Ukraine Crisis Update: April 19, 2022
When Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb 24 of this year, Baptists on Mission began mobilizing immediately. Currently we’re working with refugees in Poland, Moldova, Hungary and inside Ukraine with internally displaced people, particularly in the western part of Ukraine. We’ve had a long history of involvement in Eastern Europe and this has opened doors for us to minister across the region right now during the Ukraine war crisis.
From 1989-1993, NC Baptists had a partnership in Poland. NC Baptists built the seminary located just outside of Warsaw which is now being used to house Ukraine refugees and we are sending teams every week for the next 8 weeks. Those teams are also staying and working at the seminary. We also have teams working at other locations.
Starting May 1, 2022 we will begin sending a weekly team of volunteers to work at the refugee center just outside of Chisinau - helping in the kitchen, helping with laundry, providing children's ministries, and general cleaning. NC Baptists have had a partnership with Moldova Baptists for the past 10+ years. Because of these relationships Moldova Baptists have asked us to help them with their refugee center which is housing about 300 refugees. These refugees – mostly women and children – can come at short notice. Some stay for a few days and then move further into Europe. Others are beginning to stay for longer periods, hoping to return home when it is safe to do so.
Since 2008 we’ve been working in Hungary, Romania and Ukraine with a partner organization, Hungarian Baptist Aid (HBAid) and we are now assisting their relief work brought about by the war. Volunteers are working near the border assisting refugees who are crossing into Hungary. They provide hot meals and daily supplies as well as prepare sleeping arrangements for up to 60 people.
We are also working at a warehouse owned by Hungarian Baptist Aid as well as schools they operate which are providing housing for refugees. Working with HBAid, NC volunteers are also helping with temporary housing for displaced families and providing food and essential supplies to families escaping Ukraine and going into Hungary.
From 1994-2000, NC Baptists had a full partnership with Ukraine Baptists. Now we are working with the Ukraine Baptist Union as well as the Lviv Seminary (UBTS). We are working to send funds to purchase food that is being taken into central and eastern Ukraine to feed people who are being housed in Baptist churches in the war zones. Baptists on Mission has sent funds to help purchase food, medical and baby supplies as well as hygiene items. Our partners, House of Hope, gather items and then provide them to Baptist churches who take them into the actual war zone to offer relief to people who have nowhere else to turn. Our hope is to have a long term partnership in Ukraine once the war has ended.
There are many different ways you can help those suffering from the conflict in Ukraine. Consider donating to one of the organizations below:
1) Baptist on Mission
On faith, we have committed to sending a significant amount of funds to assist people in the region. The funds will be used for initiatives such as food and other assistance especially for displaced Ukrainians. Your gifts to Baptists on Mission will provide non-perishable food, toiletries, sleeping bags, mattresses, blankets and other essential needs for temporary housing.
2) Southeastern/Ukraine Partnership Foundation
The Ukrainian Baptist Theological Seminary educates and inspires students to share the Gospel throughout Ukraine and Eastern Europe and equips them to lead and serve in local churches.
3) American Red Cross
4) International Mission Board
Through Send Relief, IMB personnel and their local partners are actively ministering to Ukrainians escaping the escalating war.
100% of your gift is used to provide emergency supplies, water, shelter and clothing and show the love of Christ in practical ways.