Update from Sambir, a city in Lviv Oblast, Ukraine
Letter from local church:
Dear friends, we are infinitely grateful to you for your attention and for your work of love. My God, whom you and I serve, has proved to me the accuracy of His Word.
Elijah said to the woman: “First do it for me, and then for yourself and your son…” And she believed and did it. We, too, at the level of this woman, did very little, first we made tea, coffee, later potatoes and took them to the border to warm up a few refugees who stood in line for several days to leave the country. Later, people began to call and ask to spend the night with us and move on. Some lived for a whole week until they found a place to live in our city. Every day we spent evenings of fellowship with them — we sang Christian songs, testified. And so until today. During these days, more than 100 people have passed through our house and fellowship table. There were 5-18 people every day for the last 10 days.
Friends, if not for you, we would not be able to testify about God to so many people. There was no need to look for them, they themselves went to our house.
Last week, my older children and I went to a kindergarten (a place where refugees temporarily live) and talked to people. They have so much pain and frustration. There are people with disabilities who need help. The state has not yet decided how to help them.
Friends, perhaps you do not need to tell this, in the sky we will receive the crown of reward together.
But one more episode of human misfortune in connection with the war. A man from Kirovograd lives in a kindergarten without a leg, he moves around in a wheelchair. All his relatives died, a few months ago and his wife too. He stayed with a three-year-old son who does not speak. Both suffer from epilepsy. You cannot leave the country. He was already taken to the border 3 times and the border guards returned him back. — Because he was in prison for a triple murder.
For the day we take the boy to our home. My eldest son takes him to a psychologist. We pray for them and try to ease their suffering.
Friends, I will thank God again and again for your participation. Without you, perhaps we would have done very little, or maybe nothing.
May the Almighty fill your church in Shakopi with grace. Let him give repentance to your relatives who do not know God. Thank you.
Nikityuk Pavel and Svetlana
Our efforts in Ukraine