11/2/2022 – Belgorod Dnestrovsky

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!

In Christ,

6 responses to “11/2/2022 – Belgorod Dnestrovsky”

  1. Luyda: may God give you the wisdom to speak to these young people. Emotional “worship” can be very alluring. May they find how empty it is!


  2. Heavenly Father, thank you for Lyuda and her many areas of ministry. Please continue to sustain her and Sergey as they pour themselves out for Your kingdom. Thank you for the safe birth of Bogdan. May he grow in wisdom, stature, and in favor with You and men. Thank you for the time which Paul L. has had at home. Refresh him in body, mind and spirit. May he return to the battlefield strengthened and renewed, not only as a soldier of Ukraine but a soldier of Christ. We ask Your continued protection over him. Thank you for Lyuda’s shepherdess’ heart for the teens. Please give her Your words/questions which would lead the teens to wise thinking and discernment in choosing a church. May Lyuda discern the right opportunities to interact with the teens about this matter. Work in the hearts and minds of the teens, so that their eyes and ears will be open to Your Truth and recognize when it is not being taught. In Jesus’ name, Amen


  3. Hi Lyuda,

    If its any consolation, after turning from God, for 6 years, but coming back as a Prodigal, the church that had me listening again was on line and was not doctrinally sound, but God used it to minister to me where I was at, at that time as I was a Psychology major in college. Then I went to a Calvary Chapel, which turned into a Vineyard. They emphasized the Holy Spirit, not the gospel. But friends had told me about a good Pastor, a new church to check out. The Pastor was teaching on the doctrine of God unbeknowst to me. Being raised Catholic, this was novel, and hearing the truth just made me cry, all day. I went back, and again, just cried hearing the truth, so switched churches. Was with them 12 years, until it split up while I was gone over the weekend at my parents home. I didn’t take anyone’s side, as they pointed fingers at one another, and I wasn’t there when it split. So I went to a different church, associated with the Christian school I was teaching at, that I have been attending since 1995.

    God met me where I was at, my maturity level, or lack of. He remained faithful. 😊

    I always think of the proverb, like apples of gold in settings of silver is a timely word. Maybe the Lord will show the girls the contrast between bad doctrine and true?

    Ill be praying you’ll have wisdom when to speak and when not to speak, or if God provides someone else to do it for you.

    🍁 Katherine


  4. Lyuda, Thank you as always for the updates that you provide. Praise God for the birth of sweet Bogdan-May he never remember a day when he didn’t know Christ. I’m praying for wisdom as you talk to these teenage girls about the church & that God gives you (or someone else) the words that they need to hear. I’m grateful for your tender, loving concern for them.


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