Since early March of this year, we have been empowering Ukrainian pastors and utilizing their connections to deliver food and medical aid where it's needed most. This has been a very effective approach. The local pastors are in tune with the needs of their communities and can ensure distribution safely and quickly.
We have a two pronged approach to aid distribution. We utilize our warehouse to receive bulk shipments of grain, canned goods, cooking oil, sugar and salt. A large portion of these shipments get broken down into 3-5 ton shipments that we deliver to churches near the front lines.
Second, the local pastors then break the shipment down into family sized bags for distribution.
In one example, our partners at Praise Church - Odessa stay busy serving the ever-growing population of refugees that continue to arrive from cities in the east of Ukraine.
Pastor Kozachenko shared with us that on average 400+ new refugee families register to receive food and aid each week. All are interviewed directly, and the Gospel is presented. It's hard to convey the excitement in the Pastor's voice when he shared that almost every time they receive Jesus!
The Church is bursting at the seams, but the needs continue to increase. We declare Philippians 4:19 over all these things, and for all these people! Our God shall supply all their needs!
How can you help?
Over the past few weeks, Russia's missile and drone attacks have managed to destroy almost 50 percent of the country's power grid. With a cold and bloody winter approaching, we are expecting the needs to compound. We need financial support for fuel costs and vehicle repair so we can continue, and hopefully expand, our food distribution programs.
We need funds to buy things specifically to help people survive the freezing weather. Items like small wood stoves, stove fuel, winter clothes, hygiene kits, water filtration units and generators are going to be in extreme demand.
How can you help?
See this post on how you can join one of our future TenMen teams as a volunteer and travel to Ukraine as a representative of your church.
If circumstances don't allow for you to make the trip, you can partner with us here.
When you partner with us, your support directly impacts people's lives on the ground. We are so thankful for you and would ask that you continue to pray for the work here.