8/6/2022 – Belgorod Dnestrovsky

From Lxxx (Day 164): Dear brothers and sisters, May God bless you and give you much love and blessings!

This week was busy and full of different events and we were glad that there were many opportunities to serve, to communicate with people and to have fellowship as a church.

Our brother Vxxxx is back home after the third chemo. He is weak and tired but yesterday he joined our Zoom prayer and we were very glad to see him. We pray for him and for his wife Vxxx who is very active and hardworking. They have a big garden that needs a lot of work. Now their daughter came to stay with them and to help with the garden. Vxxx also leads our kitchen work in the church where they cook food for the soldiers. Yesterday there was a cooking day and our church members gathered to cook.

When we cook we do it with prayers about our soldiers and think about the boys from our church who are fighting for our independence.

Here is a photo of our brother Pxxxx, we were glad to find it on one of our army websites

We haven’t heard from our youth leader, Pxxxx for a while. His detachment must be very busy now. They are fighting near Nikolayev and stand not to let the enemy move deeper south. Our youth group misses one of their leaders very much. Pxxxx is a strong Christian, a good leader and a wonderful person who is always optimistic. He keeps contact with our youth group sending them messages, Scripture passages to read, when he has time, he talks to them through videos he makes specially for them. We all worry when we don’t hear from him. May God protect him wherever he is!

I had an interesting discussion yesterday. Usually when new people join our camouflage net weavers group in a local defense center we immediately become friends because people who come to help the army are patriotic and ready to work. Few weeks ago an elderly lady Axxx began to come and work with us. She was serious and quiet and after some time when she got to know us better she began to talk. As we work, we usually discuss the latest news, we share stories. There are women, whose husbands and sons are fighting now. And there is one lady whose son, daughter and daughter-in-law are at the front line. So, they often express their emotions and anger about what the enemy does to our country. Axxx began to give us all hard time. Each time somebody of the women says something Axxx’s reaction is : “ Don’t talk like this, it’s a sin. God teaches us to love enemies. We should be patient and accept it as a punishment for our sins, etc.” Her comments made the women angry and we began to have many arguments about it. Yesterday I decided to talk to Axxx who is Orthodox (very Orthodox), we had a long conversation about good and evil, we started with ten commandments then I suggested to look at some Bible stories to see how God destroyed evil( e.g. the army of pharaoh in the Red sea). I am glad that other ladies were listening. My point was that we can’t be neutral to evil, God gives us responsibility and it’s our duty to protect our families and our land. And it’s OK to have emotions when we see terrible things. When Sxxxx came to pick me up he also talked to the ladies a little bit. I hugged Axxx and we exchanged our phone numbers. I hope we will talk more.

There is a war that our soldiers are fighting at the battle fields and there is a war that we all are fighting to change the slave mentality formed by Soviet ideology, and then by Russian Orthodoxy, which doesn’t allow people to think, study and develop. Let’s pray for the freedom of minds in Jesus.

Please, pray for Axxx and for many people with the same thinking in our area. Please, pray for Pxxxx and all our soldiers who are fighting now.

In Christ,
Lxxx

Photo of Zoom meeting of our counselors that we had yesterday

5 responses to “8/6/2022 – Belgorod Dnestrovsky”

  1. I am thankful Vxxxx finished chemo and is home. I pray for his full recovery. Also, I pray for all the soldiers on the front line especially Pxxxx. I remember him because on American military bases, PX stands for Post EXchange, the place where soldiers can go in and buy things. Also, I’m praying for Ukrainians to be able to share different points of view, and come to a proper understanding of how we should view the enemy Biblically!

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  2. I am lifting those needs before the Lord. My meditation this week has been on Romans 2:8 “Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him.”:
    That is such a comfort to know that all these things are in subjection to the Savior who loved us and gave Himself for us. May He continue to grant you the wisdom you need to counsel and share the Truth. Much love.

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  3. Dear Lxxx,

    Love these ZOOM group pictures! So wonderful to see all your faces!

    Praying for Pxxxx as he is fighting the enemy.

    Love
    Anne

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