From Lxxx (Day 47): Dear brothers and sisters, It’s a new week and it’s the forty seventh day of the war but actually it is eight years and forty seven days. The war started in 2014. It was a quiet day for us, we had several air alarms but nothing happened and we should not take it for granted, remembering that each time when nothing happens during air alarms – it’s protection from God and He works through our air defense.
Our church had online worship in the morning and in the evening and we had a family worship in the afternoon. We are glad to hear from our daughter and our grandchildren – they worship together with missionaries and members of Ukrainian churches right in the building where they live.
The Holy Spirit put on my heart Psalm 136 – “ His mercy endureth for ever.” Being safe and comfortable it’s very hard to watch what is happening in other places. Many cities including Nikolayev, which is close to Odesa, were seriously bombed yesterday . The most painful point for us is Mariupol. The enemy continues to kill this city. They are constantly bombing the city from all sides. It’s hard to imagine that there are still some people who are alive. They are dying of bombs, the lack of water and food. And our constant prayer is for Axxx regiment of our army that stands in the city and doesn’t allow the enemy to get it.
There is a good news. Thank you for praying for the chaplains and the doctors who were missing. They were taken captives. Two chaplains and the doctor have been exchanged for Russian captive and are coming home. The orthodox priest Vxxxx is still in captivity. Praise the Lord that they are alive, please, continue praying for Vxxxx.
So many crimes were opened in the liberated area around Kiev. Yesterday we saw the photo from Irpen city, there were several evangelical missions and Russian soldiers found a big storage of Bibles in one of them. They took them outside and burnt. On the photo we can see many half burnt pages with Scripture on them scattered around the street. There is no doubt who we are fighting with.
Please, give thanks with us to the Lord for His mercy in this difficult time. Please, pray with us for the long-suffering city of Mariupol, for its citizens and defenders. Please, give thanks for the liberation of people from captivity and let’s pray for those who are still captive. Please, pray for the people from the war zones to be able to get to Odessa and to our town where we can give them care and help. Please, pray that the people of Russia will be delivered from demonic power and be able to repent and turn to God.
In Christ, Lxxx