From Lyuda (Day 254); Dear brothers and sisters, We have a new nice day, quiet and sunny and on the day like this I sometimes try to remember our life before the war. We had plans, we were in the middle of doing something when all the sudden everything changed. One of our plans in our counseling center was to lead a family conference where we wanted to address the family issues -the relations of husbands and wives, parents and children, the special age of teenagers, etc. Thinking about this I am sure that we will implement this plan once the Victory comes and the families in Ukraine reunite. But our topics might be somehow different because we will address the family needs that will be relevant to the new reality.
Yesterday our refugee group met in the church for a Bible study and we talked about following Christ. We read Scripture and had discussions. It was interesting to talk about what it means to present our bodies a living sacrifice and deny ourselves – Mark 8:34-35 and Romans 12:1-2. I love being with these people who became so dear for me and watch God’s work in them.
I wrote about Nadya and her family before. They came from Kherson in summer. Nadya and her husband have five children. They made several attempts to leave the occupied city. During one attempt their car was fired upon at a Russian checkpoint. But the father never left the idea to go away and they made it driving through the fields at night. After the family was settled here in our town, Sasha, Nadya’s husband joined the army. Not everything was right in their family when Nadya and her children began to visit the support group. Then they started coming to the church. She says many things changed in her family. They have more love and care, two of her children entered college this fall. Sasha, Nadya’s husband is going through training in Lviv now and Nadya went to visit him last week, It was a good opportunity to send him a blanket and some other things that can be helpful for him.
Katusha, this is how we call this sweet lady who celebrated her 40th birthday this week. She came with her father few months ago. They didn’t want to leave their city but living under constant bombing was unbearable, so they decided to go to a safe place and came to our town. Katusha shared her story: few years ago her mother died and right after that her husband got sick. It was cancer and a year later he died, too. It was a very difficult time for Katusha who had to take care of her dad who became diabetic after having so much stress and when the war started she was still going through her grief. When Katusha began to come to our meetings, she became a soul of the group, showing care and attention to everybody. When we started a Bible study for the group she became an active part of it informing people who were absent about new topics. Another thing that Katusha began doing is studying, she has taken several online courses already learning about nutrition, massage, first aid, etc. She also made a lot of friends. Yesterday at the Bible study she treated us with some healthy food – cakes without sugar that she cooked.
Please, thank God with us for all good changes that He brings to the lives of people.