From Lxxx (Day 41): Dear brothers and sisters, We thank you for your prayers, support and love. We need to be together as never today and unite our efforts to resist evil.
When we see terrible photos and videos we hear a question asked by many people “Where is God?” This is the text that was written by Ivan Rusyn, Rector of the Ukrainian Penticostal Seminary:
“Eli Wiesel in his book “Night” describes the hell of the concentration camp he went through during World War II. One day, the Nazis demonstratively executed three Jews in front of other prisoners. Two died at once, and the third was a young boy and too light and therefore suffered for some time in agony on the gallows. Someone behind Wiesel said, “Where is God?”
“And the voice of me said, Where is God? He is right here, He was hanged,” Wiesel writes.
When I see the bodies of the tortured civilians of Bucha, the city where I have lived for the last 8 years, I see not only the killing of people, I see the killing of God. Only godless persons can resort to such god-killing – persons in whom there is nothing human or divine. Only he who has killed God in himself can kill peaceful people in such a brutal way.
God is always on the side of the oppressed and innocent killed. God has been, is and will be with us. He will heal our wounds, wipe away our tears and help rebuild our Ukraine. Yes, we will not bring back our loved ones, our heroes, but we will always remember the names and for their memory we will do everything possible to rebuild our Ukraine. “
I want to write about the work of our counceling center now. Our counselor Vxxx has been working with military men since 2014. Vxxx and his wife Axxx regularly visited the wounded soldiers in the hospitals, organized support groups for war veterans, collected help for their families, organized picnics and fun time for their families. Now Vxxx continues working with the soldiers who are on the front line and the soldiers who are in a defense group of Odesa. He calls his friends who are fighting in the war zones every day to find out how they are doing. It’s very hard when their phones don’t answer, but when they call back it brings so many emotions.
Vxxxxx is a military man from Odesa who took part in severe battles in east of our country in 2014. His three sons became military men and are serving in the army now. Few days ago he lost contact with his middle son Valentin. His phone doesn’t answer. He can’t contact his friends either. No information about his military detachment. Vxxx helped Vxxxxxx to contact the hospitals where wounded soldiers are treated but there is no information of his son. It’s hard to live in uncertainty. Please, pray for Vxxxxx and his son Vxxxx.
Our counselor Txxxx has been working with the teenagers in our project “Adolescents at risk”- counseling teenagers in crisis. Yesterday she received a message from Ixxxx the girl that was very responsive to counseling and in spite of a bad family situation was able to overcome her problems and was a very active member of the church youth group. Ixxx asked to meet with her and during the meeting she showed the cuts she made on her body. Txxxx found out that the war ruined her happiness and security she had. The youth group leaders joined the army, some members of the church music group left the country and though she comes to church she feels very lonely and scared. Please, pray for this girl and for Txxx’s work with her.
I work in a big group of people every day we talk about different things and there are women who share their pain and worries, please, pray for me as I talk to them, pray for the opportunity to share the gospel.
Thank you for your love and care.