As you read SGA-supported Pastor Olexander’s ministry report below, consider what it means to be willing to do whatever God asks and go wherever He leads in dedicated service to Him (Romans 12:1). Day after day, month after month during the war in Ukraine, faithful servants like Olexander and his church members are available to the Lord as they reach out to hurting Ukrainians with humanitarian aid and the hope of the Gospel.
Please pray for this church’s ongoing outreach, as well as its daughter churches. In obedience, its members minister to the elderly, the disabled, those who may not be able to leave their homes, and those who have no one left to help them. We ask God to touch every hurting heart and that each will see the love of Christ and receive Him.
Here is Olexander’s report . . .
Our church has about 100 members. We also have three daughter churches, and I serve them. In our church, I am responsible for social ministry, and Mykhailo is the pastor of Grace Church (and also an SGA-supported missionary). We do ministry for the most vulnerable people—the disabled. We hold meetings for them once a month, providing help and sharing the love of the Lord. These meetings attend 150 to 200 people with various physical challenges. We bring all these people and encourage them to communicate, so that they could spend some time outside their homes, see other people, be open and tell about themselves. After all, many of them are isolated in their minds and cannot even talk. As always, we pray with them, then feed them hot meals and distribute food packages. Thanks to this help, they can save a little money and buy medicine or something else.
I also do ministry near the border. People can’t leave there, they don’t have the opportunity and don’t want to. Most of them are elderly people, so we organize a prayer meeting for them every Sunday. We also visit and provide aid to people who are staying at home (the elderly, the disabled), who do not go out at all because they have no family members around. So they call us and we come to them.
We also have another church near the border, and we go there and hold services there as well. And if possible, if we have food, we bring it for them. The next small church is in [a different village]. All these villages are not far from each other, and as long as the Lord gives us the opportunity, we go there to encourage our elderly members of these churches. We are doing everything we can to share our ministry with you. And we thank you for your work, for your generosity and dedication!
Pastor of Grace Church
An IDP lady, sick with cancer. Her husband is disabled. They survive on their pensions. They are very grateful for the help to all those who care.
These young men are displaced from different regions. Currently they live in a social hostel. They come to our church services to listen to the Word of God and also help us physically around the church whenever we need them.
A fragment did some damage to the facade of the House of Prayer. The windows in the neighboring house were blown out. The Lord saved us. This is on the border with Russia. I do ministry there, it’s 74 miles in one direction from [our community].
Thanksgiving at the church.
Church in the village, where I also do ministry.
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.