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Ukraine: Crisis Evangelism Update

Recently Eric Mock, SGA’s vice president of ministry operations, had the opportunity to travel to Ukraine. While there, he visited with some of our partner churches who have set up refugee centers for those displaced by the continuing conflict in the eastern part of the country. Read as he shares part of his journey…

While in Zaporozhye, I visited a church-based refugee center. The local government provided the building for the Baptist churches, whose members are volunteering their time to help the refugees. They’re modeling Christ’s love and sharing the Gospel with all who come. Each day—four days a week—100-250 “Internally Displaced Persons” enter this center. They have lost almost everything. Some have seen family members and friends killed, and almost all are confused, angry, and filled with despair.

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The church-based refugee center is helping many families whose lives have been shattered by the conflict.

Yet God has raised up wonderful local believers to minister to them, and they are supported in part by your gifts to SGA’s Crisis Evangelism Fund. They are working tirelessly in God’s love to provide food and clothing, as well as diapers and baby formula for young mothers, and where possible, much needed medicine. Above all, they are sharing the life-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ. With almost total destruction in the Lugansk and Donetsk regions, the need remains great as people are still fleeing, looking for hope. Please pray for them, and for these faithful and loving believers as they reach their own with the love of Christ. They all told me to thank you for giving to SGA’s Crisis Evangelism Fund. With your support, they are enabled to do what God has called them to do in the midst of incredible tragedy.

While the fighting in Ukraine continues to devastate, it’s important to remember there are those who were already facing extreme economic difficulties before the fighting even began. Eric added . . .

Very small evangelical churches are located in tiny outlying villages. Despite having few resources themselves, the churches are reaching out to poverty-stricken people who are just trying to get by each day.

Just northeast of Berdyansk, there is one such village. The local church pastor’s heart is broken as he sees the destitute condition of the people in the village. I met one very poor man and his daughter. It broke my heart to see this family. Their house and their lives were in terrible shape, and the kids (who were unclothed) were so dirty. They are a family of five, with two sons in addition to the daughter. The special pastor who ministers to them lives in the same poor village and shares their poverty.

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The war has left this Ukrainian family destitute. Your support of SGA’s Crisis Evangelism Fund has made a difference for the glory of Christ.

Tiny poor villages such as these cannot sustain a church, so the churches need help. Thanks to faithful SGA partners like you, we were able to help the local pastor in aiding this family. We are so deeply thankful to God for the support you have given to help missionary pastors not only in Ukraine, but also in all the countries of the former Soviet Union. The needs continue to grow!

It’s stories like these that remind us of how important our work is. Even more so, it reminds us of how important your contributions are! Because you give to SGA, we are able to provide these folks with basic necessities like food, shelter, and clothing. If you want to learn more about our Crisis Evangelism Fund, please click here.

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