1/20/2023 – Belgorod Dnestrovsky: The children of war

From Lyuda(Day 331): Dear brothers and sisters,
Every day is full of news and it is impossible not to react to them. When the helicopter crashed on the kindergarten building two days ago, all my senses went numb and I couldn’t even write about it yesterday. It was another terrible tragedy where many children suffered and many children became eyewitnesses. Children of war is a special topic. Many children will live with these memories of bombing and shelling all their lives. Even the children who are far away from the war zone live in a reality of war because they are surrounded by the information in which their parents live. I talked to my granddaughter yesterday and when I asked how she was doing the first thing she told me was about the crash of the helicopter. She was around when her mother was watching news.

Our counselors work with many people who are parents and ask to help them to deal with the traumas of their children.
Max is 5 years old. He came with his mother from Nikolayev after several months of going to the basement several times a day during the shelling and bombing. He showed no signs of stress, he was quiet, may be too quiet. And now all the sudden from time to time he asks questions like, “Are we going to die?” “What if the bombs fall on us?”

4-year-old Ann came with her mother and grandmother from Kherson. They were lucky to get out of the occupied city. Ann is afraid to be alone in the room and asks her grandmother again and again if they will always be with her.

8-year-old Dima left Odessa with his mother during the first days of war and spent several months in Bulgaria. They came back in the fall and live in our town. Last week Dima asked his mother what they will do if the rocket hits their building.

Parents are usually lost when children ask questions concerning death. In modern realities, the theme of death, unfortunately, is a constant background, so children of all ages can turn to it.

It is important for parents not to avoid answering questions of their children, but they must do it right without convincing and guaranteeing that it will never happen. The best way is to tell them that our brave soldiers do everything possible to protect us, that I will do all I can to protect you. And it’s a good reason to talk to children about spiritual things, about Jesus who died for us and we will go from life to life now. Whatever happens God is with us and he will never forsake us.

Please, pray with us for the children of war.
In Christ,
Lyuda

P.S. In this photo you can see the children of our Sunday school

4 responses to “1/20/2023 – Belgorod Dnestrovsky: The children of war”

  1. Jesus told the father of a dead child: “Do not be afraid, just trust Me.” [“only believe”] Luke 8:41-56

    Remember the old bedtime prayer:
    “Now I lay me down to sleep
    I pray the Lord my soul to keep,
    if I should die before I wake,
    I pray the Lord my soul to take.”

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  2. Dear Lyuda
    Thank you for your pictures and stories of these precious children.
    We are praying. So difficult to see and read, but important to do so for us.
    They are precious in His sight.
    Your sister
    Anne

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