From Lxxx (Day 136): Dear brothers and sisters, It’s a new week with many plans and hopes. Yesterday we had a good worship day. Ukrainian pastor from Nilolayev who came for a few days to visit his family here preached on Haggai chapter 2. I enjoyed so much being in the church here, enjoyed the family atmosphere, the simple and sincere worship without any formalities, the music of the flute. It reminds me the first days of my church at home.
I have many good impressions of Romania. First of all it’s a big gratitude I have in my heart to this country for hosting so many Ukrainians, meeting their needs and making their life comfortable here. Another thing that pleasantly surprised me here is family values that are so vivid. You can see couples holding hands while walking, not only young people, people of all ages. And also the involvement of men. Men spend a lot of time with children here, they play with them in the playgrounds, take them to the cafes, walk around with baby carriages. In Ukraine you don’t see much of this. Yesterday I talked to the pastor of Romanian reformed evangelical church here and he told me that it’s true that people in Romania are very family oriented. In the villages you can see several generations of the family living under one roof. But as everywhere there are also some weaknesses. There is a tendency for young families to have only one child and they often treat children as idols and the relations of a parent with a child is much more important than the relation with a spouse. So, people everywhere need very much a Biblical model of the family.
Kxxx came back depressed and devastated after what she had seen in Ukraine. She couldn’t recognize our town and Odessa, there is so much change. She was there during multiple attacks on our area a week ago and experienced pain and sorrow with other people there. She says it’s very different from the experience of reading about it from the news.
Yesterday Kxxx talked to some women in our building who had plans to return to Ukraine because they want their children to start a school year in September (here in Romania there is no opportunities for children to study). She very seriously asked them not to do it. It’s better for children to stay away from the war. You can never know what place will be hit by the rocket next minute. You can feel very safe but at a certain moment you understand that you are not.
I talked to Sxxxx and he said there was a quiet day yesterday and they had a good worship in the church. But he sounds sad. He spent some time with Kxxx but then Kxxx left and I am not at home yet, I will leave on Wednesday.
Our counselor Vxxx made a post on Facebook and shared a photo of the flowers she is growing near her building, this is what she writes:
“In 2014 I started planting flowers near the entrance of the apartment building where I live. A lot of strength and energy was needed in order to dig up the ground that was as hard as asphalt and then to find plants that will agree to survive there. My neighbors who usually hurried past with gloomy faces began to stop and talk about their anxieties and worries. And after talking to me they walked at a leisurely pace. Over the years, the garden has taken on a life of its own. Some plants bloomed, some plants never took off. Now I am planting a flower garden again. And again my neighbors stop and ask me why I am doing this. They watch me and offer help.
And I know what I will do after the victory of Ukraine. I will plant more flowers!”
Please pray for our Victory!