From Lxxx (Day 52): Dear brothers and sisters, During this Easter season we think of people of Palestine who lived on the occupied territory and pagan nation tried to impose their culture. Many Israelites saw Jesus only as the Liberator of their land but He came to give them much more, He came to liberate their hearts.
I am thinking about Russian culture these days. Our two nations had the same past, we all grew up in the Soviet Union, we studied the same subjects at school, we read the same books, watched the same films, laughed at the same jokes. But since 1991 when the Soviet Union collapsed our ways became completely different. Ukrainian nation moved to democracy and freedom including the freedom for the gospel and Russia was stuck in the Soviet Union ideology and pride of being a super power in stead of building a new country.
Working with the students from Russia in online school it was strange to see that they didn’t celebrate Christmas and Easter. The holidays which are so respected and widely celebrated in Ukraine have no meaning at all for many Russian people. Now having this mixture of feelings – pain, anger and grief, I want to pray for Russian people and ask God to open their hearts for the gospel, because it will open their eyes for the truth and it will change them.
We had several air alarms during the night. The most active actions of the enemy are in the east which is far away from us, but due to the presence of Russian warships armed with Caliber cruise missiles in the Black Sea, the threat of the use of missile weapons remains high. We don’t know what exactly was happening this night but we thank God for His protection.
May God bless you as you prepare to celebrate the death and resurrection of our Savior!