A number of Christian humanitarian groups have come to the aid of churches and civilians in Ukraine amidst the Russian invasion of its eastern neighbor.
The human rights chief of the United Nations has reported that in less than a week since the invasion, hundreds of civilians have been wounded and more than a hundred killed. While local churches in Ukraine are providing emergency supplies and shelter to the civilians, international Christian aid groups are attempting to support the churches in their humanitarian endeavor in this situation of crisis.
Christian Headlines reports:
Multiple Christian humanitarian aid groups have launched relief efforts for churches in Ukraine amid Russia’s invasion of the eastern European nation.
The Slavic Gospel Association (SGA), a U.S.-based Christian group in Illinois, is currently working to support Ukrainian churches as some Christians shelter in place amid shelling by Russian forces.
“We have a very urgent situation, I beg you to understand, we are again sitting in the basement with children under the howl of sirens. I don’t know how it will be tomorrow, we got groceries, and we are distributing them,” the group quoted an SGA-supported pastor in a tweet on Saturday.
Erick Mock, SGA’s vice president of ministry operations, shared that the group is working to send supplies to churches in Ukraine.
“While others are fleeing, local churches are engaging to provide food, winter clothes, blankets and medicines for thousands of at-risk people, including orphans, abandoned children with special needs, the elderly, those uprooted by the conflict, and marginalized ethnic groups,” Mock said in a statement shared with The Christian Post.
He added that Ukrainian churches are “bravely rushing to help those in need right now. They’re unstoppable in the face of this crisis.”
According to The Christian Post, SGA, established in 1934, is ready to provide 175,000 meals through its partnership with over 2,300 Ukrainian and Russian pastors and more than 40 churches in Eastern Ukraine, where the conflict is most prominent.
The Christian humanitarian group Samaritan’s Purse sent specialists in disaster response to neighboring countries of Ukraine to check how relief attempts can be administered from surrounding countries.
Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian international humanitarian aid group led by evangelist Franklin Graham, recently deployed disaster response specialists to Poland and Romania to see how the organization can provide emergency relief to Ukraine from the neighboring countries.
“Samaritan’s Purse has been closely monitoring the situation in Ukraine for weeks,” Graham said in a statement. “We have deployed members of our Disaster Assistance Response Team to surrounding countries and are standing ready to help meet emergency needs resulting from the crisis. Please join me in praying for the people of Ukraine and for this conflict to end quickly.”
The organization is currently working toward providing more than 600,000 gift-filled Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes for children through its partnership with over 3,000 churches across Ukraine and ministry partners.
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