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Prayer for Sokolov family

25 July 2015 No Comment

Igor sisterThe following prayer request comes from Igor and Angela Sokolov. Igor and Angela are long-term partners who pastor and plant churches in Saint Petersburg, Russia. As you may well know, Russia and Ukraine have been engaged in a political and military battle since early 2014. These battles continue in eastern Ukraine, and more than 3,000 people have been killed and more than 6,000 have been wounded. There are still hundreds unaccounted for and tens of thousands have fled their towns and villages and have become refugees. Today, few Russians or Ukrainians are unaffected by this conflict. Igor’s mother and sister left the dangerous region of Dnepropetrovsk in Ukraine, which is approximately 120 miles from the war zone, and fled to Russia to stay with the Sokolovs until it was safe to return. They are just now returning to Ukraine to re-establish themselves, but they do not have much hope of returning to normalcy. Ukraine is falling apart economically and politicians fight to regain power. It seems like Ukraine is turning into what the USSR was in early 1990s–a nation in chaos, confusion and fear.

Igor’s sister, Svetlana, became a believer years ago, but never became part of an active, Christian community, so her faith had been somewhat dormant. The current crisis, however, spurred her to reconsider many things and she re-opened her heart to the Lord. Igor and Angela have been discipling her while she was staying with them. Also during

her time with the Sokolovs, she experienced the beauty of a being part of a vibrant, church community. Her husband stayed in Ukraine, and she desires to reunite as a family, but she has fears about returning to Ukraine because she is afraid of drifting back into a lukewarm faith without the support of her church community. Please, pray for her husband, Oleg, to be touched by the Spirit of God and to give his life to Christ. Also, pray for Svetlana and her husband to receive wisdom from God as they consider their future.

If you would like to learn more about Russian-Ukranian political and military conflict go to this link

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