Day 2 saw our ministry team travel about an hour south of Kiev to visit a city where many refugees from the east established new homes. There, we visited Pastor Igor, his wife Natasha and their 3 children. Pastor Igor and Family were refugees who left the Lughansk region after the outbreak of the war. The city they lived in was in the middle of the shelling from both the Separatist side and the Ukrainian side. Pastor Igor came to a church without a pastor and worked with both natives of the city and refugees. The church was revived with a strong outreach to refugee families, non-Christian men and young people. How wonderful to see the providence of God in bringing something good out of something bad!
After the visit with Pastor Igor, we traveled to a village to meet with an amazing Christian lady. Aunt Katia [that’s what we called her] is a successful business lady who has a heart for ministering to people in hopeless situations. She kept a refugee family in her home for many months until buying a place for them to live. She has helped other refugee families to secure homes. She not only has a concern for their physical needs, but she expressed a great concern for their spiritual needs. She was asked what her great desire was for the near future. She said she desired for there to be a church to be established in her village. We prayed to that end that the Lord would be gracious in answering her prayers.
We then traveled to a home where a Bible Study group was meeting. A devotion was given and prayers offered. We were thankful to meet new Brothers and Sisters in Christ. It was a great day.
Please pray for safe travels for our ministry group. We begin 5 straight days of travel.
(The photos are of Pastor Igor and family; Home Bible Study group and Refugee family.)