Update 15th March 2022

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Dear Friends,

Thank you again for all your continued support and for showering the team and ministry in constant prayers during this time.

I am continuing to receive updates from the team as and when it is possible, however, each day is so different so please continue to pray for their safety during very uncertain times. We are very thankful that amidst the darkness, we can share incredible stories of selfless love and some good news from the team. We wanted to see them of these below:

Safe delivery of food to Lebedyn

We are so thankful to God for a safe delivery of food to the team in Lebedyn. Thank you to so many of you that prayed throughout the day. God’s hand was on this trip and given that many have not made it alive doing less dangerous trips, this really was a miracle! The community have been struggling to access and purchase food has meant that this safe arrival of food is helping feed many members of the community.

Our Mission Director is now home and his cooked him a special meal of Borsch (This is a bit like a beetroot soup - a Ukrainian favourite!)

A local orphanages plight to safety

Following our last update on the 11th of March surrounding the local orphanage with over fifty children, we are so grateful to report that they, along with the director of the orphanage, have now arrived safely to a quieter region. However, their journey was long and not without difficulty.

However, amidst all the difficulty on their journey to safety, they were able to help a coach full of mothers and children's which had broken down from the maternity hospital nearby. On the coach were premature babies who needed special feeding. Without hesitation they squashed everyone up and managed to fit everyone and their luggage into their two coaches.

With the food purchased through the funds we sent, they were able to share this with them all and everyone got to safety. Where they are currently will not be their final destination as they feel the only real safety is abroad until the war stops.

We give thanks to God that they have arrived to a quieter region and a provision of food. We are glad that the children are somewhere safer where they can relax amidst all the difficult days and nights, they have had to endure but please do continue to pray for their long-term safety.

Please keep standing with us in prayer!

Please continue to keep all the team in your prayers. As of Monday 14th March, our Mission Director has informed me that they are having problems with communications, particularly mobile signals, and the internet. It is believed that Russians are trying to jam everything to immobilise them away from contact with others. The town has become quite inventive, and this is something we have witnessed over the years we have been involved with them. They can normally find a way to fix something or get it working just as they have with the electricity. They live in a world of constant recycling! It is this tenacious attitude that is carrying them through.

Other villages nearby have fallen to Russian troops, so they are expecting in the next few days an onslaught as they need to get through Lebedyn to journey through to Kyiv. Please pray for their protection. Our Mission Director and the team are still visit the front line every day, pray for the soldiers and the wounded and to try and give hope in a very dark world there.

Please continue to pray for the things above and most of all please pray for their peace.

I am so grateful for all your support. Our Mission and Musical Director, alongside the rest of the team all send their thanks and greetings on behalf of the team and the church there.

Every blessing,

Peter Martin

Founding Director of Hope Lebedyn

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