Dear Friends in Christ,
There is an old saying that “Life Goes On.” But in Beslan, it will never be the same.
In one recent conversation with our missionary, Gherman, I learned from first-hand information--several Beslan families stories and how their lives will never be the same after September’s school take-over.
Albina’s husband, Azamat, was killed during the terrorist attack on the school. Their home is in the direct vicinity of the school. Azamat was passing by the school and witnessed the terrorists pushing everyone into the school building. The next thing he saw was a gun pointed in front of his face. He was herded into the school along with the rest of the hostages. Azamat refused to comply with an order from the terrorists and was shot during the first day of the take-over.
Everyone says that he was one of the best children from the Beslan Baptist Sunday School--little Akhshar. He was a very active and open child. During the attack Akhshar was praying and encouraging others to pray. Boldly he taught the other hostages about God and the Lord’s Prayer so that they could join him in prayer.
After an explosion, part of the gymnasium’s wall fell. This allowed people to run out of the building. Akhshar quickly began running, too. He did not realize he had been wounded by the explosion. His ear-drums were badly injured. The boy survived but will need long-term treatment. Akhshar’s parents are not believers as yet. From his hospital bed, Akhshar has been faithfully praying for their salvation. His mother has been battling with cancer for some time. Perhaps her son’s prayers have extended her days on earth.
Oleg’s wife died several years ago and left him with two children. His son, Gherman, is 16 years old. His daughter, Diana, is 14 in age. Diana was among the hostages at the school, as well as Oleg’s sister. Diana was able to run away and was not wounded. While Oleg’s sister was shot in the back while trying to run away from the school.
I thank you for continued support for my people of Russia and especially the families of Beslan. Please continue to keep them in your prayers. I shall attempt to keep you abreast of current news. Thank you and God Bless You.
Your Brother in the Lord,
(Rev. Alexander Yuchkovski)
Thank you for your loving notes
expressing your sympathy and Biblical words of guidance
for the people of Beslan. If you have not done so as
yet, the link is repeated here
Compassionate Notes. When you link to it, you will
be able to send a personal message to the people of
Beslan. Our office will transcribe your letters and
send them to our missionary and our partner church,
Beslan Baptist Church. In this way you can express your
love to this hurting community. Perhaps your church or
Sunday School would also like to be included in these
expressions of Christian love. Feel free to check out
our link to see what others have written.
You Asked How You Can HelpÖ
You are our most important
resource. There are several ways that you can help,
none of them require very much time or money. First,
pray for our ministry and for the Russian people.
Second, spread the word about our ministry and our
Beslanís Youthful Treasures appeal.
Embedded in this link is a flyer describing our ministry
and Beslanís Youthful Treasures appeal. Please click
here for our link You Asked How You
Beslanís Youthful TreasuresÖ
We have created a fund for spiritual counseling and for
humanitarian aid. Your donation can be designated for
Beslanís Youthful Treasures. Donations can be made
through our website or mailed to Russian Missions, PO
Box 754, Richboro, PA 18954.
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