Editor’s Note: The images below were provided by an SGA-supported church in Israel.
It’s difficult to fully comprehend the situations that Ukrainian refugees have endured since the war in their home country began. After immigrating to another country, the work for many families is far from over: rebuilding lives, comforting the grieving, crossing language barriers, and so much more.
Recently, SGA received a report out of Israel. The following report from a church planter who is helping refugees in Israel is incredibly detailed in numbers. It’s amazing to think about the painstaking effort this man must have taken to acquire these details. But within these details, it’s also easy to discern the pride, joy, and even excitement he feels for his work: helping Ukrainian refugees in the name of Jesus! Here, he’s not just mentioning numbers and statistics… He’s describing the harvest of people available to be touched by his church community. Each number represents a person, a face, a story . . . a soul loved by God and present to hear the Gospel.
The generosity of friends like you is equipping churches all over the world to care for our Ukrainian neighbors. As we come together in one mission to proclaim the name of Jesus Christ to a hurting community, your support and prayers are crucial in supporting our brothers and sisters in Christ as they prepare to minister in the hundreds and thousands to the hurting, the hopeless, the homeless . . . Sounds like the ministry of Jesus!
Shalom to you, our dear brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ.
We want to thank you for helping the Ukrainian refugees in Israel. Since February 24th, 38,200 Jews from northern countries have been repatriated to Israel. There are 12,200 refugees from Ukraine, 63% of whom are women, 20,000 from Russia and 4,000 from Belarus. These are people who were not planning to go to Israel, but due to the war and the crisis, they left their possessions and were forced to move to Israel. The country is unable to provide full assistance to them, and we as a local church are trying to support them in every possible way. In addition, more than 5,000 refugees came to Israel, mostly women with children, who were in extreme need. There is not a specific financial and social program in Israel to support refugees. Only 10% of the children of Ukrainian refugees in Israel are registered at schools. Out of 3,177 children, only 322 were enrolled in schools. Thanks to your financial support, we were able to help these people by buying for 24 children everything they needed for school and by helping single mothers buy school supplies. The parents are deeply grateful to you and some of them are open to listening to the Gospel. We are planning to form a Scripture study group of those who wish to attend and start a new congregation with them.
May God richly bless you!
Israel has received an influx of Ukrainian refugees. Local church pastors and planters take Ukrainian parents and their children shopping to buy them school supplies for the upcoming school year. “The parents are deeply grateful to you and some of them are open to listening to the Gospel.”
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.