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Miracles are already happening in Ukraine say the 'Angels' of Kyiv

by Donna Birrell

Miracles are taking place in Ukraine, despite the horror of war, according to the Deputy General Secretary of the Ukrainian Bible Society.

Anatoliy Raychynets, who is based in the capital Kyiv, says more and more people are turning to Christianity to find light in the darkness since the Russian invasion began - and he says the power of God is preventing even worse devastation.

He tells Premier that sometimes the shooting is so close, the offices of the Bible Society in the centre of the city shake:

"We've had a lot of attacks today, since four o'clock this morning. The atmosphere is really difficult and it's so painful to see. Day by day, women with small kids are running here outside our office in the streets to find the basement bombing room to hide themselves there. Many people are crying out to help them to get out of Kyiv. 

"Many people haven't eaten for three or four days. There are many elderly people living in apartments around my office and many who cannot go outside because of illness. They just sit inside waiting for a miracle that someone will come to them. They call us "You Angels, You Angels!" when we find they need medical help and bring medicine and bread."

Despite the risks, Raychynets and his team help distribute food and medical supplies to local people, along with Bibles and resources. He says that many people ask for the Bibles, even if they haven't previously had a faith:

"Yesterday we were outside here in a park to deliver bread to elderly people who were coming together and waiting for us so that they could have fresh bread. I always have Bibles in my car, so that children can have Bibles for the bomb shelters and I can distribute to basements where people, ladies and children are hiding themselves. But one lady saw the Bibles in the car and asked to have one. 

"There were about 80 or 90 people there and they just came to the car and asked for the Bibles.  One man stood there with bread in one hand and the Bible in another hand. He said 'I think that the Bible is more important than the daily bread. For me personally now, I have never prayed before. I have never been to church.' He was about 70 years old and had never read the Bible. But he said he knew now was the time to come to God and be closer to God. 

"We meet so many people like that. Over the last two weeks here in Kyiv we are seeing people who had never had a Bible before, never prayed before, but who are now asking for us to pray for them on the streets, at homes, everywhere. 

"People are searching for their faith because they know a miracle has to happen to resolve this situation. We don't see any diplomatic or other solutions, we just know and understand deep inside only God can make some changes and stop this horrible war."

But even in the amidst of the horrors of war, Raychynets says God is at work and miracles are happening:

"We are very grateful to all of you who are standing with us in prayer and solidarity. I want to tell you that with prayer we see so many miracles. I have seen personally many miracles over the last 16 days - when bombs or rockets have fallen but not exploded and lots of lives have been saved because of that. Russian tanks have been left because they were empty of fuel and soldiers have run off.

"In Odessa, in the Black Sea, there has been a storm for four days and ships couldn't come closer to the city to shoot rockets. So prayers are already bringing results and miracles are saving a lot of lives."
Even as a Pastor, Raychynets says it is difficult to see so much pain and suffering:

"It is so painful, it is cutting at my heart. I just feel that darkness is so powerful now. All evil and darkness is here. But then one lady came and said,' thank you that you are bringing light here into this darkness. Thank you for what you're doing.' I just remind myself of John Chapter One and the first four verses where we read about the light coming to the world and darkness never ever will have victory over light. So we bring light and my personal experience is that we need to bring more and more light in this horrible darkness now."

"This difficult situation is already changing our nation and changing our attitude to life. People are standing together, people are helping each other. I see so much God's love, in spite of war here. They are driven by love of God. I think that Ukraine will come out of this situation like a really Christian nation who believe in God. It's very powerful that all of us understand that only God's miracle can stop the war in Ukraine."


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