Updated October 19, 2023
Our God has a tender heart for the hurting people of this world. World Relief equips BMM missionaries and our trusted contacts to deliver gospel-focused relief to those in need. Read updates about our ongoing efforts in India, an Asian Creative Access Nation, Ukraine, and Turkey-Syria. With so many current needs, your gifts are greatly appreciated by us and especially by those being helped.
Slovakia missionaries Don and LeAnne Waite returned September 19 from their most recent relief trip into Ukraine. The details are similar to other trips, but the impact is never routine. Working in partnership with trusted Ukrainian believers, the Waites are helping people deeply affected by the war. Supplies given through World Relief have met not only physical needs but have also brought new people into God's family.
The Waites' Ukrainian partners have given out audio Bibles and assisted with practical supplies. As a result, they have very open opportunities to talk about Christ. Leonid and Natasha are a Ukrainian couple that the Waites have helped on an ongoing basis. During their September trip, Don and LeAnne brought them three boxes of food and two large bags of dishwasher tabs. Natasha often runs her dishwasher four times per day to care for the refugees they host in their home. Since the early months of the war, this couple has hosted about 200 internally displaced Ukrainians. Leonid and Natasha were nearly ready to give up the ministry because of its difficulty, but the Waites' partnership has sustained them physically and emotionally in the stress of war-time ministry. During the summer, 16 people were saved and baptized through the studies that Leonid and Natasha hold.
Another national couple, Vova and Laura, recently hosted a three-day weekend retreat for eight others who heard the gospel each night. These eight now regularly attend their Bible studies.
Our Ukrainian brothers and sisters in Christ have suffered much, and several churches have lost young men in the war. Through your help they persevere using World Relief funds to meet physical needs, resulting in spiritual open doors.
Although the war in Ukraine has mostly cycled out of the news, the needs and gospel opportunities are just as great as ever. Please consider giving toward this ministry. Your gifts will truly have an eternal impact.
In May, tribal violence targeting Christians has torn into a region of India with historic BMM connections. Nearly 30 villages and 25 churches were burned down, leaving the Christians unprotected and living in fear.
The Christians of India urgently ask for prayer for peace between the two tribes and that God will comfort families affected. Through World Relief funds, the Christians of India are providing for these needs. A hospital started by BMM missionaries nearly 100 years ago has been equipped to hold free medical health clinics for 150 refugees and poor and needy people in their community.
For years, ongoing civil war has ripped apart an Asian Creative Access Nation, a country where our missionaries have conducted Bible translation and literacy ministry for years. This year the war has been intensifying. Fighting occurs daily in villages, and people's homes are being burned down. Many ethnic minorities have been killed. Those who survive have fled their homes to live in the forest, where there are no amenities. Others from their tribe have relocated to neighboring countries for safety.
Our extensive contacts in this nation are helping persecuted ethnic minorities, a large number of whom are Christians. At risk to their own lives, our contacts have assisted many families, widows, and other individuals with packages of rice, noodles, beans, salt, and cooking oil. Others receive money for medicine, dialysis, or repairs on homes that were burned. The need is great for additional food, medicine, blankets, and tarps to make temporary homes.
Although up to 90 percent of the persecuted peoples adhere to Christianity, there are still people to be reached. Pastors who receive World Relief funds incorporate evangelistic efforts into their distributions. Last summer, children’s camps were held, and nearly 300 kids received nutritious food and the gospel message. Forty-one children received Christ as Savior. One of our contacts wrote, “Every single pastor who distributed the funds expressed to me how thankful they and their people have been to our missionaries for their help.
Through contacts with trusted partners, BMM World Relief is helping those devastated by the tragic earthquake in Turkey-Syria. Your gifts will provide essential supplies and services and will be distributed by those representing Jesus Christ in this spiritually needy region.
God never brings suffering without a desire to lead people to salvation or to cause His believers to grow. He is using our missionary teams in these pivotal locations to be a living testimony of His compassion to hurting people. Your gift to World Relief equips them to bring God’s light into their darkness.
Give to World Relief through our Projects page (choose #4).
To give by mail, make checks out to Baptist Mid-Missions Foundation with “World Relief” in the memo line. Mail to:
PO Box 308011
Cleveland, OH 44130-8011
To give by credit card over the phone, call 440-826-3930
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Our goal is to be ready to bring relief both to Christians and to unsaved people that the Lord wants to touch with the gospel. We honor your contributions by using them to the fullest extent to help those for whom they are given, and for accountability our missionaries send us detailed reports of their use of World Relief funds.
Please keep our missionaries in prayer for wisdom and endurance in their efforts. They want to effectively provide for and comfort the hurting, even while balancing existing ministries in their already-busy schedules.
Thank you for helping us help others in the name of Christ.