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God’s hands…

God is faithful. He is working! Thanks to generous friends, this is happening…

Kind and generous friends have sent in about $3500 so far. We’re able to send about $500 per day since Friday. That means that, at present, we can continue helping at this rate through this coming Friday.

Join us as we help those in need inside Ukraine…

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Transfiguration Sunday – be the light!

Today is Transfiguration Sunday. It celebrates a wondrous event when three disciples were witness to Jesus speaking with Moses and Elijah, the Father proclaiming His Son, and then Jesus turning into blazing light!

This event is a big deal. It is found in all three Synoptic Gospels, here’s Luke’s rendering…

“Now about eight days after these sayings he took with him Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray. And as he was praying, the appearance of his face was altered, and his clothing became dazzling white. And behold, two men were talking with him, Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. Now Peter and those who were with him were heavy with sleep, but when they became fully awake they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. And as the men were parting from him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah”—not knowing what he said. As he was saying these things, a cloud came and overshadowed them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, my Chosen One; listen to him!” And when the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and told no one in those days anything of what they had seen.”
‭‭(Luke‬ ‭9:28-36‬ ‭ESV‬‬)

Jesus is the light. Soon after this event, Jesus set his face toward Jerusalem and the cross.

Now, for we who are in Him, we are his light to the world.

There are some dear friends in Vinnytsia, Ukraine who are being lights to people fleeing Kyiv and the eastern and southern regions of Ukraine. They are housing, feeding and providing for these refugees as they pass through on their way west.

I’ve just received video from Ukraine of a protest happening right now in Minsk, Belarus. They March against war at GREAT RISK to their own safety in this authoritarian state.

Minsk Protest Sunday 27 February

You too can be part of that light.

Thanks be to God, we have the ability to get $500 a day into the hands of these servants of God in the middle of Ukraine. Please give whatever you are able. This is a relief effort for certain. But with this practical help comes the light of Jesus.

Please pray for protesters in Russia and Belarus who are literally risking their own safety for that of others.

Please pray for our colleagues who are literally risking their lives to help travelers. They are being the light!

Please join the effort and share this with those you know.

Please give here:

Thank you.

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Thankful for protection…

I was so thankful today to be on the phone with our partners when the handoff of the first funds took place. That first infusion of money was going straight to the store to buy supplies for the steady stream of folks stopping in Vinnytsia for some rest as they travel west. Food, personal items, the necessary items for those who left their homes on a hurry as the fighting raged around them.

I was told about a 19 story apartment building that was stuck by a Russian missle. I found this image online.

When I learned the location in Kyiv, it really struck me as I have been through this neighborhood many times on trains or cars as it is not far from the city airport.

Here is the main point: I’m informed that there were no fatalities. Yes, injuries, broke limbs and the sort, but no loss of life. Glory to God!

As I check the news, I am so encouraged by the strength and the confidence of my dear Ukrainians. As a student of Churchill, the parallels between Zelensky / Ukraine to Churchill / England in 1940 are remarkable. Pray for the Ukrainians.

I heard from a brother today in a neighboring former Soviet country who urged the praying for churches and government leaders. Amen! See last night’s post.

Before I prayed myself to sleep last night I meditated on Psalm 30-33. These words stand out:

“In you, O Lord, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me! Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily! Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me!” (Psalm‬ ‭31:1-2‬ ‭ESV‬‬)

Join me in praying those words for Ukraine.

I learned some sad things today. 1. Captured Russian soldiers say when interviewed that their families do not know where they are. They were told they were going to some part of Russia for training. 2. The Russian government is squelching all news about the war in Ukraine. 3. A Russian cargo plan full of soldiers was shot down in central Ukraine this morning. How many of those families are oblivious to what Putin is doing? Let’s pray for those families who likely don’t know where their sons, husbands and brothers are. Let’s pray for the Russian people who are oppressed and largely oblivious to what is happening.

Pray for peace friends. May God intervene into the heart of Vladimir Putin. Oh God, bring peace.

“In you, O Lord, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me! Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily! Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me!” (Psalm‬ ‭31:1-2‬ ‭ESV‬‬)

If you’d like to donate to the effort, all the info you need is here:

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How do I pray for Ukraine?

I’ve been asked that question several times today. Here’s something:

Pray the Russians repent and turn to God. Pray their planes don’t fly, their tanks don’t drive and their guns misfire and that they turn away from following that minion of Satan that they follow, and that he, like Nebuchadzer finally did, turns to God.

Pray that Ukrainian leaders are filled with wisdom from above and courage like Daniel and the boys, and that they have victory and give glory to God who alone is worthy!
Pray for this baby who was born in a Kyiv subway station tonight:

Pray for the brothers who lead the churches to stand in the strength of God and lead their people in the power of God Almighty to help one another.

Pray that we love as Jesus commanded:
1st God
then neighbor
then one another…

And yes, for one’s enemy.

In the name of our Creator-Redeemer,


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Funds begin to move

This evening Ukraine time the first funds were taken from the bank. Thanks be to God!

For 20 years we have been working with the Christian Camp Stream of Love. The last couple of days I’ve dreamed about refugee being cared for in this camp. It has good facilities to care for, I don’t know… a couple of hundred? Dining hall, showers, beds, everything. It’s a camp/conference center.

This afternoon I learned that my dear brother Sergie is housing people who are fleeing the war.

The funds that were taken out tonight will be going to feed those folks. Thanks be to God for provision!

“Oh, fear the Lord, you his saints, for those who fear him have no lack! The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.” (Psalm‬ ‭34:9-10‬ ‭ESV‬‬)

Pray for Ukraine…

Thank you!


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