Pray for Ukraine

Update from Vlad and Lydia, our Derek Prince Ministries outreach workers in Ukraine

 

Update 22 April 2022

Every day, the situation in Ukraine changes. But the Rock of Ages doesn’t change. He is the same, yesterday, today and forever. So thank you for your prayers for Vlad, his team, and the people in Ukraine and Russia who are suffering from this war.

Russian edition of The Divine Exchange published

Yesterday, 21 April, Vlad shared the exciting news that in spite of the circumstances, he was able to publish a new edition of the book "The Divine Exchange / How to Apply the Blood of Jesus" in Russian. He received the first copies yesterday – see the picture.

Vlad’s publisher Vyacheslav was able to print 3,000 copies and thus this book is now available in both languages again - in Russian and Ukrainian - for distribution inside of Ukraine. About two weeks ago,the Procter-and-Gamble plant near Kyiv, with which they co-worked, was completely destroyed by shelling. But Vyacheslav did not lose heart and searched for any remnants of paper in the surviving warehouses to print new books.

Proclamation cards and books

50 thousand Proclamation cards in Ukrainian and Russian have been printed and are being distributed through local churches in several Eastern European countries and in Ukraine. Please pray that each card reaches the right person and that it becomes a source of hope and encouragement.

EE-outreach workers in Poland, Slovakia, and Romania are connected with churches that are involved with help to Ukrainian refugees within their borders, and transport of humanitarian aid to Ukraine: They will print Derek’s books in Ukrainian and Russian locally and include these resources in relief packs.

Food distribution and outreach in Ukraine

Inside Ukraine, Derek’s resources are distributed through trusted partners and included in relief packs. One of these partners is Vadim. Vadim is the leader of ‘House of Mercy’, a rehab centre in Lyiy, Ukraine.

Vlad has known him since 1995 when he was a chaplain in a strict security prison and met Vadim in the prison church. Vadim was in jail two times for drug dealing. After his release, he started a rehab centre At first he simply took people right in at his home. Then he started building a rehabilitation centre by buying several old houses in the countryside.

Now, in this wartime, Vadim is using these houses to offer a place for displaced Ukrainians. They have already taken about 100 people to the centre. Most of the rehabilitators had feasible jobs in different settlements but with the outbreak of the war, they were left without work. Now they are actively helping in transporting food and humanitarian aid towards the military zone and taking people out of there. 

Vadim and his team prepare delicious food and deliver it to areas of the city that have suffered from shelling. Since chaotic artillery and rocket attacks continue from the territory of Russia, the infrastructure of the city is mainly destroyed and many people cannot cook hot food for themselves and have not eaten anything boiled for two weeks already. Vadim’s people go from house to house every day, where people live in the basements of multi-story buildings. Some people are still hiding in the basements of houses and in metro stations. Many of them are either elderly or needy, who could not or did not want to leave the city.

Vadim’s team also travels through subway stations where people also hide and live. They deliver fresh borscht (national Ukrainian soup) and other hot meals to people who have sometimes not had anything warm to eat for days or weeks. They also preach the Gospel and hand out encouraging Christian materials. The video gives you an impression of this ministry.

Bringing food to the front line

Vadim has two vans with trailers to carry food from Western Ukraine almost to the very front line in the east. The food stocks there are largely exhausted. Moreover, many refugees have come to Vadim’s area, and food is needed there locally too. In the past few days, large parties of refugees from Mariupol and the Donetsk region have arrived. For this reason, resources must be carried from Western Ukraine.

Their last trip was from Lviv to the city of Margarets - next to the nuclear power plant captured by Russia – a journey of about 1000 km! In order to make the way back and forth for two vans with trailers (that's about 5 tons of cargo), fuel is needed for 30,000 hryvnias (or 1,000 euros). However, this is the only effective way to deliver food now. Big trucks can't go where they go. So thank you for your help. I believe it is an effective way to donate. 

Prayer and Fasting

In wars, there are not only visible forces at work, like tanks and rockets but also invisible forces of darkness. Therefore, Vlad sent 11 letters to his President, to the Head and members of our Parliament, and to the Ukrainian government, asking and encouraging them for the appointment of a Day for Prayer and fasting for our country. With these letters, he enclosed a copy of Shaping History through Prayer and Fasting and The Divine Exchange.

