For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me (Matthew 25:35-36a).
What a blessing it is to see God’s people in Ukraine welcome internally displaced persons [IDPs] during a time of war! We continue to receive encouraging reports from churches in our network, as they share with us how hurting Ukrainians are experiencing God through the service of His people.
Here is a recent report from one church sponsored by SGA . . .
During the war, our church has been helping IDPs with clothes, dishes, and food. We deliver humanitarian aid (food packages, medicines, hygiene items) to the villages. We deliver them with the food. Our church has organized a summer camp to do evangelism for displaced children. We could share the Gospel with them. We also invite unbelieving IDPs to visit our services and receive food sets. May His Name be glorified through all we do, to whom we serve!
Here are three testimonies of people served by this church . . .
My name is Valentina, I am a displaced person from Kharkiv, I am 67 years old. Last spring, volunteers helped me to leave Kharkiv and that’s how I ended up [here]. I am grateful to all the kind people who are involved in such good and necessary deeds and who did not let me die of hunger. They also provided me with clothes. I thank God for everything!
A family from Bakhmut
We came from the city of Bakhmut. We were forced to leave our home because we had a little daughter who was only 1 1/2 months old and we were constantly in a shelter there. We planned to stay [here] for a short time, but unfortunately we will probably stay here for some time, because there are constant attacks in Bakhmut and we cannot go back there now. We thank the church and all the people who help us, who provide us with food, clothes, hygiene items, we thank God for all of you!
My name is Maria. I will share my story briefly. I came to Reshetylivka from Zaporizhzhia with my granddaughter in early October, when massive shelling began in Zaporizhzhia. My son is still there, and I am very anxious about him. At the end of October, my mother died, and a month after my mother’s death, my stepfather tragically died. I am grateful to God that I have a place to live now, good people and the church help with everything. We are grateful to the sponsors who care about Christians, and Christians help us, the IDPs. May God protect us! We believe and pray that there will be victory and we will be able to return to our homes.
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-sponsored 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.