UKRAINE

Ukraine Relief - Nov 2022

Relief continues for our brothers and sisters in Ukraine as they were able to purchase food in Slovakia and take to families in Eastern Ukraine that have been liberated from Russians! This is Thanksgiving!

Support for Ukraine

Thanks again my dear brother for your prayers and support! Now several days I’m in Kyiv, now in Uzhhorod Pasha and Zhenya hard working) Everything is good there, and we also do big work with sending food and other stuff to the hard regions. Also, We see that now more people need shelter, so we are thinking about taking one more level in our building in rent.
In Kyiv I saw that Russian tanks were already there, but they have gone. I think it’s because the whole world was in prayers about Ukraine at that time. Because it’s really a miracle, that they didn’t continue to go to the center of Kyiv, it’s 10 km left for them. Also, I was in Bucha and other places which were occupied and destroyed. And in these cities, all the fences along the streets are full of bullet holes.  That is, Russian soldiers simply fired blindly to the right and left when they walked along these streets, killing civilians.  This is because the civilian population also tried to match, apparently. So next week will go back, and with new power will continue our ministry. We are so blessed by you and your church  You are in our prayers

Every day we see God's miracles in our refugee shelter.  Many people already go to church regularly, some have personally met Jesus.  It is a special joy to see how children begin to know God.  Next Sunday, some children from our shelter will recite poems) They like it in church!  On Monday, we were sending a group of seven people to the Netherlands, and one woman, who did not believe in the shelter, asked the whole group to pray for the road and their arrangement near the bus.  God touches people every day here.  Our team tries to be an example of a real Christian, and it seems that we often succeed We also take care of people from our first shelter, the school.  But 11 people have already been taken from there to the second shelter, as the school wants to close as a shelter next week.  But for some, the state has already found another place, and for some we take in.  Also, the Methodist Church in Ukraine is now looking for land with houses in order to give housing to those who have nowhere to return, and to those whose homes and apartments have been destroyed.  And we are very involved in this process.  I am sure that God has a wonderful and blessed plan for these projects.  This week I served in the gypsy church.  It was wonderful!  Pastor Vasily asked me, as Pastor Joseph left for Germany for some time.  Also, I, Pasha, and our entire team send a lot of products and hygiene products to the most hot and needy places in Ukraine.  In the photo you can see the happy faces of people who received these products) Now we want to collect a large truckload of products, clothes, and hygiene products in Kharkov, people are in great need there, there is a humanitarian disaster.  Now we are making a plan for this big project, we want to do it in the near future.  We sleep little and work a lot, but God blesses us with such wonderful people who live with us... They all help us very much.  Someone took care of the cleaning, someone in the kitchen, and someone sits at the reception desk.  It is much easier for us to work now than before.  It's as if God took us by the hand and miraculously carried us forward.  We are very grateful to you and your church, you are doing incredible things.  We love you, our brothers in Christ Jesus!

