Outreach in war-torn Ukraine (ministry update 4 May 2022)

As the Russian war against Ukraine continues, DPM Ukraine outreach Director Vlad shares regular updates on our ministry in Ukraine. 

He says, “We are really grateful for your prayers, help, and concern! As for the front, pray with us. Last weekend 9 cruise missiles hit Kremenchuk - a city 20 km from us. One of the largest oil refineries is located there. Also, on the Orthodox Easter holiday, the Russians shelled Odessa. Last night, all of Ukraine was subjected to especially massive missile strikes. Now, there is a climax of the Russian attack in the east of the country. Apparently, these days are key. There are a lot of prayers all over Ukraine in all the news, in many videos of people and soldiers. May the Lord raise in power!

Right now, we have a lot of Mariupol refugees in our region. And in recent days, a wave has come from the south. The stories they share are horrific. A couple of weeks ago, the water conduit to Mykolaiv was meaningly shot by tanks - the city is sitting without water, they have transported it by city with vehicle water carriers. The Russian army aims to sow fear and panic among the civilian population. The town executive committee sends people to our church.

Last week, the Ukrainian government had a meeting with representatives of the UN. They want to make our region a supporting base and reception center for refugees. We expect the next influx of refugees from the south of Ukraine. Interestingly enough, they prefer to deal more with volunteers and churches than with the authorities. Apparently, because of the prevention of corruption and inefficiency. So I consider it a wise strategy to have contact with living active agents.”

Providing– physical and spiritual - food

Thousands of DPM cards with a prayer of repentance are given to people in Kharkiv, as well as copies of The Divine Exchange to people who are showing deeper interest. In Kharkiv, about 10,000 people remain on the subway as the northeastern areas continue to be shelled. Vlad is awaiting the delivery of proclamation cards printed in Poland soon and will send them to his co-servants throughout Ukraine who are engaged in practical service to people.

In his previous update, Vlad shared about Vadim, who is running a rehab center in Ukraine. Vadim and his team are partnering with us in distributing relief goods. Last week, Brano and DPM Poland outreach worker Marek met Vadim’s assistant in Poland. Together, they bought groceries from the local wholesaler and loaded Vadim’s van to take the goods to Lviv (West Ukraine).

In about two weeks a 20t truck will deliver more cargo to Lviv and Vlad will organize someone to pick approx. 5000-6000kg groceries there. Vlad´s place will serve as a distribution hub for further distribution into the east part of Ukraine.

Another vital contact is Anatoly Gavrilyuk, a respected pastor in Ukraine, who also is the head of the Council of Churches of Ukraine and a long standing personal friend of Vlad. His church takes an active part in the evacuation of people from the frontline zone. They also take care of about 20 settlements in the Kyiv and Chernihiv regions by delivering food and medicine, and preach the Gospel. They were overjoyed at the opportunity to receive proclamation cards and books from DPM to distribute. Watch their video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/HRqhYKhdFIE

DPM has also sponsored 1.500kg on three pallets to a local rehabilitation center called “Good Samaritan” which daily takes care for around 150 people.

The hiding place

Vlad continues, “Since the beginning of the war, I've downloaded Corrie Ten Boom's "The Hiding Place" audiobook on my mobile phone and listen to it from time to time. Derek often spoke highly of Sister Corrie. The book is so encouraging and relevant to me now. A calm story about ordinary Christians and their faithfulness in everyday life to God as a path of faith.

These days I remember Derek Prince's testimony of his army days in the deserts of Africa. Indeed, war is not a series of heroic deeds, rather it is a monotonous routine work every day. I remember the words of a World War II veteran. He said that it was not those who ran fast and shot accurately that survived, but those who dug and dug and dug the ground. The troops were often relocated to a new place and ordered to dig in, and then shift further and ordered to dig in again - so the trenches could only come in handy for the fifth or sixth time, but those who dug in obedience ultimately remained alive and won. This is similar to our Christian life - we have "to dig" in every place all the time. This is not a series of victorious feats, rather it looks like a routine.

May the Lord help us all to be not too overstressed and not too slobbish, and faithfully follow our path for the Lord and serve Him! The war continues, and we continue to pray and ask you to keep praying with us.  Thank you and all our donations. May the Lord's blessing rest on your countries and peoples.”


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