12/27/2022 – Belgorod Dnestrovsky: Heroic city Kherson

From Lyuda (Day 307): Dear brothers and sisters, We had a quiet day yesterday and we enjoyed the time at home relaxing after the week full of events and emotions. I could do some studying and reading and took my mother for a walk in the yard. There was no air alarms in our region and it was a nice feeling of peace. How much we would love to live in such atmosphere forever.

Roman in Kherson

Our counselor Roman made a trip to Kherson yesterday. He went with a group from his church. Initially they planned to go there on Saturday but then changed their trip for Monday. They took gifts for children and food packets there. They visited three places of ministry done by one local church there and were told that all these three places were bombed on Saturday. They could see the ruined and damaged buildings around. While they were there they could hear the sounds of shelling but in a different part of the city.

This heroic city Kherson was occupied during the first days of war. All these long months the inhabitants of the city courageously endured all the hardships. The city had big problems with food and medical care. It was dangerous to walk the streets, people were kidnapped and disappeared without a trace. Many people went through torturing. Some children were taken away from their parents and sent to Russia. But the occupants could not relax for a single day there because partisans were actively operating in the city reminding them whose land Kherson is. Last month the city was liberated and the joy of people was mixed with sadness of destruction in the city. No heating in many buildings, no water. Now it is important to survive the winter, and in the spring the life will be easier.

Our counselors tell about a new direction in counseling now. Before the main problem was trauma, panic attacks, anxiety, etc. More and more people now ask for a help with relations. Because of migration many people have to live together with their relatives and with the people they didn’t know before. It is hard for people in trauma to build relations and live together.

There is a story of Rima who came with her two children to live in the village with her parents. After living there for two months she realized that she must move to another place and even to another village or city. Now she has a feeling of guilt. Her parents still treat her as a little girl, pressing her down and rejecting her initiatives. She is very upset about it but on the other hand she thinks that their conflict is because she is a bad daughter. The counseling helps her to understand the importance of personal barriers and different roles we have in our life.

Please pray for the people who have a difficult time living far away from their homes and still can’t adjust. Please, pray for the place for the refugee center in Odessa.
In Christ,
Lyuda

P.S. There is a pictures of Ukrainian artists.

3 responses to “12/27/2022 – Belgorod Dnestrovsky: Heroic city Kherson”

  1. I will pray for better relationships between people in their own families and for a location of a counseling center. Thank you for the wonderful artwork and for the work you are doing among Ukraine citizens.

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  2. Our Father in heaven,
    Deliver us from evil.
    Give us today our daily bread.
    Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.

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  3. Beautiful pictures. The Christ child was born amidst duress, His life in danger. God brought Him through the horrors, and the Lord will bring Ukraine into safety and well-being!

    Merry Christmas!

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