‘We would sing louder than the shelling’
SOPOT, Poland — “Keep praying, Sasha!” Huddled in a hallway…
SOPOT, Poland — During the 51 days church members were trapped in the meeting place of the Mariupol Church of Christ, Sasha Chekalenko stood in the auditorium and read Scripture, including Psalm 23 and Psalm 91 (“He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust”).
Now a refugee in Poland, he stood at the podium of the Sopot Church of Christ to read Scripture during a recent Sunday worship. He chose Psalm 90, a prayer of Moses, who led God’s people out of captivity.
“As he stood to read … I looked out the windows at peaceful blue skies and the verdant green of budding chestnut trees,” said Molly Dawidow, a longtime missionary in Sopot — and now a coordinator for Ukrainian relief efforts. “I could only imagine what these words had meant to those hunched together … under almost relentless fire, not knowing if they would live or die in their beleaguered hideout, but knowing with confidence that whatever happened, they were in God’s hands.
“Read louder, brother Sasha! Read so that your brothers and sisters all over the world can hear of God’s marvelous works and his loving care for those who are his own.”
Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. — Psalm 90:1-2
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