From Lxxx (Day 44): Dear brothers and sisters, Yesterday I made some calls and I talked to some of our friends who are serving in the army and in the local defense groups. They all sound very positive. My coach from the gym which I used to attend said that he does exercises when he has time to rest. Another man I talked to is an owner of an art saloon in our town and he usually organized exhibitions of local artists and did some art projects for children. Now he is a military man and says that in his youth he served in the army as a paratrooper, now he is glad to bring back some of his military skills. My cousin who is protecting our coast line says he is getting used to wear constantly a bulletproof vest and run in it. I asked them about their needs. They tell that they don’t have personal needs, they have food and other things. What they need is some specific military equipment but it’s not what we, volunteers, can help them with.
We hear the stories from the people who stayed in the ruins of destroyed buildings in Kharkiv. They were wounded and couldn’t get out because they were under heavy stones. The boys from the local defense group found them and helped to get out and took them to the hospital. One of these people said: “ I’ve never seen so handsome young men, big, strong and brave”. We can add that people who serve and help are always beautiful. It reminds the verse “Beautiful are the feet of those who bring Good News”—Romans 10:14-15.
Here is some more information about missed chaplains. They served in the military units in Odessa. Actually four people are missed – three chaplains and a doctor, they went to the occupied island in the Black sea to pick up dead bodies of the soldiers and disappeared. Lxxxxxx and Axxxxx are protestant pastors, Vxxxxxxx is an orthodox priest and Ixxxx is a doctor. Please, pray for them and their families. We ask you to pray about our cooperation with social organization in our town as we work with refugees and needy people in our community. Sometimes their attitude is very formal.
Thank you for your prayers, Lxxx