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A middle-aged man in dark pastor robes sits on the edge of a wooden pew, hands clasped. Overwhelming sadness and worry washes over him as he reflects on those who have lost their lives since Russia invaded Ukraine.


His heart is pained as he wonders: “How many people have to die before this stops?”


After a long, shaky breath, the man dips his head in prayer and speaks.

“Lord, be with the suffering people of Ukraine. Keep my family safe and stop this wicked war. Comfort them in the way that only You can. In Your holy name I pray, amen.”




















For Chaplain (Capt.) Yury Volkovinsky, a reservist assigned to the 512th Airlift Wing at Dover Air Force Base, praying for his family in Ukraine has become a daily occurrence.

Volkovinsky grew up in Belarus under the reign of the Soviet Union and experienced firsthand a totalitarian system with no freedom of…

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