Editor’s Note: The testimonies and images below were provided by an SGA-supported seminary in Ukraine.
A “testimony of humanity” is what Benjamin at an SGA sponsored seminary in Ukraine shared with us as the war escalates around them.
While Benjamin, his wife, and the remaining students and employees are sheltering at the seminary, they are living out Romans 12:10-12: “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord, rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.”
Here is how Benjamin described a recent exchange during the massive destruction of their city . . .
Give and it will be given to you! My wife and I, during this period in Ukraine, decided to stay in [our city], so that the Lord could show His care through us. Together with remaining students and employees we stay in seminary building. We have regular prayers and services with neighbors at night. The incident happened on March 1 when neighbors who have a small business ‘care for seriously ill’ older people turned to me, at that moment they did not have bread for two days. I promised them that we would allocate from those reserves that we make for ourselves . . . Since it snowed on our street and it was not a safe time for walking the streets, she quickly ran up, took bread and disappeared.
The next morning, when I was on duty, I was sitting and looking at the surveillance cameras, guarding the territory of the seminary, I saw near the entrance from the street, a sports motorcycle, on which a woman in a mask and hood was sitting behind, she quickly got up, put some kind of bundle on our gate, just as quickly sat down and sped away. It scared me very much, because now there are a lot of saboteurs here.
I carefully approached and touched this package. There was no explosion. Then I took it and went to a safe place to open it! And lo and behold, there were pills of different types. This woman called me and said that it was she who left the package. These people thanked for the bread with what they had . . . the medicines they used, they shared!
A student at the seminary shares his testimony . . .
“Today is the seventh day of the war. [Our city] has become a hot spot. I’m from the Donetsk region. It’s hotter here than in our place in 2014. I can’t go home. But in the seminary, I feel safe, as if I were on a boat in a stormy sea, and Christ is sleeping in the stern! God takes care of me in this place! In these terrible days, it is especially felt. I am in a warm place and well-fed, have hot water and read the Word of God. “I won’t leave you, and I won’t leave you.” Thank God that He opens the hearts of people to donate for the seminary. And for the people who work selflessly here.”
Another student is grateful to God and the ongoing support of friends like you . . .
Sincere thanks to God for the seminary and to those children of God through whom the seminary continues to exist. Words of gratitude are not enough to thank for all that we have today: a warm and clean room (my responsibilities include cleaning and thank God that at the moment there are all the necessary household items). And we have bread on the table, various delicacies. Even fresh flowers in the seminary (which further lifts the spirits). It shows us what a Mighty, Merciful, Loving, Almighty God is. Thank you from the bottom of my heart that I can be right where He cares for me at this time.
In a time of great fear and uncertainty, God is bringing help, healing, and hope to the people of Ukraine through an SGA-supported seminary and Compassion Ministry. Be a part of His incredible work with your generosity and prayer support.