From Lyuda (Day 252): Dear brothers and sisters, When good things happen in hard times, it gives hope and strengthens faith. We thank the Lord for His faithfulness. Yesterday we rejoiced of the baby born to Nastya and Pasha. We talked to them on the phone, sent them our greetings and sent them some financial help from our center. They named their child Bogdan which means given by God. He was born with a weight of 10 pounds. He is a big boy and we pray for him to grow up healthy and to know his Creator and Savior.
Yesterday we had less people at our breakfast in café. Some are sick with cold, I pray that it would not be Covid. I had some personal talks with some of our refugees. They talk about their children, about pros and corns of online studies. Older people share about their health problems. Young people don’t like to talk about their studies, they discuss latest news and tell about fun they have with their friends.
There is one thing that really bothers me. Some young people of our refugee group began to attend the church that Sergey and I don’t approve. It’s a protestant church but they don’t preach a true gospel there. I need wisdom how to communicate it to these teenagers who follow emotions more than logic. I don’t want them to think that I demand the people of the group to attend only my church. There are other healthy Scripture-based churches in our town. But I worry about that one. Please, pray for me to do and say the right things.
Thank you for praying for our counselors, they feel better. I talked to Roman yesterday, he says he can’t be sick for a long time because he has many plans. Roman is a good speaker and is often invited to speak at different conferences.
At the weekend he travelled to Kiev for the conference of Christian medical association where he talked about war trauma and PTSD. And this week he is invited to speak at the event of Lutheran church in Odessa. In addition to this he does a lot of counseling online and in the office.
Our youth group in the church moved their meeting from Thursday to Tuesday to have time with Paul while his is here. They had some celebration of his birthday that was last week, then they had a class about creation vs evolution and at the end while they were just talking the refugee girls, that became a part of the group, shared some things about themselves. They told how much they miss their home. Sergey was with them at the meeting and felt their pain.
Thank you for your prayers and for your support. May God bless you!