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.
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.