Almost every day during the war, FEBC Ukraine broadcaster, Inna Tsaruk, has been holding prayer meetings virtually with FEBC listeners.
“People write in with prayer requests, with questions, and sometimes with anger. I read them and answer them as well as I can, and, of course, we pray,” Inna said.
“Many people continue writing to me after the broadcasts. They ask for prayer, and ask questions about faith. Some people write me with encouraging messages, telling me how much these meetings have helped them.”
One listener shared, “This has been an incredibly difficult time for me, but thanks to these powerful prayer meetings, I have found peace, and I am seeing God resolve my problems! And what is even more amazing—almost every prayer you pray during these meetings directly applies to my life, and I can’t help but see God’s grace and care in this!”
Another listener shared: “Praying with you has become a habit. Something feels wrong when I go to sleep without having prayed with you first. Now I’m praying for everyone in my life! For my husband, who had to stay behind in another city, for my kids, and for all of Ukraine!”
While some share encouraging stories, others share tougher realities, like this comment from a new believer: “I don’t know how to ask this. I’m a little ashamed, actually. I’ve been feeling so angry and offended for the last few days. Sometimes I feel like I am being pulled away from God, as if I’m moving away. I start to doubt. But then, it’s as if I snap out of it, and my faith is still there. And I can pray and talk with Him again. Do you have any advice for dealing with these kinds of sudden swings? What should I do?”
Some listeners share heartbreaking stories of loss from the war: “Please pray for the woman who has taken in my friend’s son. Both of his parents have died. This woman is taking care of him, but they are trapped in Mariupol and can’t find anyone to take them out. It’s hell there. They are left to wait and hope in God. I beg you to pray for them. God really listens to your prayers!”
At one point, Inna took a short break from holding the meetings. After just two days, on one of her social media accounts listeners started writing in, asking if she was okay, telling her they were looking forward to the next meeting. “Many people wrote to me, and several people sent in pictures to show their support,” Inna said.
When the sessions resumed, one night, something incredible happened. Inna shared:
“Night can be a scary time for many because of the bombings, and this night was especially frightening because of the [air raid bombing] sirens that were sounding in a lot of cities throughout Ukraine, including my city, Vinnytsia. People were talking about this in the comments. That night I read from Isaiah 41, and then we prayed for peace.
“At the end of the prayer, the sirens in my city stopped. I told this to my listeners, hoping to encourage them, but soon saw that many were writing that the sirens had stopped in their cities as well.
“At first, I didn’t think much of it, but then, as people from five, six, seven other cities wrote that the sirens stopped right at the end of the prayer. We were all greatly encouraged!
“Of course, this didn’t end the war. People were still in danger. In one city, the sirens only stopped for five minutes before starting again. But we were still encouraged by this moment. This was a wonderful reminder that even in the midst of fear and tragedy, God is still with us.”
Photos below: 1-2) Listeners share photos of themselves tuning in to Inna’s nightly prayer meetings; 3) Inna broadcasting through Instagram live to host her prayer meetings