5/20/2022 – Belgorod Dnestrovsky: Vyshyvanka Day in Ukraine

The ladies wearing their vyshyvankas in the community

Admin: Vyshyvanka Day (Embroidered Shirt Day) is an international holiday that aims to preserve the Ukrainian folk traditions of creating and wearing ethnic embroidered clothes called vyshyvankas. It is celebrated every third Thursday of May. Vyshyvankas are, along with pysankas, one of the best known symbols of Ukrainian culture (Wiki).

From Lxxx (Day 86): Dear brothers and sisters, We had a good day yesterday. Nice embroidery shirts that everybody was wearing created a good mood. And no air alarms during the day made us really happy. In the news though we heard that there were attacks in Odessa but the rockets were successfully destroyed by our air defense.

Sxxxx was driving yesterday because we were delivering food packets and he gave a lift to some teenagers of our youth group who live outside the town and can’t get to the youth meeting they had yesterday. Sxxxx leads youth group meetings now while the youth leaders serve in the army. They had a picnic yesterday not far from the house of one of our church members, so in case of air alarm they can take refuge there. But praise the Lord nothing interrupted their meeting yesterday.

Yesterday a new woman came to our local defense center to volunteer. Her name is Oxxx, she is about my age and she is a refugee from Kharkiv. All people who had to leave their homes have one thing in common: they speak with such love about their cities describing their favorite places, their homes. One day when Kharkiv was bombed the rocket hit the building where Oxxx lived. Though her apartment wasn’t destroyed there was no electricity and water any more. Right now it’s impossible to live there. When I asked about her needs she said that she can’t afford buying fruit jam which she likes very much. I know that one lady in our church will be glad to treat her with the fruit jam she makes.

The counselors of our center are very busy now. Most of the counseling they do online or on telephone. We don’t always know how the clients find us. Probably some of them see our website, some might be referred by different volunteers we have contacts with and now the state organizations also refer people for counseling. It’s interesting that while being so busy we began to communicate with each other more often. We discuss some difficult cases, share new information and pray.

Please pray for Sasha

Little girl Sasha is still in bad condition, the doctors don’t give any prognosis about her. But probably she is a little better because yesterday they transported her to Odessa hospital. The doctors wanted to send her to Odessa right after the accident but they were afraid that long transportation could make her state worse. Her mother’s hearing is being restored.

Thank you for your prayers and for your messages.

In Christ, Lxxx

4 responses to “5/20/2022 – Belgorod Dnestrovsky: Vyshyvanka Day in Ukraine”

  1. Your news is very uplifting. So good to hear people are finding you and ways of encouraging each other. I am reading Acts right now. So many of your letters are in my thoughts, the news acts of the church until Jesus returns. Thank you for your daily emails. I read them first in the morning.
    Peace and grace be unto you.


  2. Lxxx,

    The Vyshyvanka shirts are beautiful! The colors and embroidery are lovely. – another great Ukrainian tradition.

    Good news about Sasha and her mother. We keep praying.

    Praise the Lord the teenagers as Sxxx had a good meeting without interruption. Sxxxis so faithful to the young people.

    So nice the small ways ( like jam) you care and loove the people the Lord has chosen to send you.

    Proverbs 18:10. The Lord is a strong tower.

    With loove and prayers
    Your sister


  3. The vyshyvankas are beautiful! It is always a blessing to see women and men wearing traditional clothing from whatever nationality they come from, even here in America where we have so many nationalities represented. It is a time to celebrate, even in the midst of attacks. May God end this war soon.


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