3/25/2022 – Interview with Pastor Ixxx in Kyiv

This past week was relatively quiet in Kyiv, particularly compared to Kharkiv and Mariupol. The city is being surrounded, and we’ve had shelling every day. A residential building was hit today and a large shopping center earlier in the week. Praise God that the number of casualties is not high.

Two days ago a 35-hour curfew started. We don’t know why. Maybe they’re hunting down saboteurs who were in the city.

Kyiv now is a city of contrasts. Yesterday it was really surreal. When day dawned there was not a person about in the streets. It felt apocalyptic.

Today, the curfew ended, and I saw parents with children, and people walking their dogs. I even heard someone laugh. I haven’t heard laughter in days.

People cannot live in a continuous state of anxiety. They need their everyday life routines. It’s amazing. People learn to live even under everyday threats. God made us unbelievably adaptable, and that will help us persevere and survive. You never know what you’re capable of until you are in the trial.

About a third of our church members stayed, and two-thirds left. Nevertheless our church is still involved in ministry, those who are left in Kyiv. We have young men and women who buy medicine and deliver it to people in the community, as well as about 10 elderly church members.

We need to stay closely connected with those who are home-bound as they are very vulnerable and unprotected at this point. I spoke to an elderly man today who had a stroke and is bed-ridden in the 15th floor, so we try to care for him as we can. We try to address those needs of mercy in the city, on both the left bank and right bank of the river.

Food is still available. We have good access to the food we need clean water. Certain kinds of medicine are hard to find, so I’ve requested certain types from our brothers in Lviv. Some of our elderly people are running out of the medicines they need regularly.

We do what we can. We stay in touch with our brothers who have taken up arms. All of them are alive so far and safe. We pray for them daily.

I lose count of how many times the air raid sirens go off. Earlier today, I was dismayed to hear an automatic rifle firing, very loud, in the neighborhood. The shelling is a threat, and we sort of get used to it, but this kind of shooting is new, and it’s hard to get used to.

We are seeing some tension between those who’ve stayed in cities who are now encircled and those who fled. It’s natural. But we need to respect those choices, both those who stayed and those who left. We pray God will remove those tensions in our churches. Our country needs unity at this point. We don’t need to look for traitors or those with weak spirits. We need to each of us to do the work that God has called us to where we are. Pray we will be able to stay connected with each other as a church.

We have Bible study and prayer in the evening and exchange with each other on a Bible text in the mornings.

Pray for our brothers who took up arms and are on the front lines. Pray for our volunteers who are exhausted and working very long hours. There is a lot of anxiety. Pray we’ll be able to get rest in the midst of air raid sirens. We don’t know how much longer this will last, so we need to learn to pace ourselves.

It’s critically important to spend time in the Word and prayer. I encourage them to spend time in the Word and prayer in the morning before you go about your business, and in the evenings.

It’s unhealthy to spend too much time watching the news. Of course we want to know what’s happening all over the country, but the anxiety will mount incredibly and it will be hard to focus on what’s in front of you.

Pray the Lord will unite the international community in supporting Ukraine through financial help, military aid, and humanitarian help. The economy hasn’t been operational for a month, and it is in ruins.

Please keep praying. It is vital that our sovereign God intervene. If Ukraine wins, it will be a tremendous demonstration of God’s power. Ukraine is so much smaller and such a victory would give God glory. We are seeing people come to faith, and people are very encouraged by our military’s progress.

But even if the Lord doesn’t allow Ukraine to win, and we suffer even more casualties and tragedies, pray for the church not to become hardened. Pray that the church will survive and remain faithful to the Lord, regardless of the outcome of war.

Thank you for this opportunity to be connected to a larger Christian community. We feel the isolation keenly as the noose tightens around Kyiv. Pray we will maintain our connection with the larger international community like we have here, so we can carry on our ministry.

14 responses to “3/25/2022 – Interview with Pastor Ixxx in Kyiv”

  1. We are praying for you, for many of you specifically. We read all the updates here and in other places every day, and think of you constantly. We pray for victory for Ukraine, for the Russian forces to be driven out, for God to turn them around and send them back where they came from, as He can do. We pray for safety for you, and for intense spiritual growth under suffering. May the Lord Jesus be with you.

