Let us not lose heart in doing good, Paul strongly encourages us in Galatians 6:9. For in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. As we get closer to the two-year mark of the war in Ukraine, no one should be more tired than our brothers and sisters in Christ there. But as you can read in Mykhailo’s ministry report below, he nor the church we serve is not.
“As soon as we arrived in this village, we were told that the church was helping with the food aid,” a woman named Olga says in her testimony that she shared with Mykhailo. “Of course, we started coming to your church. After all, only the church is helping us now, no one else is interested in us. No one else needs us.”
Will you pray for Mykhailo in his ministry as a church deacon, and for the members of his congregation as you read all that God is doing through their faithful service? May we continue to support them through prayer and by providing them with emergency food aid that meets physical needs and opens the door to Gospel conversations with hurting Ukrainians.
Please accept our sincere greetings from the Revival Church. Thank you for your loving and caring support of our ministry in Ukraine. As you know, this is a difficult time, so God is taking special care of our people through missions like yours, using His faithful children to serve many unsaved people.
We, as a church, have been able to help many people in our village. We have many widows, orphans, displaced persons, families with many children, people who have lost their income, and people in need. Because of this type of ministry, many people entered the church for the first time and saw the church from a completely different perspective. Because of this kind of ministry, people began to hear the word “church” more often. People in the village say: “the church is moving in the right direction, because the church was not closed during the war, but rather opened and actively helping everyone who needs help.” We are encouraged by such testimonies, and are grateful to the Lord for the opportunity to serve! New people who received food aid started coming to our church for Sunday services.
Due to the war, I was drafted to serve in the Armed Forces, so my wife Diana was in charge of distributing the food aid. So, on behalf of the church, I would like to thank SGA for your service. At prayer meetings, the church always prays for your ministry. May God bless everyone who is involved in God’s work. Praise God for your ministry!
Blessings from above,
Deacon of the church – Mykhailo
My name is Olga. I am from the Mykolaiv region and the war started terribly where I lived. Everything was exploding, there were constant explosions. We didn’t know where to hide, what corner of the house to hide in so that we wouldn’t be too scared. But we realized that every explosion could be the last one for us. My legs are weak so I couldn’t hide much, because there was no sense in running away. All the property we had—cows, pigs, chickens—was destroyed. Everything we had earned over the years was burned. It was good that we were not in the house at the time. I got a contusion. When our house and barn burned down, we decided to flee to another place, to another district. All the people from our village were evacuating, and we were also afraid to stay there alone. Later, our village was already under occupation and remains to this day.
As soon as we arrived in this village, we were told that the church was helping with food aid. Of course, we started coming to your church. After all, only the church is helping us now, no one else is interested in us. No one else needs us. And God willing, if the war ends, we may return to our village. But it is unlikely, because there is nowhere and nothing to return to. Our children found us a place to live here, so we will probably stay here until the end. Since I am an IDP, I am sincerely grateful to all the people who care about people like us and never get tired of helping us. Thank you for everything!
My name is Zhanna. On the day of the war, my son called and said, “Mom, we have no more work. The war began.” At that moment, I felt fear and horror overwhelmed me.
In the first days, we heard about many people being killed. It’s hard to explain what fear I had! We just had a newborn granddaughter, so I was so worried about my family! We were asked to escape to Europe and that we will be met there, and they will provide us with a living there. But as a family, we didn’t want to go anywhere and just decided to stay all together wherever we are.
With all the savings I had, I went to the store to get the products for the family. At the very beginning 12 people lived in our house. For a short period of time all the products and other food was gone and for almost a week our big family was without any food, no bread, no potatoes, nothing, just tea. My neighbor goes to the church and once she came to me and asked if we needed anything. I cried and said, yes, we have not been eating for a week.
So, she told about our family in the church and this lady Diana from the church came to us and brought a whole package of food aid!! What a miracle!
Since that I started thinking about God and these nice people that have been caring about me and my family. I found out about God’s love these people from the church share! Now I go to church and want to know more and more about God and His Son Jesus Christ! Thank you for showing us love and care!
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.