Things have gone from bad to worse in Eastern Ukraine over the past couple of days. For several months Ukrainian soldiers nicknamed “cyborgs” have held the airport in Donetsk.
Today Ukraine finally admitted defeat at the Donetsk airport and the loss of 37 soldiers!
When the separatist forces entered the previously Ukrainian controlled airport they found both dead and wounded Ukrainian soldiers trapped by rubble.
They also made an unusual discovery in the pockets of these Ukrainian soldiers. In the video above Motorola, one of the separatist military commanders, shows what they found in the pocket of each Ukrainian soldier.
He shows what looks like a small audio player. When he presses ‘play’ a voice in Russian says the following:
“Hello my name is Charles Stanley, you are listening to a gift from ‘In Touch Ministries’ on a solar-powered audio player. I hope the topics will be of encouragement and support to you, I hope that they will help you in your spiritual growth and knowledge of Jesus Christ. May the truth of God’s Word fill your heart.”
Motorola then comments on Charles Stanley’s preaching.
“It just like hypnotizes them, such teachings, you start to believe that you can die and then everything will be great and they’ll welcome you with open arms. They’re simply zombifying them!… I just listened to it and started believing it myself”
I have no idea who gave these Ukrainian soldiers audio players with Charles Stanley’s sermons on them, but I’m glad they did! Maybe some of them had a chance to hear the gospel clearly and put their faith in Jesus before they died!
Now that those audio players are in the hands of Russian separatist lets pray that they will also listen to these sermons and repent of their sins before the holy God! Sometimes we fail to think that God can save the enemy too!
But he can and he does!
One of our pastor friends from a church our relief fund is helping in Eastern Ukraine told the story of how his church was opening its doors to feed the people in their city. One day a Russian separatist came in uniform with his gun and stood next to the entrance. He quietly watched as the church served, prayed and preached the gospel.
When it was over he asked the pastor if he could come back next time. The pastor said,
“Yes, you can come back but next time don’t bring your gun.”
The next time he returned, this time without his gun and without his uniform. The pastor asked him what happened and the man said,
“I repented, so I returned my gun and my uniform because I don’t need them any more.”
How many times like that has God been at work when we didn’t even know it!
Let’s not underestimate the power of God to turn the most evil heart towards him!