12/1/2022 – Belgorod Dnestrovsky: Remembering a fallen one

From Lyuda (Day 281): Dear brothers and sisters, It’s the first day of winter and we think of three cold months that we have ahead. Our winters here in the south are usually damp and wet with occasional cyclones that bring frosts and snow. We hope so much that this winter will not be very cold.

Yesterday we had electricity the whole day in our home and we woke up with electricity today. But in the area where our church is located there is no electricity for a long period and we use the generator. Our church is located in a densely populated area where electricity consumption is much higher, so there are more outages.

Vanya, a brave soldier that died yesterday

The day yesterday became very sad for me as I learned about the death of my former student, Vanya, whose mother was a good friend of mine. He joined the army from the first days of the war and was fighting on the most difficult fronts. It is clear that war brings death and every day people die, many people die. Many soldiers lay their lives in fights and battles. It’s impossible to get used to it, it’s very hard and painful. But when you learn about the death of a person whom you knew very well, it is unbearably hard. Please, pray for his mother, Natasha, for his wife Lena and for their little daughter.

Another sad moment was the conversation I had with a woman whom I’ve known for a long time even before I became a Christian. She is a member of the evangelical church in our town that used to be the biggest. That church has a long history. The generation of her father and grandfather were persecuted during the Soviet Union time. Many ministers were exiled to Siberia where they died living under severe weather conditions. Many their church members were imprisoned for preaching the gospel. I remember the story of one man who told us that when he was 16, the men in the church were arrested one after another and he decided to learn the gospel of John by heart because he knew that very soon he will be the one who will preach if all the men are gone and then he will be arrested and the Bible might be taken away from him… The older generation of that church were heroes of faith for Sergey and me when we were young Christians. We always admired their stories of what they went through staying faithful to the Word of God. And yesterday that lady was telling me, expecting sympathy and understanding from me, how hard it was for her sons to leave the country (according to martial law men can not cross the border), they were looking for the ways to sneak out and finally they succeeded leaving their nice and comfortable houses. It was very sad to hear because this is what all young generation of that church did leaving their parents, their church and their country. I am not talking about mothers with children who had to leave, I am talking about young men. The pastor of that church left, too, leaving a group of elderly people in a big nice church building.

Pastor Gennadiy from Mariupol who is a head of chaplains’ battalion, they work in the most active war zone

My prayer today is about churches of Ukraine, for those who try to survive on the occupied territories, for chaplains who minister to our soldiers on the battle fields, for the churches that support our army with different kind of help, the churches that help refugees and people in their communities ( there are so many needs from cutting wood for heating to cooking food for sick and disabled). And my prayer today is for the churches who “ left their first love”, for the new pastor for that church and for the awakening of the Christians who are lost.
In Christ,
Lyuda

P.S. The help and evangelism that different churches do in the streets of our cities.

8 responses to “12/1/2022 – Belgorod Dnestrovsky: Remembering a fallen one”

  1. Our Father in heaven,
    Give us today our daily bread.
    Deliver us from evil.
    Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.
    Thy will be done.
    Hallowed be Thy name
    Thy kingdom come.
    Thine is the kingdom, power and glory.

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  2. Our hearts grieve for you and for the family of Vanya. Our prayers continue for those who fight and for the families of those who have lost their loved ones.
    We pray for the church and for Christ to raise up a new generation of leaders. He is faithful!

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  3. My heart aches for you and those who are suffering. I trust in God’s will, and I believe He will spread blessings and mercies among you during this time of turmoil and heartache. My prayers are with you always.

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  4. Dear Lyuda,
    I’m sorry to hear about Vanya and pray for his family, also praying for God to give you comfort.
    Also, praying for God to work mightily in His church in Ukraine! May those who are sleeping wake up and may many come to know the hope of the gospel!
    Love in Christ,
    Jill

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  5. Dear Lyuda,
    I am sorry for the loss of your friend’s son Vanya. Grief is deep. I pray for deep comfort from our Lord for you and Vanya’s family.

    I pray for Pastor Gennadiy from Mariupol.

    Thank you for the pictures. The stories of our brothers and sisters make an impact. We are connected through our precious Holy Spirit in Jesus our Lord.

    As people leave, the youth continue to arrive at your church. Praise the Lord He brings and He takes away. May he receive glory in both.

    Your sister,
    Anne

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  6. May God continue to comfort and uphold you during these days of trial. I pray for His comfort for those who lost loved ones.

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