Tuesday, 22 March 2022 02:07

March 21, 2022 News Update

21 March 2022

Dear Friends,

The war continues. It may seem far from America, but how it grieves me to see videos of the destruction of places I know very well, places where I have stood. Just this morning I was talking with Oleg when he said suddenly, “I have to go, the air raid sirens have started.” Earlier in the conversation he said that there were no places that can be considered safe because the Russians may target any building, be it a hospital, a church, a residence.

There seems to be s little bit of a lull in the Russian offensive around Kyiv right now. We don’t know why: supply problems? tactical problems? But we are sure that the heavy offense will begin again soon.

One of the couples from our church are part of the territorial guard or militia for their village. The Ukrainians are taking advantage of the lull to train these volunteers. She wrote that she and her husband were involved in training yesterday with amachine gun and grenade launcher. He he did great with both weapons. Her hands were too weak to handle the grenade launcher, but she did fine with the machine gun.

Learning to use a weapon when there is no live person in front of you is one thing, but having to use it in the life and death horror of combat is another. Can you imagine your wife training to mow down the enemy with a machine gun? The stark reality is that the enemy may soon be in their own front yard. When I think of who she was and what her life was like a little over a month ago, there has been such an incredible transition. War rapidly and radically changes everything. But it is do or die; fight or become a slave. I am so proud of the courage they are demonstrating — courage that stems from their relationship with God and His Word.

This woman has a sister who had been living in Mariupol, a city in southern Ukraine which has endured horrible bombing over the past few weeks. Almost 90% of it buildings have been destroyed. Her sister has been “relocated” to Russia by Russian soldiers, her passport confiscated, and she was told that she had to stay there for the next three years. She also reported that more than 2,000 children have been taken from Mariupol by the Russians, snatched from their parents. What will become of them?

I just heard from an American friend, a missionary who has been working in Russia for the past 25 years. He and I worked together in Belarus for 3 years when I first went to the mission field. Please pray for Steve and his wife, Natalie. Because of sanctions against Russia, he cannot use credit or debit cards, he cannot receive money from any bank, and the ruble has no value. He can’t leave, either, because he must care for her aged parents who cannot travel.

I am blessed that so many of you have written of your unflagging prayers for Ukraine and our people there. Please, labor intensely in intercession.

Because of the multitude of tender mercies,

Jim

Monday, 21 March 2022 01:49

March 20, 2022 News Update

20 March 2022

The word from Kyiv this morning is that all of our people have once again been spared by the tender mercies of the Lord. Word of God Church met online. Most of our congregation was able to join, along with numerous visitors. What a blessing that they still have access to the internet! Pray that the Lord will keep this connection intact.

The wanton destruction, especially in southern Ukraine and around Kyiv continues unabated. I pray that God will bring a swift end to this horrible war, that He will drive out the enemy, that He will give victory to those whose homeland has been invaded without cause. Please stand with us in prayer.

Luda, a single woman, one of our ladies from Kiev, a warrior for Christ, a heroine of the faith in my estimation, posted photos of the shelter being provided by a church in a village close to Lviv. It is just space on the floor for sleeping, often with people you do not know, but who are in the same situation with you: homeless, alone, without any material things left in the world.

Luda Shelter

Putting the shelter in place.

 

She writes:

How much does it hurt!? How can I handle it all, Lord?

A grandmother who was left alone without a home, and even without her city because Volnovakh doesn't exist anymore.

A boy student who saw how Russians shoot their own because they want to go home. "You have a bullet to one end!” are the words of the shooter. “They are murderers, they were sent to us to die, they don't need their homeland.”

And who are we? We can only make a drop in this sea of suffering: to listen, to give shelter in a warm place, to warm your arms, to pray. They left us with these words: "We will stop in on you on the way back, very soon, after victory."

I pray to God not to despair of this pain and not to become indifferent. Suffering together with my people and rejoicing in our victories. Just a little longer, let's hold on!


We are supporting Luda and others who are providing shelter for as many as they can. The numbers are staggering. Millions have been displaced, fleeing for their lives because of the destruction that rains down on their cities, on their homes. We pray that God will bring people to her who will be open to the gospel. She is a wonderful evangelist. We pray that she will be able to offer comfort from the Word of God to those believers whose faith needs bolstering.

