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To serve the Church among the Slavic nations of the world by assisting it to become fully equipped to fulfil the great commission of Jesus Christ
Ukraine Crisis 7

Crisis in Ukraine

As the political unrest in Eastern Ukraine continues humanitarian problems increase, and many who have been displaced from their homes are now, in effect, refugees within their own country. The human misery resulting from the conflict is heart-breaking. Thousands are dead. Hundreds of thousands have fled the conflict, and are seeking the comparative safety of the western part of the country. It is estimated that more than 250,000 have fled to west Ukraine from the war-torn eastern regions. Most of these people are homeless and are in acute material and physical need. It is apparent to all that the tragic divisions in the country are not going to be easily or quickly healed, and that the refugee crisis will be ongoing for a long period of time.Believers in western Ukraine are deeply burdened to reach out and help those so painfully affected. They are providing material help, and also bringing to them, in the midst of all the unrest and violence, the message of peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Ukraine Unrest 10In western Ukraine refugees are being housed in temporary accommodation. Church buildings have become shelters for some, Christian campsites and their facilities have become ‘home’ to others, and many are being provided for in believers’ homes, putting a strain on the budgets of those who themselves have very little. In response to urgent requests for prayer and for financial and humanitarian aid, SGA has already sent a substantial gift to enable our Ukrainian brothers and sisters to minister to the most needy. Supporters are asked to take up the challenge of praying for God’s hand to be evident in those deeply distressing circumstances. SGA is committed to continuing practical and prayerful support for the believers as they endeavour to provide for, and witness to those who have been damaged and displaced. Supporters can channel help through SGA’s Emergency Relief Fund, in the knowledge that the financial aid offered will get to those who most need it, through the faithful ministry of our long-standing friendships and contacts in Ukraine.

Another aspect of this problem must not be forgotten – the needs of those who remain in the eastern part of the country, sometimes under severe intimidation and pressure. Faithful pastors are still there, giving spiritual leadership to their congregations and maintaining a Gospel witness, even though many have lost large numbers of members. Pray for their material and spiritual needs. Pray for the unity of the churches of Christ in the midst of the tragic divisions, for this is the great fear of many pastors and church leaders - that these national and community divisions will infect the churches, spoiling and destroying fellowship, and damaging Christian witness and outreach.