From Lyuda (Day 279): Dear brothers and sisters, We had a peaceful day yesterday but with some tension, thinking about massive strikes that often happened on Mondays. Praise the Lord it didn’t happen yesterday but in the news they tell that it can happen any time and we should not ignore air alarms.
Our counselor Roman made a trip to Kherson and brought his father to Odessa. His father, Peter is happy to see his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He has problems with his health and needs treatment. Roman was anxious to visit Kherson, the city where he grew up and used to live. He is still shocked by what he saw. It is very hard to see ruined buildings and so much destruction. Especially hard it was going through the villages some of which are ruined completely.
Yesterday evening Sergey and I decided to go to our apartment and were glad to have electricity there. We could connect to our church Zoom prayer. There were only five of us, other people could not connect because of the electric outage. Dr. Anya appeared in Zoom crying, she had a good and a sad news at the same time. Her cousin Andrey and his wife Lena who lived in Mariupol were missed from April. None of their relatives knew what happened to them and yesterday she had a call from them. Their story made us all very sad. For about a month they lived in the basement in Mariupol. Their old mother died there and they buried her in the yard of their building. After that they tried to leave the city which was constantly bombed. On one of Russian check points they were arrested. It looked like somebody reported the enemy about them – both their sons were fighting in Ukrainian army and the enemies already knew it when were checking their documents. They were taken to prison where they were staying all these long months. All the prisoners were tortured very badly. The most terrible torture was with electric current. Most of the people there are not registered as prisoners and they will never be exchanged during prisoners exchange. Their relatives don’t know where they are and think that they died. While Andrey and Lena were imprisoned one of their sons died on a battle field. The other son was looking for them everywhere with no success. Then he began his search through our spies in the occupied city and finally got the information where his parents stayed. Then he was able to send money and bribe prison guards. After that one day Andrey and Lena were pushed in a van full of people and took to the exchange place. Our officials were surprised to received more people than there were in the exchange list. This is how Andrey and Lena returned to the free territory. They are in Kiev hospital now and after medical treatment they will go through psychological rehabilitation.
Please, pray for all our prisoners of war who are imprisoned by the evil enemy and are going through hell there.
Because of the problems with electricity the work of our counselors are often interrupted. We are thinking of buying generators that would help us in our work and ministry. We will use them to generate electricity in our office in Odessa, to help the ministry of soup kitchen and to start evangelism projects offering people a cup of tea and charging their gates in different places. In winter we will need more points that would serve hot soup and other food both in Odessa and our town. We need $10 000 to buy 10 generators.
Please, send your donations to Pathway Ministries
E. Langston Haygood,D.Min.,Ph.D.
Pathway Ministries, Inc.
288 Huntington Parc Circle
Birmingham, AL 35226
P.S. There are photos of the exchange of prisoners of war and the photo “soldier’s eyes” made by one of the photographers that became famous.