Hope in the midst of the storm…

In the first century many Christians fled the war between the Romans and the Jews that took place in Judea in the 60s culminating with the obliteration of Jerusalem in 70.

Some of these refugees went south to Alexandria, many went north through Antioch, west through Galatia and into Asia. They fled destruction and threat. Read the letters of Peter and Hebrews to see the apostolic response to the question: How do we respond to trouble? (Spoiler: Hang on to Jesus!)

Frequently in my travels, the train from Vinnytsia to Kyiv would sometimes stop about 60km southwest of the capital in the city of Fastiv (it’s about the size of Charlottesville). I remember looking into the neighborhoods that lined the railways as we passed through.

This morning a neighborhood of Fastiv was struck by shelling or a rocket.

Photo Credit: Ukrainian Police

How do we respond to war?

In Vinnytsia, our partners are using the funds God is providing to care for people moving away from the shelling and rockets of the invaders.

Supplies for the kitchens feeding those displaced by the war.
Diapers, crackers and diaper rash cream headed for an orphanage.

Thanks be to God that this service in the name of Christ is bringing hope.

I was asked a little while ago, how can we pray for you? I answered “please pray that I and all of us abide in God so as to have His wisdom for decisions that must be made.”

Thanks be to God for those who have given for this effort. As of this mornings report, we can keep the funds flowing until next Tuesday! Glory to God!

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Here’s some thoughts from the book of Hebrews:

“Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.” (Hebrews‬ ‭13:1-2, 20-21‬ ‭ESV‬‬)

Glory to God!

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