Editor’s Note: The report and images below were provided by an SGA-supported pastor in Ukraine.
When the war in Ukraine began earlier this year, it was hard to see how any good could come out of such widespread destruction and heartbreaking loss. But as you read SGA-supported Pastor Alexander’s most recent report below, you will see how this unthinkable evil is what God turned to good in the lives of many Ukrainians in need.
Praise God with us for His greater plan which is always at work . . .
Greetings to you, dear brothers and sisters!
For months, the war has been going on in our country. People continue to die, houses are being destroyed, millions of people are forced to seek shelter. By the grace of God, it is quiet in our region, although there is a constant threat of rocket attacks, so from time to time we hear air raid sirens. To the surprise of the whole world, we ourselves are surprised and rejoice that the Lord protects Ukraine and the plans of the enemy are being destroyed. The occupiers did not manage to capture Kyiv and the northern part of the country, and this gives us the opportunity to live in freedom, because my generation and the elders still remember well the Soviet times, when people were forbidden to visit the church and read the Word of God. And it is precisely this godless ideology that is promoted by the authorities in the occupied territories. So we still have freedom, and accordingly the opportunity to freely bring the Gospel to people. Although this time is difficult, it is valuable in its own way, and there is a special value in the fact that people are looking for the Lord. I will share a few stories about how I saw it during these months.
At the beginning of the war, I prayed that we would not have to be refugees and so that we are ready to receive those who flee from military actions, and so the Lord answered. The first refugees arrived to us a few days after the beginning of the war. Some stayed, some went further abroad.
A few more words of joy and gratitude for prayers. My girls are growing up and growing spiritually as well. The middle daughter, Sofia, was baptized last year, and this year she is already helping her friend preparing for baptism as a mentor. The older Veronika and the younger Daryna are also actively involved in the youth ministry and are preparing for baptism. And the youngest, Christina, constantly prays and asks the Lord to give her faith like that of the apostles.
Thank you very much for your prayers, spiritual and material support. It has always been valuable for us, and now especially, at a time when there is a real war in the country, prices for products and services are rising, and we also need to share with others.
May God richly bless you and keep peace in your hearts and your country!
With love and prayers for you,
In a time of great uncertainty, God is bringing help, healing, and hope to the people of Ukraine through SGA-supported pastors, churches, a seminary, and SGA-sponsored Compassion Ministry. Be a part of God’s incredible work with your generosity and prayer support.
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