Jul 10, 2024 A Springtime Miracle in Ukraine

A small but faithful group gathered for the Sabbath church service in Svatov, Ukraine. Among them were the dedicated pastor, his supportive wife, and three steadfast local church members. They couldn’t help but feel concerned about their dwindling numbers. So they turned to prayer, seeking guidance and strength.

Their prayers began to bear fruit. Former members found their way back to Svatov, and others who lived far away started attending services regularly. Although the pastor could only visit once every five weeks, other local elders stepped in, visiting every 6-8 weeks. They brought much-needed humanitarian aid, helped with repairs, and most importantly, invited residents to join the Sabbath worship service.

The church in Svatov began to see a transformation. Every Saturday, at least 20 people gathered for the service. When a preacher was visiting—whether from Ukraine or other regions—the number swelled to at least 30. It became clear that these gatherings were about more than just aid; people were genuinely interested in the gospel message.

The church’s prayers were answered in a beautiful way. Four people joyfully joined the church, publicly declaring their faith. And there are a few more who are on the brink of making the same decision.

This story from Ukraine, is a testament to the power of faith, prayer, and community. It shows that even in challenging times, the spirit of togetherness and the desire for spiritual nourishment can lead to incredible growth and renewal.

“For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, To revive the spirit of the humble, And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.” Isaiah 57:15

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