Editor’s Note: The images and testimony below were provided by an SGA-supported ministry leader in Belarus.
The number of refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine and coming to Belarus seems to be increasing. Most are passing through and only staying in the care of SGA-supported outreaches for a few days. Yet the shock of what they have seen and have endured is evident to all, and they need spiritual help.
Our Christian brothers and sisters have labored night and day ministering to the heart needs of hurting people. Please keep all in your prayers. Here is a recent report we received recently from an SGA-supported ministry leader named Sergei . . .
Dear friends and co-workers in serving to suffering people, peace be upon you!
First of all, we want to thank you for your participation and support of the ministry. Thanks to this, several thousand people, both believers and non-believers, whose homes were destroyed by the war in Ukrainian cities and villages, have not only found shelter for life in safe places, but have also united with their loved ones and relatives. We receive hundreds of thank you notes from people and address them to you. Every dried tear and smile is the fruit of your care and the work of the Gospel in and through you.
One of the refugees said this: “I thought you were strange people before (meaning evangelical believers), but now you have become even more strange for me. And I have loved you. Stay the same.”
Every day we are horrified by the events taking place that plunge us into despondency and impotence. We cannot influence them, but we can alleviate the suffering of people in them, reduce the sorrows of people who just yesterday lived the same life as we do.
I also want to admit that our volunteer team is very tired. We are not professionals, but ordinary people. Please pray for us, join us, and help us.
Below you can see some photos, as well as forms of assistance to our ministry (one is a sculpture by Bruno Catalano dedicated to refugees).
— Pastor Sergei
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.