Hi my dear brother in Christ, all monies received on the account! We have no words to express our appreciation and thankfulness. Now we are installing heating systems in every living room.  It's already cold in Uzhgorod) So, thank you! Thank your people in church! Thanks God! Our ministry continues to be as dynamic as in the previous months.  Now we are actively preparing for winter, as well as for receiving even more people. For this, we purchase heaters and bunk beds.  The school where our first shelter was located starts the educational process tomorrow.  Therefore, all the people from there were moved to another village.  We continue to take care of them.  In the main, there are elderly people.  In one of the women, against the background of the battles experienced in Kharkov, arthrosis began to develop very rapidly.  And things got so bad that she could lose the ability to walk.  But by a great miracle of God, we managed to agree with the doctor at the local hospital so that he would take her for an operation.  And she has been operated on for more than a month, and we hope that together we will manage to keep her able to walk.  As for the second shelter, which we call "hostel".  We had record settlements in July and early August.  Because fighting in the Nikolaev, Dnepropetrovsk and Donetsk regions became more active.  People from Kherson, Kramatorsk, Kharkov and other cities also continue to arrive.  We are very happy that we were able to host such a large number of people.  In July alone, more than 80 people lived with us.  Each person living in our shelters receives the necessary assistance, namely: comfortable living conditions, high-quality three meals a day, clothing, hygiene products, medicines, medical care, etc.  In order for all residents to have unlimited access to drinking water, we installed a special water filter.  Before that, water was delivered to us by drinking water companies, there was not enough of it and it was quite expensive.  All of the above, each person receives absolutely free.  For many people, we were able to find accommodation abroad for a long period.  Now hundreds of women with children live and go to school in complete safety and without air raid alerts.  It seems to me that I have already told you that we have arranged the delivery of humanitarian aid from the Netherlands through Slovakia to Ukraine, and every week we send women with children on the return route.  In addition to physical and material help, we try to help spiritually.  Every Sunday we take a large group of people to church.  For most, this is their first visit to a Protestant church.  Many children of our migrants go to the local school.  We also pay much attention to the organization of leisure activities for migrants.  We take children to Christian camps, excursions, acting classes, and sporting events.  For adults, we conduct training and meetings with psychologists.  We organize socializing, walks, various games, watching cartoons, as well as birthday celebrations.  An air conditioner was installed to maintain the temperature in the food warehouse.  We also partially paid for the repair of the toilet in our first shelter, at the school.  We also continue to provide targeted assistance by mail throughout Ukraine to all those in need.  Recently, we have sent more than 100 food parcels.  A couple of weeks ago we were given a minibus to use for our ministry.  Now we can transport more humanitarian aid, and also more people.  Thank God!  Also, now we are working on opening another shelter, where we plan to accommodate even more people for longer periods.  And we really hope that we will be able to organize jobs for migrants.  This is all possible thanks to God and partners like you and your church. Praise Jesus! Thank you so much for your support!
Hello dear Brother Patrick,
I send you some photos of our ministry in Ukraine, that We support. At the moment We help people near the front lines. Especially towns and villages that were liberated from the Russian occupation. We are talking about the Mikolajev region: Liman, Novoukrajinka, Zaselia, Kotlairovo, and Charkov region: Izum, Kamenka, Oskol, Kapitolinka. Besides refugees, we help also Ukrainian soldiers with food and clothes. This Week We are going to send more buses with food, clothes, and medicine. Thank you very much for your help and support. We couldn´t do it without you! We would like to thank you for your faithfulness in supporting our ministry! God bless you richly!
Patrick we've received the money! Slava Bogu!! May God bless you, your family and your church more! Many thanks to all who support us during such difficult times. Its very essential for us. We believe God will continue to fulfill His purposes so that more people here in Ukraine know Jesus and His love. As a church, we are called to be a light in all darkest times and to help people in their urgent needs in Jesus’ name. Praise God that together we can do more for Him and His glory! May Jesus bless you and your church! Have a blessed Sunday ministry today. Big Hello to all congregation from our church in Chernivtci! Thank you for your constant prayers, and for your spiritual and financial support of our church and our ministries, it’s very important and we very much appreciate it. We are grateful to God that you are with us during this time!

We took part in an evangelical ministry for refugees yesterday. Our brother Dima (my sister's husband, I talked to you about him) preached to them. In the photos and video, you can see people from different war-damaged regions of Ukraine. They were open to hearing about Christ and God's love. We prayed for them and all refugees received supply packages at the end of the ministry.
VBS for Ukraine Refugee Children
Awesome God! Your generous gifts and support to our friends in Ukraine provided the refugee children with an opportunity to learn about Jesus through Vacation Bible School. These little children have been touched by God’s greatness across the world.
Thank you!

By God’s Grace and the Love of Jesus we join our friends in Ukraine in faithful ministry. Serge Shvets shares “all we have here and all we do here is because of your huge heart. We are so much thanks to you and your church every day! Praise Jesus for your big help to do many people here! A little bit of photos from our shelter and some people who receive food and clothes by post in different parts of Ukraine”
A message from Patrick's friends and brothers in Christ and how we can pray for them:

"We are very busy, because we do two shelters at the same time. Now we have several people which need personal work with. For example, the family - pregnant girl with four children, and her mom has gone to Netherlands, but her father has stayed with us, because he has no passport, and he is citizen of Kazakhstan. So it's hard situation for us, but we already prepared all needed documents, and will send it to Lviv. Many stories like this. We try to do the best we can. And sometimes even more. For example, mom with 11 children and huge amount of baggage asked us for transfer from another city to our shelter, and we agreed with a pleasure, but we have no such big transport, only two little cars so we tried to find and we have find big bus and one more car for them, God makes miracles. Thank your prayers and for your permanent support!"
Pastor Patrick’s dear friend and church leader, Vladimir Vuksta, shared these pictures of the refugees in Ukraine that they have been aiding with the help of your support and prayers. People  in Ukraine stand in line to receive food from their ministry and this week Vladimir purchased food and supplies to deliver a 10th truckload to those in need. Amen! Thank you for sending them this LOVE!
Hello Dear Patrick,
Yesterday and today we sent a truck with food and clothes to Ukraine. These days we are expecting more refugees from Ukraine and more people are forced to leave their home and flee. Please pray for the situation in Ukraine. Please, say HUGE hello and THANK YOU to everyone who offer their money and support to refugees! May God bless you richly!
🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦 This video made by our brothers from Kyiv churches, who serve in one of our shelters. Our ministry support of refugees is shown in it. You also can see which kind of help it requires.

