4/6/2022 – Belgorod Dnestrovsky

From Lxxx (Day 42): Dear brothers and sisters, Thank you for your prayers, for your words of encouragement and for sharing Scripture and hymns. Today is our middle granddaughter’s birthday, she is 7. Her name is Yxxxx. It’s the first time she is celebrating her birthday far from home. We found out about a group of people travelling to Romania today and we are going to send her some gifts.

Yesterday the citizens of our town gathered together in the park to honor the memory of children who died during the war in Ukraine. People brought toys, flowers and candles. No speeches, no ceremonies, we just stood in silence. Sxxxx spent time with a new family of refugees from the east. They already have a place to stay in our town but they have a lot of practical questions and somebody gave them Sxxxx’s phone. So, he helped them to get registered at the refugees center, explained how to get to the places like stores, a bank, a hospital. It’s good when people contact the church, they are open and we can be open with them. It’s spring, the trees start blooming but we hardly notice it. My mother always had very beautiful flower garden. Now she can’t do gardening. I am not a very good gardener but today I plan to spend few hours in the evening doing some work on the flower beds in the yard. Please, pray for our contacts with refugees, for their hearts to be open for the gospel. Pray for the work of our counselors. Pray for our soldiers. In Christ, Lxxx

7 responses to “4/6/2022 – Belgorod Dnestrovsky”

  1. Prayers for individuals and your country. May your armies and citizens be able to look around and see that God, our Lord, is in their midst even amongst all the death and destruction. There might be a flower blooming, or a green blade of grass, or the new leaves coming out on a tree…just something to say, I AM HERE. God Bless all of you for your strength, goodness, faith and kindness to others.

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  2. Dear friend, I feel the heaviness and weariness in your update today. I feel sad with you and your village. I’m glad the children were remembered by your village. I too have no words. Thank you for your update. I lift these up to our God who sees.

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  3. Happy Birthday to your granddaughter!

    Holding your counselors and soldiers up to the Lord.

    Psalm 116:1
    “I loove the Lord, because He has heard my voice and my supplications.
    Because He has inclined His ear to me,
    Therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live.”

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  4. Lxxxx,
    Thank you for the update!
    My prayer has been that your town, church, and clinic will become a sweet haven for the refugees, may they see the light of Jesus Christ shining brightly through you all.
    Since this post began, a memory has come to mind of walking down one of your streets on the way to the clinic, maybe, and seeing beautiful morning glories growing at the front gate of a home. I’ve only been there a few times, but every time was a very pleasant visit.
    Yesterday and today, I read the book of Philippians and found great places of prayer for the believers in Ukraine, I’m going to try to memorize it, and pray for you all!
    Love, Jill

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  5. Thank you for the news! Northwoods Presbyterian Church, USA is praying for peace in Ukraine and for safety and encouragement for our Christian brothers and sisters. 💙💛

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  6. Thank you for taking the time each day to keep us updated. My heart breaks for the lives lost, the destruction of your beautiful country and the horrible scars that have been left on the lives of so many. I pray that despite the horrors you are facing you will feel the peace of the Lord God and you will have confidence that He has you in His hand. Isaiah 41:10 “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, yes, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Psalm 147:3 “He heals the broken-hearted, and bandages their wounds.” I pray that God will bring healing from the trauma and that each day he will give you the strength to minister to those around you, showing them the light of Christ

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  7. I will be praying for your 7 year old grand-daughter. My heart goes out to her as she experiences a birthday away from everything familiar and secure. I was 8 when I learned of God’s immense love for me in sending his only son to die for me. This revelation was like a life raft to me because of my circumstances at the time. That was 60+ years ago and I still marvel at his love, grace and faithfulness. May God bless your dear one with a keen sense of her being exceedingly special in the sight of her Abba Father, who has a hope-filled future in store for her – a future that exceeds anything her amazing young imagination can conceive of!

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