From Lxxx (Day 85): Dear brothers and sisters, Today is a holiday of embroidery shirt in Ukraine and we will have a little party at the local defense center. We will wear our shirts, sing Ukrainian songs and make a video for our soldiers. It’s interesting to notice that more and more people start speaking Ukrainian in our Russian speaking area. About half of the people in our church pray in Ukrainian now and people usually pray in the language they think.
All our thoughts and prayers are now about the fighters of Azov, the regiment that heroically defends Mariupol. For many days now, these courageous warriors have been sitting in the bunkers of the steel plant. They are constantly bombed and fired upon, but cannot be captured, because they firmly hold the defense. There are many wounded, in a very serious condition, with amputated limbs. Negotiations began on the exchange of prisoners of war with Russia and the seriously wounded soldiers were taken to the occupied territory. But agreements with Russia are never fair. And now we do not know what will happen to the wounded who need urgent help. We are amazed that the Russians do not care about the fate of their prisoners of war and do not try to bring them home. We pray for our defenders, the young men from our church Ixxxx and Pxxxx who fight not only with the arms but with the Word of God. May other soldiers follow their example.
We continue to pray for little Sasha, the girl that was badly injured in the destroyed hotel, and her mother who became deaf. We don’t have much information about them, we know that the surgeons try to save the leg of this little girl from amputation.
I don’t take many photos now, it’s forbidden to post the photos of places, views of our cities and photos of soldiers. But I can share some photos of our church, of our cooks making pies for soldiers and some photos of working at camouflage covering at the local defense center.