6/8/2022 – Belgorod Dnestrovsky: joy cultivated

From Lxxx (Day 105): Dear brothers and sisters, I was reading Psalm 46 this morning and verse 10 spoke to me: “ Be still, and know that I am God”. When a lot of things happen and life turns into some kind of race, God tells us to stop and spend time with Him.

Yesterday our breakfast with refugees was special. People smiled a lot. They came with smiles, they smiled while talking and smiled when they were leaving. I remember when we first met them and even a week ago they were sad and there were a lot of tears. A new family with two little children that came for the first time yesterday was also influenced by the atmosphere of joy. We see that support group works and people feel better.

Three young soldiers came into the café while we were there. We asked them to let us pay for their food and had a little conversation with them. Txxx shared gospel with them and when more refugees came these boys helped us to put more tables for people.

We think of buying more small books of New Testaments and carry them with us all the time and to give people when we have opportunity to do it. I remember the beginning of the 90s when Soviet Union fell, the country was open for the gospel, it was the time when Sxxxx and I and many our friends received Christ. Then ten year later the hearts of people became closed again and it was hard to do evangelism, because people didn’t want to hear about God, their souls were filled with a lot of material things and other philosophies. Now, with the war going on, we experience a very favorable time for the gospel. People who are in distress seek God and want to hear His Word.

I met with Txxx, the lady in a bright sweater that she knitted herself. Our church was praying for her sons who are in the army, especially for Max from whom she didn’t hear for a long time. She told he was able to come home for a few days. He told they were fighting near Kherson and were able to liberate several villages. We heard it from other soldiers before, when our army liberates the places they see the same picture everywhere, it’s very similar to Mariupol. People stay in the basements without food, their houses are ruined and robbed. The Russian soldiers take the things that people usually have in every home and send to Russia, these are washing machines, microwaves, food processors, vacuum cleaners, TV sets. The enemy comes to steal, to kill and to destroy.

Let’s pray for the soon liberation of our occupied territory and for the enemy to be punished and put to shame.
In Christ,

3 responses to “6/8/2022 – Belgorod Dnestrovsky: joy cultivated”

  1. Amen! Praying with you! The joy of the Lord is our strength. What a wonderful testimony to this truth in the midst of devastation. God is faithful. He is good. His purpose for us to come to Him and love His son Jesus will be accomplished no matter what it takes.


  2. Dear Lxxx,
    Wonderful news that the Lord’s refuge breakfast went so well. Seeing their faces and reading your words was great news! Loove their smiles.

    So glad the three young soldiers joined you and even helped!
    Praying for the 3 of them – that the Word given to them will grow.

    Prayed for Txxx.

    Good idea to carry bibles with you to hand out. Absolutely to be ready to feed the Word to the people the Lord brings to you or sends you to.

    The history of the gospel spreading in the 1990s is so interesting for us to hear your stories.

    You are right – the enemy comes to steal and destroy

    He is that is in us is greater than he that is in the world.

    In Jesus, praying for you sister and also Sxxxx


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