by an international worker
Dear praying friends,
Thank you so much for your prayers for Ukraine over this past month, especially these last 18 days. It is difficult to form words about what we are feeling—pain, sadness, hope, joy, fear, pride. It is also difficult to update you with what you really need to know.
One of the churches in Kyiv has people staying there 24 hours a day. They are praying, praising, and reading Psalms every hour for 24 hours a day and have a worship service every day. Their services are put on Facebook each Sunday.
We have seen lay leaders and teens at this church growing quickly with the Lord and showing great ministry and leadership skills.
The leader of the national church, and others, are doing everything they can to help people get to safety and provide food, housing, and medicine to all those in need, especially to church people.
Ukrainian friends report that they feel the prayers of everyone and have seen God’s hand on their protection and have seen Him meet their basic needs.
(We must all remind ourselves that praying is the greatest thing we can do).
Pray for an end to the war and for peace.
Pray for the people at the churches, that God would continue to protect them and use them for His glory.
Pray for the pastors and churches in the east where the fighting has been the worst. Some have evacuated, at least to somewhat safer areas, and at this time, are all safe.
Pray for all those that have become IDPs (internally displaced people) and refugees as their needs for food, shelter, and medicine become more and more difficult to be provided for—there are about five million (or more) that find themselves in this position.
Pray for the leadership in CAMA and The Alliance to know the best ways to respond to the situation, and pray that God would open the doors for us to go and help our beloved Ukrainians.
“Afflicted city, lashed by storms and not comforted, I will rebuild you with stones of turquoise, your foundations with lapis lazuli. I will make your battlements of rubies, your gates of sparkling jewels, and all your walls of precious stones. All your children will be taught by the Lord, and great will be their peace. In righteousness you will be established: Tyranny will be far from you; you will have nothing to fear. Terror will be far removed; it will not come near you” (Isaiah 54:11-14).
How You Can Help
Every day, there are new images and more information presented about the horrors happening in Ukraine, so our hearts are breaking. We are processing and doing as well as one can in the situation. We are greatly desiring to go and help the refugees in one of the surrounding countries. Pray that God will open the doors for us.
Thank you for your many prayers and notes of concern and care for our friends in Ukraine. Please do not slow down on your prayers as the situation grows more desperate each day.
As of this week, CAMA has received over $450,000 in donations. Through a long-time Alliance church partner, CAMA is using those funds to support IDPs as well as to assist Ukrainians that remain in Kyiv.