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
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.”