We have others around Ukraine who are ministering in this same way. Not only that, but we also have our people ministering the Word in at least 5 other countries, having been scattered there by the winds of war. May the seeds of the gospel find much fertile soil in all these places.

Psalm 37:37–40
37 Mark the blameless man, and observe the upright; For the future of that man is peace. 38 But the transgressors shall be destroyed together; The future of the wicked shall be cut off. 39 But the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; He is their strength in the time of trouble. 40 And the LORD shall help them and deliver them; He shall deliver them from the wicked, And save them, Because they trust in Him.

Jim

Saturday, 19 March 2022 06:09

March 18, 2022 News Update

18 March 2022

Dear Friends,

Psalm 4:8 I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.

The war is in its fourth week with no end in sight, although there are reports that the Russian supply lines are not doing well in getting ammunition, food, and other supplies to its troops. The Ukrainians continue to hold their ground and inflict considerable damage on the enemy. However, Putin still has many ways to increase the pain and suffering on Ukraine. I pray that the Lord will soon put an end to this conflict. He may have other plans, but we are told to pray for what we desire.

I received a letter from a pastor today, who wrote: "Please pray for Larisa Chaplaeva’s brother and his family. They live in a village in the Kherson region. This territory is now controlled by enemies. There is a very terrible situation, the Russians are killing civilians, women and children ... Larisa's brother and his family will try to escape from this village. I don't know how they can do it ... We trust in God's help.”

I spoke with Larisa today. She said that the Russian soldiers would enter a village and first would confiscate the cell phones of any people they might encounter. Then they would just shoot them, no matter who they were. She said also that they would open the doors to houses, throw in a grenade and just walk away. This certainly has nothing to do with conquering the country; it is just evil.

Pray for Thomas Stevens, an American Christian who is still in Kyiv. He is concerned that his residence permit expires in a couple of weeks. The government has extended all deadlines, so this shouldn’t be a problem for him. I don’t know this man, personally, but he found us and has not missed a Bible class in the past two months.

I have been able to wire money to several of our people, some of whom are still in Ukraine and others who are in Poland. They are without jobs, hence, without income. They must find shelter in refugee camps or with kind people who have opened their homes. They need food, medicine and other things. Thanks to you who have given for their support. God’s grace is exhibited through you.

We are still able to communicate through the Internet. I am grateful that this technology is still open to us. We continue with our prayer meetings and Bible studies. What a blessing this is. May the Word of God be an anchor in the soul of these believers.

Continue earnestly in prayer,

Jim

 

Thursday, 17 March 2022 23:38

March 17, 2022 News Update

17 March 2022

To all who are coming with confidence to the throne of grace:

Senseless killing and devastation. In spite of this, the plan of God moves forward. The war in Ukraine continues. He is able to make all things work together for good to those who love Him.

We are blessed to receive reports from our loved ones there that they are redeeming the time in these evil days.

One pastor wrote:

Yesterday I was able to bring my uncle to us. He had remained in Irpin as long as he could, living under shelling and serving his unbelieving neighbors. He helped evacuate families. He also shared the gospel with them.

He asked me to thank you, Jim (and I also join in his gratitude), and other teachers of the Bible College. It is thanks to you, your time invested in our training and education, that we can stay here to serve people no matter what. It is your sound Bible teaching that has shaped our character, our trust in God and confidence in the better future that God has prepared for us - whether in life or death....

One young couple with a small child, from our church, was able to leave for Poland just before the enemy invaded our territory. As soon as they were in Poland, in a small town called Rabka (near Krakow), they started talking to local authorities and businessmen. In this way they were able to organize a refuge for 500 Ukrainians. There they are provided with housing, food, medicine, if necessary, help to find a job, learn Polish, etc.

In this, too, there is your merit Jim, yours and other teachers. You taught me, I passed on your teaching to others... Now this young couple (Sasha and Yulia) serve in their place, and I in mine.

Thank you for preparing us for these difficult times, your work was not in vain.

