From Lxxx (Day 157): Dear brothers and sisters, It’s a nice morning after a quiet night which brings thoughts of peace peaceful life. What kind of life will it be when we finally have peace? Will people return to their way of life they had before, will they return to their jobs, to their hobbies? I am afraid that our life will be different in many ways and I hope it will be different. I am sure that the reassessment of values that is happening now will teach people to value life, relationships, to be satisfied with the little that we have, to be patient and understanding towards each other.
Yesterday was the last day of Evangelism Explosion seminar. It was a very good and useful event. We were glad to see many young people participating in it.
We hope evangelism training will continue because the program implies that those who have been trained will train others.
Friday evening we usually have a Zoom meeting of the counselors of our center where we talk about our experience and feelings of the work during the week. It’s a good time when we can share and support each other. Our counselors constantly experience the witness trauma because they hear the stories of their clients and live with those stories. Yesterday we had a good talk about the importance of taking care of ourselves as we work with people in trauma.
Vxxx had a difficult case this week. In crisis chat she was contacted by a 14-year-old girl (people often don’t reveal their real names in chats and use nicknames). The girl lived in Mariupol and she experienced all the horrors of the war, surviving under bombs, seeing many deaths and sufferings. Her parents chose to go to Russia and they live now in St. Petersburg. In addition to her traumas, the girl is heavily influenced by racist propaganda and does not understand what is happening and why the war is going on. The people around try to entertain her inviting to the parties with fireworks and dancing which makes her state even worse. She began making cuts on her body and getting hysterical. Her parents took her to the psychiatrist and now she thinks she is going crazy. Vxxx began to work in crisis chat with this girl but after some time the girl disappeared from the chat. Now Vxxx lives with a pain for the child who desperately needs help of somebody who understands what is going on with her. Please, pray for the girl. May God send her help! Also, please, pray for Vxxx to have peace.
After so many months of war, after so many monstrous events and tragedies it would seem that nothing should surprise or shock us in the behavior of the enemy who came to steal, kill and destroy. But we grieve again and again as we hear the news and can not accept it. Yesterday the enemy destroyed with a bomb the prison on the occupied territory where they kept our soldiers who were taken captives. There were the defenders of Mariupol, starved, wounded and weakened. We know that they were tortured there and many have already died of tortures. The orcs destroyed the prison to conceal the facts of torturing.
“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” Isaiah 5:20
Please, pray for the light to shine in the darkness of the war we are going through.
P.S. In the photos attached you can see the members of Evangelism Explosion seminar, the young people who received the certificated of completing the course and our counselor Vika with her dog Lucas.
3 responses to “7/30/2022 – Belgorod Dnestrovsky: More atrocities”
It is wonderful your church had an Evangelism Explosion class! I pray God uses this to bring many people to know Him and the hope of His salvation!
Praying for Vxxx and the young girl suffering from so much trauma!
Also, praying for much healing to all who suffers as a result of all these dark evil acts. May God’s light shine all the brighter!
Love in Christ,
So wonderful many young people participated in Evangelism Explosion.
The Lord calls His people in the next generation.
Great picture of the young people holding their EE certificates.
Praying for you and the other counselors to get the rest they need as they help so many others. Prayed for the girl in St. Petersburg and Vxxx.
Isaiah 5:20 says it perfectly. “Woe unto them that call evil good”
“Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor.
Do not plot evil against each other.”
Your sister in Christ.
Praying for you,
My heart cries for that young girl. I can understand the sorrow that Vxxx would experience when she hears first hand of such suffering. I am praying that the Lord brings to her remembrance the words of comfort and life that Vxxx spoke to her. I pray for them both that the Lord will minister according to His promise in Psalm 147:3. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.