Update about the War in Ukraine.
What Your Prayers and Support for Ukrainians Are Doing!
Sadly, although Western media organizations are not reporting about the war in Ukraine as frequently or thoroughly as they did earlier this year, the current situation and outlook for Ukrainians, including our brothers and sisters in Christ, is uncertain and unsettling. More specifically, the Russian and Ukrainian militaries are warring in the southern part of the country, while Russian officials have said that their forces are fighting for the “complete liberation” of the Donbas, a broad reference to Ukraine’s eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk.
Innocent Ukrainian civilians, including believers and seekers, are being caught in the middle of the war. In fact, according to the United Nations, as of August 4th, the Russian government's invasion of Ukraine has killed or injured more than 12,000 civilians there. Additionally, as of August 9th, and per the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), 6,413,432 individual refugees from Ukraine have been recorded across Europe.
Thank you for your prayers and support for the Ukrainian people, especially for the believers among them. Please prayerfully consider giving a financial gift to those who are suffering. When tired and hungry Ukrainians receive help, knowing that they are remembered gives them more hope!
“Please don’t forget us.
We know too little of the truth. And our news is too optimistic.
Russia has again conquered several large cities in eastern Ukraine.
The number of refugees has doubled. This is terrible. Every day, dozens of people beg us to give them accommodation for the night, but we have absolutely no places.
We brought all mattresses today. The floor of our church is filled with people again.
We pray every day. But the hope of winning is getting smaller and smaller. Ukraine cannot stop Putin's army. I often feel empty. I have no words to pray. I feel like this war will never end.
Beds are running out, food is running out, and volunteers are running out – but the war is not ending and the flow of refugees is not ending. This is terrible.
My only joy is that every day I pray with people who have never prayed before and were unbelievers. I believe they are getting God's grace.
God's kingdom is the only thing I can offer these people.
Remember us in your prayers. Tomorrow, new people will arrive and we will try to help them again.
Thank you for the opportunity to share my sorrows with you.”
Pastor in western Ukraine, July 14th
“Mom said that dad will never come back, but I believe that he will come; because they didn't show him to us, we couldn't bury him.”
Katya, nine-years-old, Irpin, Ukraine
“For many children, this is a reality; some of them will be able to overcome the pain of loss, and some will not, and in any case, they will have to learn to live with it, some without a father, some without a native home, with the sadness and pain that the Russian Federation brought to Ukraine. Some of these children have already closed down and cemented the pain deep within themselves. It will make someone stronger, and someone, on the contrary, will be blocked. Even after our victory and the end of the war, the suffering of many children will not end. The pain of losing loved ones and other tragic events that they saw or experienced will be felt throughout their lives. Please pray for these children. Pray for us we could serve them.”
Pastor in western Ukraine, on or about August 2nd