Steve Bostrom: Stories from Ukraine

Paul, a pastor friend, retired from pastoring a church in Alabama for 42 years. Then he and his wife, Lorraine, went to Ukraine as missionaries, investing 11 years before returning to the U.S.

Although we have all been captivated by the Russian-Ukrainian war, since it began, Paul, now 90, has provided many with a unique perspective. He forwards a daily email written by Lyuda, a Ukrainian friend, wife of Presbyterian Pastor Sergey. Paul gave me permission to use these excerpts.

Now, reader, step into Lyuda’s shoes.

May 24, 2022 (Day 92 of the Russian war) “Yesterday, I met Irina. She came to our church for help. She cried. Her village has been bombed a lot. She and her husband have a big garden, where they grow fruits and vegetables. They have a cow and chickens and sell chicken meat, milk, fruits and vegetables.

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Now their house is half ruined. Her husband asked her to leave. He stays there alone taking care of their farm. She can’t stop crying when she thinks about him milking the cow during the attacks.

May 28 (Day 96) “A pastor of a Pentecostal church came to

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