The war between Ukraine and Russia continues to rage.  The people who live in south eastern Ukraine are reeling from the devastation.  One of Heart cry’s missionaries, Iliya Hlushchak, has visited the carnage and comments, 

“It’s very hard to forgive Putin who brought war into our country, but I pray that the Lord would bless him by stopping him.”

When one witnesses the atrocities in Ukraine, he cannot help but feel the overwhelming grief that the people suffer.  Brother Hlushchak reports, “As you know at the beginning of the month I was away from my home and church in the conflict area of our country. After I returned I needed some time to recover myself after the things I had seen. I have spent some time with my family and informed the churches about the situation in the east of Ukraine. I received this assignment from our regional association and now the churches are informed about what is going on in the conflict zone.”

God is using the war to stir believers to taken action by responding to the families that have been ravaged by war. Brother Hlushchak relates, “In the second half of this month we started to collect aid supplies for the needy families in the east. The church members mobilized and collected clothes, food supplies and money. To insure that these goods reach their destination, we will send someone into the area, as the supplies are being distributed to the people.”

What is most encouraging is how the Lord is using the crisis to awaken the spiritually lost to the reality and nearness of eternity.  Once again, our HeartCry missionary, Iliya, shares, “More than anything God has opened a door for the Word. I have had the chance to talk to those who receive help from us. They are more open now to receiving the Gospel in this situation. I begin by telling people about peace in our country and then I tell them about peace with God. People are open to listen wherever I meet them. Although they don’t receive the Gospel they are still open to listen. Even the believers are more active in church and they have more reasons to pray.”  

Please remember in prayer the Ukrainian and Russian families that are affected by the conflict. Pray for the soldiers on both sides that eternity will bear upon their minds.  And pray that the atrocities of war will be turn to the furtherance of the gospel.  

Don is serving as the HeartCry Coordinator for Eastern Europe. As an itinerant evangelist, his pulpit ministry is directed toward preaching on the inner life of the believer and the spiritual need of the lost. With HeartCry, his ministry includes organizing Bible conferences and corresponding with the HeartCry missionaries in Europe. He and his lovely wife Cindy live in Tuscumbia, AL.

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