12/2/2022 – Belgorod Dnestrovsky

From Lyuda (Day 282): Dear brothers and sisters, The second day of winter is cloudy and windy, we miss the sun. We are getting used to the long electricity outings. People buy gas cookers with small gas containers to be able to cook at home. We can read a lot of advice that people share in the nets how to make their buildings and apartments warmer, how to preserve food when refrigerators don’t work, etc.

Marina and me

I came to our apartment and had a chat with my neighbors. It’s nice that they are not depressed and ready for winter. Our town authorities promised to do everything to provide central heating to the apartment buildings. My neighbor, Marina, who loves growing flowers in our yard, is very sociable and knows all the news. She knows the needs of other neighbors is always ready to help. She told me that her memory is not very good, but she figured out how to deal with it. She makes notes and stick them to the furniture around it helps her not to forget what she planned to do. In summer when I talked to her she complained of bad sleep at night , she worried so much about air attacks. Now she sleeps better and feels calm.

We had a Bible study with our refugee group yesterday. We talked about sufferings and what Bible says about it. We had some good discussion, all our discussions were around the war situation. This topic causes many questions because the people in our group saw and experienced many hardships. A good comfort for them was verse Hebrews 13 5-6 “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” It’s nice that they stay after the study and talk, they talk to each other, some want to talk to me about their personal things.

Lilya, a mother with two children from Kherson wanted to talk to me yesterday. Right before the war started the situation in her family became very hard. The relations with her husband became extremely difficult, she suffered from a lot of abuse. When she saw Russian troops entering her city she decided to leave. She did not know from whom she was more fleeing from the war or from her husband. Now she is comfortable, she lives in a good place, she feels protected and comfortable, her children have everything they need. She loves coming to our group meetings. But she often returns to her past life in her thoughts and feelings and goes again and again through the pain of humiliation and fear. She feels guilty because the people around suffer from the war and she suffers from her past that distracts her from the war. We will meet with Lilya again and will work through her pain to bring healing to her wounded soul.

Pease, pray for the people we work with and for the healing of their traumas.
In Christ,

P.S. I took the photo of the gas cooker in the church.

One response to “12/2/2022 – Belgorod Dnestrovsky”

  1. I am so glad that you and others are helping people to work through their trauma and offer a safe place to share their feelings. I pray for your work with the refugees!


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