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Editor’s Note: The report, testimonies, and images below were provided by an SGA-supported pastor in Ukraine.

God has a higher purpose for every bag of food distributed to someone in desperate need. We’ve seen this time and again during the war in Ukraine, and we praise Him for the work He is doing in meeting physical needs and winning hurting hearts. As you read Pastor Leonid’s ministry report and the testimonies he has shared below, please join with us in thanking God for His goodness as He draws more people to Himself.

Through the provision of emergency aid in these difficult days, hurting people are realizing they have much deeper spiritual needs . . . and are becoming children of the living God.

Greetings, dear friends! 

Thank you very much for the help you have provided for our church. We live in the border area, people are scared and live in constant fear. And when the church, thanks to God and you, offers help, it touches people’s hearts.


Pastor of the church

A Higher Purpose For Every Bag Of Food Sergei


His wife died a few years ago. He is raising his two daughters, twins Arina and Zlata, alone. There is almost no work in our city, so Sergei sometimes travels to work, but he does not have enough money. One believer invited him to the church to get food aid. For the first time in his life, Sergei came to church. We had a short evangelistic message and then distributed food packages. Then he came to church again and began to communicate with the believers. We invited his daughters to the children’s Christian club. The girls liked it very much, and although it is a long way from their home, they come. This story is not over yet, because God is already doing His work. Therefore, we are very grateful to all of you who are involved in what the Lord is doing! We are grateful for the food aid!


“I lived very close to the border with Russia. My family was in constant nervous tension because of the fear of daily shelling of our area by the aggressor’s troops. Our area was shelled with rockets, artillery and mortars around the clock with several-hour breaks, making it impossible to live a normal life in our house. Several times the forest around us was burning. People were leaving massively. But the trucks did not dare to come to our village, so with the help of a friend, we urgently left the village in a car. We were able to take a few things, only the most necessary. When believers learned about our predicament, they supported us and provided humanitarian aid, which was sent by SGA. This made it possible to meet our family’s urgent need for food. We are very grateful for such kindness and support. We believe that the Lord will not leave us and will generously reward everyone who has contributed to sincere donations to families like ours!”


“My wife and I lived in a border village that was constantly under mortar and rocket fire. A third of the houses were destroyed, and they continued to explode and burn almost every day. There was no one to extinguish the flames because the elderly could not cope on their own, and firefighters did not come because of the constant attacks. It was impossible to live any longer, so we left the shelling zone with the help of relatives and friends. Unfortunately, we were able to take only a small amount of things and food. We found temporary accommodation in a distant village. Believers, when they heard about us, began to help us with food. It turned out that the food was provided by SGA partners. We are very grateful to all the staff of this mission for not forgetting the needy in such a difficult time and making great efforts to provide the necessary support!”

A Higher Purpose For Every Bag Of Food Valentina

Mrs. Valentina, 76 years old

She joined the church in 2007. But due to family and other circumstances, she left the church and did not attend for several years. A year before the war, Valentyna lost her daughter, who was seriously ill and died of cancer. When the war started, her other daughter and grandson fled to the Czech Republic, leaving her mother alone. Valentyna was suffering from loneliness and the loss of her daughter. And when she heard about the food aid, she decided to attend church again. The Word of God touched her heart, she realized her sinful situation and turned to God in repentance. That’s how Valentina came back to the church through the simple food aid from SGA. God touches many people through different circumstances! 

A Higher Purpose For Every Bag Of Food Vira

Mrs. Vira, 69 years old

For ten years she was a member of the Jehovah’s Witness organization, then she left that cult. She came to the Baptist Church because she heard about the free distribution of aid. She decided to come because her family has a low income and needs the most basic necessities. Once in the church, she realized that it was a place where the living Lord was worshiped. She also began attending a Bible study group for new visitors to the church. At one of the meetings of this group, she committed her heart to Christ. This summer she was baptized. She rejoices that God made her feel the main need of her immortal soul for spiritual bread through the need for daily bread.

In a time of great uncertainty, God is bringing help, healing, and hope to the people of Ukraine through SGA-supported pastors, churches, a seminary, and SGA-supported Compassion Ministry. Be a part of God’s incredible work with your generosity and prayer support.  

Your gift of compassion helps struggling people with emergency aid that generally includes Scripture materials, food, medicine, warm clothing, and shoes.

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