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A beautiful Sunday


Occasionally, I start a letter or a sermon or teaching with “God”.  It just seems right.  I don’t need to say more about Him… just mentioning Him is enough.  But I do it anyway.  God is holy and almighty and faithful and loving.  Not all is beautiful and not all is honorable and not all is pure, but all is according to His Sovereign will and will glorify Him throughout all eternity.  Those old truths are remembered and stated here only in order to give Him the honor and glory due His Name during this incredible time.

I’m home, clean and ready for a nap.  My exhaustion pales into insignificance compared to that of the boys in the hot spots.  Please pray for Andrei who is on the front line in Kiev.  Pray too for Sergei who will be guarding strategic positions in a city about an hour away from us.

(Here is our sign showing the way to our church where there is accommodation.)

If you would like to tune in to a live feed, my youtube channel is live feeding something pretty much 23 hours a day.  Look for Dan Gollan and go to my channel.  The latest live feed will likely be visible.

Here are some things we are asking you to pray for:

1.  For the hearts of people all over Ukraine who know of the Lord Jesus Christ but do not worship Him.  This time will humble many proud hearts

2.  The active search for food of just about any form is on.  Pray for Mitya, a young husband in our church who is going to be our “head-hunter/gatherer” as he looks for stocks and tries to buy bulk.

3.  For a trip to Kiev that I will make tomorrow to pick up people who've been in bomb shelters for two days and who might be able to make it to a pick-up point under the most southern bridge in Kiev (if curfew is lifted at 8:00am).  It won’t exactly be the safest thing I will have ever done.  But I suspect and hope that it won’t be the most dangerous either.

4.  People are grieving and scared and traumatized like they've never been before. We have a lot of mature Christians here who are loving in Jesus' Name… in wonderful ways.  Pray that this would yield fruit in our lives and in the lives of those without Christ. 

5.  During times like these when people make big sacrifices or take big risks in order to love,  glory is often stolen from Almighty God.  Pray that this wouldn’t happen, please.

To God alone be the glory!



Live feed

If you would like to follow more closely what is going on in our little town, you can do so on this live feed on YouTube:


ukraine – YouTube


We will try to keep it up all day.

Today When the War Began

You have woken up and tuned in here, as well as to the news site you normally visit for news.  If you read this and then take a minute to pray, we thank you.

I won’t include any pictures in this post.  You, no doubt, can get you fill of those from the internet.

Rzhyshchiv is an unlikely target for missiles.  We are little more than a village (8,000 people).  But we do hear the missiles falling and see the jets flying overhead. 

The power station, (30 clicks north from us), us was bombed just a couple of hours ago and the report is that is has been under attack since then.  Ukrainian tanks have taken up position around it, so it won’t be taken easily.  We still have electricity… but reality says that if Russia targeted it once, they will target it again and I suspect that sometime over the next day or two we’ll “go dark”.  If I keep on posting here, you’ll know that I was wrong.

By the time you read this, there is every likelihood that Russian troops will be on the outskirts of Kiev.  They have come in from the north.  It’s being reported that Russian ground forces have already landed near Kiev.  We will see what sort of fight the Ukrainian lads can put up, but reality points to a fairly quick resolution.

Today, we gathered at the church building to pray and then do some more prep.  Many many people are now fleeing west towards Poland.  But we had thousands of people come through our town all during the morning as well.  (The thought occurred to me as we worked on the building that we may be prepping it for Russian soldiers to stay in.  I wasn’t sure about how I felt about that…).  We have a group of refugees trying to get to us tonight, but they are trying to cross a bridge to the south of us that has a 50km line up of cars trying to get across.  If they make it, I suspect that it will only be by sometime tomorrow. 

After a couple of hours meeting with some of the leaders in our church, I come back to this blog…

Over the next couple of weeks, I expect hardships.  Our plan is to hold half of the products we have for our brothers and sisters for when things get hard in a couple of weeks.  If we get a heap of refugees, likely they will need the other half… but it’s just as likely that our plans will change with the changing circumstances.  I hope products will appear in the stores and we will be able to buy what we need. 

How can you help?


If you would like to enormously bless people here, write to johngollan@ganabri.com for details of where to send financial help.  We will pass on your love and sacrifice to these people who love God as soon as we can.  We will also use funds to hopefully find food for the refugees and for others in the town who we discover are in desperate need.  Those who have fled for the west are in for a hard time.  Mostly though, these people have money to do this.  Those without savings who have stayed here are really going to struggle.  Those with savings are going to struggle!  Your help will help.

It’s 23:00 and I feel as if I don’t want to go to bed.  But I realize that tomorrow will be a long, strength sapping day full of people who will be encouraged by trust in God.

Does Ukraine need a Winston Churchill?  Well… kind of.  They need the Lord Jesus Christ way more though.  May He have mercy on Ukrainians and call many of them into relationship with Himself.

Thank you for praying.