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Mission seeks to aid civilians amidst harsh winter, falling bombs

The Ukrainian winter can be harsh, doubly so when paired with the realities of war. A non-profit Christian organization, A Jesus Mission, is sending its representatives to Ukraine to help residents deal with those realities as the colder seasons set in.

Earlier this week, more than 40 Russian missiles were unleashed on Ukraine, apparently aimed at the country’s crucial infrastructure. As a result, eight percent of residents in Kyiv do not have access to water and a large number of them do not have electricity. CBN News reports:

Rolling blackouts are hitting Ukraine’s capital for the first time since the beginning of the war. Here at the city’s largest power plant, technicians are working day and night to repair the system, under constant threat of renewed attacks by the Russians.

Kyiv District Mayor Dmitro Ratnikov told us, “There was not a single military object among the targets, not one! The enemy wants ordinary citizens to have neither water nor light nor heat – to watch them freeze in front of the whole world.”

American missionaries from A Jesus Mission are distributing necessary items to remote villages located near front lines. Despite the danger of potential exposure to combat action, the volunteers are taking supplies by van into active war zones. For them, their calling is much more important than thinking about the risks.

Tyler Ryals with A Jesus Mission said, “All the normal things that they could count on for winter, that’s all been disrupted. And so it’s going to be very difficult for a lot of people to survive this winter.”

These American missionaries are stepping into the gap with a fleet of vans to distribute aid to remote villages near the front lines.

“A couple of us got a harebrained idea and said, ‘Hey, let’s buy some vans and see what happens.’ And now we have seven vans and we’ve had 40 drivers come out so far and it’s been awesome,” Tyler said.

“I’m a nobody, we’re nobodies. We don’t have qualifications, we’re just trying to fill that gap however we can, with food, water and wood stoves.”

Driving supplies into an active war zone carries a hefty amount of risk, but these volunteers say their calling is greater than the danger.

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