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A Broken Promise
In March of 2014 we broke our promise for the first time in 17 years. Because of the Russian occupation of Crimea we were unable to get into Crimea and minister to the orphans and Tatars. Now as Russia has illegally declared that Crimea is part of Russia there is great uncertainty of what will happen to the orphans, Tatars, churches, pastors and believers. There are reports that Putin plans to close many of the orphanages, deport the Tatars again and even some reports say that pastors and Christians who have stayed loyal to Ukraine will also be deported to concentration like camps in Russia’s mainland. We are concerned for all citizens of Crimea. No one knows what will happen.
Here in the Kiev area the new government is trying to climb out from under the stronghold of corruption. This is made even more difficult by the overwhelming threat of Russia’s invasion of the mainland of Ukraine. Russia has over 100,000 troops now in place on the eastern and northern boarders of Ukraine. From the closest place on the northern boarder it is only 100 miles from Kiev. Some are saying that it would take the Russian army 4 hours or less to be in Kiev. So the people in Ukraine are living under incredible pressure.
In all this turmoil and uncertainty the church is alive and well. There is a unity among denominations that we have never seen in Ukraine before. You may ask how can we Americans help. In the future I am certain there will be incredible need for financial support for the orphans, Tatars, believers and citizens of Crimea.
TODAY Ukraine needs your prayers.
Dennis, a friend, wrote “Warring angles are assigned to your battle”. Another friend, Jacquie, wrote “I had a vision in church last night while we were worshipping. I saw enormous angels in white, glowing all over Ukraine, facing to the north and facing to the east.”
2 Chronicles 7:14
Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. NLT
In His service,
Rich & Sherrel Richmond
The Least of These
890 SE Bay Blvd, Unit 210
Newport, OR 97365
By Rich and Sherrel Richmond
As printed in the Winds of Praise Newspaper
April 2014 Vol. 13 No. 4
When we left Crimea, Ukraine in November of 2013, ending our 16th year of ministry
in Crimea, who would have thought that this might be the last time we would see the
hundreds of orphans, Tatars and co-
The occupation of Crimea by the Russian Army has affected almost all people living in Crimea. The overwhelming sense of helplessness and hopelessness. A giant compared to a child. The Russian Army soldiers have NO insignias – country or rank.
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