Vova Lozinsky, brother of Oleg, is with the territorial security force from our village. His wife Natalie, who stayed in the village with him wrote to say that the Russians are hiding tanks between houses in the villages and that they have been inserting groups into neighboring villages, some of whom are saboteurs. Vova is part of the territorial guard that is fighting the saboteurs. Every night they have been catching several saboteurs. She reports that over 100 enemy armored vehicles and other vehicles were destroyed by the Ukrainian forces.

Pray for the safety of these people, for wisdom and skill for the Ukrainian leaders, and for God to foil the plans, weapons, and logistics of the Russian army.


Psalm 144:11-15:
11 Rescue me and deliver me from the hand of foreigners, Whose mouth speaks lying words, And whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood--
12 That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; That our daughters may be as pillars, Sculptured in palace style;
13 That our barns may be full, Supplying all kinds of produce; That our sheep may bring forth thousands And ten thousands in our fields;
14 That our oxen may be well-laden; That there be no breaking in or going out; That there be no outcry in our streets.
15 Happy are the people who are in such a state; Happy are the people whose God is the LORD!


Thank you for standing with us in prayer.

Jim

Thursday, 17 March 2022 04:19

March 16, 2022 News Update

16 March 2022

Dear Friends,

The good news is that our people in Kyiv report that all are safe even though bombs and missiles have fallen close by. The threat to our village is lessened, although its invasion reportedly is potential. I just received this from a woman who lives in the village. She wrote: It is quiet now, but the enemies are trying to regroup to take Kyiv. They hide tanks in neighboring villages between houses so that ours do not get them.

The bad news is that the Russians continue to bomb the cities, even purposely targeting civilians. In the city of Chernigiv, 10 people standing in a bread line were murdered by Russian soldiers. Pastor Lyosha Savchuk and his family are from that city. Pastor Sasha Petrenko is in that region. He is currently sheltering 38 people.

Please pray for these brave pastors. Pray also for Anatoly, Yuri, and Ivan, college graduates who are serving in the Ukrainian army.

The city of Mauriupol in the south has been unmercifully bombarded for almost 3 weeks, and today a theater sheltering hundreds of people was targeted by the Russians. The Ukrainians had even painted a large sign on the street in front of the street to inform the Russian that it was housing children. Alas, it was of no avail. Such wanton attacks have no military purpose but are intended to break the will of the Ukrainian people. How I admire the courage and perseverance of the Ukrainians.

I also rejoice that the people we have ministered to are ministering to others. Vasya Munko, pastor in Lviv, is working tirelessly. This is what he wrote today:

Yesterday, we settled two more people in our house, a mother and a son. So now we have 10 refugees living in our house.

Also I was contacted by two families from Kyiv. I know them very well. They left Kyiv and now live in a village near Belaya Tserkov. In one family, the husband (Sergei) and eldest son (Andrey), stayed in Kyiv. They joined the army and are now defending their city. The wife (Oksana), is a believer, and her two other children (Ira and Sasha) moved to the village. Before the war, she worked in a kindergarten, but now she is unemployed. Her daughter also lost her job because of the war.

The second family has two children. The husband (Yura) worked in an orphanage, with his wife (Lena), they are believers too, adopted two children (Zhenya and Valera). Now they've lost their jobs. They also took their mother, Galya, with them from Kyiv. We also help them, we support them financially so that they have something to buy food.

Please pray for the safety of the lives of Sergey and Andrey, that God will protect them from enemy bullets and give them courage on the battlefield. Also pray for Yura,=. He is a diabetic and constantly needs insulin. And now in the place where they live, it’s not so easy to find the right medicines.

We also continue to minister to those people who are sheltering in our church. We provide them with food, a place where they can sleep, and certainly we share the gospel with them.

Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine, spoke to the US Congress today. It was a forceful and moving speech. I am so glad that there was a very positive response from the US which has pledged to provide more weapons to the Ukrainian forces.

Continue earnestly in prayer. The needs are great.

Jim
https://jfmministries.org

Wednesday, 16 March 2022 19:07

March 15, 2022 News Update #2

15 March, 2022

 

Dear Friends,

Here is an updated prayer list from our church in Kyiv. I know that many of the names and places mentioned are strange to Americans. But if you pray for them, God will understand our stammering lips.

