12/7/2022 – Belgorod Dnestrovsky

From Lyuda (Day 287): Dear brothers and sisters, It’s a good morning, our devotional verse today was, “And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are.That no flesh should glory in his presence.” 1 Corinthians 1:29

We thought about our reality and about those who were not very noticeable, were not respected and were considered weak but now they stand in the gap for us, they fight or work hard to provide heat, water and electricity, to provide food and other things to help the army and help people.

It’s encouraging to know that they restored the supply of water and heat in Odessa and some districts of the city have electricity. The electric transport ( trams and trolleybuses) doesn’t work, buses are the only public transport that people can use now. They promise to give back electricity in Odessa as soon as possible.

It’s surprising that we had electricity all day yesterday in the church and in or home. I suggested our counselors from Odessa, Roman and Vika, to come with their families to our town but they answered that they are fine and hope that electricity will be resumed soon.

Some refugees we care for in Odessa also found themselves in a difficult situation. One of the families we work with is a mother and five children. When they arrived to Odessa in spring, Roman worked a lot with the mother of the family, she was in a deep depression. Now they are doing well. Roman keeps contact with them and visits them from time to time. We decided to buy them a small gas cooker because they can’t cook without electricity. They are very happy and thankful.

Our refugees gathered for breakfast in the café yesterday and we had a good time. We had calls from two families that are going to come from Donetsk region to spend winter here. We are going to receive them and are preparing places for them.

We hope our day today will be peaceful.
In Christ,
Lyuda

P.S. Photos: our counselor Vika is happy to find WI-FI near a café in Odessa,

the family of refugees with a small gas cooker,

connecting the generator in our church, roses in our church yard.

5 responses to “12/7/2022 – Belgorod Dnestrovsky”

  1. Dear Lyuda,
    Thank you to you and your husband and to the church for striving to help the hurting and bring them comfort, most importantly the truth of the gospel.
    It is so encouraging to read your posts and see pictures of how God is working through you all there.
    Praising the Lord with you that Odessa is having their water and heat restored and hopefully the electricity will be up and running soon.
    Love in Christ,
    Jill

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  2. So thankful for the restoration of electricity in Odesa. We will pray for the trams to run again very soon. Prayers continue for all through this season.

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  3. So glad so much aid is coming through the churches, as God is revealed by that. I pray He sends more and more help. I can see the love and joy of the Spirit in the faces of those in your pictures. I have run out of words to offer up. Psalm 71 has a lot of meat in it.
    Psalm 71 ( the whole chapter)
    Love, Xenya

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  4. So glad that God is answering prayers for you! May He continue to show His mercy and wonderful love through you and the rest of the counselors.

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