Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.
Words seem quite inadequate during these times. As we watch the news coming out of Ukraine and its surrounding countries as they receive refugees, all feels helpless and hopeless and incredibly disturbing. At the end of the day the one thing that remains for us as Christians is our faith and trust in our Lord. This has been even more so for the Churches in Ukraine. In Christianity Today I read the following from a church in Kamyanka, Ukraine of their service last week:
“The whole church prayed on their knees for our president, our country, and for peace,” said Vadym Kulynchenko of his church in Kamyanka, 145 miles south of the capital. “After the service, we did a first-aid training.”
Rather than a sermon, time was given to share testimonies from harrowing days of air raids. Many psalms were offered, and Kulynchenko’s message centred on Proverbs 29:25. Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.
These amazing Christians are living out their faith – they continue to gather to worship the Lord in faith but they also put that faith to work in their deeds. They prepare themselves to serve by learning first-aid so that they can help when help is needed. What an amazing witness and example they are to us all.
We can be thankful that we live in relative safety here. We can offer our prayers for the people of Ukraine in faith but we can also add action to our faith. As outlined in an e-mail earlier this week we are suggesting three ways we can help by giving financially. I have listed this information on the reverse of this letter. You will see included are details of the IJM appeal – IJM are working on the ground to attempt to prevent human trafficking of those fleeing Ukraine.
Youth take over service
Our thanks to the youth who led our service last week. It was truly a thought-provoking service and challenged us all in many ways giving us all much food for thought. Do continue to pray for our youth and Joe and the youth leadership team.
Hopefully everyone has received their #LiveLent booklets – please do let me know if you haven’t.
A number of people have been asking when can we restart serving refreshments on Sunday mornings? To enable this to happen we need volunteers to do this. If you are able to offer with this, please do let me know as until we have a team of volunteers we cannot offer refreshments.
Just a reminder that this week we have the Tuesday Homegroup Bible Study on Zoom and prayer meetings on Wednesday and Saturday morning at 9.30 am – the zoom links for these will go out early in the week.
Hope you have a really blessed weekend.