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Editor’s Note: The report, testimonies and images below were sent by an SGA-supported pastor in Ukraine.

Before members of an SGA-supported church reached out to her community with food aid during the war in Ukraine, a woman named Tetiana may have seen Christians in a dim light. “I can say that my attitude towards evangelical believers has changed since I met them,” she now says. “I saw that they are people who not only talk, but also do good work unselfishly.”

In Tetiana’s community, as well as Natalia and Kateryna’s, it was the preaching of the Gospel and the tangible care for those suffering that enlightened the eyes of their hearts. And we trust they will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe (Ephesians 1:18-19a).

As you read the pastor’s report and the testimonies of these three Ukrainian women below, please pray more Ukrainians in need to come to a saving knowledge in Jesus Christ and for the continuing outreach by believers in their communities.

Greetings to SGA, and to all its partners who care about ministering in Ukraine.

Our team of ministers from the Revival Church sincerely thanks you for your dedicated ministry. Since the first days of the war, all the ministers stayed in Ukraine and are serving in various projects faithfully. At present, the main work is being done in the Kharkiv and Donetsk regions. Two or three times a month, we visit the eastern regions . . . The work is bearing fruit: people are open, reading the Bible, and are looking forward to communicating with us. We believe and pray that our joint efforts for God will bear wonderful fruit for His Kingdom.

Pastor of Revival Church and the team of ministers

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My name is Natalia. I would like to thank the believers who have been coming to us with food aid for more than six months now. During this time, we have become good friends, because in addition to food aid, we also receive spiritual support. We also learned more about who Baptists are and their faith in God. Our village is located in the distance, so we don’t get many visitors. That is why meetings with the team who come to us are especially important for us. Many people used to live in our village, there was a shop, a school, a farm. Now everything has been destroyed, the fields are mined, and there are mostly old people and those who have nowhere to go.

Although the situation is better now than last year, we do not live under constant shelling and in fear, we have the opportunity to harvest our own gardens. But we still have no electricity or gas. Although the electric line is already being repaired, they promise that we will have electricity in the near future. I am sincerely grateful to everyone for your concern, to those who are preparing and bringing us all the aid!

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My name is Tetiana. Since the beginning of the war, there has been no gas or electricity in our village. Most of the houses are either destroyed or damaged. Until last autumn, we lived under occupation. It was a difficult and very challenging time, which is hard to forget. We had no food at all. Then we started receiving humanitarian aid. That’s how we got to know believers who have been bringing humanitarian aid since the beginning of winter. At first, we were quite careful about them, but then we saw their sincerity and consistency, and our attitude changed. The humanitarian aid also gives us encouragement.

I would like to thank everyone who is involved in this important volunteer project, people who donate money, time and help. I can say that my attitude towards evangelical believers has changed since I met them. I saw that they are people who not only talk, but also do good work unselfishly. I am sincerely grateful for your care and help!

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My name is Kateryna. Before the war, I worked as a hospital administrator. Therefore, after the de-occupation, when humanitarian aid started to arrive, I was responsible for its distribution in our village. Today, we have about a hundred people living in our village, mostly elderly and retired people. Many young people have left, who had the opportunity to do so. Since the beginning of the war, we have been living in conditions where there is no gas or electricity. In addition, the front line is six miles away, and we feel the danger of it every day. I am very grateful to the believers and all those involved in the humanitarian aid that has been brought to us since the beginning of winter and until now.

From the beginning of my meeting with evangelical believers, my attitude towards them has changed, because I saw that they not only preach and tell us how to live, but also provide real help and encouragement. And not just once, but constantly. Thank you for not forgetting about us, I am very glad every time you come to us.      

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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