4/19/2022 – Belgorod Dnestrovsky: the beauty of a flower amidst war

From Lxxx (Day 55): Dear brothers and sisters, Thank you for your holiday greetings, for your prayers and support. Yesterday was a hard day. Russian troops began their advance in the east, their goal is to get under their control our eastern cities including Kharkiv and Mariupol. There was an attempt to move in the southern direction towards Odessa but it was not successful. Nikolaev is a shield that protects Odessa.

This city is regularly bombed. During one of the air attacks a water supply system was destroyed there and the whole city lives without water now. Yesterday the trucks from Odessa carried water there. Another sad news yesterday was the bombing of Lviv, our beautiful city in the west. People were wounded there, among them there is a mother and her little boy from Kharkiv, they left their city which was constantly bombed and came to Lviv, but the bombs got them there.

We thank God and our defense forces for protecting Odesa area. There are military ships in the Black Sea that shell the coastal area. Our church keeps close contacts with our military men here always responds to their needs. Besides cooking food we try to meet other needs they have. Yesterday we had a call from a group that stands on one of our beaches and maintain coastal defense. They stay there for more than a month already, sleep in the tents. They haven’t seen their families for all this time. They needed six mattresses for a new soldiers that joined them. We were thinking of buying them , but first I places this announcement in our local online groups. We had immediate response, the mattresses are delivered to the beach.

Please, pray for our counselor Vxxx. All these time he has been taking care of his sick mother. He decided to take his mother and the parents of his wife Axxxx to France where Axxxx and their two daughters are staying now. They are leaving today, it will be a long trip. Please, pray for their parents to do well on the trip.

I talked to one of my neighbors yesterday. This is the lady from our apartment building, her name is Mxxx. Every spring she plants flowers in our yard and her flowers are the best. She couldn’t sleep at night because the phone of her son, who lives in a different city, didn’t answer. In the morning he called her back and said that his family spent a night in a bomb shelter. I talked to her a little bit. As many people today she feels she should do something big to help the army. I told her that her work in the yard of our building is very important because we need flowers and beauty in these days of grief and sadness.

In Christ, Lxxx

4 responses to “4/19/2022 – Belgorod Dnestrovsky: the beauty of a flower amidst war”

  1. Dear Lxxxx,
    Thank you very much for the daily updates! This gives us all the opportunity to weep, to pray and even to rejoice along with you in this dark time.
    Thank you for the details on how to pray for your needs specifically and also for the hope that you share, the hope in our Savior and the love notes He sends to remind us, like the beautiful flowers growing in your courtyard.
    Love, Jill

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  2. Lxxx,our dear sister,
    Beautiful flowers from Mxxx.
    Thanks to the Lord for giving mattresses for your soldiers on the beach.

    Praying for safe trip to France for Vxxx and his family especially for his mother and his wife’s parents.

    Thank you, Lxxx, for your updates with details. We are on the other side of the world, but with the Lord’s family, He keeps you close on our hearts and in our prayers. He is faithful and good.

    Continued prayer for your safety and against the enemy advance.

    “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.”
    Isaiah 41:10
    Anne

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  3. Thank you for the news! At Northwoods Presbyterian Church, USA, our pastor prayed for those who the resurrection is felt most deeply this year, because they have lost loved ones.

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