Translation of the report from 08/20/2022 / Gert Pohl
After a short summer break, here is the report of our last aid trip between 07/23 and 07/25. to Ukraine. After some delays and clarification as to who should go to the Ukraine as the second man with Konstantin, a devout Ukrainian from the village of Anadoli spontaneously found himself, of course from Church community of Vitalo Zhurek, which we have supported from the beginning. God has his own departure times and after some delays we were happy to finally know why we had to wait so long.
So on Saturday, July 23, 2022, the time had come. Konstantin's car was also ready and everything else prepared. And the trip went without any major incidents and the Ukrainian border could also be crossed without a long stop.
We are currently supporting 2 projects: On the one hand, the Sulamite communities in Kyiv, whose work is becoming more and more extensive due to the increasing number of internal refugees, and on the other hand, our brothers and sisters in a village in Anadoli, which we have been supporting financially since the beginning.
Let's start today with Anadoli: This work is quite unspectacular, but also very helpful. As reported in the past, many men from this village are at war. The Baptist congregation there provided rooms and a kitchen where not only the families of the soldiers (actually the whole village is somehow involved) cook together and pack food rations for the men at the front (and many others). At regular intervals, these women then go to the front to their husbands and distribute the food rations and despite the great suffering and the very stressful situation for everyone, this work is a light of humanity and the love of God in these dark times. Life-Project thanks you for this token of love. Please pray for the village community and the soldiers from Anadoli who are doing a hard service for your country.
It was an honor for us to be able to present an amount of 3000.00 euros on your behalf to this community in Anadoli.
Meanwhile, more and more internal refugees from the south and the area around Luhans and Doniez are arriving in Kyiv, the country's capital. To a large extent, these are people whose houses and apartments have been destroyed and who only come to the capital with a suitcase. Many others are simply fleeing the Russian invasion and waiting for the war to come back. The Sulamite communities still maintain a kind of food bank, where the people are mainly provided with food, clothing and everyday necessities free of charge. But not only the physical need is covered, but also the gospel is preached very centrally. In groups of about 30 - 50 people, in bad weather or in the open air, a 15-minute evangelism sermon is given before the relief supplies are distributed, and people are often very emotionally touched in these times of need. I would like to refer to the reports and video snippets from our past aid transports.
In recent months, services have grown to a four-digit number every Sunday. Large halls are rented and large services are celebrated. Many people have found faith in Jesus Christ and have turned from their lost path to our Savior and Redeemer Jesus Christ.
What started out as a few dozen people in April has now become a strong light, which shines in the darkness as a testimony to our Lord's mercy.
We are very grateful to God for giving us the opportunity to work in such a direct way with the affected people in Ukraine and to be able to see the fruits of our work so directly..
We are also thankful that together with you we were able to donate 7000.00 Euros to the Sulamite churches in Kyiv for this blessed ministry.
Here is the list of costs, which this time is very efficient because we were able to use the contacts and structures that we already had:
Gasoline receipts = €363.77
Toll sticker = €37.23
Ukraine domestic and return:
Fuel receipts diesel = €502.67
Donation project Anadoli = 3,000.00 €
Donation Sulamite Churches = 7,000.00€
Total amount withdrawn in cash prior to travel = €11,000.00
plus cash donation before departure = 120.00 euros
Total budget = 11120.00€
Less Total expenses= €10,902.00
Bring the rest back in cash = 218.00 euros
The amounts not used are reserved for the next campaign!
Thanks to all siblings and friends of Life-project e.V. for all prayers, donations and supporting the concerns of our Ukrainian siblings.
Glory to the LORD alone!