This is very personal for us. These are loved ones, fellow members of the family of God, and people who until recently were entrusted to me. I ask you to please hold them up in prayer.

Jim

 

God, defend Ukraine, help us!

We are in prayer:

  1. For those who are on their way to a safe place:
  • The Slavinsky and Klyushev families.
  • Sveta (with special needs) - from Warsaw to Riga.
  • Sasha Petrenko - car repair and delivery of provisions to Smolino.
  1. For those who need to be evacuated:
  • Natalia (Oksana Senko's sister) and family, obtaining documents, evacuation from Moscow 15-16.03.
  • Igor (son of Nadezhda Pamfilova) and his family from near Sumy.
  • Gena and his mother - Irpin.
  • Alona with her husband and six adopted children - applying for adoption and moving to the Netherlands.
  • Lena, Serhiy, Dima (with special needs) - from Odessa to Europe.
  1. For Baryshivka Church. (left without a pastor).
  2. For those who need to be cured:
  • Nina has remnants of the disease.
  • Delivery of medicines for Dasha,
  • Delivery of medicines for mother-in-law of Sergey Tregubenko.
  • Delivery of medicines for Galya, Vova (friends of Oksana Senko).
  • Serhiy - pneumonia (Vicka Savchenko's parents stayed home. her father is sick).
  • Anatoliy (father of Natalia Rekeda), broken leg - recovery.
  • Tamara (mother of Natalia Rekeda) - shingles.
  • Phyllis - cough.
  • Oksana - injured her foot.
  • Svitlana Khyzhniak - allergy.
  • Vova Lozinsky - constant headache.
  • Nadezhda, Yana - covid.
  • For Vitalik, for he won't get chickenpox.
  • Sasha - bilateral pneumonia (brother of Natalia Lozinska, wife of Oleg).
  • Natasha Hryniuk - stomach pains.
  • Larisa Chaplaeva - symptoms of covid.
  • Natalia Rekeda - exacerbation of gastric disease.
  • Nadia (Nina's mother, suspected cancer and many other diseases).
  • Kolya (Vova's Lozinsky friend) - temperature.
  1. Territory defense and the Armed Forces, their security while on duty.
  • Vov, Father of Anya Maksimova, Ilya, Viktor Chayukov, Alexander (from Irpin), Dima.
  • Sasha - a soldier from Goncharovsk, Yura Chugai, Sasha , Oleg’s brother in law, Van
  • the Armed Forces.
  • Alexey Vitaliy Rekeda brother in law - medical battalion.
  1. Safety of those who stayed in their homes:
  • Sasha Petrenko and all 38 people with him, p. Smolino.
  • Sister of Anya Maksimova, near Kyiv.
  • Masha (niece of Oksana Senko, not a believer), Kyiv.
  • Vladimirov Alexander, Kyiv.
  • Vasya Andreev, Kyiv.
  • Valentina Yakovlevna (blind), Kyiv.
  • Mazurenko family, Kyiv.
  • Katya, David, Lydia and her family, Sasha Shapovalova (Katya Khmelevskaya's friend), Kyiv.
  • Mother and sister of Lyudya Ugrymova.
  • Lucy Ustinova's mother and family.
  1. Protection of our cities / villages:
  • Baryshivka, Pasichna, Irpin, Bucha, Gostomel, Rozhivka, Brovary, Smolino, Goncharivske (there Sasha Petrenko).
  • Safety of the station and people - Energodar, Yuzhnoukrainsk, Varash, Chernobyl.
  • Kyiv, Kharkiv, Sumy, Okhtyrka, Chernihiv, Kherson, Mykolaiv, Melitopol, Volnovakha, Mariupol, Borodyanka....
  • The village of Larisa Chaplaeva's mother.
  1. Settlement and registration of official status.
  • Denis Shamrov.
  • Svintsitsky family, housing and school for Elijah and Oleg.
  • Max Zabara - housing.
  • Olya (Nina's friend) with her family - housing, children to school.
  • Tanya Reizvih, Vova Lozinsky sister in law.
  • Ustinov, Sonia, Seraphim - school (Czech Republic).
  • Anya Maksimova and her mother - housing, documents (Frankfurt).
  1. About our service to believers / non-believers in those places, where we are
  • Grinyuki, Horodyshche -construction
  • Luda Ugrimova, Larisa, Lviv.
  • Nina, Krakow.
  • Katya, Nadvirna.
  • Oksana Senko and the Church in Chornobay.
  • Gleb who is a pianist, for the salvation of his soul.
  1. Delivery of humanitarian aid (to be able to deliver to the place to those who need it).
  2. Internal political order.


