From Lyuda (Day 254): Dear brothers and sisters, A new week starts with new plans and new ideas. The days became shorter and it gets dark early. Our government asks people to be very economical in the use of electricity, they ask not to use washing machines, kettles, microwaves in the evening to reduce the load on the electrical network. Our local authorities made an order not to use electricity in non-residential buildings in the evening. It means we can’t turn on electricity in our church when it gets dark. But we have some events in the evening during the week and there is another church that meets in our building and also has events in the evening. We decided we will use a generator.
We had a good worship and it was so nice to have Dr. Anya and Ivan with us. We don’t often see Anya now and when she comes to the church she is surrounded with all our members who want to hug her and talk to her. And while being hugged she asks our old ladies if they feel well and if they follow her directions and take their medicines.
Now Anya serves in another town, which is not far and she can come home from time to time. Her brother Ilya is still in hospital recovering after been wounded. He feels well but he still stays in bed, the doctors don’t allow him to get up until his vertebra completely heals. His mood is good but it’s hard for him to stay in bed, because he is very active and he dreams of coming back to the army and start fighting again.
We need more helpers for cooking in the church. We received a requests from the soldiers who serve in our local military unit. They have rotation when some subdivisions go to the front line for a month or so and then come back exchanged by the other group and then in a month they exchange again.
The soldiers say their food is good and they have enough but theу miss homemade baking. Our Cooking day has been Friday and now we will have two days of cooking- Tuesday and Friday and we need more helpers.
I received a message from a family that used to live and our town and used to be our church members. They moved to Israel about ten years ago. They very carefully ask how we are doing. From the general tone of their letters, I see that they do not know what exactly is happening in Ukraine and are clearly under the influence of Russian propaganda, where there are so many lies. I wrote them an answer and I hope they still trust me to believe my information.
I wish you a good week.