Update 23 March 2022

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Dear Friends,

Thank you again for all your continued support for the team and their vital ministry work during this time.

Whilst the team have experienced a few quieter days, as of the 21st of March 2022, the team in Lebedyn had been in contact to let me know that they were under heavy attack. Our Mission Director mentioned that Russian troops have been trying hard to break into the city and moving closer into the town.

There have been regularly nightly battles but thankfully no progression has happened towards the main town centre.

Provision of food, medical supplies and a car and fuel!

Amidst very uncertain and scary times, we continue to give thanks to God for another successful delivery of food. Furthermore, the team also found a car and fuel waiting for them this morning at the centre which is very much crucial and much needed during this time!

They also managed to get some medicine with the money which will help with the more minor ailments. However, there are some in the town with diabetes who are insulin dependent including one of the team’s family members. Thankfully our team has managed to secure a supply of insulin for them. Please also lift up a member of our team who requires specialised medication for his specific condition and for wisdom and provision as we try to find solutions which are not obvious right now.

The powerful Word of God

Over the weekend the team were able to look after a lady and her four children who came to the centre after escaping from a nearby village that had fallen into Russian hands. This was a village in where held summer camps in the past. Some of the villagers managed to flee and have come to Lebedyn but many are still there.

This particular lady asked the team for a Bible for herself and her four children. They spoke, encouraged, fed and prayed with her. She received 2 Bibles, one being the Jesus Story Book Bible for her children. Our Mission Director has informed me that she has since come to faith and was weeping with tears of joy! Even in the darkest times our faith brings hope.

They also helped a family that had come up from a nearby city with absolutely nothing with them. They gave them toiletries, food and some clothes although they don’t have many of those to share now with people.

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you, In God, whose word I praise— in God I trust and am not afraid.  What can mere mortals do to me? Psalm 56, verses 3 & 4

A baby dedication and a growing church community

This morning the numbers at the church grew to greatest amount since the war began, with many fleeing from nearby villages and towns and are now all meeting together in the new centre. A new baby was dedicated this morning as well. What a start to life! However, it's also a beautiful reminder of new life and new hope.

After the church service today, where the team have been witnessing growing numbers of people coming together in prayer, they were able to put up a tent outside in the town centre to talk to people and give them free books and literature. It was also an opportunity to invite them to the centre if they had no food where the team could then provide them with food parcels.

Please see below two pictures, one of the team handing out free literature to the community and the other picture captures one of the community's recent church gatherings. As you can see, lots of people joined together to pray!

Please keep standing with us in prayer!

Please continue to stand with the team in prayer during these very uncertain times. Our Mission Director and the team are still visiting the front line every day. Please pray for the soldiers and the wounded and for the team as they to give hope in a very dark world there.

I am so grateful for all your support. Our Mission and Music 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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