Bucha: Through Pastor Fedir`s Eyes
Pastor Fedir is a professor of theology at a Christian seminary in Kyiv that HART has been partnering with for many years. The following are his reflections after a relief aid mission to Bucha a few days ago.
Kiev. Day 41 of the war. Yesterday, we went to Bucha and Irpin to deliver some food and necessities there. When we saw the carnage, the blood froze in our veins.
I wanted to escape somewhere alone, to process what I was witnessing. I couldn’t speak, the pressure on my chest was indescribably painful.
The scope of destruction, especially in view of the fact that I knew how life was flowing here before the war, seemed catastrophic. Photos and videos, of course, can render it to a certain context, but the reality is much more horrific.
It was shocking to see people walking around like ghosts; with haunting, painful expressions on their faces. Making eye contact was an invitation for these people who wanted to, no, needed to talk to anyone and share what they had been through…
Who is ready to hear them rather than just listen? What knowledge, what wisdom is needed to share and comfort them in their pain?
Yesterday, for the first time in these 40 days of the war, I got scared – not of missiles over my head, bomb explosions nearby, but from the fear of becoming desensitized to this horror.
“God, help us live through this and remain humans…”
I urge you from the bottom of my heart to pray for:
- Frustration of all evil plans of the enemy.
- Comfort for those who have lost their loved ones.
- Residents of cities and towns who are under heavy shelling.
- Residents of occupied cities and towns who are peacefully protesting against the Russian invaders.
The DETERMINATION and COURAGE of the Ukrainian people, like Pastor Ihor, to daily put themselves in harm’s way to help those in the war zones is inspiring. The following letter describes one day in his life.
Pastor Ihor delivers food to people living near the war zones and has evacuated over 1,000 people from areas being bombed.
Yesterday, our team provided food to people in several villages near the city of Mykolaiv.
hen we returned to Mykolaiv, we came under shelling from cluster bombs. The missiles hit residential buildings, a marketplace, and people on the streets.
Women were bleeding and screaming in pain. We rescued many people and took them to the hospital with shrapnel injuries.
A Baptist Church was hit, and many nearby people were also wounded. One older man was injured in his legs, but he managed to get into the basement, where he was bleeding. We found him there and took him to the hospital.
According to an official source, sixty-one people were injured, and nine people were killed.
Praise God that you are with us! Your prayers of protection are being answered. Pastor Igor