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Ukraine receives 100M pounds of food from Franklin Graham’s ministry

Samaritan’s Purse, known as Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s (BGEA) Christian humanitarian division, has reported that it has sent over 100 million pound of food to Ukraine. The organization has also announced that it continues to provide 1.4 million pounds of food per week to the war-stricken country. The organization’s president, Franklin Graham, has visited the country twice since the start of the war and may visit again in January.

CBN News reports:

Samaritan’s Purse, the Christian humanitarian arm of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA), has announced it has reached a major milestone by distributing more than 100 million pounds (totaling 45,000 metric tons) of food in Ukraine.

In addition, the international relief organization led by Franklin Graham, reports it continues to import 1.4 million pounds of food weekly into the war-torn country.

Graham has visited Ukraine twice since the conflict began, and he is hoping to return sometime in January. In a statement, he explained the reason for the overwhelming need for food.

People in parts of Ukraine which are severely impacted by the war, do not have access to food as the stores are closed. Samaritan’s Purse has engaged in providing food in those areas through the help of local churches.

In dangerous areas, stores and shops have closed, leaving no way for people to buy food. Samaritan’s Purse is distributing food through a network of churches across Ukraine.

One of the ministry’s partners described the current situation in Odessa and Khersonska.

“Food assistance is very necessary because shops do not work in the villages. The roads are very bad, there are no buses for local residents to go somewhere to find food,” the partner said. “The transportation was destroyed by the war. Many people {have been} without money, electricity, water, and gas almost from the first days of the war. In villages that were under occupation, the food stocks that were in the houses have already run out or have been taken from them.”

These food distributions provide opportunities for spiritual ministry too.

“It is good that people receive not only food but also love, care, and counseling. Most people are open to God. Since the war, {people} have united to love and care for their neighbors,” the partner explained. “The war has changed people, and they are more open to hearing about God. Everyone knows that the church is always open for communication, overnight stays, and food.”

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