From Lxxx (Day 130): Dear brothers and sisters, It’s a nice morning. The weather is hot and sunny and it gets really hot during a day, but nights are always cool and mornings are gorgeous when the sun is not hot yet and the air is still fresh. It’s such a joy to have a walk! Yesterday as I was walking a Romanian woman who was going in the same direction began to talk to me. I didn’t understand what she was saying and she knew it but kept talking. I started talking to her telling in Ukrainian and English how much I enjoy her city and how thankful all Ukrainians here are for the shelter and help. I don’t think she understood what I was saying but we enjoyed talking knowing that we both say something kind.
It’s interesting to watch people here and trying to guess what their life is like. Ethnic gypsies wear colorful clothes and bright ribbons in their hair and they are very different from gypsies I know in Ukraine.
Yesterday we had Zoom meeting of our counselors and Rxxxx asked to excuse him, he had five counseling sessions in a row and was exhausted.
Vxxx shared the news of soup kitchen in Odesa. She cooked chicken in cheese sauce with potatoes. There are some regular visitors and some new people come. There is always a good opportunity to talk. They also started to make food bags that people can take home with them. Vxxx is also busy working crisi chat counseling Ukrainian refugees in Germany.
Txxx plans to visit our local hospital this week. There are many wounded people there after intensive bombing last week. They receive medical help but they need psychological help, too.
Vxxxx and Axxx are doing well. They are very thankful to people in France who opened their homes and received families from Ukraine, help with food, show much care. Vxxxx’s mother who was sick is doing better and can walk with a cane. There is always opportunity for counseling when you meet with other refugees, Vxxxx says. Last week they spent some time with a family from Bucha, the city not far from Kyiv where Russians did a lot of atrocities. Vxxxx asks to continue praying for Sxxxx, the man he is counseling online. He was able to escape from the occupied territory but went through a lot of torturing going through Russian check points. There is some improvement in his state, he started attending church in Odesa.
Please, continue praying for our counseling center, for our work and for our counselors to take care of themselves and not burn out.
P.S. There are photos of soup kitchen in Odessa