Where we are?

Download these requests in a PDF document: https://bit.ly/UkrainePRAY

Lozinsky Oleg and Natasha

Kyiv

Lozinsky Vova and Natasha v. Rozhevka

near Kyiv

Khizhnyak Sergey, Oksana, Vlad, Sveta

Kyiv

Pinkovskaya Natasha + Dasha

Kyiv

Shahrayuk Olesya, Katya, Roma, Vicktor

in the Volyn region (Western Ukraine)

Ugrimova Lyuda

a suburb of Lviv

Grinyuks Kostya and Katya

Gorodyshche (Central Ukraine)

Kudlayev Sasha, Ira Gorodyshche

(Central Ukraine)

Zabara Maxim Khmelnitsky

(Western Ukraine)

Bosenko Olya + Ulyana Prague

(Czech Republic)

Ustinova Lusia + Sonya + Sima

Brno (Czech Republic)

Ustinov Edik

is a village in Cherkasy Oblast. (Central Ukraine)

Tregubenko Sergey Fastov

(near Kyiv)

Senko Oksana

in a village in Cherkasy Oblast

Rekeda Vitalik and Natasha

Baryshivka

Stetsenko Sasha and Irina with Katya and Cedric

in France.

Ezhova Kristina and Van

Stryi (70 km from Lviv)

Maksimova Anya with her mother

Warsaw (Poland)

Nina

Krakow (Poland).

Lida with the Chaplaevs

Lviv

Olesya Turok

London (England)

Katya Dmitryshyn

near Ternopil (western Ukraine)

Svincicki Sasha, Sveta, Ilya, Oleg

Gdynia (Poland)

Vladimirov Alexander,

Kyiv.

Andreev Vasya Kyiv.

Kyiv.

Shtanko Anya

near Kyiv with her family

Lozenko Marina

in Italy with her daughter

Hodezhda

in Germany with her granddaughter.

Kravchenko Volodya and Masha

Lvov.

Artak with his family

in Germany

Shamrovy Denis, Albina, Luka

near Krakow (Poland).

Tuesday, 15 March 2022 23:34

March 15, 2022 News Update

15 March 2022

Dear Prayer Warriors,

Thank you for praying for our loved ones in Ukraine. Please continue earnestly, pray without ceasing as things are getting ever more intense.

The report is that there will be a major attack on Kyiv tonight or tomorrow. I just received this note from Natalia, the administrator of our Bible college.

Please pray for us Tonight or tomorrow morning the enemy will try to get Brovary and Kiev, our village is on their way. And Yulia (translator for the college) is in Brovary now.

Natalia’s husband is with the territorial security force for our village. Intel reports are that the Russians may invade the village because it sits on a bluff, below which is an empty plain which extends for miles. In fact, from this bluff you can see all the way to Kyiv, 20 miles away. We were told that the Ukrainians are prepared to level this village in the event the Russians invade, so as to prevent them from gaining any advantage from what might be there.

I also heard that a group of 400 Russian special forces have donned civilian clothing and are trying to avoid the check points and infiltrate the city to plant explosives and take out defense positions in advance of the big attack.

One piece of very good news is that Ukraine did receive a shipment of Javelin anti-tank missiles which were used to destroy a convoy of more than 90 tanks just north of Kyiv.

