From Lxxx (Day 100): Dear brothers and sisters, It’s Ascension holiday today and it’s another opportunity to talk to people about very important things. Ascension and Pentecost, that follow Easter, are known as Christian holidays in Ukraine. But again people are concentrated on traditions and it’s very important to turn their hearts from traditions to God. I wrote before how busy our counselors are now, they work hard every day because there are so many people that need help today. But we also need to study because we work in a completely new situation which is the war that brings so much trauma and all our previous experience is not enough when we deal with this trauma. We are very thankful for this opportunity to study and for all professionals who share their materials and experience with us. We are having a series of very helpful webinars on trauma now. I want to share with you one thought that is still with me since yesterday class. When everything suddenly changes and we see how the world we lived in is being destroyed, our future is ruined, and all plans we had are crashed, in the ashes we can see new future which brings new opportunities and new plans, the plans that God has for us. I am thinking about the opportunity God gives me now. It’s such a blessing to have in the midst of this terrible war so many new friends, to meet with new people every day and share God’s love with them, to learn new things, to get new experience and to feel that special presence of God that we often don’t feel in a peaceful time.
Sxxxx came home in a good mood yesterday after spending few hours at the gas station he could feel his tank with fuel. Now he can plan a trip to Odessa. Among all the things we do in our church right now cooking for the soldiers is more like fellowship and support group than just work. Our cooks pray together, talk to each other, share their struggles and give help. It’s such a fun to be with them when they cook!
One of our elders, Vxxxx, got sick with pneumonia. He had a test, it’s not Covid, but it’s rather severe. Please, pray for him.
In Christ, Lxxx
5 responses to “6/2/2022 – Belgorod Dnestrovsky”
Praying for Vxxxx, for his recovery from his pneumonia.
Wonderful news Sxxxx got gas!
Thank you for the picture of your cooking/fellowship group. Now I want to try some Ukrainian food. Was that a picture of potato pies?
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.
It’s too long to type, but Ps 138-143 are David’s cries for help and prayers of hope. (Ps 138- Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me. You will stretch out Your hand against the wrath of my enemies and Your right hand will save me. The LORD will perfect that which concerns me. Your mercy, O LORD, is forever: forsake not the works of Your hands!)
It only takes 10 minutes to read them aloud, sharing them with others. The LORD’S prayer is also a good counseling prayer- it covers everything we need: salvation from evil, daily bread, forgiveness, obedience.
Love those verses from PS 138. Very aprapoe.