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  2. Ixxxx and Lxxxx,
    Please know you are not alone, we are praying for you all the time!
    Thank you for your faithfulness in caring for your congregation and the needy there!
    May God arise in Ukraine and His enemies be scattered!
    In Christ,
    Jill and David N

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  3. Dear Ixxx,
    I am praying for you and the others who are serving in various ways. That God who come along side you, encourage your hearts, strengthen your souls and give you the stamina that you need for this day. That you would be able to find the rest and the peace that can only come from the Lord. That you will be able to see and feel the goodness and mercy of the Lord and that it will fill your hearts with love, hope and peace. And, that you will be given opportunities to share with with others how you could possibly have hope and joy, so that many can come to a saving knowledge of the Almighty God. God loves the people of Ukraine and he has not forgotten you. My prayers are with you! Please reads this passage Psalm 37: 7- 24

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  4. Thank you so much for allowing us to pray for you, for taking the time to write so that we know how to pray for you. Please know that many of God’s people across the world are praying.

    May our great God have mercy upon His people, have mercy upon Ukraine. Thank you for sharing your heart’s desires and the needs of your community. Praying that you will see God faithfully provide all you have need of. May He keep your hearts steady and sure as you look Him. He is doing more than we can ask or think in all things. He is building His kingdom through you!

    May you see that He hems you in behind and before, and lays His hand upon you. May the knowledge of His presence with you give you wonder and delight, strength and sustaining grace, wisdom and light for you path. Surely our hope is in our good and gracious, merciful God of heaven and earth. He Reigns. Praying that you will see and know His mighty hand in all things. May He do wonders untold today through you and His people today.

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  5. Support for you and Ukraine is strong here in the USA!

    Praise God for his provision! And we pray for his mercy upon you and your country.

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  6. We in the USA support you and Ukraine!

    We pray for you and rejoice in every mercy God sends your way.

    May God confuse and repel the Russian aggressor! And bring many into the light!

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  7. We are praying without ceasing. Our thoughts are with the Ukrainian people. Thank you for the information and for giving specific ways to pray. I hope your mom feels the peace of Christ on her birthday. All glory to God.

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  8. Pastor Ixxx,
    EPHESIANS 4 v. 4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

    You are our brother and we remember you.
    Praying for all you shared specifically.

    Your updates are a ministry in and of themselves.
    We share your stories and point others to Christ where we are in the Pennsylvania and beyond.

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  9. I pray for you dear brotthers and sisters throughout the day – you are ever on my heart. How you inspire us! Jesus is shining through all of your words and the light comes all the way to Greenville, South Carolina.
    You are all loved in heaven and on earth.

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  10. Thank you for the news!

    Matt. 28- Jesus said “All authority in heaven and earth had been given to Me…lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world.”

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  11. You are on our hearts and in our prayers so much. Thank you for sharing as this helps to guide our prayers and feel more connected to our dear brothers and sisters from Ukraine. Yes, it is so important to stay in the Word, the sword of the Spirit, as the evil one is waging warfare on many fronts. I am reading/praying through Ps. 119. “This is my comfort in my affliction, that Your promise gives me life.” (v50). “If Your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction.” (92). “I am Yours; save me, for I have sought Your precepts. The wicked lie in wait to destroy me, but I consider your testimonies.” (95). “You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your Word.” (114). Much love from our family to yours!

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  12. Ixxx & Lxxxx, and family,
    We’re praying for you & the church all through the day. Our church, where you’ve preached, prays for you, the church, and Ukraine. Most of our country has rallied behind Ukraine- more united than I’ve seen since 2001. “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 5:10-11.
    Thank you for writing,
    Fred & Kathy

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  13. Praying for all of you to be in God’s word! The grass may fade away but his word stands!! Praying for the church’s unity! Praying for your anxiety. God, please do a work in Ukraine may you be glorified!!

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  14. We are praying for you always. Even here in the USA, we spend too much time watching and reading the news. I myself have several other venues that I read about the horrors and the good things happening in Ukraine. May God defeat the enemy. May God give the Ukrainian leaders wisdom and give NATO nation leaders wisdom how to help without causing the enemy to move into a much broader war over Europe.

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