In the village of Volchejarovka, Severodonetsk district, Luhansk region, Russian invaders burned down the prayer house of the ECB Church.
The Church of the Nativity of Christ was founded at the end of the 90s of the last century thanks to the evangelical ministry of the Church of Grace in Lischansk. According to Baptyst.com, brother Vladimir Moroz came to serve there.
The church grew rapidly thanks to the newly converted residents of the village and the congregation had 40 members after 5 years. Then, migration processes and the invasion of Russia in 2014 forced the believers of the church to join the Church of the Transfiguration in the city of Lischansk.
“The house of prayer was a residence for migrants, a meeting place for small groups and was used for various services. Since 2019, Brother Aleksander Cherneta has developed a powerful Avan Teen Club service, children’s camps and an English language class for the village. The joy of families with children knew no bounds.” – is written on the website. “And now the Russians have brought destruction and disintegration with them. First, they occupied the church building to house the military, then, having looted it, they burned it.”
The prayer house was bought in 1999 at the expense of believers in Germany and renovated by local residents. Currently, all that remains of the place of prayer after the Russian invaders are ashes and fire.
It also became known that in Molotchansk (Zaporozhye region), which was occupied in August, the Russian “liberators” politely asked to release both buildings belonging to the Mennonite Church. The pastor of the parish wrote about it on his Facebook page.
“One of them had a house for the elderly. There they received attention and care and worship services, meetings and events were held in another building. And now the church has been deprived of its rightful property. They just took it away. This kind of robbery and theft is happening now,” the pastor wrote. “Such actions of the Russian Federation cause us indignation and bring a lot of pain. But despite the sad reality, our hearts are full of hope that the Lord will hear our prayers and we will one day return to Molotchansk which belongs to Ukraine and continue to serve the Lord and the people in our church buildings. We pray and trust that the Lord will sustain us in this dark time.”