Ukraine MB Church Relief Fund

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Mennonite Brethren brothers & sisters caught in the crisis in Ukraine need our help.

The Ukraine MB Church Relief Fund, established by MB Foundation, provides emergency relief and refugee assistance to the Association of MB Churches in Ukraine (AMBCU). The association includes 24 churches and 5 church plants.

DISTRIBUTIONS

TOTALING $199,500 as of 04.29.2022

AMBCU’s council determines when distributions are most beneficial. The funds provide them the opportunity to work efficiently and meet expenses due to evacuation, feeding people, equipping places for refugees, car repairs, and meeting other essential needs.

April 29, 2022  –  $25,000 sent for use by AMBCU for emergency relief and refuge assistance.

April 8, 2022  –  $40,000 sent for use by AMBCU.
Response from AMBCU:   “Thank you very much for the food resources, this amount will be spent on 40 tons of food from which food packages will be packed and sent to 8 areas of our ministries. We rented a warehouse near the city of Mukachevo in which a team of Christians from the Mennonite churches of Berdyansk and Zaporozhye, about 20 of them, will pack these boxes and send them to 8 ministries of our association where people need food. We want to pack more than 4,000 food parcels ICare per month because the need for food is huge.”

March 25, 2022  –  $40,000 sent for use by AMBCU.

March 17, 2022  –  $45,000 sent to AMBCU for the purchase of 3 vans to transport food, supplies and people.
Response from AMBCU:    “This is the answer to our prayers. We will try and buy the best cars we can find.  Thank you!”

 

March 9, 2022  –  $49,500  sent for use by AMBCU.
Response from AMBCU:    “We are sending the funds to occupied areas, buying essentials for people in need, fueling cars for evacuation of people. Three cars are now moving people out from there and going back, packed with relief. We’re trying to help people cross the border of Ukraine by communicating with churches of Lithuania, Germany and Hungary. We have many expenses regarding vehicle services and we are lacking cars. We are capable of sending money to occupied areas; however supplies are expensive and limited. Any funds are incredibly helpful for them. Praise God and thanks so much for your help. You enable us to be helpful for people who are lost in this crisis.”

Your Help is Needed

Your donation helps to meet the urgent needs of our brothers and sisters in Ukraine.

04.10.2022  AMBCU

  • Pray for safety. We are expecting a second wave of Russian offensive from Donetsk and therefore we are taking our churches out of this region. Over the past 5 days, we have taken out more than 200 people, these are women and children from the Donetsk region, whom we are now trying to place in other cities of Ukraine or send them abroad. The Russian army in some places is located about 10 km from Zaporozhye and therefore we are preparing the evacuation of all the ministers of our churches who are still in the city.
  • Praise that more than 30 people from the churches of Berdyansk and Balkove left the occupied territories and today are safe in Ukraine and Lithuania, some of them are in Mukachevo.
  • Praise for funds to help purchase 40 tons of food to be packed and distributed by a team from Mennonite churches.
  • Praise for the purchase of two minibusses that will transport supplies and evacuees.

03.22.2022  AMBCU

  • Pray for families wanting to evacuate as they choose between longer but safer routes or main highways that may be more dangerous but help them reach security faster.
  • Pray for AMBCU churches as they provide overnight accommodations, treat the wounded, give psychological counseling, and help refugees look for ways to move further from the frontlines.
  • People who escaped the shelling are disorientated and have problems navigating.  Pray for Christians who are trying to notice such lost people, giving them a hand, sharing fuel (despite having a limited amount of it themselves), providing spiritual counseling, or driving them to the place where they can eat, take a shower, and rest overnight. They are doing their utmost to be a reflection of the love of Christ for everyone who needs it.

03.16.2022  Requests from MB Pastor

  • Pray for families that are separated as many women and children are in Europe and husbands stay in Ukraine.
  • Pray that children will be safe from possible psychological issues due to the war.
  • Pray for V., a member of the work team in western Ukraine, as she was hospitalized yesterday due to an illness.
  • Pray for healthy working relationships among team members who deal with the stress of meeting needs.

03.09.2022  Pastors on the frontlines share requests during a zoom meeting:

  • One pastor made the trip by vehicle from the east to the west bringing church members to safety.  A 48 hour trip due to the traffic congestion and military activity.  He is heading back now with a car full of supplies.  Pray for his protection, for his automobile and for the ability to find fuel.  Pray for a newer and larger vehicle so he can transport more goods and people at a time.
  • Pray for one of our leaders that chose to stay in the city and is serving meals out of the bombshelter in the building where their church is.  He has been serving up to 100 people at a time, offering physical and spiritual food.
  • Pray for the children that they are able to stay strong and deal with the horror.
  • Pray for courage as people are very afraid of potential radiation.
  • Pray for unity among all the churches as they work together to serve Ukraine.

03.07.2022  Most of the $24,500 already sent out from the Ukraine MB Church Relief Fund is being directed to MB churches surrounded by the Russian military and cut off from the rest. Pray for the people receiving the funds and that their needs will be met.

03.04.2022  Pastors on the frontlines share their experiences during a zoom meeting:

  • involved with evacuating wounded and delivering aid while his family has lived in a bomb shelter for 7 days
  • taking aid to other cities, apartment buildings are attacked, everyone is sharing from what they have
  • two church communities are cut off because of Russian occupation
  • cost of potatoes has increased over 450% in two weeks, funds are low to purchase essentials
  • praying for protection and that people’s fear will lead to an openness to God

03.01.2022  There are 60-70 MBs who have gathered in a location on the western side.  Local believers are providing shelter but funds are needed to provide ongoing support. A number of children were evacuated out of Donbas.  When the fighting became intense, they had to take shelter and have ended up in an MB church that is now providing refuge and care to these children.  Funds are needed to assist this church in this effort.

02.28.2022 “Friends. We are under occupation. The city was taken. The situation is very bad. There are no resources for the purchase of water, food, essentials, medicines, fuel … In general, everything is needed. …help if you can. Thank you all!! And may God protect us all!”

02.25.2022 “A group from one of our churches, around 20 people, are headed west. It still is a very long road ahead of them and they might spend the night (because it’s getting late there now) in a city on their way. There are BIG traffic jams on the roads, especially more in the west. Many people are trying to leave the country and it’s their only way to escape. Pray for their safety. Pray for clear guidance to know where to go and for the Lord to prepare a place for them. This is an unbelievably horrible situation, absolutely heartbreaking…”

Mennonite Brethren pastors and churches in Ukraine need emergency relief and refugee assistance. Support the people of Ukraine in your prayers and with your finances.