3/11/2023 – Belgorod Dnestrovsky: It means so much for us to know that so many people stand with us in this difficult time.

Refugees at church

Lyuda Betina (Day 381): It’s a weekend again and I am preparing for our group meeting. Our counselor Vika is coming from Odesa today and we will do a group meeting together. Besides the group, it will be an opportunity to do more individual counseling if there is such a need.

Our group is growing and we are glad that more and more people of our support group start attending the church regularly and come to the Bible study.

On Thursday they came earlier to the church to make pancakes before the Bible study. They enjoy this time together when they have some activity. We started the gospel of Luke and had a good time of sharing thoughts and discussion. Valeriy, our elder who leads the Bible study, asked everybody to say few words of prayer at the end. We all prayed and many of them thanked God for the group where they feel love and encouragement.

The photo of Oleksandr Matsievsky, from the video that was made few seconds before he was shot

This week started as a usual week of the war time with occasional air alarms with news from the battle fields, prayers for our soldiers and usual round of duties. But there were two events that shook our routine.
The first was a video that was posted on the network by some Russian soldier. He filmed the execution of a Ukrainian soldier who was taken prisoner and stood without a weapon. He was shot cynically and ruthlessly, and the fact that someone posted this video shows they relish with which that person filmed that episode and enjoyed watching it and wanted to share it with others. This video became a big shock for the people in Ukraine, everybody talked about it. When our refugees came for breakfast to the café, they were in tears and wanted to talk about it. We talked, we hugged and calmed down each other and it was easier to be in the group and share feelings, they all left relieved.

The second shocking thing was a new massive attack that happened Thursday night. There were attacks from the land, from the sea and from the sky and our enemy used some special rockets that are difficult to destroy in the air. There were hits in many cities, in Odessa the rocket hit the energy transformer in one of the districts of Odesa. There were hits in Kiev, our son told us that he was woken up by a loud sound and the shaking of the land. The same felt the family from our church that lives on the beach. Even the western part of Ukraine was seriously hit and there were buildings destroyed and deaths of people not far from Lviv.

One of our refugee said that after each such attack, she has a new crack her heart. In the group we teach people how they can deal with difficult emotional state. I also try to help myself not to fall into a depressive state. When I asked myself this time what I was feeling and my consciousness showed me that of all the feelings, weariness prevailed. We all are very tired of attacks, frightening news, of a lot of grief we see around. We really want peace and positive news.

The photo of Alexandra (Sasha) the girl from our town who lost her leg during the rocket attack last summer

Last summer I wrote about a tragedy of a little girl Alexandra ( Sasha) from our town who was in a beach hotel when the rocket hit it, she was badly wounded and the doctors had to amputate her leg. She was in hospital in Odesa and then went for treatment to Germany. There was no information about her for too a long time. And now we are glad to know that she came back. She walks on a prosthesis and is doing well. She even does dancing and gymnastics.

Thank you for your prayers and for your faithfulness. It means so much for us to know that so many people stand with us in this difficult time.

In Christ,

6 responses to “3/11/2023 – Belgorod Dnestrovsky: It means so much for us to know that so many people stand with us in this difficult time.”

  1. Dear Lyuda,

    Yes, we are praying.

    Thank you for giving us news of what the Lord is doing.
    So good to see Alexandria is back . Your picture of her is a reality check for me of the long affects of the evil of the enemy. I will pray for her – the Lord to use it for good.

    This morning I read Proverbs 31:8-9
    “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.
    Judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”

    Immediately I think of these the Lord has and continues to bring to you and honestly I am learning so much to see the Lord strengthen and enable and use you. And care and love you as well. You bring glory to His Name
    In Christ love
    Your sister

    Thank you for pictures of refugee group the Lord continues to grow. Continued prayer for them AND for you as well.

    So much to bear – I cannot truly understand the weight of you grief and pain . I can Though hold you before the Lord.


  2. We can rest assured that Satan’s plots will fail, often in a way we couldn’t forsee. “Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit” Prov.28


  3. Dear Lyuda,
    Thank you for the updates on how to pray!
    It is so good to see that Sasha is still alive and able to be active, but sad she lost her leg.
    I pray that these hurting people will find their hope in Jesus.
    Also, praying for you and your church that you will not grow weary in these very difficult times, but you may rejoice and be comforted in the many love notes from God that He sends your way.
    Love in Christ,


  4. It is so hard to remember that the Lord is sovereign even in this trial. But we must pray in faith. We have to! Because He is the only one who can stop the enemy. Praying daily–even more than once a day!


  5. We do pray for your safety, strength, and peace, and that the Holy Spirit will minister through you all to bring healing.


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