Editor’s Note: The report, stories, and images below were sent by an SGA-supported pastor in Ukraine.
Here is a report from western Ukraine, where many internally displaced persons (IDPs) reside. They have lost everything and seek to rebuild their lives. We thank God for His people at SGA-supported Pastor Anatoly’s church, who continue to live out the love of Christ and help suffering Ukrainians by addressing their “life and spiritual problems.”
May God be glorified, as our brothers and sisters in Christ clothe themselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience (Colossians 3:12). In their service to others, they are serving Him.
We thank God, Slavic Gospel Association, and partners for the opportunity to receive food aid and other necessary things. In our difficult times, it also raises the people’s spirits, who are in a difficult situation because of the war in Ukraine. We have the opportunity to observe how people thank God for this help, and how grateful they are to those who care about their needs. They are happy, encouraged, and come to church meetings. We pray for them in church all the time, so that the Lord may touch their hearts with His Word. From the first days of the war, our church has been actively hosting IDPs, taking care of their needs and helping them solve their life and spiritual problems. We help them find housing, furniture, and job assistance. Two of the IDPs were baptized this year!
God has also given us a wonderful opportunity to organize a Christian children’s camp in the church, which was attended by children of the displaced. People who have left their homes and lost their property are forced to make their living by receiving small financial assistance from the state. Therefore, this assistance in the form of food packages is very helpful and appropriate.
May the Lord bless you abundantly for your kind hearts that sympathize with our people in the tragedy that has come upon us. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be strong, steadfast, and always be rich in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord! (1 Corinthians 15:58).
“Our family came from the Zaporizhzhia region (in the occupied territory). We have already changed our place of residence several times in search of work and housing. We do not attend any church, but the local church has been always trying to help our family. They provide us with food, help in finding housing, work, and everything we need. We always feel so cared for and supported and express our gratitude to the whole church and all those kind sponsors who continue to support us. Thank you very much!”
Hanna and her husband left occupied Slaviansk. Back in 2014, four Christian brothers were killed in their church in Slaviansk. So in 2022, they left their city without even thinking about it on the second day of the war. They passed 50 checkpoints and spent 56 hours traveling to [here] from Slaviansk. Hanna’s husband is blind and bedridden. Now they live [nearby] and joined our local Baptist church.
The Grudinsky family
“We are the Grudinsky family, immigrants from the Zaporizhzhia region. We left the occupied territory and moved [nearby] after being invited by a pastor of a church. Our children came here first and found shelter here. My wife and I and our elderly mother came here after a month and a half of being under occupation. We were warmly welcomed here. They helped us to find a house. We are very grateful for the food aid and clothing that we regularly receive from our brothers and sisters from the mission. Thus, the Lord cares about us and gives us the opportunity to serve Him and help our neighbors here. We have built friendly relationships in the church with other IDPs and not only from the Zaporizhzhia region. Every day we thank God for the food on our table and the clothes sent here by people who care about us.
“In this difficult time for our nation, Christians have the opportunity to show love to our neighbors in such a significant way. We try to be in this ministry together with the brothers and sisters of the church. We thank everyone who participates in our needs. May the Lord Jesus bless you all abundantly!”
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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