From Lxxx (Day 68): Dear brothers and sisters, I want to thank you again and again for your shield of prayers. Thank you for your replies to my letters, for sharing Scripture, for your words of encouragement. I wish I could answer each of you personally.
Yesterday we had a good day full of blessings. Our church member Sxxx Lxxxxx returned from the Netherlands last week and we all were looking forward to see her. She has amazing organization skills and we missed her so much these two months and she also missed the church so badly. But they live on the other side of the bridge which was destroyed last week. So, Sxxx and her husband Vxxx woke up at 5 o’clock in the morning and took the bypass road. We were so glad to see them. Unfortunately some our members and some refugees who live on the other side couldn’t come.
Yesterday evening I attended a Zoom webinar taught by an Israeli psychologist who talked about working with people in trauma and how we can bring spirituality into our conversation and “connect people to Jesus”. She shared stories of working with Christians, Jews, Muslims and atheists.
Now it’s a period of a long curfew in Odessa that began yesterday evening and will last till tomorrow morning. May 2 is the day of mourning in Odessa. Eight years ago, when Russia first started the war, pro-Russian forces provoked a clash of two opposite groups of people that were having meetings in the streets of Odessa. As a result there was a fight and a fire in one of the building where people gathered. More than 50 people died that day. Since then every year on this day pro-Russian people in Odessa had meeting bringing the symbols of Soviet Union and blaming Ukraine and Ukrainian government. There is much risk of terrorist acts and provocation on this day. So, the people will stay at homes. Please, pray for Odessa, for the peace and unity of people and for the protection of the city from the enemy attacks.
In Christ, Lxxx