Update from Eastern Ukraine
In December we shared news of the ongoing tragic situation in Eastern Ukraine and our intention of providing heating equipment, clothes and food packages to those in need. Funds were sent out quickly, and we are pleased to report that the equipment and other essential items were purchased and shared with over 3,000 needy people. Our partners in Ukraine report that local church buildings were used first as storage bases, and subsequently as distribution centres to get the aid to those in the conflict area. With their local knowledge, church leaders were able to direct help to those who needed it most. Need was the only essential criterion. Other matters such as religious belief, political allegiances, race, gender were not taken into consideration when selecting those who would receive the heating equipment, clothes, and food.
It is encouraging to hear how many people were helped materially, but even more to hear how God has used this relief effort to provide further Gospel opportunities for the churches in this part of Ukraine.
Please continue to pray for our brothers and sisters in Ukraine as they strive to be used by God to meet the material and spiritual needs of their fellow-countrymen.