From Lyuda (Day 197): Dear brothers and sisters, Every day brings us new events, news that we expect and which can be unexpected for us. The only thing we can do is to accept them and give thanks to God.
Yesterday, the entire news feed was filled with information about the death of Queen Elizabeth. Many people admired her life of faith and quoted her phrases, which showed the values and priorities of her life. It’s so rare in our days when a leader and a public person bear witness to God.
This morning Sergey wrote that our dear brother, our elder and our good friend, Vitaliy, went to be with the Lord. Few months ago he was diagnosed with a lung cancer and had chemo treatment, that helped him a little bit, he began to feel better for a while and started to come to the church, but then he felt worse and began to have more and more problems with breathing. He died in our local hospital at night.
Vitaliy is a former military man, he went through the Afganistan war in the 80s. He came to our church more than twenty years ago. God gave him a heart of a servant and he faithfully served in the church all these years. He was ordained to be an elder and served with preaching the Word and working with his hands. He was like a father for the members of his Bible study group. When God gave us our church building and a lot of construction works had to be done to complete, it became the project of Vitaly’s life. He organized work and worked himself with a such a passion. It took us several years before we could start worshipping in our building and a big part of work Vitaly did there himself.
If you come to our church you will see how much love was impacted in the work to make the church look nice and welcoming. He was so strict about keeping an order and taking care of our building that we sometimes were mad at him because he gave a hard time to everyone who acted carelessly. We thought he was too meticulous. But now we will do the same remembering him and thank God for his work and ministry…
I feel so sad that he left us and I can’t be at the funeral ceremony tomorrow to tell him good bye with everybody. But I am so thankful for his life. For his example of faith and love. I thank God that he is not suffering any more and experiences the greatest happiness in the presence of the Lord Jesus. And I know that we will see each other again once we come to be with the Lord.
Please, pray for Valya, Vitaliy’s wife, who is also a very active and responsible member of our church, for his two daughters and two grandsons. May God give them comfort and bring them closer to Him.
“Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.” Revelation 14:13
Thank you for your prayers and support.