5/21/2022 – Belgorod Dnestrovsky

Lxxx (Day 89): Dear brothers and sisters, Usually the weekend starts with good mood and plans. But today started with a siren and it sounds while I am writing. Yesterday there were several attacks on Odessa and some explosions could be heard in Odessa region but there is no detailed information about it yet.

Today our group of refugees will meet to have a tour round the town and then we will go to a café for ice-cream and talk. Mxxxx from Kharkiv is still in the hospital but he feels much better. We bought some medications for him. We have some new people come to the meetings. But some people we meet are very reluctant to come to the group meetings. We don’t push them, just call them if they give their phone numbers and keep contacts with them.

Yesterday I had a talk with a woman from our church who has a conflict with a group they do ministry together. It’s sad that some meaningful things can become so important in the conflict. We will meet again in a week. Meanwhile we agreed to pray about her situation and think about the main priority – our ministry. I hope God will work in her heart and give her forgiveness and acceptance.

One of the good things of this difficult period is that people pray a lot. Our church prayer group continues to meet in Zoom every evening. It not only brings us closer but also helps us to know each other better. Some of us have known each other for many years but when we hear how people pray every day, what they focus on and how they talk to God we see the inner world and it’s a blessing.

Thank you for praying with us and for us every day.

In Christ,
Lxxx

4 responses to “5/21/2022 – Belgorod Dnestrovsky”

  1. What wonderful pictures you have sent recently. Thank you so much, especially the ones of you and Sxxxxx and the bikes! I will share at church tomorrow and the ones of the little girl, Sxxxx, the ladies in their beautiful shirts, your church members, and the pies and camouflage suit made for the soldiers. It is nice to have faces to go with our prayers. Smiles amid such tragedy are inspiring as well as your faithfulness in prayer and ministry. May our Lord keep you strong and continue to protect your town, and may He bring an end to the war soon. Sending love.

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  2. I have been praying and reading your updates. Thank you! I was in Odessa 1994-96 with the teams who were there.
    Jesus has prepared all of you there for His works during this time. I am grieved by the pain everyone is enduring. A hand full of scriptures have come to mind as I meditate on the suffering in your country. Here are a few, and I may share more later:
    1. Psalm 91, the psalm of protection
    2. 11 Corinthians 1:4-11, – mutual prayers, comforts, and trials shared among believers, and deliverance from deadly peril
    3. 11 Cor 4:6-18, -perseverance through suffering
    I will pray for all of your needs to be met this Sunday to revive you again to the glory of Jesus’ name.
    Jenny (I was called Xenya)

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  3. Lxxx,
    Think you for the picture ma! Now I can envision you biking as prayers are said for you and Sxxxx.

    Your words in prayer very encouraging and true- esp about knowing each other better when pray together. What a blessing to pray every night together.

    Continued prayer for protection for Odessa area.

    Have a good Lord’s day tomorrow.
    In Christ,
    Anne

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  4. We pray for the peace of God to reign. May the plans of satan to divide and bring discord be defeated. May the Holy Spirit give wisdom and discernment in dealing with this situation.

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