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Dear Pastors and Friends,
Hello once again from the Slobodians!
This month's video update features an update on the war in Eastern Ukraine by Pastor Sergei Sheptala. Brother Sheptala is from that area and plays a large role in delivering aid to needy families and churches there.
For many years BIEM has worked with the Brotherhood of Independent Baptist Churches of Ukraine which has 20 churches in the war zone. This war has produced an economic disaster. At least half of the population of more than 4 million have left as refugees. Those that remain struggle to survive and are in need of basics like food, clothing and medical supplies. This provides an opportunity for churches outside the war zone and BIEM to provide aid to these believers and churches. As they share donated goods with the community this has opened hearts to the Gospel. In fact, some of these churches have seen dozens saved and baptized as a result of these evangelistic outreaches.
Despite harsh conditions, churches they are planning summer camps for children and youth that will include orphans. Please pray for these efforts and for the finances needed.
Sam & Amy Slobodian