Updated September 7, 2022
With ongoing needs among relocated Ukrainians and those still in the country, our missionaries continue to juggle their own church responsibilities with periodic trips to shop and transport goods. Your contributions to World Relief are meeting significant needs as Ukrainians are still in need of basis necessities. Please pray that God will keep our missionaries strong and refreshed as they meet these needs and that He will provide funds for as long as the needs exist.
“All this was ﬁnanced not by our churches, but by our brothers and sisters from America through the World Relief Fund that was opened in BMM. We wouldn't be able to do it on our own. It takes around $2,000 per month just for car repairs and fuel. The income of the church decreased due to the fact that many have lost their jobs. So, there was no way the church would be able to aﬀord this ministry without the help of our brothers and sisters from America.”
Taken from the September 7 prayer letter of our BMM missionaries with contacts in Ukraine:
I know it can be wearying to hear more updates on Ukraine, but we have to keep in mind that the Ukrainians are getting worn out from the war. It's certainly raging on. Our contact in Ukraine, Pastor Igor, said he noticed the road to the Kyiv airport is now being used for military purposes, which probably means they are getting ready for something. Belarus, whose southern border is less than 3 hours from Kyiv, is definitely poised for the attack. Ukraine certainly needs our continued PRAYERS, so thanks for praying!
Pastor Igor finds himself torn between wanting to help his church people, who are preparing for what will probably be a brutal winter, and wanting to help those in war-torn eastern Ukraine. He recently found a solution that would prepare to help them when they urgently need it but yet keep all funds focused on the east. PRAY for Igor to have wisdom in the distribution of the funds and for him to have strength as he bears so much on his shoulders. He ordered 19 truckloads of wood (100% has to be given as a down payment) but only one has been delivered so far—and the order was placed a few weeks ago. PRAY that this company will deliver with integrity!
Baptist Mid-Missions is putting together a new fundraising video, and Pastor Igor sent us a 2-minute testimony to be included in the video [will be posted on the BMM website when ready]. BMM's funds for Ukraine will dry up before winter comes unless more money is received.
Thanking you for joining us in prayer.
If you want to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that your gifts to World Relief are making a difference among Ukrainians, you have to read this article—Ukrainians in Their Own Words. It was written by Ukrainians still living within their homeland and ministering to those fleeing the fighting. Our brothers and sisters in Christ have taken great courage and are traveling into war-torn areas with both food and the gospel—and people are responding.
One of the men serving in this way said, “People in that area are close to death, so they listen to the gospel very attentively, and they ask for Bibles, especially large print and children's Bibles. People read the Word of God and pray, and soldiers do too. That’s why this ministry is so important! People can die at any moment, so they start thinking about eternal things." We can't say it enough: your gifts matter
Watch a video showing some of the relief efforts (Note: one of the scenes shows the team witnessing to Orthodox Ukrainians who cross themselves after hearing the gospel):
Ministry within Ukraine
Our missionaries with contacts inside Ukraine report that World Relief funds are still being used for urgent humanitarian needs and to help Ukrainians prepare for winter. The 2022–2023 winter in Ukraine is expected to be one of the hardest ever, so funds are helping believers stockpile wood and to temporarily patch up homes. Because the believers will have heated homes, they'll be able to help unbelievers, especially refugees. The pastor distributing the funds had planned to organize teams to rebuild homes, but the current situation is too dangerous to begin that work.
The pastor is partnering with another pastor in eastern Ukraine who takes food and the gospel to the elderly and disabled. He's conducting VBSes in the villages to bring the gospel for children who are war-traumatized. Our missionaries' pastoral contact also connected with a woman who is fostering 12 children, some of whom are war orphans. Because of a painful personal situation, the woman had lost her faith in God. As the pastor and his team helped her with a washing machine and a better water source, she began to see God's presence in her life again. The pastor wants to hold church services in her home as a way to reach her and the children, most of whom are teens.
Ukrainian and Russian Bibles located
Our Slovakia team found a large supply of Ukrainian and Russian Bibles, devotionals, and Bible coloring books. They have taken them to refugees housed by the church in Poland that the Slovakia team has been helping. The pastor of the church recently requested more Bibles.
In a village near where our Slovakia team serves, a church requested food for the Ukrainian women and children they are housing. (After several months, interest has dropped off among the partners who had been helping this group.) Our Slovakia missionaries took groceries to the women and children. Five of the ladies and about seven children came to church the next Sunday. Several had arrived into Slovakia only the day before after having traveled seven days from eastern Ukraine. Our missionaries plan to visit the house again.
Our Slovakia team has been delivering supplies to a missionary couple serving Ukrainians from the Romania border. This couple coordinates vanloads of supplies to be delivered to their own church in Ukraine and to those who fled eastern Ukraine.
Our Slovakia missionaries described the large amount of relief supplies they have delivered as “a drop in the bucket.” Providing just basic necessities for so many people is a massive undertaking, and we are already looking toward the needs Ukrainians will have in rebuilding churches and homes.
God has our missionary teams in these pivotal locations to be a living testimony of God’s compassion to hurting Ukrainians. 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 Ukraine” in the memo line. Mail to:
PO Box 308011
Cleveland, OH 44130-8011
Count on us
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 through this war. 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 refugees, even while balancing existing ministries in their already-busy schedules.
Thank you for helping us help others in the name of Christ.
The Protestant Reformation revitalized the Church in Europe, inspiring many of history’s greatest mission efforts. Today Postmodernism has sheared the hearts of Europeans away from Christianity. Islam is making strong inroads as well. The time is ripe for a new generation of missionaries to restore the gospel of Christ to Europe.