Oleg lives in the community, a retired coal miner, who suffers long-term health complications after many years working in the mines. His wife Olga is a wheelchair user. Oleg said, “If someone told us that there was going to be a war, we would never have believed it. When the conflict started, we had nowhere to run, so we stayed here. I remember my town as a flourishing, comfortable place - but war has turned it into a wilderness. Every day my wife and I try to make life easier for each other by caring for and helping each other. It’s very challenging without professional medical care. We don’t have enough money to travel to the nearest city and buy medicine. We used to think that everything would change and peace would come. Now we’re tired of waiting. “It's so good that there are people who think of us and want to help. Thank you!"
Another Christian group MWB work with is at the Nadiya Christian Centre in the village of Halytsynivka (Memryk), located in the territory controlled by Ukraine, 25 miles from Donetsk.
Two days ago, the town was hit by “Grad” artillery rockets, one of the deadliest missiles used. Fragments of shells pierced windows and doors in the Nadiya Christian Centre
One of the eye-witnesses at the centre commented, “At 11 pm, three shots were fired, and we started running to the basement. We sat there all night, singing and praying together. Today we sent the children to friends and repaired the windows with film. We are convinced that the Lord saved us that night. We believe in Him, He is with us and He protects us”. No one was hurt however threats are being made to local people so Mission Without Borders continues to work with around 20 Christians who meet in the centre for services.
“The situation on the ground is deteriorating and as always is it the most vulnerable – the elderly, the disabled, the poor – who are facing real darkness and despair,” John Chamberlain, Mission Without Borders UK Country Director commented, “For example, Ukraine’s electricity system is connected to Belarus who are allied with Russia so there is now an increased danger of power cuts”.
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