Russian forces released a kidnapped Ukrainian-American pastor according to his family.
On March 19, the Ukrainian-American pastor Dmitry Bodyu was kidnapped by Russian soldiers from his home in Melitopol, Ukraine. According to his wife Helen, Russian soldiers suddenly entered their home, asked a couple of questions, and confiscated all their devices before leaving with Dmitry.
“They just came in in the morning,” Helen told NBC News via phone. “They took our phones, gadgets, computers, documents — and took him somewhere. I don’t know where.”
She noted that the Russian forces were not aggressive and they seem to know that he was an American pastor. The family hasn’t heard anything from him since the abductions. Their church, family, and friends prayed for Dmitry’s safety.
The 50-year-old pastor is well-known in Ukraine and has planted seven churches in the country. Prior to his disappearance, he had invited Ukrainians to take shelter at the church during the war.
“If you need help of any kind or you have nowhere to stay or are afraid to be at home … the church is open,” he said. “I am in the church building … very thick walls … solid building. That’s why you can be there. We will try our best to supply as much as possible.”
He encouraged everyone to call unto the name of Jesus Christ and pray for everyone’s safety.
“May God’s peace be upon your hearts and keep you safe,” he continued. “Let’s all pray and call on the Lord that the Lord will keep us from every harm in the name of Jesus Christ.”
On Monday, Helen posted on Facebook the good news that her husband has now been released.
“Dear friends! Thank you all so much for your prayers!!! Dmitry is home. He’s doing well,” Helen wrote. “Thank you for your participation, for your concern, help, and love! God is good!!! Praise the Lord!”
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Reference: Christian Headlines