March 1, 2023 - Here is a full update from Vlad in Kremenchuk. His connection is through Mission Training Center at Kremenchuk Evangelical Seminary.
In February, we made three trips to the frontline towns and villages, as well as one trip to the west of Ukraine to receive and bring humanitarian aid
One of the trips was to the city of Sloviansk, Donetsk region. There, together with the local pastor Volodymyr, we served in one of the residential blocks. I testified about Christ, and we prayed for Ukraine and for the city of Slovyansk (it is located 30 km from the frontline). There are many people in the city who have no money because there is no work at all, almost all stores are closed, and bread costs three times more. People were extremely happy to have the bread we distributed in addition to the grocery set.
Pastor Volodymyr invited us to his place for lunch, he remains in the city with his wife and children. They continue to serve people. In the backyard of his house is a huge crater; on September 28, a Russian rocket hit his garden.
We made two trips to Antonivka, Kherson region. Every time we bring them 150 grocery sets, candles, and warm clothes. It is the fourth month of Antonivka without electricity and gas. Running water is turned on just once every two days. Yesterday I called my new friends who are helping us distribute aid. They haven't been coming out of the basement for the third day as Russian troops are heavily shelling Kherson and Antonivka on the anniversary of the war.
After Antonivka, we take 50 grocery sets to villages in the Kherson region. These villages where the front passed before, are completely destroyed; they are far from the main roads. People are also without electricity, natural gas, jobs, and stores there. (This is a link to a video about the life of such people, you can watch it using YouTube subtitles) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3AQ8CvUTs8&t=4s&ab_channel=VladChernyayev
The trip to Chernivtsi, in the west of Ukraine, was a blessing for me. I voiced the need to my friends that we were running out of canned goods, and they gave me the number of a man I could contact. We drove 900 kilometers to him, and he loaded us with a full van of canned goods, which we are going to add to the grocery sets.