Yes, we have all thought of helping the people of Ukraine in one way or another! People mobilized beautifully and gathered food, blankets, medicine and other similar things!
I initially wanted to go to Ukraine for a short time to help. But my wife, Oana, is pregnant and she was not feeling well at the time. I had to carry her in my arms up three floors and to take care of her!
The only way I could serve the Ukrainian refugees was through prayer. I continued to pray for Ukraine until one day refugees began to arrive and spend a few days in Craiova. I helped with transportation and food, and after serving the first group of refugees, I realized that God was calling me to do more!
I started spending time with them, talking and playing with the children. Someone in the group had the courage to tell me that I had a ‘good heart’ and I told him that Jesus lives in my heart and that all that is good is from Him!!! He nodded in agreement.
As I was serving them, I understood that the war in Ukraine has a devastating impact on the children! When I went to the train station to take another group of women from Ukraine, one of the children, Ivan, started to cry and ran to the train to return home!
I was afraid and the Holy Spirit helped me see that this war that is taking place on a physical level is also happening on an emotional level in children. Ivan was emotionally devastated, so I decided to spend as much time with him as possible to provide the necessary empathy and ‘temporary emotional recovery’.
I put all these thoughts in the light of Scripture and understood a few things:
- News of war and war will come, I must not be frightened, but serve according to the measure given by God.
- Share the gospel through words and serving, to help fulfill the great commission in (Matthew 24:14).
THANK YOU FOR PRAYing!
- People’s emotional states were broken by the war, so God had to create the context for them to hear the gospel. For example, people were very encouraged to see that someone was taking care of them (transportation, food, warmth, smiles) and they were open to what I was telling them.
- While helping refugees in Craiova and Timișoara with transportation, I was protected from danger. For example, while we were driving refugees to Timișoara, a truck made a reckless move and almost hit us.
The war in Ukraine gives us the opportunity to care for those who need help, and to share the gospel so people are saved.
Thank you very much for joining me as God has guided you and will guide you!
The fact that you are with me in the Great Commission is a blessing from God! Thank