1/20/2023 – Glimpses of hope we see even in these dark times

From Ira Kapitonova in Kyiv (Day 330):

For his anger is but for a moment,
and his favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may tarry for the night,
but joy comes with the morning.
Psalm 30:5

As we are still processing all the tragedies and losses of the past week, it’s important to look out for the glimpses of hope we see even in these dark times.

Yesterday, when that helicopter crashed into the preschool building, over a dozen kids were already inside. The fire was spreading quickly, but the children were rescued because there were people who cared. Some of the eyewitnesses rushed inside to help get the children out. Thankfully, the teachers knew what to do – they opened all the doors and windows and handed the children out through the window to those who could take them to a safe place. I was amazed to learn about three teenagers who happened to be nearby and took responsibility – they came to the open window, pulled out three kids, took them home, dressed their wounds, wrote down their names (some of the kids were in a deep shock and couldn’t speak or didn’t remember their names), gave the information to the police, and entertained the kids until their parents came to pick them up. They also helped free the street from parked cars to allow the passage of emergency vehicles. We often say that this war made our kids mature beyond their years, and these teenagers are proof of that – they care at their careless age.

After the tragedy in Dnipro, the volunteers set up a camp with tents for those who needed help – you could get food, warm clothes, blankets, and psychological support. The next day, the volunteers asked people to stop bringing the supplies to their camp because they had more food or warm clothes than anyone would need. Hundreds of people from Dnipro and nearby towns opened their homes to take in the residents of the destroyed apartment building. When the volunteers posted verified information with bank details of people who suffered in the attack, they would have thousands of dollars raised in a matter of hours because people care.

Over this past week, I noticed how much we care. After 11 months of tragic news and pain, we care and cry for the people we never knew. We feel their pain, and it gives me hope. When the Russian soldiers were committing atrocities in Bucha and Irpin, they were intentionally cruel. They wanted to shock us, they wanted us to drown in pain, despair, or hatred, but they failed. Because we still care, we still cry with those who cry and rush to help those in need. I praise God that He has been guarding our hearts, and I pray for His healing.

Please, keep praying for our army. Russia may be planning a series of attacks at the frontlines or the Ukrainian border, and we need more military aid. Today (January 19), nine European nations – the UK, Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Denmark, the Netherlands, Czechia, and Slovakia – signed a joint statement known as the Tallinn Pledge, committing to providing Ukraine with the support that it needs to liberate all its territory currently occupied by Russia. Tomorrow, on January 20, the eighth summit of Ukraine’s defense partners will take place at the U.S. air base in Ramstein, Germany. Important decisions may be made and announced there, including Germany’s decision to provide modern Leopard tanks to Ukraine. A few countries have announced their desire to give the Leopard tanks they have, but they still need Germany’s permission. Of course, we don’t trust in “chariots” or “horses”; we know that our help comes from the Lord, so we ask you to pray for God’s will.

Today’s picture (credit unknown) shows an incredible rainbow seen in many parts of Kyiv today. A rainbow in January is a unique phenomenon, but I’m sure it was not accidental – “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.” (Genesis 9:17)

3 responses to “1/20/2023 – Glimpses of hope we see even in these dark times”

  1. Yes, Lord! The abundant giving to the needy reminds me of the priests turning away more gifts for the tabernacle because they had more than enough. Thank you, Lord, the citizens in Ukraine are helping each other through this turbulent time! May Your name be praised!


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