Editor’s Note: The images below were provided by an SGA-supported church in Ukraine.
As stories arrive from Ukraine, we are continually awed at what God is doing through your giving!
Here is our most recent report received from the SGA-supported network of churches in the Baptist Union . . .
Our dear partners,
Greetings to you, our dear friends and holy people praying for us. I want to express our deepest thank you because we see how God works through prayer in reality. Please continue to pray for us because the power of prayer produces changes our hands are not capable of. We thank you for every word you send to God about our protection. God hears and answers them! We see His saving hand!
Up To 39,000 Children and Teenagers Participated in More Than 400 Camps
We thank God that the camps for children were held even in five areas with the highest number of shelling. Up to 39,000 children, teenagers, and young people participated in these camps. The number of camps and other activities for children reached 400.
This summer, more than 3,000 camp participants called to God with a prayer of repentance or restored their relationship with Him!
One Church Building Cannot Hold All the People Willing to Listen to the Word of God
One town in Ukraine is repeatedly shelled every night. Despite the crippled infrastructure, constant victims, and regular power outages, the local church continues to be active and open to the people. Since the full-scale war began, the churches have not canceled even a single meeting!
Besides regular meetings, Christians serve various needs of people within the walls of the House of Prayer. Many residents have moved to the surrounding villages because it is safer there. Others have lost their jobs and found themselves on the brink of poverty. Others need transport to evacuate from a front-line town. The church sees their pain and responds to it. Food packages, vehicles for evacuation, evangelistic events – these are the things that believers are serving their neighbors with.
“Internationally Displaced People come to the church. They are thirsty for the Word of God. We had to hold an evangelistic meeting three times one Sunday because 600 people came, but the building is limited to only 200. People are receiving God into their hearts and praying in repentance” shares one pastor.
Weekly Church Gatherings Inspire Fellowship, Hope, and Meeting of Needs
For the past five months, weekly meetings with internally displaced people (IDP) have been held in one church in a region of Ukraine that is being served.
About 150 people listen to testimonies of God’s care, study the Word of God, and getting to know the Gospel and the church community better every Saturday. Also, they have time together with some tea and dessert. Then, to make the fellowship even closer and more open, people are divided into smaller groups coordinated by moderators.
To provide shelter, clothes, food, or to help with transport this is how the church ministers to Ukrainians in these difficult times. Taking care of people’s physical needs, we want to help every soul to hear about the One who gives hope in the most difficult moments of everyone’s life: Jesus Christ. Our job is to show the Word of God and wait for the Lord to grow fruits in the lives of these people.
Ministering in Places of Danger
Some of our brothers and sisters in Christ are zealously serving God and people in the pre-frontline settlements. These people are great examples of courage and dedication to the Lord. They stay and continue to minister despite the mortal danger and constant shelling. They provide help to the wounded and bury the dead, preach the Gospel and take the church visitors home after the service is over.
All of the available power lines to the area were destroyed a few weeks ago, so the meetings were held with no lights. However, the church continues to minister to dozens of people thirsty for God’s Word.
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.