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Ukraine Relief

Ukraine Relief

Dear Missions-Minded Friends,

None of us has been spared the emotional turmoil of watching the invasion of Ukraine. 

For ACTION’s UK's new director, Paul Hughes, the events have created numerous sleepless nights and hours of phone calls to his best friends.

Paul has been ministering in Ukraine since 2007 and is very well-connected to several hundred churches there. He is, therefore, spearheading ACTION’s immediate response to this humanitarian crisis.

Paul and his colleagues have prioritized assisting displaced families through five centers that are, so far, safe from the fighting. 

Will you please join me in giving to this project, so that the team in Ukraine can purchase all that is needed for this urgent effort?

Below, you will see what Paul wrote just today. Please help him and the Ukranian Church minister to those who are in dire circumstances.

Thank you and God bless you,

Brian Stewart
Executive Director

Text from Paul Hughes, ACTION UK Director:

Over recent weeks, we have been preparing the way to accommodate 300 to 500 internally displaced peoples in Ukraine within a safe network of churches, in conjunction with national, regional, and local church leaders. We have a history of many years of fruitful and accountable Gospel partnership with these networks. It breaks our hearts to see what our precious friends are going through.  

Our first phase of help sought to mobilize and evacuate many Gospel and mission workers to safety, sometimes out of the country. Many of these workers had with them adopted children from orphanage and trauma backgrounds or vulnerable adults with severe disabilities. We praise God that this phase is now complete, but for many who remain in Ukraine to help in such ministries, there is now no realistic possibility of immediate evacuation.

We are therefore doing all we can to support those who remain to administer aid and share the Gospel. We are currently providing a core network of five strategic “safe” or holding centres, all of which have witnessed dramatic, lifesaving testimonies over the last 48 hours.  

In partnership with the church network, we have become a hub to help many as they look to travel, seek longer term solutions, or a new place to settle. Things remain fluid, but we believe this ministry is well stewarded. It has been a lifeline to many in the last 48 hours.

What are we providing? Water, blankets, beds, food, essential communications with loved ones, pastoral counseling, Bibles, and loving care to seek a way forward. 

In a context of devastation caused by hatred, our weapons are love and compassion. This is having a profound effect on others (John 13:35). 

If you or your church are able and would like to join with us to provide help, care, and encouragement, please do so by giving through the ACTION website or your local ACTION office. Thank you.

And here is an update from one of our workers in Ukraine:

While there are many Ukrainians who have been able to flee West towards other borders and to camps, there are many who were unable to leave due to lack of a car, finances, and vulnerable family members at home. Now many, who were already counted among the marginalized of Ukraine, are stranded in a country now besieged by war. Without the ability to work under peaceful conditions and no savings, they do not have the ability to purchase essential items such as food and medical supplies. They also cannot pay their rent or other bills, in addition to bearing the burden of the enormous cost and threat of war.

These relief funds will help support the relief efforts on the ground through a local church in a southeastern Ukrainian city to provide essentials, such as food, clean drinking water, and medical supplies, for both the church and the poor, vulnerable, and now war-struck people. Matthew 25:35-36 (NIV) says; “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’” Every day our church is receiving more requests to help with food and essential supplies. By helping to care for the most vulnerable, we are showing Christ’s love and care in a time of deep suffering. 
Thank you for your willingness to give toward the compassionate ministries of the local church in Ukraine and for your fervent prayers, which make it possible to provide hope and help on the ground in the name of Christ.