Several groups in neighbouring Spain have set up channels to give. Christians in Morocco join the efforts to support survivors.
The war revealed the importance of the local church responding to crisis. The church is a humanitarian army present in many communities, skilled and equipped as a team for service.
Matthias Schöni, director of the Swiss Licht Im Osten, says a new truck with help is already on its way to Ternopil. After the attack, “we have received many food and financial donations”, he says.
Three months after the earthquakes in Turkey, local Protestants continue to work among those affected: “Tens of thousands who survived are still homeless”.
“Since we are here, I got my driving license and a car. My wife had a surgical operation”, explains one of the beneficiaries in the town of Caransebeș.
The pastor of the Evangelical Church of Castelldefels (Spain) looks back at the first 7 years of work in the city and addresses the current challenges.
In Sunderland (England), Cathie welcomed at home Alona, her two children and their grandma. They certainly miss Odesa, but have met other refugees and been active at church.
A family from Chernihiv (Ukraine) has been staying at Rosa’s home in Northern Italy for a year now. “For the girls, I’m their Italian grandmother”.
Over 200 bookshops and other organisations take part in a project to raise interest in the Bible.
The church that Kévin pastors in Montbéliard opened its doors to a grandmother, a mother and two teenagers. A few kilometres away, Delphine welcomed 4 other women.
A statement by the Ukrainian, European and World Evangelical Alliances. “Jesus challenges us to stand with the vulnerable, even when that means confronting our own group and our own leaders”.
A pastor of the Turkish Protestant Church Foundation reports from the ground in Antakya (Antioch). “80% of buildings either collapsed or will have to be torn down”.
Only two in ten people are fully vaccinated in Africa. Evangelical leaders speak of challenges in the vaccination campaign and the situation of Christians.
The city of Bucha near Kyiv in Ukraine hit the headlines when horrific scenes of bodies on the streets were reported as a massacre following the invasion of Russian troops. One place that has remained a lifeline to those devastated by this tragedy is Bucha Baptist Church. As a result of their practical and spiritual ministry to the community their services are full to capacity every week. Miraculously the building is still standing despite missiles narrowly missing the church.
Evangelical churches acknowledge the serious refugee crisis but “continue to selflessly and tirelessly respond to the overwhelming needs around them”.
72 Christian leaders from 22 European countries gathered for 24 hours in Krakow focused on the Ukraine war and refugee crisis.
Over 500 representatives of evangelical churches and organisations in Europe attend the European Leadership Forum conference in Poland. A pastor from Kyiv shared details about the response of Christians during the invasion.
In Cuba, Christian associations such as the Patmos Institute or the Evangelical League offered their resources to those in need.
The challenge for the peoples of Europe today is to find the balance between protecting borders and open borders.
Ukraine Connect has already matched over 90 individuals with a host. It has more than 400 refugees seeking for a place and over 245 potential offering homes.
Thousands have already been hosted by families in countries like Switzerland, Germany, Spain and the UK. Websites connect refugees and potential hosts.
The pastor of a church on the Romanian border with Ukraine explains how, along with a church in Spain, they help refugees to meet their basic needs.
How can we make sure that aid will be useful for Ukrainian refugees? Miqueas Forster of GAiN Spain answers this and other questions.
“Church members and friends have opened their houses, we cook for them, take care of the medicines, organise their trips”, says a Christian worker in Hungary. In Romania, “churches work together to be more efficient”.
“Almost every church in Moldova is doing something, there is pain not fear”, says a Christian worker in Moldova. A Finnish journalist: “We have 1,300 km of common border, battles with Russia are deep in our nation’s memory”.