Dear Prayer warriors,
99 days of war.......We are weary as the rest of the world is weary of this war. The destruction and havoc that russia has wrought in Ukraine is truly horrific. We continue to cry out to our Sovereign God to end this war as quickly as possible while remembering that He allowed this to happen and can use it for Kingdom purposes.
The remaining in-country members of Holy Trinity Baptist Church have really stepped up to bat in caring for their fellow countrymen in need. They feed, counsel, clean up after, house, and fellowship with weary refugees on a daily basis. Yesterday was "Child Protection Day" in Ukraine and they held a special outreach for refugee children. Please pray for these children to remember that the Lord cares for them and wants to have a personal relationship with each of them.
Please also pray for Anna, one of our refugees from Kharkiv. She delivered her baby two days ago. Her home was destroyed by the russians and now has 2 small children to care for. Pray for our church to minister to her and show the Love of Christ to her in a special way.
We praise the Lord for allowing our church to qualify for reduced electricity tariffs. Our bill was cut to almost nothing this month, less than $100. This has been one of our biggest expenses as we heat and cook with electricity. This will allow our relief funds to be extended much longer.
We praise the Lord that Oleg has had no more trouble crossing the border to visit our family. He is needed at church and with the refugees but just as much with his family. The Lord has shown real mercy to us in allowing him to travel back and forth. Many families do not have this option.
Thank you for continuing to support our family and relief ministry. We covet your continued prayers, financial support, and encouragement!
We want to share with you an update from the Enskyys, who are on the ground in Ukraine, so you can continue to pray for them and see how the funds that you have donated are being used.
Another week of war has raged on. Time seems to stand still and fly by at the same time. Thank you for praying for our family and ministry. We praise the Lord for your support and encouragement.
This week in partnership with the ministries of Operation Renewed Hope, European Initiative, and Every Nation Education our church received several shipments of humanitarian aid; Bibles (a really nice key chain with a Ukrainian Bible QR code), food, cleaning supplies, and other necessities for keeping our temporary shelter for refugees open and running well. Our staff and refugees were so excited to see these trucks coming to our door and unloaded them with enthusiasm. I cannot underscore what an encouragement this help is to not only our refugees but our church staff as well. As war decimates the already weak Ukrainian economy, food prices rise as salaries are cut in order to send all funds to the army. Everyone is reeling from this horrible, unjust war. Knowing that our brothers and sisters in Christ really care and are helping brings smiles to tired, downtrodden faces.
Right now, our region is experiencing a lull of "incoming" refugees. Last week we were feeding 50 to 80 people a day. We are using this reprieve to better organise the center and deep clean. As the battle for Kharkiv, Mariupol and Kherson ramp up, we expect the next wave of fleeing refugees soon. No one wants to leave their home and most stay as long as possible, some too long and are in need of evacuation. We are partnering with Oleg's seminary brothers in central Ukraine who are evacuating people in these kinds of situations, helping them with food and fuel for their vans.
Thank you for continuing to support our ministry financially. Your funds go to keep our building warm, clean and offering physical and spiritual shelter to those fleeing active war zones. Please pray for the literature, Bibles and spiritual counsel offered to these vulnerable people to be taken in the spirit it has been given. Pray for the seeds of the Gospel to find fertile, prepared heart soil!
Please continue to pray for peace and revival in Ukraine, safety and health for our family, and wisdom to make quick decisions as war makes for very fluid and unexpected situations.