From Lxxx (Day 149): Dear brothers and sisters, I am glad to wake up after a quiet night. No alarms and the day yesterday was peaceful in our region. But all our thoughts and prayers are about the cities that have had no peace at all for several days. Kharkiv, Nikolayev, Nikopol are under constant shelling. Among the pictures attached you can see the photo of a father holding the hand of his son who was killed in Kharkiv two days ago. The father was sitting like this with the body of his son for two hours and praying. One of the horrors of war is the pain of losing children, and there is no worse disaster than when children die.
Many people come to our church every day to receive help. Most of them are young mothers who come for baby food and elderly people who ask for food and diapers. Yesterday I talked to a woman who was very thankful for the help she received. Her name is Rxxx, she came with a little child and she lives with a disabled mother and takes care of her. I hope she will come again not only for help but also for communication and fellowship.
We see many old people and think how we can meet their needs and help them not only with material things.
Our church members take duties and meet these people and talk to them, our youth group members take an active part in it and are very helpful. We try to spend some time and talk individually to each person who comes, but it’s very hard to do when many people come, so we are thinking of organizing group meeting for visitors where we can meet people, find out about their needs and talk to them in groups telling them a good news and some information about our church. This is one of the areas where the cooperation of the church and counseling center can work very well.
The cooperation of churches is very important, too. We are glad to work together with Pentecostal church. Next week a seminar on “Evangelism Explosion” will take place in our church. There was a period when this program was very popular in Ukraine but then Christians were looking for some new approaches in evangelism and forgot about it. Now it’s time to revive these methods and adjust them to our situation now.
Please, pray for our ministry.