From Lxxx (Day 129): Dear brothers and sisters, I want to thank you for your prayers, for your messages and letters. It’s a big support and comfort for me.
Today is a day of mourning in Odesa region. Yesterday the whole day they dismantled the rubble of destroyed buildings. In social nets one after another appeared the names of the people who were found dead in the buildings. The air alarm went off 10 minutes before the strike, but many people now got used to it and ignore it most of the times. So, the people were sleeping.
One man who survived in the middle floor of the building told that he came home late and on the way home he found a puppy in the street, took it home and was washing him in the bathroom when the rocket hit the building. All his apartment is destroyed but the walls of the bathroom protected him.
Yesterday there were several air alarms during the day and our jets were flying patrolling the territory.
Today Txxx is having a group meeting. We were glad that people who came from war zones felt safe in our town. I hope they are Ok but probably yesterday’s event made them panic and feel scared.
Sxxxx had a busy day yesterday. In the morning the people in the church were busy cooking for the army, then he had a meeting with a pastor of Pentecostal church that worships in our building now. Then he handled the meeting of our church music group that is having some hard period. Because so few of them are left it’s hard to make decisions without a leader (Ixxxx is in the army). There were some serious disagreements. But yesterday they were able to talk to each other, ask forgiveness and they hugged at the end. Sxxxx says that it’s the first step, they need to learn how to work together in the situation they are now.
In the evening our counselors had a Zoom meeting and we talked about fear. We discussed what fear is, we shared how we act when we are scared and how we can help ourselves and others having fear. We were reading Psalm 31 and thinking about the verses that are very applicable to our situation now.
In the photo you can see our local rescue team, please, pray for them as they do this emotionally very hard work.