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Ukraine at War – Update 23, 2023

Thanks to HART Supporters

Hi Office, thanks to you and our entire HART community for your faithful prayers and support this past year. The following letter of thanks is from a partner ministry. It can be echoed hundreds of times all over Ukraine by those who have been the beneficiaries of your prayers and generous, compassionate heart.

Dear HART supporters, I want to extend our sincere gratitude for your continuous and generous support through the HART mission.

Your commitment has been instrumental in aiding those affected by the ongoing crisis in our country.

Your steadfast support has profoundly impacted the lives of countless people in our war-torn country. The provision of generators and power stations has not only fulfilled essential utility needs but has also served as a beacon of hope during challenging times. Furthermore, your contribution to supplying first aid kits for our soldiers on the front lines is immeasurable.

Your kindness and generosity have touched our hearts, inspiring us to persevere through the daily challenges we face. Your support extends beyond meeting immediate needs; it provides a glimpse of optimism for a brighter future.

I want to express our heartfelt gratitude on behalf of every person directly or indirectly impacted by your generosity. Having you as a supporter during these trying times is a source of strength, and we are truly thankful to have you by our side.

With most profound appreciation and warm regards, Svetlana Kutsenko, for Andrey Malov and the entire Team of the Ukrainian ‘Light of the Resurrection’ mission.

HART’s approach involves supporting our partner churches as they serve their communities during this winter of war. We’re providing financial resources to purchase items like those listed below. Additionally, we are acquiring many of these materials, including generators, from Poland and transporting them to Ukraine for distribution among the churches.

The list below will give you an idea of our church partners’ greatest needs during these winter months.

Generators – fuel for transportation – firewood – coal and wood-burning heaters – clothing – thermal underwear – medicines – food for refugees – portable power banks/stations – propane heating elements – church heating/electrical costs – transportation expenses for evacuation assistance – housing rent for refugees.

Thanks for working alongside us over the past 22 months of this war as we provide help and hope to thousands impacted by this tragedy in Ukraine.

If you feel led to take advantage of the MATCHING GIFT opportunity until the end of December, our humble thanks on behalf of our Church partners throughout Ukraine.

Thanks for choosing to serve alongside us in Eastern Europe.
Together, we are… changing hearts – restoring hope
– and saving lives during this crisis in Ukraine.

Back by popular demand

What is commonly known as “Carol of the Bells” was originally a Ukrainian folk chant, “Shchedryk,” arranged by Ukrainian composer Mykola Leontovych at the beginning of the 20th century.

It has become an essential part of the Christmas season in North America and worldwide. Performed by LIBERA, from the 2019 album ‘Christmas Carols with Libera.’ St Augustine’s Church, Kilburn, London, UK.

‘Calves for Ukraine’

Throughout the years, members of HART’s community have showcased many creative fundraising initiatives.

It is especially heartwarming to hear about fundraising initiatives started by children to raise extra money for HART programs. Some engage in baking and selling cookies to friends and family, while others undertake tasks like shoveling neighbors’ sidewalks or contributing their babysitting earnings to support HART projects.

Recently, some dear friends from our HART community introduced a unique initiative named “Calves for Ukraine.” Allan and Marylin Rand from Alberta convinced some of their ranching friends to contribute a calf for auction, with the proceeds going to HART. The result? Four calves were donated, and $8,000 was raised for HART’s work, saving lives and bringing hope to people every day in Ukraine! Our heartfelt thanks to the Rand family and the other ranchers for their compassionate, generous hearts!

Who Really Has Your Ear?

Whom you hear with delight today will be who you become more like tomorrow.

In an era dominated by images and visual content, David Mathis’ insightful article on the potency of words is timely as we approach the end of 2023 and the start of a new year.

When the serpent slid into the garden, he didn’t show Eve an Instagram video or perform a TikTok dance. He spoke. He slid his poison into her heart through her ears. This article suggests we let meditation on God’s word be our New Year’s act of defiance in this media-driven age.

Here are specific prayer points that can help guide our prayers for the situation in Ukraine. Please share these with your friends and family:

  1. Pray for the physical protection and provision for Ukrainian children in harm’s way. Supernaturally, and otherwise, minimize the suffering and loss of life, Jesus. Keep the bombs away, and food in their stomachs. Pray for children who are seeing things no child’s eye should ever see. Jesus, you are a great King and healer. By whatever means you chose— loving parents, a direct work of the Holy Spirit, fellow believers… protect the hearts, minds, and imagination of children.
  2. Pray for and ask to see God’s glory amid this great struggle. Pray that He would be glorified through the Christians in Ukraine who are being his hands and feet during this terrible tragedy.
  3. Pray for God’s peace to be a source of strength for the thousands of Ukrainian workers/volunteers who are serving refugees who need to hear of God’s love for them.
  4. Pray for God’s protection for soldiers and civilians caught up in this conflict.
  5. Pray for the residents of cities and towns who are under heavy shelling, and have lost their heat, lights, and water.
  6. Pray for the civilian and military prisoners of war who are subject to torture and death at the hands of their captors.
  7. Ask God to comfort the many families that have lost mothers, fathers, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters during this Russian invasion. The pain and heartache are overwhelming for most families.
  8. Pray for the frustration of all evil plans of the enemy.
  9. Ask God to intervene. Pray for wisdom for world leaders. Pray that God would move in their hearts and guide their steps and plans to end this war.
  10. Pray for the President (Zelensky) and the leaders of Ukraine to know God’s truth and peace and be transformed by his Holy Spirit so that they would seek to lead their country in the way of peace.
  11. Ask that this conflict would open doors of opportunities for the gospel. Pray that He would make his name known across Ukraine, Russia, and all the European countries that refugees are fleeing to due to this conflict.