As the crisis continues in Ukraine, many have asked how we can pray for and support the people who have had to leave their homes and find shelter and support in Poland and other countries. Our hearts break for the people facing these challenging circumstances. SBC has worked closely with the European Leadership Forum (ELF) and their Director, Greg Pritchard, for more than 10 years, and he provided two key suggestion based on updates from his contacts in Ukraine and with the Eastern European Leadership Forum.

  1. Pray fervently, asking God to give wisdom, protection, and help to the people of Ukraine during this turmoil, and to bring His peace.
  2. Help with funding. Many Christians organization are on the ground and at the borders meeting medical and practical needs, including Samaritan’s Purse and others. The Eastern European Leadership Forum has set up a “Christians for Ukraine Network” which engages people in Ukraine (chaplains, pastors, volunteers) who are rescuing people from the danger zones. They also have teams in Poland who are buying communication equipment, medicine and medical supplies, food, clothing, and sleeping bags. Others are transporting resources into Western Ukraine so they can be distributed by Ukrainian Christian leaders.

If you would like to give to this fund, here is a direct link. Thanks for joining us through your prayers and support.

May 3 Update

Three months into the war in Ukraine, foreign nations and the Western world are pledging even more assistance to the people and military forces defending the Ukrainian homeland. People across the globe are opening their homes, welcoming refugees with warm food, school supplies, and summer clothing. The International Criminal Court Prosecutor (ICC) has officially launched an investigation into Russian war crimes in Ukraine with documentation by Human Rights Watch and other organizations. Though the images of burning tanks, destroyed buildings, and flattened towns feel devastating, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke of hope in his Good Friday speech to his nation and the world saying, “But no matter how fierce the battles are, there is no chance for death to defeat life. Everyone knows that. Every Christian knows that.” 

Please continue to join us in supporting and praying for the Ukrainian refugees as they pray for their nation, family members still fighting, and peace to resettle on their land. Contributions from generous donors have helped establish a call center that is organizing relocation services, transportation, and allocation of church donations as well as funded transportation of refugees to Christian homes in Poland and beyond. Every day, hundreds of copies of More Than a Carpenter and the New Testament are being printed in Ukrainian and distributed to those traveling and in need of the uplifting word of Christ. Christians around the world are bringing hope and the light of Christ to many in the darkest time of their lives. Thank you for your continued support and prayers. Their impact has been and will continue to be eternal. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. – John 1:5