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Editor’s Note: The testimony and image below were sent by an SGA-supported pastor in Ukraine.

In his most recent ministry report, SGA-supported Pastor Oleg reinforces our mission as we serve churches like his in Ukraine: “We have the opportunity not only to preach the words of the Gospel, but also to help in practice.”

Please lift up this brother in Christ and all in his congregation who are reaching out with the love of Christ to displaced Ukrainians. May God continue to equip them through the prayer support and generosity of friends like you, and may they not grow weary in doing good . . . for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary (Galatians 6:9). Read more from Oleg . . .

Greetings to you, our brothers and sisters in the Lord!

I am sincerely grateful to Slavic Gospel Association for the food aid provided to help the needy in [our city] and the surrounding villages. This is an extremely great help for us, because we have the opportunity not only to preach the words of the Gospel, but also to help in practice. We live in quite a difficult time . . . Many people have become displaced, others have lost the opportunity to earn money for a living, and mostly they are experiencing fear, hopelessness, and various stresses. 

Today we meet many families who have already lost their relatives in the war. We are looking for various sources to help those in need. And what we have received from you is another great opportunity to serve these poor people. We visit some people at home and see their needs, and give them a food package. Some people come to our monthly evangelistic services for fellowship, and we also help them with food. We also visit from time to time: a nursing home, a children’s cerebral rehabilitation center, and a home for displaced persons. The total number of people in need in these institutions is about a hundred. Having such ministries, you see tears in their eyes, because most of them are homeless. 

Recently, one lady started coming to our services. At that time we were distributing food aid and decided to help her as well. When my wife was handing over the package, this woman began to cry and testified that she lived alone and had never been given anything by anyone. The next Sunday she came to the service again. I believe that the evangelical church must have a big heart to care for people like this. Of course, at the moment we do not have enough opportunities, and so the Lord has given us a generous gift from you. 

We wish that your work would continue and that the Lord would open up even greater opportunities for ministry in His field. 

May the Lord bless you!                              

These are short testimonies from different people.

My name is Vasyl. A while ago, my wife and I divorced and I stayed alone. Once I had an accident and lost my leg. Currently, I use a wheelchair to get around. I started attending an evangelical Baptist church. They helped me with a package of food there. Thank you very much for taking care of me, because I have no one to take care of me. I live on a small pension right now as many people like me do, which is not enough of course. So, this help is very timely for me! Thank you!]

My name Is Arthur. When the war started, I decided to flee to western Ukraine. I ended up [in this city]. I was sheltered in the dormitory of the Agricultural College here. In this building, we get warmed by fireplaces and have communal rooms where the kitchen and toilet are shared. I would like to return back home, but at the moment my city and my house are under occupation. One day, all the IDPs [internally displaced persons] were invited to an evangelical meeting here, where they would get food. I was invited also. I liked the fact that we could get to know each other and talk, and then listen to the story of Jesus Christ. In the end of this meeting, I received a food package. I am so happy that there are people who care about others like me. I am sincerely grateful!

My name is Slavik. I lived in Donetsk before. I moved to western Ukraine when the war started. Since my childhood, I have been sick with two legs and have a physical disability. My mother died when I was still young. I have no relatives and friends. I am 55 years old now and live alone. I always try to attend an evangelical Baptist church. At one meeting, they gave me a food package. This is a great blessing for me!  I do not plan or even want to return to the eastern part of Ukraine. I am very grateful for the help I received. I’ve met so many kind and generous people here. Thank you!

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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