We receive urgent requests for prayer almost daily from Ukraine. It is incredible how God can orchestrate ministry even in such a dire situation.
The prayer requests are always desperate. Just this week we received this message: "We are in serious need of prayers. Big Russian missiles hit our electric grid. They have decided to destroy Ukraine, so now they are going after our electricity. This means no water and little or no heat. It might affect our internet signals. Most people have no power and no showers or toilets as they endure the bitter cold."
You can see why our hearts break, and we muster our prayers for our missionaries to hear from God on what to do. The prayer request continued:
"The mayor in this targeted area has said it's impossible to fix the electric system, and over 1/3 of Ukraine is without electricity. It is getting cold here, yesterday it was 26 degrees. Today, it's a bit warmer at 38 degrees, but winters here get very cold, and many will die without help."
So we pray. We pray for the safety of our teams on the ground who've decided to brave the bombings to serve the hurting. One young man told us while he was out walking, he saw two rockets hit the grid. They blasted the earth just 5 miles from from where the team lives. It was close and shook him up quite a bit.
Imagine how terrible it is for millions of Ukrainian men, women, and children in the occupied areas where the war is raging—people hiding in cold root cellars crying out to God for help. May God hear our cries on their behalf.
Would you pray? Would you take a few minutes each day to lift up our work in Ukraine and for the war to end?
The Ukrainians have told us whenever people pray they can tell.They see miracles of provision, protection, and guidance from the Lord.
This past weekend 23 students lined our stage here in East Texas to receive their certificates for completing the Discipleship Training School. Some of these students and staff spent the last month taking day trips from Poland into Ukraine with the focus of building tiny homes for those devastated by the war.
One of the students shared a story about the unbelievable hospitality of a Ukrainian woman who literally had nothing left but offered what little bit of food she had to express her gratitude toward our team and the Lord for His kindness. It's a humbling experience.
We must pray, and we can also go!
Perhaps God is calling on you to stand in the gap with us in prayer. Maybe God is asking you to go and serve?
For more stories on our mission efforts to Ukraine over the past year, read these articles: