Suitcase Shield - Ukraine Crisis Story

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The LORD is my protector; he is my strong fortress. My God is my protection, and with him I am safe. He protects me like a shield; he defends me and keeps me safe. Psalm 18:2

A family originally moved to the Kyiv area from Crimea back in 2014, when it was annexed by the Russians. When the fighting started in their town and the Russian troops came a few weeks ago, they spent 13 days in a small basement. Finally, they were able to escape, and walked for many kilometers across very dangerous territory. There were many explosions all around them, and at one point they had to shield themselves with their suitcases!

That’s how this T-shirt, and all the other clothing they had in their bags, got ripped with shrapnel.

When they crossed the border into Poland, a church welcomed them. They were literally still shaking when they got there. The church members organized a place to stay, meals, and medical care. The refugees had no clothes except what they wore and what was ripped by the shrapnel. The church took them to a store and bought supplies for them. They continued to minister to them by praying with and for them. After a few days the family moved further west.

Thank you for praying for Ukraine. God is doing incredible things in the midst of tragedy and suffering of the Ukrainian people.