Editor’s Note: The video, images, and report below were provided by an SGA-supported pastor in Ukraine.
How encouraging it is to see the Church being the Church in Ukraine! SGA-supported Pastor Andrew’s congregation recently received a humanitarian aid shipment from Poland and is grateful for the support of believers like you who have made this possible.
Read from his recent ministry report and then watch as he interviews a grateful recipient who has lost so much . . . but has the joy of the Lord in her heart.
From the first days of the war, our community has been actively involved in helping those who fled from the war-torn areas in Ukraine. We outlined how many people we were ready to accept for permanent or temporary stay, and how else we could help people in need. We posted information on OLX that our community (Transfiguration Church) has the opportunity to help IDPs [internally displaced persons] with food. People were coming with their families or groups of people who were leaving the cities that were under attacks, and we also organized meals for these people, so that everyone who needed one could have a meal.
Also, some of these people asked for their relatives or neighbors who remained in the area where there were no medicines in drugstores, we bought the necessary medicines and sent them to the places of these people’s homes. Many people have returned after the liberation of the city, but a large number of people still remain in our city of Kalush.
We are grateful that we can continue to help them with food packages. We hold meetings with them, we have a time of joint dinner, fellowship, prayer, and the Word of God. (There are people who have received Jesus!) In the near future, we are planning to start a Bible study for those that have come to faith. We are very grateful for your participation in this work and will be grateful for any further help in this ministry.
God’s blessings to you!
I would like to ask you a few questions. Could you tell me how God is working in your life?
I’m excited to answer . . . My name is Anna and I want to say that God is in my life. I am grateful that He was, He is and He will always be! God always supports me at any moment, when I am happy or sad. I am grateful to God for saving me! Why am I saying this so freely? Because when we were escaping from the occupation, only God could have done this! Therefore, for those who do not believe yet, look at me, I am alive and now I can tell you, if you are in doubt, ask yourself: who is guiding you in life? Who is always with you? Who is with you in good or bad times? Those who have not accepted the Lord do not realize what kind of feeling they should have inside, in their hearts. This takes time. . . .
Tell me, how do you feel when you see people who are completely strangers to you caring for you?
On behalf of myself and my family, I want to say thank you very much! I know that you are my friends now, you have been sent to me by God Himself, I think so and I am sure of it. When I come here to the House of Prayer, to the meetings, I forget about all my worries and pains. I completely reboot, and I feel so good here in the fellowship, my heart is lifted. This is my home for me. My home is Ukraine, and my home is where God lives in peoples’ hearts!
How often do you think about God?
I mentioned this a lot earlier, but I am for the idea that people should not be afraid to open their hearts. I come to church services. I know many of those in the church, but for some reason I am not brave enough to come forward in front of everyone and tell them about myself or to pray. Here with you, I am not feeling embarrassed, because I came with the joy to see all of you, I feel comfortable, I am not afraid to talk here.
That is why I rejoice that God is with me and in my heart. God took away all my sins and crucified them on the cross, so I have this joy in my heart.
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.
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