From Lxxx (Day 57): Dear brothers and sisters, Today we will meet in the church for lunch remembering the Last Supper of Jesus. We will sing, pray and read the Scripture, meditating on the journey to the cross. We will mourn and prepare our hearts to the joy of resurrection on Sunday. We hope everything will be fine and we will be able to have our Easter church service. It’s hard to think of joy these days, but we have to learn to have joy in the saddest moments because Jesus is the reason of it.
UN Secretary-General has called for an “Easter humanitarian break” to organize humanitarian corridors and evacuate civilians from war zones, but Russia has stated at the UN that they are renouncing the Easter truce. It’s so hard to think of people who will stay in the basements on Easter day without food. Please, pray for their hearts to be filled with hope as they say “Christ has risen!”
This war changed our society a lot and there are things we are thankful for. Ukraine became a praying nation. Our mass media talk about God and encourage people to turn to God. We hear Scripture from our TV channels, yesterday Psalm 91 was read several times. I can’t watch news without tears when the presenter addresses our soldiers at the end of his report and says “ We all are praying for you”. We should use this time and bring good news to people around, for them to know God who is often hidden by the rituals and traditions in our culture. And it’s very important to continue calling on Him and live with Him after the war ends and our life becomes safe and happy again.
We continue working with refugees. Our counselors in Odessa now has to shift their focus a little bit and besides taking care of emotional needs work with practical things helping people. Yesterday Rxxxx had to order the new keys for the door of the room in one camping that were lost. We plan to buy food and carry some humanitarian staff from our church in Belgorod to the office of our counseling center in Odessa. We pan to pack the bags and distribute help to our clients.
One of the problems we have now is keeping regular contacts with our potential clients. Every day we have calls from volunteers from other cities who send people here and sometimes people who plan to come call us. We agree with them about details, prepare the rooms and the things they need and then we lose contacts with them. We often don’t know why. May be internet and mobile connection is not stable in other places. Some people, probably, are not able to leave their cities because of war activities , the lack of transport or other reasons. But when we lose contacts with people we talk on the phone with, we meet the people who are already here and start working with them. So, we have to get used to the fact that our plans do not always work and we have to act spontaneously. Thank you for your faithful prayers.
In Christ, Lxxx