Insight for Intercessors from the Heart of Ukraine
IFA had the opportunity to talk to Pastor Maxim Belousov from Intercessors for Ukraine. Pastor Maxim lives and works in Dnipro, in the southwest region of Ukraine.
We asked Pastor Maxim to describe what is happening today in Ukraine. He said, “Some Ukrainians have left the country and reached places of safety. We praise God that they are safe. The downside for the refugees is the feelings of guilt and the mixed emotions they experience—they have fled but their fellow countrymen are fighting for Ukraine.”
Pastor Maxim’s encouragement for refugees applies to all of us. “Pray for the city you are in. Do what you can to do good where you are. Be a blessing to the nation that has taken you in.”
When people flee, they leave a hole in the community. Pastor Maxim, however, likes to look at it as an opportunity for others to shine. He said, “Some of the best people have left. Some of the best people have stayed.”
One hundred days is very different than how things were at Day 50. Then, the church in Dnipro was like an anthill, full of refugees and volunteers. Now, everyone who wanted to evacuate has evacuated. The church doesn’t see many new people, but it is focused on helping those who have resettled in the area.
Refugees don’t have jobs. The church is able to help meet material needs on a weekly, rather than daily, basis. The needs are much greater, however, in Western Ukraine, which is overloaded with refugees.
The meals provided through One Million Ukraine Meals have been a blessing. In heavily bombed areas, like Kharkiv, cooking is a challenge. Pastor Maxim’s friend lives in a 5-story apartment building in Kharkiv. There is no water, no electricity, and no gas. They cook on an open fire outside the building.
Maxim mentioned that there is a need for personal water filters because the water supply is compromised. IFA was able to connect Maxim with a Christian NGO (non-government organization) that operates in his area. Through their cooperation, those who need water in Ukraine will be assisted.
Miracles from Ukraine
Pastor Maxim prays for what he calls a “personal list of warriors.” He committed to intercede for 245 men and women fighting for Ukraine in the military. One person was wounded twice and sent back to the front after each injury. One is missing in action and another is a prisoner of war. But none of the 245 have died.
Miraculous stories continue to come from the frontlines. Soldiers report being totally surrounded and then inexplicably set free. One man was in a building hit by aircraft bombs. The whole building collapsed but he got out. Refugees who fled Mariupol reported bullets missing them within inches.
A word from Pastor Maxim for Intercessors for America
“Intercessors have to be in unity, agreeing on one thing. When we are in unity, we are like a battering ram to defeat the enemy.
“I sense an urgency in my spirit for unified actions. We must not procrastinate. We cannot afford to wait for this battle to be won by someone else, in someplace else.
“We must attack now to defeat the spirit of communism.”
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