The war in Ukraine is in its third week and millions of Ukrainians have fled their homes. In the midst of all the fear and devastation, we see enormous compassion and love. People have opened up their hearts and donated to those in need and families open up their homes and help with transportation and accommodation. Word of Life and the international network have the privilege of being a part of this important relief efforts.
During the first week of the war, five refugee centers were opened around Ukraine. Three of them in the cities of Khmelnitskiy, Pavlograd and Lviv, are so-called transit centers where people in transit can stay on their way out of the country. Two more centers, in Lviv and Poljana, are refugee shelters where displaced people are allowed to live until further notice. A sixth shelter will soon open in Lviv. In total, these centers can accommodate about 500 people.
In the first week, Word of Life donated a yellow minibus to the center in Lviv, which was filled with food and medical supplies. This was driven to the war affected areas around Kyiv to provide people with the most urgent needs. On the way back to Lviv, the minibus was filled with people who had no other transport out of the war zone.
In Lublin, Poland, we have opened five centers that together have 250 beds. We have acquired a large warehouse where we can receive trucks with supplies from all over Europe. There is a great need for both food and medical supplies and already in the second week of the war, Word of Life, in collaboration with Heart of Evangelism, sent a truck with food into Ukraine via Lublin. Via Heart of Evangelism, Apotea – a Swedish pharmacy company, will also send three trucks with medical supplies. In addition to the need for food, there is also a great need for transport of people out of Ukraine. We have therefore bought two minibusses to be able to bring supplies into Ukraine and people out of the country. A process is also underway to buy more mini buses and cars in order to be able to operate as efficiently as possible.
Word of Life also works in Moldova, where the local church has engaged volunteers to help Ukrainian refugees cross the border. So far, a few hundred people have been helped with accommodation in Moldova and others have been helped to move on to Romania and Italy, among other places. For the funds Word of Life sends, they also hand out food packages, hygiene items and charge prepaid cards so that families can keep in touch with each other. Volunteers who travel back and forth across the border to help people out of Ukraine receive grants for fuel.
On site, at the Polish-Ukrainian border, Toni Gadd is responsible for logistics with needs and transport. It is a lot of work to coordinate all the deliveries to Poland and further into Ukraine. The situation in Ukraine is changing from day to day and therefore we monitor the situation closely and adapt our work to the needs that exist.
The shelters are filled with people of all ages, expressing heartfelt gratitude to each person who has made a safe shelter a reality. The gift of a warm meal and safe place to sleep is a true gift to hundreds of displaced people. All this is possible thanks to the generous gifts from people and organizations across the globe! Thank you for making a difference both in prayer and in your giving.
Hej kära vänner!
Vi har i dag fått den glädjande nyheten att vår kära huvudpastor Janne Blom nu är vaken. Han är fortfarande under intensivvård och i ett allvarligt läge, men det är så gott att höra att han är vid medvetande.
Det är så fint med det bönestöd som finns runt detta. Janne med familj behöver våra förböner, så låt oss hålla lågan uppe och stå i gapet för vår broder.
Tack till alla er som står med.
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Med varma hälsningar,
Vi är inne i den andra veckan sedan pastor Jannes svåra olycka. Situationen är densamma på sjukhuset: det är allvarligt men stabilt, han ligger forfarande i respirator.
Vi behöver ha tro och tålamod i detta läge. Det är det viktigaste vi kan ge vår kära broder, pastor och vän, samt hans familj som behöver att vi står med dem i deras situation.
Det är en enorm uppmuntran för dem och för oss alla med den bön för pastor Janne som pågår i församlingen, runt om i Sverige och utöver världen . Tack till alla som står på muren, som ber och bekänner Guds ord, antingen du gör det hemma, på ditt jobb, i bilen eller i kyrkans lokaler!
Vi fortsätter bönen kvällstid söndag-torsdag kl 19:00 i kyrksalen, samt på morgonen måndag-fredag 6:30-7:15 på läktaren (i kyrksalen).
Låt oss, stödja varandra, vara till för varandra och stå starka i denna prövningens tid.
We are now in the second week after Pastor Janne's difficult accident. The situation at the hospital remains the same, in that he continues to be on a respirator and is in serious, yet stable, condition.
We need to have faith and patience during this time. This is the most important thing that we can give our dear brother, pastor, friend - as well as his family - as we stand together with them in this situation.
It is a huge encouragement for both the family and all of us to have the prayers for Pastor Janne that are being prayed in churches all over Sweden and around the world. Thank you for standing in the gap, praying at home, at work, in the car and in your churches!
There is wonderful power in the Word of the Lord. Let us stand in agreement on these promises when we pray together, and give Janne the most important thing we can right now.
We will continue to pray Sunday-Thursday at 19.00 in the church sanctuary. Morning prayer will be Monday-Friday at 06.30 in the back balcony of the sanctuary.
Let's stand together in support and be there for one another during this difficult trial.