Pray for Ukraine – Missionary Update

Strock update April 27, 2022

Strock update March 22, 2022

Here is an update on what’s going on with our family and the Roi family. Meanwhile, JV continues to expand its operations of relief within Ukraine and caring for refugees outside of Ukraine. More information on what JV is doing on their blog, podcast, and prayer room at josiahventure.com.


We have a family of 5 Ukrainians staying with us. Pyotr, Valentina, Tima, Dan, and Vlad. They have 3 boys the same age as our girls, and they are due with a girl in the next few weeks. Dad gets to be with them because there are so many kids (most men are not allowed to leave UA) The oldest son has autism and both the other sons have some special needs, so schooling is not very simple. Also, there is a great shortage of doctors here; it can take months to get an appointment with a specialist. Please pray for these needs.
 
Pyotr, the dad, also needs a job. He worked in Ukraine as an unskilled laborer.
 
Ukrainian and Czech share many words, but communication using the two languages is pretty dicey. We use google translate a lot. There is no “chatting”, pretty much we just communicate the essentials.
 
The parents are so positive and resilient. Pyotr laughs easily and the mom is cooking for us every day (!!) Sometimes they host us in our own home, insisting that we sit down and have their good food, then serving us coffee. They are believers and we pray together, Ukrainian, English, Czech. They are very thankful for the ways God continues to provide for them.
 
 We are receiving an endless stream of baked goodies from our friends, and contacts through the community have given us many of our needs: scooters, a stroller, clothes, translators, doctors…. It is very cool for us to be in a place of so much need (we are foreigners ourselves and navigating all this for ourselves is tricky enough!) and to see God providing over and over is amazing. We are so thankful for the chance to walk out Jesus’ care for the hurting, and for our kids to be part of it. 
 

The families are getting along! So far the kids don’t interact much, which is fine–no fighting! The layout of the house helps; we each have our own space but share the living area. The weather’s nice, we have a huge yard and we just got a giant trampoline. We live an easy walk from the center of our beautiful city and often the family is gone all day enjoying the parks and exploring. Praise God for so many provisions.

Pray for Ukraine! Update on Thursday, February 24, 2022

Early this morning Russian troops began invading Ukraine, launching missiles on military targets near Kiev, the capital city.

JosiahVenture has staff in Kiev.

Below is pictured our friends the Dubovyks, a Ukrainian family with three children. Because of your generosity to us, we have been able to support this family monthly and two years ago helped them buy a reliable car. Thank you.

Late last night, they packed what belongings they could into that car, buckled their kids into the backseat, and left their home. At this point, they have fled to family farther west in Ukraine.

JV has over 30 staff and their family members in Ukraine, most living in Lviv in the far west of the country, very close to the EU border of Poland. Pray for wisdom and strength as they make decisions. Pray for the Ukrainian church to stand in faith.

Let God Use Ukraine’s Crisis to Build Your Faith
Psalm 46:1-2,6,9,10
“God is our refuge and strength,
       a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear thought the earth gives way,
       though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea…
The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
       He utters His voice, the earth melts…
He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth…
‘Be still and know that I am God.
       I will be exalted among the nations
       I will be exalted in the earth!'”

Pray this prayer today. Find your spouse, your children, a friend, and talk about these truths! God is strong. He is able. And our hope is secure. 

Teach your children. Remind each other of the hope we have. We get so caught up in our busy lives and little idols! Let the suffering of our brothers and sisters in Ukraine remind us of our true Home, our true Savior, our everlasting Hope. 

Here are some ways you can be praying for us:

  • For the past several weeks we have been alternating between Greg, Kori and Elizabeth having Covid and the girls taking turns having Chicken Pox. Pray for us to be wise in how we use all this time at home.
  • Pray for us to lead our ministries well in responding to the crisis in Ukraine.
  • Pray for our teammates in Ukraine that they would shine Christ’s light in a very dark time.

We are so thankful for you. Thank you for giving and praying. God is being exalt among the nations because of your generosity.

In Christ,
Greg, Kori, Elizabeth, Sophia and Madeleine Strock