We continue to get notes of gratitude from those who have been warmed and filled by our generous efforts.
Recent news tells us, in addition to the ongoing missile terrorism of random attacks on Ukraine towns, the Russians are re-attacking with ground troops. There is credible evidence that there are mercenary groups of prisoners released from Russian prisons who have been promised liberty if they return alive.
Our mission is one of hope, encouragement, and support for the valiant men and women who are there loving their neighbors. Your help in accomplishing this is so important and impactful. Thank you!!
It’s hard to believe this aggression has been going on for close to a year. I've been there, and it’s hard for me to imagine how they are able to endure what I’ve seen. The friendships formed under these circumstances (even among the Ukrainians themselves) are unique. We are honored to be a part of such a company of people whose faith is on display every day.
We will return in March. Pastor Mervin and Dasha Strothers will lead the way, and my son, Daniel, and I will follow a few days later. We will meet in Ukraine at the end of that week with a group of pastors and leaders to minister to them and encourage them. While we’re meeting, a medical team of sixteen people (doctors, nurses, and triage volunteers) will be landing in Bucharest, about six hours away. A Romanian team will transport them to a border town, and after a short night, they will jump right into service.
The amount of coordination that has happened already is considerable. Lots of details are involved (not the least of which is attempting to get all the medical supplies that will be needed.) I continue to be impressed by our Romanian partners. They are an example of the Macedonians in 2 Corinthians 8:2 That in a great ordeal of affliction their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed in the wealth of their liberality.
The medical team will attempt to get as close to the conflict points as possible, where there are already great needs. Please earnestly ask God for divine protection. We will also do ministry in the safe zones where many refugees are gathered and need medical attention. There really are great needs we can help with while we are there. Medical supplies and medicines are needed by the truckload. This team will see hundreds of people a day.
I know these needs have dragged on and there is the temptation to think someone else will take care of it. Well, I think we are the “someone else.” We are our brothers' keepers! Thank you so much for helping. Every dollar goes to direct aid and makes a difference in the life of someone who is precious to Jesus. We are committed to seeing this history become His-Story.
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In the Master’s Service,
NRP Team Leader