After Slovyansk was liberated – a glimpse into evangelical activities.

(Mostly russian articles linked in this post)
Try to get any idea of what is happening in the eastern regions of Ukraine!
I’ve looked at a few headlines today. What information can you trust?
It is clear that there is a giant question how Ukraine will survive the winter without Russian gas .
Or if not the Communist Party, in fact, should be brought to a ” Nürnberg “tribunal.

But an article in ” Pravda Ukrainskaya ” was dedicated to a pastor – unknown to me before I read this –  who has gone in to rescue people from the fighting in Slovyansk, and after the city was taken over by the Ukrainian army a few days ago, to supply it with food:

The story of the shepherd who saved his flock – about Petr Dudnik that do not divide people into “us” and “them”, but consider everybody as “us”.
The main transit point for refugees is located in Izjum, a city in the Kharkiv region, just north of Slovyansk . Here, on “Church Road”, at a building over which a plate with the words “The Good News The Parish” is set, buses regularly  drive with people who have decided to leave their homes. “When the militia placed a machine gun right on my property, then I understood that it is time to leave” – said a woman that has come from Slovyansk. “- They asked us nothing. And we said nothing. If you say something, then they directly send you to dig ditches.” The retired Galina holding a Pekingese in a leash and cries loudly. Two of her sons have gone from Slovyansk to Russia, and left her alone. Now they are prepared to send the woman to Zaporozche. “I do not want to go anywhere”, – complains the old woman with tears – “There is my home … maybe I will go back there right away.”

DudnikPetr Dudnik, who is pastor of “The Good News” (with background among initiative-baptists – “initiativniki” ) in Slovyansk, and one of those who have formed the charity fund “Sail of Hope”, shrugs.

A big man with a good face, who together with his wife Tamara have adopted seven children. He has not yet become accustomed to tears. Already over two months, he has been driving civilians from Slovyansk, and some of them have become his spiritual children.

During the period of the active ATO – (= anti-terror operation) phase has Dudnik together with a group of volunteers managed to get off about three thousand people.

It all took such a shape: In Artema-area of Slovyansk, previously subjected to bombardment during anti-terror operation, is a focal point next to the store “Spot-service”.   At the time appointed smaller cars came there that drove people away to the territory of the Ukrainian roadblock . There they took them on buses, driven by volunteers, which drove them further – to Izjum or Svjatogorsk. The latter received a large proportion of the refugees. If you only go by the official data that the city’s mayor Alexander Dzjuba presented, there has arrived about twenty thousand refugees to the city.

“Today we devote ourselves not only to evacuate people, but we also carry groceries to the city and handing out supplies to people,” – says Pastor Dudnik. – “Another feature we have partly taken upon us, it is to give people housing that do not have anywhere to live. Today, for example, the bus went to 49 different locations in Zaporozche, where we have volunteers who receive people. They place them in different houses, arranges free food and jobs, if possible. We have such volunteers also in Kiev, and in Dnjepropetrovsk, Zchitomir and in other cities. “

Prior to Slovyansk being liberated from rebels,  Dudniks volunteers worked under extreme circumstances. They, like himself, were constantly  in danger .

“Two days ago  two voluntary workers was arrested by militia-men, and they were put in SBU’s infamous basement” (at least a couple of groups of the OSCE -employees have been there – transl. note.), – says the pastor. “- But in the morning, when Slovyansk was liberated, they got out of there and now they make a complaint to the local Interior Ministry office, as they were deprived of their car. Such behavior occurs constantly: voluntary workers are driving back and forth to a city with their cars and they take risks, when they pick up people. One of our leading pastors, for example, was arrested. Luckily, we managed to pull him out of it after seven hours. And one of my volunteers spent a few days with Strelkov in Slovyansk SBU prison, from him they also took the car. “

After the rebels abandoned Slovyansk July 5, the volunteers’ main task has been to bring humanitarian aid. The date on which the city was rescued, Petr Dudnik brought a thousand loaves of bread to the people. For residents of Slovyansk that over the past week has not seen either bread or other food, it was a feast. And a few days earlier, he brought three tons of bottled water to the trapped city. According to the pastor money for the expenses came by raising funds via social media.  Any aid from the state throughout this time has not been considered. Petr has been able to save thousands of lives. Among those he got out of the zone for the anti-terror operation, was also Ukrainian patriots and citizens who supported the separatist sentiments. Each of them he offered  food to eat, shelter, and protection.

“I just want to help people who find themselves in a difficult situation”, – said the pastor. And his face lit up in a special way.

Not too pessimistic a perspective.

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