5/10/2022 – Belgorod Dnestrovsky

From Lxxx (Day 76): Dear brothers and sisters, A Victory Day which is supposed to be a day of peace was not like that for us.

On May 9, Russia struck Odessa with 7 missiles using aircraft. As a result, 1 person died, 5 wounded were taken to hospital. They hit a big shopping center. It’s good that due to a curfew there were no people there.

There were strikes on the beach zone not far from us. It’s so painful to see the photos of destruction and recognize familiar places where we used to spend a lot of time in summer -walk, stop for a cup of tea or just play with our grandchildren.

Yesterday we exchanged text messages a lot. Each time there was information about bombing Odessa we wrote to Vxxx and Rxxxx who live in Odessa asking how they are. Then when there were strikes in our area, they wrote us -Txxx, Sxxxx and me who are in Belgorod asking about us. Rxxxx says that the blast wave of the explosion near his place hit the window of his apartment. But it just opened it, the glass was not broken.

Today we plan to have breakfast with refugees in a local cafe that we plan to have every Tuesday. We hope it will be quiet and people will come.

Yesterday I had serious texting fights with some my acquaintances who posted in online groups Victory Day greetings using pictures with the symbols of Soviet Union and Russia. It’s just unbelievable how some people prefer to stay blind and deaf even when they are bombed. The only positive thing is that these people are not young.

We began to make the food supply in the office of our counseling center in Odessa. But now when it’s not safe to travel around I suggest Vxxx and Rxxxx to buy some food supplies and store in their apartments. Please, pray for the soup kitchen ministry in Odessa.

In Christ,
Lxxx

6 responses to “5/10/2022 – Belgorod Dnestrovsky”

  1. Dear sister,
    We do pray as you ask.
    We are sad with the evil destruction.
    Your brothers and sisters here remember and pray.

    The enemy deceives and deceives. Praying for you as you text with those blind to the truth.

    Praying over your weekly breakfast with the refugees at the local cafe – for those the Lord brings you. You are faithful to serve the Lord and the uses your example to teach us here.

    2 Corinthians 2:14
    “But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere.”

    2 Corinthians 2:16
    “To the one we are an aroma that brings death, to the other, an aroma that brings life.”

    Thank you for telling us how to pray for you.
    Love in Christ,
    Anne

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  2. Dear Lxxxx,
    Good to hear you are all okay, after the attacks on Odessa, yesterday!

    Continuing to pray for Jesus light to shine brightly through you all, as you minister to the hurting! May God bless the times in the Tuesday cafe and provide greatly for the soup kitchen in Odessa!

    Love,
    Jill

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  3. When Trials Come

    (Keith Getty | Kristyn Getty; CCLI License #11233449)

    When trials come no longer fear
    For in the pain our God draws near
    To fire a faith worth more than gold
    And there His faithfulness is told
    And there His faithfulness is told

    Within the night I know Your peace
    The breath of God brings strength to me
    And new each morning mercy flows
    As treasures of the darkness grow
    As treasures of the darkness grow

    I turn to wisdom not my own
    For ev’ry battle You have known
    My confidence will rest in You
    Your love endures Your ways are good
    Your love endures Your ways are good

    When I am weary with the cost
    I see the triumph of the cross
    So in its shadow I shall run
    Till You complete the work begun
    Till You complete the work begun

    One day all things will be made new
    I’ll see the hope You called me to
    And in Your kingdom paved with gold
    I’ll praise Your faithfulness of old
    I’ll praise Your faithfulness of old

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  4. Our Father in heaven,
    Deliver us from evil.
    Give us today our daily bread.
    Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.
    Thy will be done.
    Hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as in heaven.
    Thine is the kingdom, power and glory.

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  5. Oh, Lxxx What a difficult day! I read your email early this morning and started praying for you and those you are with for endurance and strength for another day. We did not hear of the bombing in Odessa until this morning. I was so praying that it was a quiet day. How horrible to see the land and beach being destroyed by cruel evil loving people. How black are their souls for just enjoying destruction. I would be text fighting, too. We must fight evil. Here the enemy is hidden in ideas and words. So glad to hear your young people understand the real enemy. Here our young people are turning into skeptics or materialists. They are snowflakes that fear everything and enjoy destroying the truth. Praying for you and those who help you. Praying for the people who come to the breakfast and for those who come to the soup kitchen. Think on lovely things like the organ concert. A tremendous gift of music glorifying God in the midst of hideous destruction.

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  6. Thank you for sharing with us so faithfully – even after full days of ministry. Reading your notes day after day, it seems like you all are family. You remain on our hearts and are constantly in our thought and prayers.

    My reading today in Psalm 33 mirrors part of my prayers – “ The LORD bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect.” May He continue to do so. May the missiles be redirected and land where they will harm no one.

    I pray for those who are now without light and water. May the Lord protect and provide for them, reminding the believers that His Word promises, “The Lord is my Light and mt salvation; whom shall I fear. the Lord is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid.” May He make that promise very real to them.

    So thankful for the 4 musicians who came to minister and bring joy. May the Lord bless them, and may the beauty of those moments linger on in the hearts of all who heard them.

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