Our people continue to minister where they are. Here is a short note from Pastor Zhenya who evacuated from his home in Baryshivka, about 30 miles east of Kyiv and is now in western Ukraine:

Hello Mark, we are working here to help refugees with Gena Zinchenko (pastor of a church near Baryshivka). Every morning I go to teach the Word. I was also invited to the central church to teach on Sunday. As I see and understand it, God is giving us lots of work right now. Baryshivka is still calm around it, but there are constant shootings, explosions.... I am trying to do online services for them in Baryshvika from here for those who remained, but the problem is that most old people find it difficult for them to use the Internet.

This war is devastating, the destruction extensive. I ask you to pray for an end to this onslaught. May God grant victory to Ukraine, that she might have freedom and peace.

By grace alone,

Jim
https://jfmministries.org/

Monday, 14 March 2022 23:14

March 14, 2022 News Update

14 March 2022

Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for standing with us in prayer for our loved ones in Ukraine. The situation is catastrophic to be sure. You turn on the news and see the destruction. There are no places that are safe for even hospitals, churches, and apartment buildings are being hit with missiles and artillery. Cities in western Ukraine that were considered safe a few days ago are now the targets for the Russians.

Families are being split apart as women and children flee to safety in other cities and countries while the men must remain in Ukraine. Those who have managed to get out of the country must now find refuge in centers being set up in Poland, Romania, Moldova and Slovakia, or try to find people who are willing to house refugees.

Oleg and his family were warned to leave the village and to go into Kiev. They were able to do this yesterday. It was a 20 mile trip and, to say the least, dangerous. It is of the Lord’s mercy that they made it safely. His family is living at the college and the professor’s apartment for now. With the indiscriminate shelling by the Russians, no place is safe from attack. The eternal God is our refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.

Oleg’s brother, Vova (nickname for Vladimir) is with the territorial security force in our village. This is not the army, but more like a local militia to guard the area. His wife, Natalie, decided to stay with him rather than going into the city. She is a beautiful young woman, and I fear that she would be much abused if the Russians were to attack the village.

The report that I heard earlier is that there are many Russian tanks very close by, probably waiting for the command to advance on Kiev. Natalie reported that things were relatively quiet during the night, but that at 6:00 in the morning she began hearing loud explosions that shook the house. She said that they continued all morning and all afternoon until about 4:00 o’clock.

We hear reports that a big offensive against Kiev is imminent. We still have some of our church members in the city. Please pray for their safety.

  • Two aged widows, both named Valentina, are unable to leave because of their physical condition.
  • Eugene is a young man who is working at a Christian radio station named Emmanuel.
  • Sasha is an older man who has no family or friends inside or outside of Kiev, so decided to stay put.
  • Oleg’s sister, Natasha, is also in the city with her daughter, Dasha. Dasha is autistic and in need of medication which is not available at this time.
  • Oleg’s other sister, Oksana, with her husband Sergei and their two children, Sveta and Vladic also remain in Kiev.
  • Pray for Anatoly, Ivan and Vova who are bearing arms in defense of their nation and loved ones.
  • The rest that we know have gone to the west, some to Ukrainian towns and villages, and some to Poland, Romania, Moldova, and Slovakia.
  • Pray for the wives and children who are now separated from their husbands and fathers.
  • Oleg reports that at this time they still have electricity, water and internet. There is still food at the grocery stores. All of this could be gone very quickly, as has happened in Mauriupol, Irpin, and Kharkiv and other cities.

Word of God Church met online yesterday with Oleg leading the service from the Bible college. How wonderful that they can stilljoin in a concert of praise to God for His grace, His mercy, His faithfulness. They also meet twice a day for prayer online. And I continue to teach our regular Bible studies online. These wonderful Ukrainian Christians are focused on the Lord and are relying on His Word for their sustenance. It is such a testimony of faith in this time of tribulation.

We are sending support to our staff, students, and others who have needs. Pray that the lines will remain open for us to do this.

Continue earnestly in prayer.

By grace alone,

Jim
http://www.jfmministries.org

Sunday, 13 March 2022 03:53

March 12, 2022 News Update

12 March 2022

Dear Friends,

The war is escalating and we are helpless to have any effect on that. But we can pray, we can encourage our people there and we can try to support them.

