12/3/2022 – Belgorod Dnestrovsky

From Lyuda ( Day 283): Dear brothers and sisters, It was a good day yesterday, peaceful and quiet. We had electricity at our home all day. The ladies in the church cooked for the soldiers and though there was no electricity there they can do it very well using generator now.

I had a strange situation yesterday. I left my home in the morning having a lot of plans. I planned several meetings with different people and I had to call them. But when I realized that I forgot my phone at home and can’t make calls I began to have a panic attack. My heartbeat became fast and I was short of breath. I noticed what was happening and remembered how many times over the past months I taught people in the group to cope with panic, not to bring themselves to such situations, to prevent them. My situation with the phone was such a trifle compared to what our settlers went through and still I caught myself in panic.

We had a Zoom meeting with our counselors yesterday evening and we shared the Scripture, the verses that give us hope and encouragement in hard times. These are some of them: Isaiah 42:3, John 16:33, Roman 11:33, Psalm 91, 1 Cor 15:58, Phillip 4:13. Our counselors work really hard now, helping so many people and doing ministry in their churches.

Our counselors Vova and Angela live in France now and we communicate only through Zoom and correspondence. Since 2014 they have actively worked with soldiers and their families and now Vova keeps close contacts with soldiers, does counseling and sends them help.

This is one of the stories he shared:
Alexander is a man who came to the addicts group that Vova was leading few years ago. He had the problem with drugs. His rehabilitation was long and finally he was able to come back to normal life, to work and build relationships. When the war started this year he joined the army. Not long ago Vova received a message from him. He wrote that he began using drugs again. His excuse is that it is impossible to endure with a sober mind the horror that is happening in the war.

They were sleeping in cold wet trenches under constant shooting. His stomach started bothering him and he was taken to hospital with stomach bleeding. He is in a very depressive state now, he does not sleep at night, he has flash backs when he sees imagines of severed limbs – arms and legs. Vova works with him doing counseling through telephone calls.

Please, pray for Alexander and pray for Vova as he works with him. We wish you to have a good weekend,
In Christ,
Lyuda

P.S. There are photos from our soldiers who are fighting near Bakhmut in Donetsk region.

4 responses to “12/3/2022 – Belgorod Dnestrovsky”

  1. Heavenly Father, Please make Your presence known to these soldiers. Please keep them safe. Please deliver Alexander from slavery to drugs and guide Vova as he meets with him. You are powerful, o Lord! Show your power!

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  2. Praying for Alexander to get well! The trenches look like photographs from World War I, except the soldiers have modern equipment. The soldier with his mess kit could have been my grandfather who in 1918 was disabled at age 33. I cry out in prayer for these brave men fighting for their families and homeland.

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