Posted by: BlessingMinistry | July 17, 2015

Supporting the Ukrainian Soldiers

Having lived in this beautiful country for 20 of the past 22 years, we have gone through many broken hearts for the people. Rampant corruption has crippled a country that at the time of the break up of the Soviet Union was widely proclaimed to have the greatest promise. With rich mineral deposits and agricultural land, the sky was the limit; or so everyone thought. The following 20 years would be characterized by various governments of people out to enrich themselves at the expense of the country and its people. Then, the Revolution of Dignity occurred in the beginning of 2014. Throwing off the shackles of a President who ordered the shooting of unarmed citizens by snipers who were either Russian specialists or Ukrainian thugs armed with Russian sniper rifles. That was enough to mobilize an enraged populace who basically told the President he only had a few hours to get out of town, and the country. He did, fleeing to Russia where he remains.

This left a country to find out that their president had sold off all the military equipment and supplies to enrich himself and his family. Next, Russia attacked and annexed Crimea. Russia attacked eastern Ukraine, and her new government could only try to supply the soldiers with enough bullets to keep fighting, while trying to raise support from the West to attempt to hold the great bear at bay. It became clear the previous president had left the country bankrupt, as he drove away with more than a 70 billion dollar fortune.

Over the past year our family and church in Lviv have gathered toiletries and other basic needs to send to the soldiers. Bria has made four trips to the conflict zone to sing for the soldiers. Rhonda accompanied her on one of these trips in January, braving -25 degree weather to share the love of Christ, the aid, and Bibles for those who would take one.

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While things are getting better, soldiers still have to buy their own uniforms most of the time. The government still can’t supply them adequate toiletries, underwear, etc., so we do what we can. The current needs are for those items, small generators, high quality binoculars, and other items. If you would like to help, go to our Support Page and make a donation, and drop us a note telling us it is to help the soldiers. If you would like to send them an encouraging note, we’ll translate that and make sure they receive it as well.

Please continue to pray for us and for Ukraine, and may the Lord bless you greatly! Mark and Rhonda


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