9/30/3022 – Belgorod Dnestrovsky: What if it happened to my family?

From Lyuda (Day 219): Dear brothers and sisters, I didn’t sleep well and my thoughts wandered from one topic to another and kept returning to the events from the news.

It seems that during the seven months of the war we have become accustomed to the bombing, shelling and sights of destroyed cities. In a sense, this has become normal, the usual realities of war. And although we try to cope and adapt, it is impossible to get used to terror, murder, the horrors of a cruel and merciless war. Every day we witness many events, personal stories and tragedies. But some of them make our hearts stop.

Yesterday as usual our cities were bombed – Nikolayev, Kharkiv and Dnipro. In Dnipro the bombs hit a residential area and completely destroyed several buildings. When the rescue team came to that place, they found an old dog sitting on the ruins of the house. All the family died – grandmother, mother, brother (8) and sister (12). Their father serves in the army.

This is the text that one of the witnesses wrote yesterday:

“I don’t know where to start. I write, but my thoughts are confused… Today I saw hell from the inside. Sometimes it seems to us that the war is near, but it does not concern us, it passes by.

This is a story of a family that lived in my street…
There lived a family. When the war began, the mother decided to move the kids to a safer place and brought them to grandma who lived in a suburb… Today a Russian rocket flew into their house. The explosion crater is about 8 by 10 meters. People literally vanished.

Grandmother Alla, mother Natasha, daughter Vasilisa and son Ivan. No. I will be completely honest. People didn’t just evaporate. They were found on neighbors’ rooftops, on neighboring streets.

And when the rescuers arrived, the old dog Krym was sitting on the ruins and howled.
They took that deaf, blind and shell-shocked dog, to the animal shelter. And then, their father arrived. May I not continue? I saw everything with my own eyes.”

There are many stories like this and I always think – what if it happened to my family?
I thank God for making our town the oasis of peace, that no building was ruined here and the rockets that were aimed at us were destroyed in the air.

Please, pray for the man whose family died in that building. And also let’s pray for the threats of nuclear war to be just threats and not another terrible reality.

In Christ,

P.S. The photos from Dnipro

3 responses to “9/30/3022 – Belgorod Dnestrovsky: What if it happened to my family?”

  1. It’s just all so much. I am thinking about a friend in the path of Hurricane Ian who wasn’t told to evacuate because the hurricane wasn’t going to hit in her town. When it was too late to leave, they were told the hurricane would directly hit it. I have not heard from her for two days. The last message was that her house was being pounded by rain and wind. She said it sounded like the house was being ripped apart. She has 3 cats sheltering with her. The photos today show homes with 4-5 feet of water.
    Life is so fragile without the evil from the evil, selfish tyrant ordering people killed for his purpose. I think of Nebuchadnezzar who thought he was the all powerful king. Putin’s days are numbered. One day he will bow his knee to our Lord. Then he will have the opportunity to experience hell for eternity unless he repents.
    God’s word gives us the words of praise and lament for a reason. We weep with those who weep and praise God for His care and faithfulness with those who are safe. You all are facing so much sorrow, but our Savior tells us to cast our cares on Him for He cares for us. His yoke is easy and His burden is light. Our joy is that we will one day leave this pain behind to spend eternity with Jesus.


  2. My heart aches with the news of such cruelty and devastation. It is only with divine grace and strength that one can go on. May the Lord pour out the Balm of Gilead to heal the broken in heart and bind up their wounds.


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