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Update 26th January 2023

January 26, 2023
As 11 months of the war have passed, tensions are rising once again. What you will be reading in the news is happening in Sumy. Shops are closed and there are long queues for banks, sometimes taking over 4 hours to withdraw cash. People are starting to sell things to get money to be ready to flee, if necessary.
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Update 20th January 2023

January 20, 2023
Locally, the situation is much about the same, with power being slightly more regular in its supply and sticking to their 4 hours on and 2 hours off with residential buildings. The children are struggling as each area of town has different times for their power outage, and this doesn’t connect with the school’s online programme. Education is fast becoming untenable with this situation.
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Update 15th January 2023

January 15, 2023
Tanya and Oleg arrived in Lebedyn this week from Bakhmut along with their 2 children. They say that their town is unrecognisable and more than half the city has been – quote - “wiped off the face of the earth!”
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Update 5th January 2023

January 5, 2023
Happy New Year to you all! I spoke with Bohdan yesterday and he sends his greetings and thanks for all your support, especially over this past Christmas season. As I write, the team are coming to the end of Christmas celebrations as the children’s work continues through to the weekend where the old orthodox Christmas has been traditionally celebrated.
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Update 22nd December 2022

December 22, 2022
It is at Christmas we are being reminded of the phrases “peace on earth and goodwill to all mankind!”. When you then look through the lens of how Ukrainian people are living, they are praying constantly for peace and that there would be some goodwill, but the rhetoric that is being given says that Russia intends to upscale their efforts in the New Year – or perhaps sooner.
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A Christmas message from Lebedyn...

December 22, 2022
We have a special festive message for you from the team in Lebedyn.
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Update 19th December 2022

December 19, 2022
As you will have seen in our news bulletins, the situation with energy, power and heat continues to be a massive and growing problem. It is the same throughout all of Ukraine. In Lebedyn and the Sumy region it has been particularly bad throughout - on Monday where they had no power all day.
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Update 9th December 2022

December 9, 2022
The constant lack of power, and therefore heat and light, is continuing to make a hard impact on life. With air raid sirens going off daily there is no “normal” routine within which to operate. Families are struggling to keep warm, but thankfully no missiles have landed on personal homes, just on the infrastructure and industry that keeps the nation going.
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Update 25th November 2022

November 25, 2022
The situation in the Sumy region is much the same. The end of the week and over the weekend witnessed much military activity with sirens going off more than usual, and then on Monday and Tuesday it was calm. However, on Wednesday afternoon things escalated once again.
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Update 18th November 2022

November 18, 2022
This week has been very difficult due to the number of missiles coming over from Russia. Sumy itself has been battered and much of the light and power utilities have been greatly hit once again.
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Update 27th October 2022

October 27, 2022
Bohdan has been able to connect with a large new church situated in Sumy city itself. It has grown extensively through the war from 15 people to now around 500 people. The Pastor wants to work closely with Bohdan and the work they are doing.
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Update 3rd October 2022

October 3, 2022
Every day is different and over these past few days there has been less missiles fire than previous weeks as it had been very intense.  When we spoke to both Bohdan and Alla there was an amazing calm. They know they cannot predict what tomorrow can bring but there was lighter spirit there which was lovely to see.
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Update 23rd September 2022

September 23, 2022
At the end of the week the teenagers met in their groups and although there were some sirens going off through the day we still had over 40 teenagers turn up to chat through things and receive some help where needed. They also had great fun!
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Update 16th September 2022

September 16, 2022
An article recently written by Reuters News Agency stated that both the Sumy and Kharkiv regions received more missiles over recent days than in any other region destroying power lines, sub stations and water facilities.
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Update 9th September 2022

September 8, 2022
In the region bombing continues to happen but thankfully nothing too close to Lebedyn. Bohdan told me that they are targeting factories so there is no work, electric sub stations, power lines, gas supplies and now no water supplies. He knows of many villages and towns locally where fresh water has been cut off and it is becoming a big problem.
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Update 1st September 2022

August 31, 2022
Since Independence Day last week, the Sumy oblast has had over 200 missiles fired upon it but things seem to be quieter now the weekend is over. Most of bombing seemed to be fairly random and was targeted to villages along the border where many have been completely destroyed.
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6 month update and a special thank you!

August 26, 2022
Today marks the 6-month anniversary of the start of the war in Ukraine. This also coincides with their independence celebrations and with the Ukrainians fighting back the team are now experiencing the fall out from this.
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Update 19th August 2022

August 19, 2022
in recent days. As usual the team have been busy distributing aid. I recently had a video call with our Mission Director Bohdan and we estimated that they have distributed over 150 tons of aid and have more arriving soon.
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Update 12th August 2022

August 12, 2022
Unfortunately, sirens were going off all day yesterday and there were a lot of bombs falling upon Ukraine and Sumy today. This is in retaliation to the bombing of the airfield in Crimea yesterday but it is intense in some areas and fear is creeping back in that the Russian will come across the border once again.
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Update 4th August 2022

August 3, 2022
The situation in Lebedyn and Sumy is still unchanged from my previous reports. There are still sirens that sound but that is classed as normal for now. The threat of another Russian incursion is always there so people are learning to live without planning ahead too far.
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Update 27th July 2022

July 28, 2022
There has been little change in the situation around Lebedyn since my last update. The northern reaches of the county are still under regular attack from missiles and fear of landmines. The region receives new people daily from areas under attack and as you will have witnessed on the news, Russia is trying to advance into other areas which is causing more people to flee.
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Update 19th July 2022

