1/18/3023 – Belgorod Dnestrovsky: We just don’t have the right to fall apart

From Lyuda ( Day 329): Dear brothers and sisters, Thank you for your prayers and for your support.

It’s hard to stay in shape emotionally after the weekend with such a tragic event, but there are so many needs around that we just don’t have the right to fall apart.
Yesterday we had a very busy and productive time in the café. The refugees came for breakfast in a very difficult emotional state, many of them were crying.

During our time there Tanya and I had several individual talks with people. One lady, Olena, wanted to know what is the right way to pray. She says she prays regularly now but she is not sure that talking to God with her own words is right ( in Orthodox church people have written prayers which they read or memorize). I encouraged her to pray and explained that God, as a loving Father, wants our sincere prayers.

We had a prayer for Sasha with the refugees in the café, we prayed for his healing and recovery. We also prayed for Nadya, his wife. She with one of her daughters went to be with him. She called when she arrived and told us that Sasha is in a difficult state he is badly wounded, he has multiple shrapnel wounds and he does not feel his legs. But he is conscious and can talk though it takes efforts for him.

We started evangelism for the soldiers who visit the café. Our youth has taken on this ministry. Tanya and I were glad watching them do it. They approached the soldiers, talked to them and handed out gospel booklets and small gifts. It was received very well and we pray that Holy Spirit would give them desire to read the booklets and open the gospel for them as they read.

Another important area of work is counseling of the widows and mothers of the soldiers who died. Yesterday Tanya spent time with Natalie, the mother of the soldier who used to be my student, he died on the battle field last month. Natalie is very active, she keeps contacts with the soldiers of Vanya’s detachment, sends them parcels with some special food they like and other things that they might need. But still it’s very hard for her to go through the heaviness of grief. She said, “I am a strong person I had a lot of difficulties in my life being a single mother. I thought I would cope, but I can’t”. I gave her the contacts of the local defense group that is making camouflage coverings, it would be good for her to meet people there. There are mothers and wives of the soldiers among the women there. We also invited her to come to the café when we are here. Tanya will continue working with her and also with her daughter-in-law, who became a widow.

Thank you for praying and supporting our work. At this difficult time it is so good that we can buy people food for people as we talk to them.
In Christ,
Lyuda

P.S. There some photos of our breakfast in the café and Tanya’s meeting with Natalie

8 responses to “1/18/3023 – Belgorod Dnestrovsky: We just don’t have the right to fall apart”

  1. Praying earnestly for Sasha’s healing and for strength for his family. I love that the teens are evangelizing. Praying God will use the seeds they are planting in mighty ways. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. May God renew your strength daily and give you endurance and fresh passion for the ministry he has called you to.

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  2. Thank you so much for your daily updates. From far away, I feel connected to believers in Ukraine and I look forward every morning to praying through the email.

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  3. Dear Lyuda,
    Praise the Lord for the work the teens are doing with the soldiers.
    How wonderful the Holy Spirit has given them a work to do with them.

    Please let them know we are praying for them and are so encouraged by them. The Lord Jesus loves young people.
    He will receive glory – one generation to the next.

    Your sister,
    Anne

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  4. Dear Lyuda,
    My prayers are that the Lord will give you all much strength and comfort during these difficult times! May He give you much grace to listen to the many stories and wisdom on how to speak the truth of the hope of the gospel to the hurting.
    Every time I see pictures of the cafe, I praise God for this wonderful haven for people to go to, not only for the food and fellowship, but for the opportunity for them to see God’s love and compassion through you all!
    Love in Christ,
    Jill

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  5. Psalm 52: by David, when Doeg the Edomite betrayed him [+ slaughtered the city of Nob]:

    Why do you boast of evil, you mighty “hero”? Why do you boast all day long,
    you who are a disgrace in the eyes of God?
    you who practice deceit,
    your tongue plots destruction;
    it is like a sharpened razor.
    You love evil rather than good,
    falsehood rather than speaking the truth.
    You love every harmful word, you deceitful tongue!
    Surely God will bring you down to everlasting ruin:
    He will snatch you up and pluck you from your tent;
    He will uproot you from the land of the living.
    The righteous will see and fear;
    they will laugh at you, saying,
    “Here now is the man
    who did not make God his stronghold
    but trusted in his great wealth
    and grew strong by destroying others!”
    But I am like an olive tree
    flourishing in the house of God;
    I trust in God’s unfailing love
    for ever and ever.
    For what You have done I will always praise You in the presence of Your faithful people.
    And I will hope in Your name,
    for Your name is good.

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