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Bomb Shelter Ministry in My Ukrainian Town

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by Benjamin Morrison

Bomb Shelter Ministry in My Ukrainian Town
Thanks to air raid sirens, neighbors and refugees are hearing more about the gospel than ever.

We are now a full week into open war with Russia. Of course, Russia has been warring against Ukraine since 2014, but this is an unprecedented phase. Still, it’s amazing how quickly one gets used to the mundane realities of war.

On day one, the news of other cities being bombed caused great anxiety in the city of Svitlovodsk, where my family and I live. Of course, the fact that the news woke us up before dawn and was very unexpected made it much worse. The intent to cause panic seemed planned.

Now, on day seven, the adrenaline has worn off. We are used to the 8 p.m. curfew and sitting in a dark apartment at night. We find ourselves ignoring some of the air raid sirens—especially the ones in the middle of the night, since we’re so exhausted. We’ve also learned that not every siren means a bomb might drop on our heads.

But whenever we do head to the bomb shelter, my family and I take the opportunity to share the hope of Christ with our neighbors.

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Image: Efrem Lukatsky / AP Images: "People gather in the Kyiv subway, using it as a bomb shelter."
Originally Published on Christianity Today

Benjamin Morrison

Benjamin Morrison is the lead pastor of Calvary Chapel Svitlovodsk, Ukraine, the Coordinator for City to City Ukraine & serves as Training Coordinator for City to City Europe.