4/7/2022 – Belgorod Dnestrovsky

From Lxxx (Day 43): Dear brothers and sisters, Today is a holiday in Ukraine. The orthodox church celebrates Annunciation. In our culture people are mostly concentrated on traditions and tell each other what they should do and what they shouldn’t do on this day. It is believed that you mustn’t do any work on this day. You can bake pastries and you should lite candles. But the holiday like this is a good opportunity to talk to people about the event that is celebrated, tell the Biblical story of angel Gabriel visiting Mary and bringing her a Good News and talk about Jesus.

Thursday is the day when our youth group meets. Sxxxx also became a youth leader while our young leaders serve in the army. Some of our young church members live in the villages around and it’s hard for them to get to the town because our public transportation is not good, so Sxxxx brings them and take them back. These last weeks are hard for Sxxxx he has to do many different things every day. Now we interact with many different organizations and cooperate with volunteers from different places. Sometimes it’s hard to deal with people who represent Christian organizations but their values show that they are not Christians.

Many people are not stable emotionally. Three chaplains from Odessa are missing. Few weeks ago they travelled on a rescue cutter to the Snake island in the Black sea that was occupied by the enemy. Their goal was to bring the bodies of the dead soldiers to the mainland. The connection with them was lost and nobody knows where they are now. Their families hope they are alive and are just taken captives. Russian ships dropped a lot of drifting mines in the sea. It makes all the navigation dangerous.

Our liberated territories are still dangerous places. After removing dead bodies our military found out the all the territory is heavily mined. It will take time to demine the territories of the cities and villages. Even after that people won’t be able to return because the buildings are ruined. So, we, people in the cities that are not ruined, must be ready to accept people from other places and organize their stay and give them help that they need. Now we are working at preparing such places in Odessa.

Yesterday we had calls from people who are coming to Belgorod and want to stay in our church rooms. We see how the word of mouth works. Please, pray for the chaplains and their families and pray for other families in Ukraine that lost connection with their family members and live in uncertainty. Please, pray for our work. I ask to pray for Sxxxx and his strength.

Thank you for your love and care.

In Christ, Lxxx

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

  1. Psalm 34:17–19
    “When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears
    and delivers them out of all their troubles.
    The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
    and saves the crushed in spirit.
    Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
    but the Lord delivers him out of them all ”

    Isaiah 41: 10-13
    “So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
    I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
    “All who rage against you
    will surely be ashamed and disgraced;
    those who oppose you
    will be as nothing and perish.
    Though you search for your enemies,
    you will not find them.
    Those who wage war against you
    will be as nothing at all.
    For I am the Lord your God
    who takes hold of your right hand
    and says to you, Do not fear;
    I will help you.”

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  2. Isaiah 40:31 “But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
    I am praying that God gives you and Sxxxx the strength and energy to do all the tasks that are before you today, to be a light amidst the darkness, for your actions to show Christ to others and for you to possess the joy and peace that in can only come from Christ. I will pray that God gives you rest and renews your strength. I am praying for the youth and I thank God that they have the opportunity to spend time with Sxxx. Sometimes a long car ride is the best chance to really talk to a teenager. I pray that God would lay on his heart the words of encouragement that the kids need to hear and that God can use Sxxx to bring them healing. I pray that God would sustain the strength of your soldiers and help them not grow hopeless is the midst the the heinous things they are seeing. God sees your pain, He has not forgotten you. “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. ” Deuteronomy 31:6

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  3. Our Father in heaven,
    Deliver us from evil.
    Give us today our daily bread.
    Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, for Thine is the kingdom, power and glory.
    Hallowed be Thy name.
    Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as in heaven.

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  4. Praying for Sxxxx. And the brave chaplains.
    Prayin these verses
    2 Corinthians 4:7-9
    But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.
    We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair;

    persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;

    Always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies “

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