From Lxxx (Day 179): Dear brothers and sisters, We wish you a good worship day and pray that it would be special.
We are preparing for the worship and are looking forward to meet new people today. It’s interesting that even in a small town like ours where people know each other and communicate pretty closely people don’t know much about protestant churches and very often live with stereotypes imposed by our atheist past where protestant churches were viewed as sects or cults and were persecuted much more than traditional orthodox church. It’s more than 30 years as the Soviet Union is gone but we still meet people who believes the lies that they were told. So, it’s very important to build relations with new people and help them to see the beauty of God’s church.
We thank you for praying for our elder Vxxxx who is fighting cancer now. He feels a little bit better after the last chemo he had. He prays with us every evening in Zoom now and comes to the church. We are very glad to see him.
We ask you to pray for Dxxxx, the son of our church members Vxxxx and Nxxx (Vxxxx is our elder). Their son who is a minister in the church in Kropivnitsky, the city in the center of Ukraine, is joining the army next week. Please, pray for his wife Cxxx, who is pregnant and for his daughter Sofia.
Yesterday we had the meeting of our support groups. It was fun. We filled the whole café this time. It’s good that they have two areas there and we could have two separate groups: the youth and the adults.
Txxx worked with the youth and I led the group of adults. We talked about self-awareness and discussed goals, meaning and sense of life. I encouraged them to think about physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects and how they can bring harmony in our life and help us to grow as personalities.
As we were discussing spiritual aspect I challenged the group to think about their spiritual needs and told about Jesus who came to fill our needs. Please, pray for their hearts to be opened for the good changes that God cam make.