6/10/2022 – Belgorod Dnestrovsky

From Lxxx (Day 107): Dear brothers and sisters, I am packed and ready to go. I will travel with Baptist mission volunteers that bring humanitarian aid to Ukraine from Romania. These brave men are traveling back and forth visiting different churches in different cities and they graciously agreed to take me with them. So I will not have to spend long time on a bus that makes stops in many places on the way. I hope the trip will be smooth and I will see my grandchildren and my daughter late this evening.

Yesterday we talked to Dr. Axxx. It’s amazing how she finds time for everything. She came to the church to check on our elder Vxxxx who was sick with pneumonia. He is recovering and Axxx scolded him a little for his activity and told him to stay at home and rest. First time it was unusual to see Axxx in the uniform but we got used to it now. She has always been serious and very hardworking. It looks like God was preparing her for this special time. She says that her work is very different now from her work at the clinic. Besides helping soldiers with medical issues she has to do many other things. The most challenging for her is paper work and making reports. There are no war activities in our area and our doctors don’t work with wounded soldiers, they come mostly to Odessa hospitals. But there are other things Axxx deals with. Some soldiers who joined the army as volunteers came with serious health problems which they ignore because they want to stay in the army and fight. Axxx wants to help them and tries to do her best. In spring many soldiers had a cold. Some men who didn’t do much physical work before, have back pains of wearing life vests which are rather heavy. Axxx also prepared first aid kits for the groups going to the war zones. She was very glad when we received the supplies that came with humanitarian aid shipment. She says these things are very valuable. We still receive messages of thanks. Few days ago one soldier wrote Axxx how much he appreciates medical kit which he has already used and he also thanked for the socks that he received with it.

Yesterday I found out that we have salt and vinegar in our stores again. I bought a package of Turkish salt. 😊 Our youth group met yesterday and Sxxxx suggested to meet outside near the river bay. They had a class and then played some games.

This coming Sunday the churches of Ukraine celebrate the day of Pentecost. My parents who are orthodox on this day decorate their house with green leaves which symbolizes the work of the Holy Spirit.

In Christ, Lxxx

2 responses to “6/10/2022 – Belgorod Dnestrovsky”

  1. Dear Lxxx,
    Praying for your travels! Sounds like a wonderful group of people you are traveling with.
    The Lord provided well.

    Dr. Axxx does so much. Praying for her.

    Hooray to finding the Turkish salt.

    Continuing to pray for your youth group. Sxxxx so faithful to the youth.

    So interesting to learn of the traditions with the orthodox traditions.

    Thank you again for sharing pictures and stories.



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