4/21/2022 – Belgorod Dnestrovsky: Ukraine became a praying nation

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

3 responses to “4/21/2022 – Belgorod Dnestrovsky: Ukraine became a praying nation”

  1. God Bless all of you in the ministry of our Lord and your volunteers. May God Bless your soldiers and keep all of you safe.

    Matthew 25

    34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

    37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

    40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

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  2. Lxxx,
    May your church have a blessed time remembering the Last Supper of Jesus.
    Praying for Sunday morning safety and for worship and for the Lord to move hearts to respond to Him.

    Praying for you as the Lord brings refugees and plans change.

    Giving thanks for psalm 91 reading on the news. His word will not return void.

    Jeremiah 16:b
    “I will cause them to know
    My hand and My might;
    And they shall know that My name is the Lord.”
    Holding you in prayer, sister

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