father’s village has now been bombed and he is unable to leave his village. Sxxxx’s mother also is still in Kherson. He was able to speak with her yesterday, today no. Neither Oxxx’s papa nor Sxxxx’s mother wanted to leave their homes, which is the case with so many, especially older people – very understandable. No one ever imagined the invasion would be this disastrous.
As many of you have seen on the various news media outlets, it continues to grow worse with each day. Though I was able to speak with Vxxxx this morning we were cut off multiple times and unable to complete a conversation. He texted me this: “Melinda, we are still holding up, we hope in God and wait until we can return our home back to Ukraine.” They can continue to do what they can to help those around them who have needs. They know that we love them and that we are praying for them.
In addition, please pray the Lord would grant them His peace, that they would be able to get the food they need, that He would sustain and protect them not only physically, but spiritually as well. Please also pray for God’s direction and guidance in the midst of the dramatic changes taking place moment by moment and for the assurance of His love and presence with them.