July 28, 2022
The second week of the camps came to an end and both the children and parents did not want it to finish. It felt like some normality had crept back in until near the end the sirens kept sounding. Also at the end there was the news of the explosions in Vinnytsia where children died and this upset the children there.
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Update 13th July 2022

July 11, 2022
The first of the summer camp weeks has now been had with huge success. The numbers stayed at around 100 children and these were the younger children in the area that attended. It has been quite clear that the war has impacted every young life with prayers held every day for the those involved. Bohdan informed me that every child had either a father, brother or Uncle taking part.
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Update 29th June 2022

June 28, 2022
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Update 6th July 2022

June 26, 2022
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Update 21st June 2022

June 21, 2022
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Update 14th June 2022

June 15, 2022
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Update 7th June 2022

June 4, 2022
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Update 1st June 2022

June 1, 2022
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Update May 24th 2022

May 24, 2022
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Update May 17th 2022

May 17, 2022
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Update May 10th 2022

May 10, 2022
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Update May 5th 2022

May 5, 2022
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Update April 26th 2022

April 26, 2022
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Update April 22nd 2022

April 22, 2022
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Update April 21st 2022

April 21, 2022
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Update April 20th 2022

April 20, 2022
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Update April 7th 2022

April 7, 2022
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Update March 30th 2022

March 31, 2022
If you would like to support us financially you can do so below. Remember, if you are a UK taxpayer, please confirm that you would like to reclaim Gift Aid on your donation. This will add 25p to every £1 you give. Dear Friends, Again another day with relative calm. There is still the sound […]
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Update 23 March 2022

March 23, 2022
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Update 15th March 2022

March 15, 2022
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Update 11th March 2022

March 11, 2022
Urgent support required: If you would like to support us financially you can do so below. Remember, if you are a UK taxpayer, please confirm that you would like to reclaim Gift Aid on your donation. This will add 25p to every £1 you give. Dear Friends, On Wednesday 9th March, we received the devastating […]
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Update 5th March 2022

March 5, 2022
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Update 4th March 2022

March 4, 2022
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Update 28th February 2022

February 28, 2022
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Urgent update from our Founding Director

February 24, 2022
As we woke this morning (Thursday 24th Feb), alerts came in that Russia had started its invasion of Ukraine. We have been devastated to hear this news.   I have spoken to our team this morning and Lebedyn has not yet come under attack which is good news. However, there is clearly fear of what might […]
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Hope Lebedyn Annual Report: October 2020-2021

December 14, 2021
Hi everyone! On behalf of all the Hope Lebedyn team, we wanted to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Within this month's news blog, we wanted to share a video from some of the Hope Lebedyn team thanking you for all your incredible support. If you scroll down, you'll also […]
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The Ministry Activity Centre Is Almost Ready for Action!

June 8, 2021
Can you believe it? A dream that God birthed in our hearts two years ago has almost reached completion! If you’ve been following along with us on throughout this entire project, you might remember our blog post back in December when this building was completely non-existent, and we were just getting started! While the journey […]
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A behind-the-scenes look into our work over recent years!

March 26, 2021
We love keeping you updated with all the amazing stories and testimonies that follow from all great work that the Hope Lebedyn team carries out locally and regionally!  While we often give you updates through blogs, we thought we would make his blog post a little different and share a few videos looking back on some of programmes and initiatives that have […]
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An update on our recent visits to schools and orphanages!

March 18, 2021
We wanted to share a little update on our recent visits to some local schools and orphanages. By God’s mercy, we were able to visit different educational establishments and provide joy and hope through our puppet shows, gifts and seeds distribution! Through our Seed ministry, we are able to give away seeds to very needy […]
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Distributing Christmas Presents to Schools!

January 27, 2021
During the Christmas holidays, we were able to visit some educational establishments with the Good News and provide them with presents! Of course, the current coronavirus situation has caused some difficulties for us, however, by God's mercy we were able to serve God through supporting our children and adults. While many different sponsors refused to […]
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Hope Lebedyn Winter Camps!

January 27, 2021
Throughout our time at the camp, our days consisted of talking about how the Bible helps to build character traits, which can then help to fruitfully cope with the temptations of the modern world. Honesty, courage, sacrifice, trust, forgiveness - these are the traits, which are not popular in the modern world, but appreciated so much by God.   The atmosphere on camp was […]
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AND WE ARE OFF!!!

December 3, 2020
The beginning of December is significant as it marks the beginning of a new advent season. For us at Hope Lebedyn a dream is both coming to fulfilment and also starting. Many years ago we hoped and dreamed for a new ministry Activity Centre that would enable the work in Lebedyn to grow. 2020 has […]
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2020 Summer Youth Camp

September 14, 2020
The local church has been running their annual summer camps for both children and youth over the past month. Here’s a small report and images of these much loved youth camp gatherings at the mission centre in Lebedyn. From 26th of July until 1st of August, we had our youth camp which took place in […]
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Sergey Ovcharenko - Senior Pastor

September 9, 2020
Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal […]
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Welcome to Hope Lebedyn

August 5, 2020
A very warm welcome to the brand new Hope Lebedyn website. Hope Lebedyn is the new charity name for the work formerly known as EC Missions. The EC stands for Essential Christian, more widely known for running Spring Harvest a Christian conference attended by thousands every Easter. My name's Peter Martin and it has been […]
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2020 Summer Children's Camp

August 5, 2020
The local church has been running their annual summer camps for both children and youth over the past month. Here's a small report and images of these much loved children's camp gatherings at the mission centre in Lebedyn. During 20 years at the Spiritual Revival church campus we have held daytime summer meetings with local […]
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