From Lyuda (Day 253): Dear brothers and sisters, After the whole week of foggy and cloudy days we have a sunny morning which makes the mood much better.
Sergey came back from Kiev. It was a short trip, he visited the seminary where he is a member of Board of trustees. The seminary works online now but the teachers come to the seminary and conduct the classes from there. It’s encouraging that the students continue their studies. The brave soldiers from our church – Ivan and Paul are also the students of the seminary but they had to take a break for the war period as they are serving in the army now. They will definitely complete their studies and will do the work that God calls them to do.
Sergey says it was strange to see Kiev dark at night and less people around. He also spent some time with our son who lives in Kiev.
We are still celebrating the liberation of Kherson. Yesterday we had our support group meeting and we congratulated the families from Kherson. We clapped and shouted the slogans of encouragement to our army.
Our topic yesterday was “fear” and we talked about different kinds of fear and how we can get over our fears. People shared about their fears. The fear of uncertainty about the future prevails in all, there is also fear for children, they remembered their childhood fears. It’s interesting that all people in the group said that they all had a strong physical fear during air alarms because all of them experienced bombing in their cities. But now they don’t feel fear of air alarms, they feel anger and irritation.
Lora, the mother with two children, told about her fears for her sons. Even when she feels safe and her children are in safety she can’t relax, she always thinks about some bad things that can happen. Natasha told about her son who became very closed and not talkative. Her fears are that he is ill or something is wrong with him. We agreed to meet with them separately and talk about their fears. At the end we read some Scripture (Psalm 23 and Isaiah 41:10-13) and talked about the Almighty God who cares and protects us wherever we are.
Please, pray for Roman’s father and his father-in-law who live in Kherson. There is no connection with them. And many people say that they can’t contact their relatives there. The enemy destroyed mobile antennas and there is no electricity in many parts of the city, people can’ t charge their phones. We hope it will be fixed soon.