Eleven weeks into the war, the needs are still great and we work actively to deliver supplies, evacuate people and provide sleeping places around the country through our sister congregations.
We have together with several other organizations transported around 150 trucks with supplies into Ukraine through our center in Lublin. Of these, about forty have been funded through the Word of Life in collaboration with Heart of Evangelism. To ensure that deliveries reach those who really need them, we’ve had people on site to follow the entire supply chain – via Lublin and Lviv on to the most war-affected areas. Gratitude knows no bounds for those who receive these packages! The various centers around Ukraine have remained open with several hundred beds and during the day food packages are distributed with, among other things, rice, oil and preserves.
Misha and Kolya are some of the children who have had their everyday lives turned upside down by the war. Their mother is a doctor, so when many others in their vicinity fled Kyiv, their family chose to stay so that the mother could continue her work at the hospital. The boys have spent many hours in shelters, so the joy was great when they received a box with food, a few changes of clothes and a stuffed animal each.
In addition to food, we have also delivered a number of washing machines and dryers to the refugee centers in Lviv so that they no longer have to wash sheets and clothes by hand. Something that has relieved the workload a great deal as they receive new overnight people every day. Some who come to the centers have lived in shelters for several weeks in a row and only had the clothes they wore when the war arrived in their cities.
The minibuses are used daily to deliver supplies to affected areas as well as evacuating people to safer places. Many elderly and disabled people have received help to leave the most war-affected areas. The infrastructure is troubled and it is difficult to get around in large parts of the country. This means that many people are stuck in their home villages and towns without possibilities to get out of there on their own.
Also in Uppsala, we have received the first families from Ukraine. Every week we meet and pray together for Ukraine and all the people affected by the war and its aftermaths.
Together we can make a difference for our fellow human beings through prayer, gifts and practical actions.
Thank you for your prayers and gifts! Without them we would not have been able to do all of this!
Photo: Josef Eliasson