1. Holidays and weekdays of the Irpin Bible Church
Up to 70 volunteers live, eat and work in the church building in Irpin.
Every evening they talk about the emotions of the day, followed by a prayer of thanksgiving. Each of them has its own area of work:
A team of builders goes to the damaged houses to cover the broken windows with husk, repair the roof, and repair the doors. The boys also help the owners to take out the surviving things from the half-burned or half-destroyed house or apartment.
As lunchtime approaches, the boys deliver hot food to the Territorial Defence Forces and the Armed Forces.
During the day, people go to church to wash and dry clothes, charge their phones, get basic necessities, vegetables, clothes, and basic building materials.
And every morning and every evening the citizens are invited to pray. Pastors and deacons are waiting to listen and be there.
We pray that the church will be able to expand its ministry to restore life in the city, helping spiritual revival, emotional healing, supporting the elderly who remained in the city during the war.
2. Along the front line in the Donetsk region crowded church worships
Myronivskyi village in Donetsk region has been living near the front line for eight years. The hardships of war motivate people to reach out to God and go to church. Because where to find acceptance and support today?
"How valuable it is to be with the church," says local missionary Ilya Natalchenko, recalling the celebration of Easter. "This is the best Easter of my life. There are so many people coming that there is not enough room for them."
3. About 40% of inhabitants of Mykolaev left the city in connection with constant attacks of the Russian troops.
The city is preparing for the siege of the Russians. On the eve of Easter, explosions were heard all day - fighting took place on the border with the Kherson region.
But the service took place in all churches of the Mykolaev area which are in the territory controlled by Ukraine.
Churches are serving God and people in this difficult time. They need our prayerful support because the threat here remains great - the Russians are trying to get closer to Mykolaev, continuing to shell the city.
4. In Luhansk region, Sunday meetings did not take place due to shelling
The bishop of churches of the Luhansk region Gennady Shulzhenko tells that churches didn't gather together on Easter. Those churches that planned to gather in the evening could not come to their church buildings in the morning due to heavy shelling.
Only one church was able to hold Easter worship - in Lysychansk.
The period is difficult, many have limited resources, and the majority of the population has become displaced.
Those who remain distribute humanitarian aid, visit basements and, if possible, help all those in need.
5. The Chernihiv region has new people joining the Church
Despite the fact that public transport has not been restored in Chernihiv, the church is visited by many people.
The second Chernihiv church has 75% of nonchurch people in the church. That part of the hall, which received a direct hit of the projectile in the window sill, has not yet been repaired.
Here on Easter 8 people prayed the prayer of repentance. Also on this day, 45 people gathered for worship in the village of Dniprovske, Chernihiv region, 15 of them accepted Christ into their hearts.
6. Villagers are helping to rebuild cities
Ukrainians do not yet know the plan for post-war reconstruction. And although our victory is still on the way, we all want to rebuild and develop Ukraine now - in the little ways we have.
Baptists from the village of Buzivka in Cherkasy region have joined a volunteer local fire team to help rebuild the suburbs of Kyiv.
This group came to Irpin at the invitation of the city government and has been working for several days. They eliminate the consequences of the destruction of administrative and private housing.
7. The people of Lviv brought Easter bread to Bucha and Gostomel
Volunteers from Lviv distributed 600 pieces of Easter bread to the residents of Gostomel and Bucha. From morning till night they handed out the Gospel to the people, testified of Christ, and called to keep God.
Gryhoriy Ryasnyi, pastor of the Message of Hope Church in Lviv, said many people still live in basements. There are empty streets. Residents hang a white handkerchief at the gate, indicate their phone number and wait for help in the basement. People say: we are afraid that there will be shelling now. They are very frightened by the horrors they have experienced.
This is their second trip. Baptists brought people gas cylinders, medicines, generators, mobile phones and Ukrainian food.
8. In the church near Kharkiv, meetings are filled with non-church people
On Sunday, the church of Merefa, located 20 km from Kharkiv, was able to celebrate the Resurrection of Christ together.
Thank God, the church was able to gather at such a difficult time. The hall was filled with people, and many non-church people in the area began to come to church regularly to seek consolation in God's Word and fellowship with Christians.
After the worship there was a tea party. All children received sweet gifts.
9. Churches were able to hold Easter worships in the temporarily occupied Kherson region
On Sunday, the churches of the Kherson region, despite the temporary occupation, gathered to serve together to glorify the Risen Savior and encourage each other.
Meetings took place even in those settlements located on the front line, under fire. Brothers and sisters gathered together in the homes of believers, the Word of God and songs of praise and hope were heard.
Intimidation and provocation of criminals could not deprive believers of the joy of resurrection.
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