Update April 7th 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.

It has been a busy few days for the team in Lebedyn as they continue to help support the immediate needs of the community alongside many who are coming to our centre seeking refuge after fleeing from nearby villages, towns and cities. Whilst there are many sad and disturbing things the people of Ukraine, including the people of Lebedyn, are having to experience daily, the team have been doing amazing work feeding, caring, loving and looking after the people in this region. 

Please do keep praying for the safety of those in Ukraine, including the team and community in Lebedyn. As of the Sunday 3rd April, a BBC feature and online newspapers had mentioned that troops were building up again around Sumy. Our Mission Director had confirmed this and had stated that they were getting ready for a major offensive. Please therefore continue to pray for the safety of the people in Lebedyn and those in the region.

Growing Morning Church Services

The morning church services which they run at the centre have continued to witness growing numbers of people attending, many who have been attending before. Our Mission Director said that it was truly an amazing time (We think some of the visitors wanted some food parcels, but that is OK!) You can see below a photo of the many food parcels the team have been handing out to the community below.

After the morning service, the children's club took place, with plans for activities and a gathering for those who have additional needs and disabilities. The church has done an amazing work with these wonderful people over the years as the state does not recognise all disabilities and the help needed. 

Unfortunately, the club had to be stopped halfway through since air raid sirens have gone off for the first time in a few days. Everyone had to run for cover. However, we are grateful for everyone's safety and for the opportunity for the children and community to have some quality time together.

The team have loved opening up their morning services to many new people where they have witnessed a growing number of people come to faith and find comfort in these uncertain and distressing times through our free Bible-based literature. Please continue to join us in prayer as we believe for people to come to faith and find their hope in the powerful Word of God!

Provision of Materials to Repair the New Mission Centre Building

Despite the damage to some of the new centre from the bombing, with seven holes being identified by the team from the bomb damage, the team have been able to successfully repair the damage. We are thankful to God that they were able to access all the right materials and the right contractors who did the bulk of the work. An amazing provision which now protects this building and keeps it watertight and fit for purpose!

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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