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Feb 07, 2024
Editor’s Note: The report and images below were provided by an SGA-supported pastor in Ukraine.

Every displaced Ukrainian has a story to tell—including Andrei, Volodymyr, and Vladyslav who you will read more about in an SGA-supported pastor’s report below. Since the war began nearly two years ago, the churches we serve in Ukraine (as well as neighboring countries) have not stopped reporting how God is working in the lives of hurting people.

Each story shows the devastating impact of the ongoing war between Ukraine and Russia. And each story must be told to encourage the body of Christ to continue its outreach through ongoing prayer and generous support. God uses the shelter, food aid, and emergency supplies you are helping to make possible to open the door for Gospel conversations. This is how you are helping to rebuild lives and change lives for eternity. Read more about Andrei, Volodymyr, and Vladyslav . . .

My sincere greetings!

Thank you, dear friends, for your invaluable contribution in serving the Lord and the people of Ukraine. We have received humanitarian aid from you. Thank you for your concern, and I want to share some stories from people whom the church has helped. 

May the Lord bless you abundantly.

Pastor of the church

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Mr. Andrei, 44 years old. Before the full-scale war, he lived in Kharkiv. Currently, he is forced to live in [this region]. He received assistance from SGA at the Gethsemane Church shelter. It is very difficult to find a job in our overcrowded city for a middle-aged IDP [internally displaced person].The war has deprived Andrei of any job. When the war broke out, he and his family arrived at the border on an evacuation train and the family went abroad, while Andrei stayed in Ukraine. He hasn’t seen his family for a year, and it’s very hard. It is dangerous to return home, because it is still under constant shelling and it is dangerous to live there. The feeling of stress never leaves this man.Gethsemane Church’s help, with accommodation and the food provided by SGA, helps him to survive in this difficult time of war, and to wait to be reunited with his family.The man is very grateful to the mission and all the caring sponsors for the food aid and Gethsemane Church for providing shelter during the war.

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Mr. Volodymyr, 60 years old, lived in the city of Marganets, Dnipro region. After Moscow started the war, he moved [here] and now he lives in a church shelter.The war deprived Volodymyr of communication with his family. He has eight brothers and sisters. He also has a mother who stays in the occupied territory. His son also stayed thereunder occupation, because he was not able to escape. The war also deprived Volodymyr of communication with his friends. The man does not know if they are alive or if they have been able to leave. He does not know anything about them at the moment.The products provided by SGA will help Volodymyr to survive in a difficult time of war, and live a few days without worrying about tomorrow.“I am very grateful to Gethsemane church for sheltering me, and to SGA for food aid. When a person is left without anything, then any help is appreciated as gold. Thank you so much!

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Mr. Vladyslav, 20 years old. He was forced to leave the city of Bakhmutbecause of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Before the war started, he had an apartment where he lived and worked at a construction site. During the war, he lost contact with all his family members and only knows that his stepfather is in Zaporizhzhia. Before the war, Vladyslav was studying at the Bakhmut technical school. His entire town was destroyed. Faced with such a difficult life situation, Vladyslav has lost hope and the will to live. He couldn’t gather his thoughts and find a new activity or a new place to live. Vladyslav came from Bakhmut to ;here], where he was placed as an IDP in the Gethsemane church. Here he had the opportunity to have food and a place to stay, and found new Christian friends. He started attending Sunday worship services. The young man believed in Jesus Christ and has been attending classes on Wednesdays for a while now: “First Steps in Christ.” Vladislav is very grateful to the people who helped him in a difficult period of his life and are helping him now. Vladislav is grateful to the people who have purchased and delivered food aid—SGA, as well as Gethsemane Church, which gave him a place to stay during the war.

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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