Along with you, we continue to watch what is happening in Ukraine and want to help the people that are in Ukraine as well as those that are fleeing. Currently, we are working with Methodists in the Ukraine and surrounding countries to help with basic needs such as food, hygiene items, lodging, and medicine. An update from the Bishop’s office in the Methodist Conference of Central & Southern Europe:
“Save your strength, the road we are on will be long.” This is how Supt. Ivana Procházková, of the UMC in Czechia, perceives the current situation as it is becoming increasingly obvious that the response to the war in Ukraine and its implications won’t be a matter of a few weeks only. Numerous refugees continue their journey after having spent some restful nights in a country directly or indirectly bordering to Ukraine. In Hungary and Slovakia, for instance, the majority of those having arrived from the war-torn neighboring country, are in transit. On the other hand, the Superintendent in Poland estimates that about 60% of the more than two million refugees that have fled to his country so far, aim to stay. This means that in addition to providing emergency relief for refugees on their onward journey, taking care of those staying longer-term is of increasing importance – for the governments, churches, and other organizations.
We are sending funds to support their effort in housing and feeding those that have had to flee their homes as well as helping cover the costs of relief transports from the surrounding countries to different locations in Ukraine. Please pray for the people of Ukraine – and everyone involved that want a quick and peaceful end to this war. If you’d like to donate, you can donate to our disaster response ministry HERE.