From Lyuda (Day 243): Dear brothers and sisters, We had a good day yesterday without air alarms, we had a quiet night and we still have electricity. And there is a hope we will have a good day.
Yesterday we had the Lord’s supper and according to our church tradition somebody of our church kids lights the candles before the communion. Most of our church kids are away now. Little Vova is the one who does it every months now. We notice the changes that this war situation made in children. The boy, who had been very restless and funny, became very serious and quiet. His, both parents died few years ago and he and his elder brother are raised by their grandparents. Their family is very devoted to God and to the church. But their grandfather Vladimir is seriously ill and needs prayers.
Sergey preached about the unity of the church on 1 Cor. 12:13. I especially liked the part when he talked about mutual enrichment, how we, being so different and having different gifts can serve the church and serve each other. I hope the new people in the church will see how it happens. I am so glad that more and more people of our refugee group come to the church. Yesterday two more men from the group came to the worship. One of them is a young man Ilyusha who was so timid even to come to the group and I saw him smiling and talking after the worship. It was nice to see Ivan come and introduce himself and as they were shaking hands I began to pray for them to become friends. The other man has the same name as my husband, Sergey. He is the one who organized work of harvesting grapes two months ago and some of our refugees could work and get some income. He is 70 and I know watching our culture how hard in this age to change the way of thinking when all your life you’ve been an atheist. But there is nothing impossible for God.
We brought home one of the Bibles in Ukrainian which we received with humanitarian aid and my father began to read it. My parents have been Russian Orthodox, they attended church. But sadly their church has preached more politics than gospel lately and deceived many minds of people who, without knowing it, welcomed the war. I am glad to see my parents reading the Scripture and we hear them praying aloud every evening.
We wish you to have a good week.