The generosity of friends like you is equipping believes in Ukraine with aid, food, and hope. Each of the three stories below have been provided by Lydia, SGA’s Compassion Ministry Coordinator in Ukraine, as she faithfully collects and sends updates and thank you notes from the many who are receiving food package distributions from SGA-supported churches.
While their lives and circumstances are different, each person faces similar danger and hardship. Yet they are all sacrificing much to be ministering in the difficult places God has placed them in. Their hearts to serve God are bigger than their fears!
Please pray for each individual and their family as they put their own needs aside and help those around them. They are all thankful to God and to generous friends like you for the food packages that have been delivered to each of them in order to receive help and give help to others as well…
Tatyana returns to Ukraine with her family to serve those in need
Tatyana has worked for over 25 years doing clerical work with a local evangelical seminary. She assisted with the communication with churches and partners. But in addition to her work, she is actively involved in the women’s program. Two years ago, she started volunteering at a women’s center that helps those women in crisis. This center has helped hundreds of women through the most difficult stages of life. Besides this ministry, she continues to be involved in her local church services. She sings in the choir and develops the women’s ministry in the church. She is also the mother of two beautiful daughters.
During the full-scale invasion, her family was forced to leave Ukraine for a while. But now, despite the danger and instability in Ukraine, she has returned with her family to serve. This sacrifice is a great example for others. Due to the war, prices for food, utilities, etc. have increased, which means that expenses have increased many times higher. Besides their two daughters, Tatiana’s family takes care of her mother. So, any help is a blessing now.
Despite the war, Vitaly remains faithful in his ministry
Vitaly is a pastor, chaplain, New Testament teacher, volunteer, husband and father of two beautiful children. Despite the war, instability, and danger, he continues to be actively involved in ministry. Before the war, Vitaly could not have imagined that God would ever call him to serve the military, but he was ready to go wherever God calls, and that is why he began to focus on chaplaincy and volunteering. Because of the economic situation, he currently does not have his own home, so he tries to save his earnings for housing. But the ministry also requires large expenses. So his family was very grateful for your help and support in providing the food packages. “It was a blessing,” says Vitaly.
Amidst suffering, Anton remains positive and does not lose hope in Christ
Brother Anton is 33 years old. He lived most of his life near his hometown in Ukraine, but due to the war, his hometown was occupied. He, his wife, and their child spent several months in the occupation until they were able to leave for the controlled part of Ukraine. He moved to Odessa and worked every day. Recently, a rocket hit his parents’ house in the Kherson region. It caused damage, but thank God, his parents survived. After this terrorist attack, Anton immediately went to his parents, despite the danger, to help and support them. The loss of his job, his home, and the constant instability have become a great challenge for Anton’s family. But despite all the problems, he always remains positive and does not lose hope in Christ. He is always ready to help others, even though he needs support. Humanitarian aid has become a great support for Anton and his family. Thank you!
“The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” -Matthew 9:37-38
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.