Pastor Bilorus shares how the Gospel was being spread while distributing food for the displaced and needy. He shares this testimony and video from the Ternopil region:
Dear friends in the Lord!
The Church of Jesus Christ is sincerely grateful to Slavic Gospel Association for the food aid that we provide to the displaced and needy. While distributing the aid, we have a good opportunity to tell people about Christ. We have testimony from a family of IDPs from Mariupol. The Lyutykh family fled the occupation and barely survived. They came to the city of Ternopil and were looking for shelter. Our church hosted refugees for overnight stays and they came to us. We provided them with everything they needed and helped them find housing. At the moment, the whole family has been baptized and they are active members of our church. We are very grateful to the church for being there for us in our time of need. We also have a young married couple, the Molners, who came to us from Mykolaiv and after receiving some spiritual support and food packages, they became interested in the Christian life, and in a short time expressed a desire to become members of the church. At the moment, this family is actively serving and helping refugees. Also, many people do not understand how we would benefit from serving them without receiving anything in return.
There were families who had lost literally everything and the humanitarian aid provided was a small relief. Through the food aid ministry, some people started attending Sunday services. Since the military invasion, we have been organizing places to stay for the night. We also fed people who had just arrived in our city, because of the checkpoints, some of them had been on the road for about 3 days and had no opportunity to eat something hot. Today, we distribute food aid to IDPs, people with disabilities and those in need. We also organize various events for children of IDPs to provide them with a happy childhood.
My family moved to Ternopil from Mykolaiv. My wife and I came to the Baptist church here in Ternopil. I want to share a short testimony of how God has blessed us in Ternopil. My wife and I would like to thank the church for the help, the people, the fellowship, and for telling us about Christ. We especially want to thank you for that! We are grateful that the church continues to take care of us, we feel welcome here. In Mykolaiv, we were under occupation. It was very difficult for us to escape from there. But now we realize that the Lord had mercy on us. We left there safe and unharmed. Our house remains there. It is not quite intact, but we are alive and well here. Through the care and help of the church, we are growing spiritually. Thank you for everything!
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