From Lxxx: ( Day 36) Dear brothers and sisters, It’s a nice morning. This day is going to be warm. The information of the news yesterday brings hope. Russian troops are retreating from Kiev. But on the other hand they say that they might do it to regroup and strengthen their positions in other places. We thank God for Odessa and Odessa region. We feel safe and protected here. Most of the rockets that the enemy shoots are destroyed in the air. Sometimes we hear the sounds of explosion very near but no rocket fell on our town yet. Praise the Lord! Some people are so relaxed that they started to ignore air alarms which is not wise. This safe atmosphere here is a big contrast to what is happening on the other side of our country, where people try to survive under intensive bombing, living without food and water. So, we pray hard and have a strong desire to receive this people in our town and serve them.
More and more refugees come now. Mostly they come from Kherson and Nikolayev. But so many people have to stay in war zones and can’t leave. Yesterday the counselors of our center discussed the plans of rehabilitation for the refugees. We plan individual and group work and also rehabilitation camps for refugees in our area.
Our counselor Axxx who is in France now is very busy working with the refugees there. When she started her work immediately Ukrainians began to group around. It’s so important to have somebody from your country who can listen to you, talk to you and understand how you feel.
I remember from my childhood a respectful attitude of my grandparents to bread. They always told me that it was wrong to throw away pieces of bread because so many people in the world don’t have food at all. They survived famine and World War II and knew what it was like when you have no food and no bread. Our country that is famous as a bread basket this year can’t cultivate and sow many of our fields. Very soon we will feel the lack of some basic things we normally eat and also the countries to which we export food will feel that too.
Please, pray for the people in the war zones so that they would be able to leave and come to safe places. Pray for us as we serve refugees and the people of our community.
In Christ, Lxxx