Lxxx (Day 18): Dear brothers and sisters, We have a sunny frosty morning today. This night my 83-year-old father had a heart attack, after taking medicines he feels better. My mother is going to be 80 this month. They both experienced Nazi’s occupation in their childhood. Both my grandfathers fought in World War II. My grandmothers survived the occupation. In my childhood I heard a lot of war stories. That war made such a big impact on their generation. Till the end of their lives they kept in their closets the supply of soap, hard chuck and matches. They were always satisfied with poor conditions of living and often repeated the phrase “if only there was no war”.
People of today have changed so much for these two weeks. Many things we were not satisfies with before are not important any more. I heard many people saying : “ We didn’t realize what a good life we had”. Peace is the state we want most of all now and we will never be the same after this war.
Yesterday Sxxx and Vxxx were buying and delivering the supplies for our local military unit. I was working in the local defense center and had some good conversations with people. I am glad to see there some people who used to be my students in the past.
Odessa is busy every day. The people there patrol the main streets day and night. Many people come to work on the beach, they fill the sacks with sand, they use them to build barricades and various constructions to block the ways of potential attack.
We heard a lot of threats about a big Odessa attack and were glad and surprised why it didn’t happen. Yesterday we got an information about the riot of one of military ships approaching Odessa. There were 600 marines who were supposed to land our beach. Knowing about the failure of previous landing attempts where all landers were killed and seeing the fortifications and strong defense the Russian marines understood that it means death for them and their commanders just use them as cannon fodder. They rebelled and the ship retreated. This information was received from a captive marine who was sorry that on his ship they didn’t do the same.
It’s amazing how God works.
Thank you for your prayers. Please, continue to pray.
Love in Christ,
Sxxx and Lxxx