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Editor’s Note: The videos below were provided by an SGA staff member in Ukraine.

From his recent trip to Ukraine, SGA’s vice president of ministry operations, Eric Mock, shares two video testimonies of believers who have found peace in the storm of the war. Oleksandra challenges us to find our peace in God and be unmoved in it. And Irina remains settled and without fear, even though her husband was critically injured on the front line.

May you be encouraged as you see the Lord at work in the lives of these two sisters in Christ. And please pray for more hurting people in Ukraine—including those who have not yet believed—that they, too, find rest in Christ alone and experience His peace.

Here is a testimony from Oleksandra . . .

Here is a testimony from Irina with translation below . . .


On February 24, 2022, my husband was here at the church. He usually drives me to my workplace in the morning and then goes to his job. I work as an engineer.

When my husband called me in the morning and said that the war broke out, and that I needed immediately to evacuate with the children, I got a feel that it might be a wrong thing to do. We had to stay in Kyiv! The children supported me and said that they didn’t want to leave, and my husband eventually said okay to that.

My husband refueled the tank of his car and went to the church to prepare place for sheltering people together with a friend and our brother Vladimir. They prepared food and beds so that people could spend the night there.

The next day, we knew that my husband and our brother in Christ Volodya were taken into the ranks of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. I stayed in Ukraine for another two weeks, when later my husband informed that Kyiv was going to be under attack and that I had to evacuate with the children. So I had to take my children abroad.

Wherever we would go, on all our ways, people were open to us, assisting us freely with transport, and our journey went without any incidents. We were on the road for three days, but we safely arrived to a place that God by His grace arranged for us. We came to Sweden where people happily welcomed us. At first, one family took us in, and then for half a year we were able to stay in another apartment for free.

The Lord showed us His love, His care and blessed us, but the time came when the kids said that they wanted to go home. I was so fearful of parting with my children.

At that time, my husband was in the front line, and at the beginning of the summer he was seriously wounded. At that time, as he was sharing, he said, “Lord, I remembered my whole life, and I am glad that I am with You.” The Lord is merciful and He blessed my husband, having brought him out of that terrible situation, as he was taken out from the environs of Kharkiv.

Now, he is undergoing rehabilitation in Belgium, and by God’s mercy is able to receive medical aid at the place, where he is being well treated and hopeful to return soon. It’s been almost a year since he was wounded, and the church continues to pray.

We truly can see what hardships he went through, and the Lord was and is with me, with my children and with my husband. Now I am not afraid of anything, because I know that without the Lord I would never be able to go through all these hardships. As when we are with the Lord, we go strong.

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.  

Your gift of compassion helps struggling people with emergency aid that generally includes Scripture materials, food, medicine, warm clothing, and shoes.

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