Ukraine (MNN) — Ukrainian forces have broken through Russian lines in a sudden counter-offensive.
They have retaken almost the entire Northeast Kharkiv region, including the city of Izium. Forces made advances in the South as well, hoping to retake the city of Kherson and even the Crimea peninsula.
The offensive comes after the U.S. unveiled nearly $3 billion in aid for Ukraine and surrounding countries. Weapons from the U.S. and other Western countries continue to play a significant role in the conflict.
Steve Martin says Wycliffe Associates Bible translation teams remain active despite the fighting. “The goal in that is to be able to see translation projects started. So pray that they will be able to maneuver around safely in an unsafe world.”
“That is a major prayer request. The second one would be that they would not grow weary.”
When the invasion first happened, several Ukrainian translators were meeting in another country, separated from their families. Martin says, “That was an alarming time of confusion for them. Their home eventually ended up being one of the tragedies of the bombing, and it was destroyed. But the daughter who was at home was able to get out and eventually reunite with her family.”
Wycliffe Associates created the Emergency 911 fund to help Bible translators in time of disaster. Martin says, “So in this particular situation, we needed to act quite quickly. We began to assist those either in Ukraine or already out of Ukraine. We helped them set up so they could stay in safe locations and get family members to those locations as well.”
You can contribute to the 911 fund. Learn more here. And pray for peace to come to Ukraine.
The header photo shows Ukrainian soldiers outside a newly liberated settlement in the Kharkiv region. (Photo courtesy of Mil.gov.ua, CC BY 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons)