10/10/2022 – Belgorod Dnestrovsky

Enemy planes flying in our sky

From Lyuda (Day 229): Dear brothers and sisters, Our day yesterday was not very peaceful, we had several air alarms during the day and at night, too. But God protects us though we are no better than people in other cities of Ukraine.

Our worship was good. Out church is not as packed as it was few months ago when we were giving food bags to the community but we are glad that some people who came for food stayed and come to the church regularly and in their eyes I see interest and desire to be in church. It’s good and we welcome them. Sergey continues preaching on the book of Revelations, he does the series of sermons “ The church of Jesus Christ” and yesterday his sermon was about true love. He spoke about how God’s love is different from our human understanding of love, about God who loved us first while we were sinners and about the miracle of God’s love that never ends. I am glad that the ladies from our refugee group were in the church and could hear this sermon.

After the worship we had a meeting of Sunday school teachers. Two ladies in the church volunteered to teach children in Sunday school as two other teachers now live on the other side of the broken bridge and can’t be in the church every Sunday. We equipped them with materials and chose the curriculum. Now almost all children in our Sunday school are new without any Christian background. So it’s very important to give them clear information so that they could understand.

Please, continue to pray for Dr. Anya’s brother, Ilya who is in hospital now. It’s a miracle how he survived. His group was ambushed and fired upon. Some of the soldiers were killed and some were wounded. While Ilya was giving help to his wounded friends there was a strong explosion. He does not know what it was, maybe a bomb from above, or maybe a tank shot. He was thrown away and lay for some time without consciousness when he woke up he could not move (he fell on his back). The enemy drone was flying above him, so he didn’t move and pretended dead. All his friends were dead, he had to lie all day waiting for twilight, then he injected a double dosage of painkiller and was able to get up and walk. He walked in the direction of his unit dislocation and finally came there. Soon the helicopter took him and other wounded soldiers of the unit to Odessa hospital. The doctors say he has a spine injury and they can’t understand how he could walk for so long in that state. We know that God saved him, every evening our church has a prayer meeting in Zoom and we pray by name for all soldiers that we know. Ilya visited our church occasionally but he was not a believer. We ask God to open his heart so he could see how God loves him.

Today Sergey and I celebrate our wedding anniversary. We got married 35 years ago. Sergey will take me out for lunch today and we will have some fun.

P.S. You can see the photo of the sunset in our town.

8 responses to “10/10/2022 – Belgorod Dnestrovsky”

  1. I pray for the Ukraine soldiers daily–and for Ilya, too. I thank God for his endurance and pray for his recovery.
    Happy Anniversary!


  2. Dear Lyuda,
    Congratulations on your wedding anniversary! 35 years! Praise the Lord! Thank you for sharing the beautiful picture of your wedding day.

    I’m praying for Ilya’s salvation and for much healing, may he see God’s hand in this miraculous rescue.

    My heart breaks for all the destruction through out Ukraine, today! I’m praying the Lord shows Himself mightily!

    Love in Christ,


  3. Dear Lyuda,
    What a beautiful bride and handsome groom! 35 years is terrific~
    May you and Sergy enjoy your anniversary lunch.

    Praying for Ilya – for recovery and heart opened to the Lord Jesus.
    He has been through so much.

    Thank you for the pictures. The sunset picture is also lovely.

    Psalm 113:3
    From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets,
    the name of the Lord is to be praised.

    With prayers and love from across the globe, you are our dear sister and brother.
    We thank the Lord for His wonderful family and the Holy Spirit Who binds us together.


  4. Great to see your wedding picture! So handsome and beautiful. CONGRATS on 35 years of marriage. ❤❤❤ Hope you have a blessed day celebrating. 🎉

    Thanks for update on IIya..truly a miracle. Sad he losts his comrades😢😢😢 Will continue to pray for him and families who lose loved ones.

    Thankful the gospel is being preached to young and old, seeds planted, may the Lord of the harvest, bring much fruit.

    Thankful you are safe..


  5. I am praying all the more for all of you since the Russian attacks have been more severe. I woke up last night at about 3 am American Eastern Time and immediately thought of Ukraine as I often do since February. I always think of what time it is for you, and it was 9 am In Ukraine. I prayed. I was up about a half hour; not unusual. I learned when I got up that Russia had sent attacks on Kyiv and other cities.

    I’m praying for Ilya, thanking God for his survival and that he will recover from his injuries. As I read, I was reminded of my own grandfather who suffered back and respiratory injuries helping another soldier in 1918 in France. I’m praying for all soldiers and civilians health and safety!

    It is a blessing for so many people what you Lyuda and the church are doing. Happy anniversary to you and Sergey! May God be with all!


  6. Our Father in heaven
    Hallowed be Thy name
    Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
    Give us today our daily bread.
    Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.
    Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil
    for Thine is the kingdom, power and glory now and forever.


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