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Thankful Refugees in Ukraine

SGA Partners Making a Difference

So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith (Galatians 6:10).

Through SGA’s Crisis Evangelism Fund, evangelical churches in Ukraine have reached hundreds of refugee families with food and other urgently needed humanitarian aid in the name of the Lord Jesus. Many of the refugees are not believers and the churches are sharing the Gospel as they meet the physical needs of the families. But also included among the refugees are believers and their families, and several have written to express their thanks for the help of SGA partners.

NB51-Jan Article CSpread_VitalyI came with my family from Slavyansk in the Donetsk region. The barricades appeared in our city in April. We were very uncomfortable, as we had to pass through these barricades with our small children. It was hard to explain to them what was happening. Later, riots broke out and we could hear machine guns shooting in the distance. Then it got closer. When shells began flying over our house, my wife and I decided to leave for a relative’s home in western Ukraine.  Then with God’s help, I came back to the Donetsk region and helped evacuate hundreds of people from the area under attack. Praise God for this time of ministry! The fighting got worse, and the shelling eventually destroyed my home. Slavyansk is badly damaged. There are many damaged homes on our street, and some are total losses. There are two unexploded shells in our neighborhood. Many windows, walls, and roofs have been destroyed by shrapnel. We are now in Kiev, where I found temporary work. We would like to wholeheartedly thank God and the staff of Irpen Seminary, along with Dr. Robert Provost and SGA, who provided financial assistance to our family. 

—Vitaly and family

NB51-Jan Article CSpread_KaterinaI grew up in a family of doctors in the city of Slavyansk. My father is an endocrinologist and my mother is a dentist, as am I. We attended Golgotha Baptist Church in Kramatorsk, and this year was my graduation year from Donetsk Medical University. I had to hurry to finish my exams because every day I spent in the city could have cost me my life. I couldn’t return home. The city had been taken and at night you could hear the shells exploding. My parents were able to leave and eventually found a house to rent. I received my diploma and then went to Irpen Seminary. I am thankful for Dr. Igor Yaremchuk’s help with my needs and living situation. I found myself far from home, but I was surrounded here with warmth, care, and compassion. Both moral and financial support was provided. In August, I was baptized at Kiev Baptist Church, which I am now attending. I must continue my studies, but cannot return home, so I am enrolled in Kiev University. It is hard to understand why the Lord is allowing all these things, but He tells us that through all our trials . . . I will never leave or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). Thank you so much, brothers and sisters, for sharing in our pain, and for your prayers and financial help.

—Katerina

NB51-Jan Article CSpread_DanielI am 80 years old, and spent 10 years in prison for my faith during the Soviet years. I am a pastor at Christmas Church, where we have taken in many refugees from the fighting. They first began coming in May and we housed them with families, but in the summer we began housing the refugees at our summer camp property. Most are from the Donetsk and Lugansk regions in eastern Ukraine, and the majority are mothers with children. Altogether, more than 400 refugees have been at our camp over time. Some refugees returned home to their communities once they were liberated from the insurgents, but other refugees soon took their place. We are concerned with what to do with the refugees in the winter, as the camps are not equipped with furnaces or insulated homes. Some of the refugees need constant medical care. We thank the Lord and SGA, as well as Dr. Igor Yaremchuk of Irpen Seminary for helping us with finances. We appeal to everyone who is concerned to help us provide for these people forced to flee their homes. May the Lord bless all of you!

—Pastor Daniel

If you want to find out more about SGA’s Crisis Evangelism Fund and help the churches minister to those whose lives have been shattered by the war in Ukraine, visit www.sga.org/crisisevangelism or call us toll free at 1-800-BIBLE-50.

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