From Lxxx (Day 174): Dear brothers and sisters, It is so nice to wake up in the morning naturally and not be woken up by the sirens. Yesterday evening we had several air alarms one after another but nothing happened. The sea was very stormy and most of Russian ship went back to the shore of Crimea. But two ships were still close to Odessa.
We follow the news in the south very attentively and last week we felt frustrated that there is no change and Kherson region is still under the occupation. But now we see that our army still moves forward ( may be not as fast as we expect) and some villages are liberated.
Few days ago the photo of our brother Pxxxx made us laugh. It says “The water melons are nearer and nearer” Kherson area is famous for growing good water melons.
Yesterday I was walking down the street and people stopped me to thank for the concert. Sxxxx told about people who came to the church yesterday to tell how much she enjoyed being at the concert.
And here is some information from our counselor Vxxx Vxxxxx:
“When the war began an online volunteer chat of crisis psychological help Krisenchat, was organized for Ukrainian refugees (in Germany).
I am a volunteer in this chat. Each time during my chat hours I interact with 5 or 6 different people. Other consultants with whom I have the opportunity to communicate in this chat also consult about the same number of people per shift. During the day, up to 80-100 calls pass through the chat. Consultants there have the opportunity to have online meetings where we discuss difficult cases and share experiences.
There two main questions that I am often asked:
What problems do the Ukrainians face now? How do the Ukrainians see their future?
All people, those who stay in Ukraine, and those who live abroad now see the future in the victory of Ukraine. They talk about fear for loved ones, fatigue from nervous tension. But everyone wants to know how to help the army and civilians.
And a lot of people are already helping. I work with many different people and even unbelievers today have an understanding that we are losing material values, but spiritual values remain with us.
My colleagues, couselors in the chart are non-believers, but I can talk with them about Biblical values. With people who seek help I try to find an opportunity to talk about God. It gives hope and encourages them a lot.
Sociological surveys show that 73% of those who return to Ukraine plan to settle in the same place where they lived before. People were asked to rate their fear and panic they feel now compared to the start of the war. The assessment of the level of panic and fear at the beginning of the war was 7.9 points on a 10-point scale. Few months later it became – 5.5 points.
Therefore, I can say that people in Ukraine are determined to fight the aggression and they are ready to help each other.”