I received a letter from Vasya Munko, pastor of Grace Bible Church in Lviv. He is housing refugees from Kiev and other places, providing a somewhat permanent dwelling for some and for many others he is providing a hot shower, meals, a place to sleep overnight, and transportation to the border. In some cases he has bought them tickets to get into Poland. He is using this as an opportunity to evangelize the lost and to teach the Word of God to those who are saved.

He also has contact with Luda, one of our dear sisters in Christ from our church in Kiev. He wrote:

On Thursday, Luda Ugrimova called me. She is now not far from Lviv, in a village. I brought her some food and things that she asked to buy. I am very happy for her. Ten other women and children live with her. Luda is doing a good job. She has organized a Bible study for them, tells them the gospel, and prays with them.... Thank God for her.

I just received a telephone call from Oleg, pastor of Word of God Church in Kiev. He has been living in our house in a village outside of Kiev, where it has been relatively safe. There are about a dozen people with him in the house. He just got word from Ukrainian security forces that the village must be evacuated because they expect Russian tanks and troops in the next day or two. This is very close to the city of Brovary which has been much in the news the past few days. Brovary is about 15 miles to the east of Kiev.

It is midnight there now and they cannot go out at night. So at first light they will pack everyone up and go into the city of Kiev. This will be a dangerous trip. They will take shelter in the Bible college and a nearby apartment. As you know, Kiev has been the target of many missiles and bombs and is being encircled by the Russians. The bombing is indiscriminate, falling on civilian structures, including apartment buildings, hospitals and churches. So, in reality there are no safe places. Imagine if you had to evacuate your home with the possibility of never returning. You can take with you only basic necessities. What will you take? Everything else may be gone forever.

But the eternal God is our refuge, our fortress, our pavilion, our hiding place. We take shelter under His wings. Please be in much prayer for our loved ones in Kiev and the other places in Ukraine that are in grave danger.

Many have asked about making donations to help the people there. At this time we are able to wire funds to a few trusted Christians there who will distribute it to those in need or use the funds to buy food, medicine and other necessities. If you choose to help in this way, attach a note to your check stating that it is for Ukraine relief. Or go to our website and use the PayPal option.

In the everlasting arms of our eternal God,

Jim

Friday, 11 March 2022 22:42

March 11, 2022 News Update

11 March 2022

Dear Friends,

The war in Ukraine continues with Russia increasing its attack against many cities, targeting them with long-range cruise and ballistic missile. They are targeting airports and power generating stations, but the missiles seem to lack accuracy and frequently hit civilians. Their activity around Kyiv is escalating. Now the Russians are targeting cities in western Ukraine which had been quite safe until now. Many who had fled from Kyiv and other cities in the east had taken refuge in those cities.

I just received a note from Denis Shamrov, one of our students in Word of God College. Denis is perhaps the best student I have ever had. He is smart and he is diligent. He has an intense desire to learn the Word of God, and he is also a very effective communicator. He and his wife, Alvina, and their son Luka have fled to Poland. They are Belarussian citizens. He does not want to return to Belarus because it is likely that he would be drafted into the army and then required to fight against Ukraine. Here is the note he sent this morning:

Mr Myers. We are grateful for the help you have given us. May God richly bless you for this. Thank you for giving us so much in these two years. For teaching us how to trust God and rely on Him in everything. It helps us a lot at this time. Thank you for giving me assignments to memorize Bible verses. These verses give us strength in difficult times because we remember them. Please pray that the Lord will help us to legally obtain documents here, since we do not want to return to Belarus. Military mobilization is possible there. And there, many justify Russia, and we are against it. so if you refuse, you may face a prison. Therefore, it is dangerous for us to return to Belarus now. And we want to formalize our citizenship where possible. Pray that we will have the opportunity to serve God where we are. We love you, we pray for you. We are very happy that you are safe. Greetings from Alvina and Luka.

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Pray for Denis and his family now without a home, living in a foreign country. He needs to get legal status in that country (or some other country) so that he can find work and settle into a normal lifestyle. We have been able to establish contact with him and send him financial aid. He is a fine young man and I am confident that he will be a great servant of the Lord. I am eager to see how the Lord will use him.

By grace alone,

Jim

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