This past week I have been serving in Ukraine, working with Ukrainian soldiers who fought against Russian aggression. Many of these men have/are suffering from Post traumatic stress disorder. I spent the week talking to them about ways to deal with anxiety, depression and panic attacks. I heard so many stories… truly heart breaking. These men gave all for their country and receive little recognition for what they have done. I am delighted to report that the time with the men was incredibly successful. Today they were invited to begin a personal relationship with Christ. Please pray that they and their families will give their lives fully to Christ.
Their wives and children also came to the camp (totally free to these families) and the ladies also were able to speak with a professional female counsellor. The kids had so much fun!!!! A team of people led by my friend Peter Blundell, came from the Garstang Free Methodist church and worked with the kids all week. They were amazing! I now have a new best friend! His name is Yarik (5), and he just might be the funniest kid I have ever met. His father volunteered to go to the front and fight and is an incredibly brave man. Please pray for him.
We also had fun exercise each morning and as you can see from the photos, the Carpathian mountains are just beautiful.
I also got to visit a museum in the city of Ivano Frankovsk. This museum is dedicated to the men and women who died at Maidan in February of 2014. It was a truly unique experience. I was particularly blessed as my friend Valera Pedchenko, an Ukrainian army chaplain, who was part of the uprising at Maidan was able to visit the museum with me.
Please continue to pray for these men, their families and indeed the amazing country of Ukraine.
I will soon be travelling to Ukraine again, this time to work with soldiers who are suffering from Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) due to their involvement with the Russia and Ukraine conflict.
As some of you know I have a background in psychiatry and have also been undergoing further training in mental health studies of late. I hope this background and training along with being an ordained minister will allow me to speak about the healing power of Christ to these men. I will be presenting biblical principles and practical ways to deal with issues such as anxiety, depression and panic attacks. More importantly I hope to be a listening ear and support.
Others attending will be the wives and children of soldiers who lost their lives in the conflict. Please pray the Holy Spirit will be present and comfort the broken hearted.
Please be in prayer for these men, their families, all the support staff involved, my family at home and me.
As many of you know we have been involved in a Bible study group in Győr for many years now. The group has seen much change over the years with people coming and going, some making commitments to Christ and others rejecting the message of salvation. We have been both blessed and challenged and we are thankful for all that the Lord has been doing with these people.
However we really want to see these men and women come to know Christ as their Saviour. Some are struggling with the loss of employment, others are struggling with family issues and others are so busy that they use that as an excuse to ignore the need for Christ in their lives. Depression has effected several people and they are not turning to Christ in their hour of need. Please pray with us for these men and women who so need the hope and peace of Christ in their lives. Also please pray that we would see more people come to study the Bible with us on a regular basis.
31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.