One month has passed since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and according to UNHCR, ten million Ukrainians are displaced. Of these, 3.5 million have left the country, which means we are now facing the fastest growing refugee crisis in Europe since World War II. The war has not only claimed many lives but also shattered homes, families and dreams. Infrastructure is being destroyed, delivery routes are put out of function and many are left without critical necessities such as food and medicine.
Word of Life continues to help on site. In Lublin, Poland, work continues on with organizing the warehouse, receiving supplies and delivering them to the centers in Ukraine. More vehicles have been purchased and at present there are five minivans and a car on site at the various centers. These have been donated or purchased with donated funds. Another minivan and a SUV are planned to be purchased in the coming weeks. The vehicles offer game-changing opportunities to drive in supplies to, and help people out of, the worst affected areas. Two of the minivans are used in the most dangerous parts where help otherwise could not reach.
A testimony from Yuri and Anna from Bucha outside Kyiv.
“When the war came, we took shelter in a bomb shelter with approximatly 100 other people. After a while, Russian soldiers came and forced us to open the door. They took all our food and water and held us hostage. After a couple of days, they forced us to leave the shelter. Grenades exploded and there were gunshots all around us and the group dispersed. We do not know what happened to everyone, but some of us miraculously survived and made their way through humanitarian corridors to the western parts of the country. We are now safe at the center in Zakarpatie. We went through hell and back and we realized that we were saved by God! ”
The centers inside Ukraine continue to receive refugees and provide them with home-cooked food, sleeping accommodation and support. Food is currently the biggest need as it is difficult to get hold of due to cut off infrastructure. Word of Life and our partners are therefore looking at different ways to drive food deliveries into the country. Next week, a truck with food worth SEK 400,000 will arrive in Lublin, where it will be repackaged in vehicles that can take the food across the border. More food deliveries will be needed soon and these need financing.
We need your help to finance these important shipments!
Your gift gives people in need a roof over their head, a safe place to sleep and warm meals. Thank you for making a difference both in prayer and in your generous giving!
05/12 - 2022
During the second Advent Service, the church received the first video greeting from Pastor Janne. This was a long-awaited greeting that brought joy and thankfulness to us all. Pastor Janne is still in the hospital where he continues his rehabilitation. In the greeting, Pastor Janne expressed great thankfulness for all the love he and his family has experienced - especially through the outpouring of prayer that has been in the church and spread throughout many places over the entire world. He shared how the intercession has lifted him during the situation he has been in since the accident and how the Lord is so close to him and helping him. He is praying for us all, both the church in general but also each individual member of the church. Janne spoke of how in the middle of this difficult time, he has experienced a strong love for Jesus and how joy and strength have been constant in the hard times. He shared about how the spirit of intersession has been so strong, sometimes in the middle of the night, for evangelization, missions, and our future. Janne spoke of faith for a new year of grace and prosperity in 2023; a year we can build the church together. He expressed his desire and expectation to come and share a great sermon, filled with love, that the Lord has laid on his heart for the church. The greeting concluded with these warm words, “God bless you all and thank you that you are the wonderful, fantastic, beautiful people you are, who love me, and now I can love you back and express my love and prayers for you. God bless you all and have a wonderful Advent Service. Thank you for being who you are.”