It takes some time before news from our brethren reaches us here in Belgium.
At the end of April this was the situation:
Ukraine update – 23 April
The so called “Special Military Operation” in Ukraine continues, although it no longer attracts quite the number of headlines it used to. Our brothers and sisters continue to be affected in many ways, and we can scarcely imagine what it must be like to be living in such dire conditions. Here are a few snippets of information in the hope that brothers and sisters will keep them in their prayers. Our apologies if some of this seems a little repetitive.
- Bro. Igor and family from Kyiv have successfully reached Poland and now have documents to allow them to come to UK where they are to be accommodated with a brother and sister as part of the “Homes for Ukraine” scheme.
- Sis. Elena in Kyiv remains in her small flat close to the centre of the city. She has food and makes and receives phone calls to other parts of Ukraine and to the UK. She is remarkably acceptive of the situation, considering that she has lived through all of this before in World War II.
- Sis. Marina and her daughter Nastya have travelled to Berlin where they were able to stay with brothers and sisters before moving on to the Esslingen area. They are currently deciding whether to stay in Germany or to move to UK, where they have the offer of a home.
- Brother Charles and Brother Christian and their families are continuing to be supported in Lithuania.
- Bro. Alex and his mother, Sis. Olga, having failed to cross the border into Romania, have now elected to return to their home about 70 km from Kyiv as the warfare there seems to have reduced for the moment.
- Sis. Vera in the Kherson region has e-mailed to say that they are running out of many staple items, and food prices have risen six times. CBM are trying to find a way to get funds to her, if at all possible.
- Sis Olga from Kherson has been able to make the difficult journey out and has arrived in UK, and is now staying with family in Bournemouth.
- Sis. Nana in Melitopol is slowly recovering from Covid and also hopes to be able to use the humanitarian corridor to escape with her husband. It will be a difficult and dangerous journey for them both.
- Those in Kharkiv have come under renewed bombing, though there has been some respite for those in Kyiv.
There will be others in considerable difficulties not mentioned here, they all need our prayers.
The Apostle Paul tells us
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” (I Timothy 2:1-2).
We must continue to pray for that. The signs are that there will be difficult times ahead for brothers and sisters in Ukraine, Russia and other places, especially in parts of Africa.
“Even so, Come Lord Jesus!”