Brothers expressed our gratitude to UMC and along with it to all brothers and sisters and churches who supported us with prayers and finances!
Glory to Christ!!!

  P.S. You can provide support on account of Ukraine UMC. Details will provide in personal message.  We will appreciate your prayers and support.

District Superintendent of Ukraine UMC
Rev. Oleg Starodubets

🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦  We received secondary school in village Onokivci (near Uzghorod) as place for shelter several days ago. It is third place in Transcarpatia for shelter organised by Methodist Church of Ukraine. We started from our churches buildings in Kamyanitsa and Uzghorod. There are more than 60 refuges whom ran away of the war on 4th day of this shelter existance. We meet people at train station, provide them opportunity to rest, to have home meal, necessary clothes.  After several days of hosting them we transport people to the borders with Slovakia, Hungary, Romania. Our brothers and sisters from neighbours countries meet and host many our citizens. Thank you for sacrificial ministry with people in need, brothers and sisters! Thank you for prayers and financial support!

 Oleg Starodubets,  UMC District Superintendent of Ukraine.
Oksana, originally from Kyiv, Ukraine, has fled to the Netherlands with her two little children. Her husband has stayed behind in Western Ukraine and is helping with refugees. Watch this video to learn about the work that they are doing in the refugees center. Thank you for your generous donations. You are making a big impact on the lives of the refugees, who are mostly women and children. The stories are heartbreaking. 
Pastor Patrick spoke with WNCT 9 about the local support Ukraine is receiving. Click the link to see the complete story.
Meet Bila, one brave dog! Bila, together with about 200 other dogs, was rescued from Borodianka town in the Kyiv region which was under Russian occupation for a month. She survived 30 days without food or water in a cage under constant shelling. She is safe now and heading to Poland.
Your support for the people of Ukraine has been a blessing.

We have been able to provide supplies and food and now have received generous donations specifically designated to help animals and pets like Bila. Pastor Patrick has been coordinating the needs of the people in Ukraine who give him constant updates and words of appreciation for all of your support. Thank you!
Pastor Patrick is receiving daily updates from his brothers and sisters in Ukraine and is hearing that your prayers and donations are transforming into the hands and feet of Christ. Olia Kryvytska shared this list of organizations/ministries that your donations are supporting:

Foodbank for refugees in Lviv
The ministry of Genadiy Mokhnenko who helps refugees in Mariupol.
https://www.facebook.com/gennadiy.mokhnenko (link below)

The ministry of Vitaliy Andriyets. He and his team are evacuating and bringing food and medicine to the cities in the east most affected by the war.
https://www.facebook.com/andriets.vitaly (link below)

Dzherelo zhyttia church that is raising money to sew bulletproof vests for those who evacuate people from hot zones and the territorial defense who they bring food and other things that need.
https://www.facebook.com/bodyarmor.ua/ (link below)

The centre that helps people with disabilities
https://gar.org.ua/about-us/ (link below)

Misto Dobra, an organization that is raising money to build housing for children that have become orphans because of this war.
https://misto-dobra.com.ua/english/ (link below)

I am constantly on the lookout for the ministries/NGOs that would need it the most.
Thank you and everyone who has donated and is praying for us!
Donations Supporting Relief Efforts
Photo of some families staying in orphanages in Uzhgorod.
Vladimir Vuksta organized this truck with food and clothes that was sent to Ukraine to their churches in Transcarpathia. This is the 7th truck sent during this month of war. There are 80 refugees from the eastern part of Ukraine. Some stay at the church for a long time, while others stay some days and go to Slovakia or another country in Europe. God Bless you richly!
"I want to thank you for your support, it's so important right now. I want to share good news. Our ministry is expanding and we are glad that we can do more. In two and a half weeks we were able to receive about 450 people. We are infinitely glad that we can help people deal with problems. We help many people settle down abroad, we help many people settle down in Uzhgorod. Yesterday we were able to help displaced people who live in a kindergarten in our village. 31 people live there, many of them are children. We plan to further help them too. We are especially glad that we managed to find helpers for the school kitchen. Prior to this, our chefs worked all the time seven days a week, 12 hours a day. There is still a lot of work ahead, but we believe that everything will work out! After all, we feel God's special blessing on this ministry!"