trip to the front

Today, we took a trip to the southern part of the front lines. One time, we sat for two hours, after which the guards decided to provide an escort vehicle to take us through the next checkpoints.
 
The closer we got to the front lines, the more damage there was. A blown up gas station, random missile holes in the roads, fields and buildings. For the last part of our journey, we went off the beaten path and took the van through the worst mud I’ve ever seen in my life!
 
At our meeting point, we found a group of elderly people with that had gathered, fear and trauma written all over their tired faces. The old ladies kept talking with me, and I wished I could understand them. I wanted to be able to listen to their stories and offer encouragement. I prayed for the peace and healing of Jesus to come into their souls. It is hard to fathom what these folks are going through now, so close to the end of their lives.
One of them took us into her yard and showed us her home. It was sad. The building was old and had likely been her home for her whole life. It had been hit squarely and was badly damaged. She moved into the barn and started cleaning up the house as much as she could.
 
The village was on a hillside, less than a mile from Russian held territory, and the Russian lines were right over the crest of the hill. Occasionally, booming noises followed by explosions outside of our view indicated military action.
We distributed the packages, had a short service and went to a few more villages to drop off more food boxes. On our way out, we could see that one of the houses in the next village over was burning after being hit. After the distribution was done, we drove back out, untouched. This is just one of the many times this happens.
 
I could sense God’s presence right here, with us, making us fearless and bold. He is always protecting us, providing a way, allowing us to be His hands and feet.
 
Thank you so much for being a part of this. Thank you for praying and providing financial support. Both are vitally important for the work here.

The King will reply,

‘Truly I tell you,
whatever you did for one of
the least of these brothers
and sisters of mine,
you did for me.’

Matthew 25:40

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