Help displaced Ukrainians

Vlad and his church continue to help care for the refugees in their town. The population of their town is about 40 thousand, but now has officially 8 thousand refugees registered - in reality, 

there are more. There are already about 11 million people in Ukraine who have left their homes. This is more than a quarter of the country's population.

The church offers help with the accommodation and feeding of as many refugees as possible. Currently, they feed over 150 refugees each day. In addition, they support local volunteers who work full-time with refugees - cooking, housing, food preparation, and transport issues. Many of them lost their jobs because local businesses stopped, but they did not leave the town and serve others.

 

Easter Gifts for soldiers on the frontline

Last weekend, Ukraine celebrated Easter together with the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. The volunteer team to support the army, with which Vlad’s wife Lydia cooperates, has prepared gifts for the soldiers on the front lines. Together with fresh pastries - buns with plums - we have given them Ukrainian copies of The Divine Exchange, as well as a Gideon Brethren New Testament.

New projects

Despite the war, Vlad is gradually sending books around Ukraine and he continues to work on the editing of books. Last week he sent the text of ‘Declaring God’s Word’ to a brother in Western Ukraine for voice-overing. He is planning, God willing, to make daily proclamations on the Ukrainian YouTube channel starting January 1 next year.

 

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Update 18 March 2022:

We are here to serve our people in this time of crisis and I am glad to say that we have been able to do so by making Derek's teaching materials available to many. Praise God for the teachings of Derek Prince. In times like this, God's people need a solid foundation to lean on, and our ministry is more than ever relevant.

Today after lunch a family of 4 people from Kramatorsk will come to our house. These are two adults, an elderly lady and a young man who is discharged from the army service because of a hand injury. We already accepted this family in our house as refugees in 2014, when the war in Donbass began and their city was captured by pro-Russian militants. They stayed in our area for about three or four months and then returned home after deliberation of their home. During those months, we shared the gospel with them. They read Derek Prince' books and became Christians.

In the past 8 years, we have maintained contact with them. And yesterday they asked if they could stay with us again, since their city had been fired upon by Russian artillery and rockets. These are quite poor people. At first, they will live with us until we manage to find them housing, which is very unlikely.

The war continues, as does our ministry

Yesterday, our designer told me the sad news that a mutual friend, a Christian brother from Kyiv, was killed. He had signed up for the civilian territorial defense. So the war continues!

But we continue to work on books and cards that can be distributed amongst refugees. Our experience shows that they really appreciate ‘light’ materials they can easily take with them. So we are preparing more proclamation cards, including new titles such as ‘Sheltered with God’, ‘Forgiveness’, ‘When I’m feeling down’, and also smaller booklets such as ‘Extravagant Love’ and ‘The Divine Exchange’, both in Ukrainian and Russian because many refugees come from Russian-speaking areas. Our aim is to put a proclamation card or a booklet in every parcel that is given out by a local church or a partner ministry to a displaced Ukrainian person or family. 

Our Father...

Knowing that these cards will be given mainly to unbelieving people, we decided to amend them. On the reverse side at the top is the prayer "Our Father" - all Ukrainians know this prayer as the "main" Christian prayer, even if they do not know the whole text. A brief explanation of the essence of salvation is below it. And finally, at the very bottom - the prayer of a sinner.

Please pray that the Ukrainians who will receive Derek’s materials would get spiritual insight from God and that every book and proclamation card will reach the right person at the right moment.

Pray with us...

Vlad continues; 'As far as I can see the situation not be calmed down by itself - it's just a warming-up. Evil spirits seeking to destroy the destiny of people and the nation will not disappear by themselves without our prayers.'

  • Please pray with us against any evil spirits of aggressive nationalism, puffed arrogance, and pride imperialism.

  • Please pray with us against all kinds of spiritual darkness and lying spirits that envelop the minds of people and lead astray and keep them from a clear view of themselves and the world around them and eventually from true repentance.
  • Please pray for the people of Ukraine – pray for the protection of the vulnerable people, old people, children, and soldiers who are caught in the conflict and live in conflict zones. 
  • Pray for Ukrainian churches to be a beacon of hope in these difficult times, pray that we will reach out to support our communities and care for each other. 
  • Pray for a solution to be found by politicians, but most of all pray with us against the spirits plotting war. War has never been part of the best will of God.
  • Finally, please pray with us for opportunities to minister to people in our churches and communities using Derek Prince’s Bible teaching resources. 

Thank to all God’s people praying for us at this difficult time! May God bless you all and your countries.