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You may have heard the news this morning (February 24, 2022) that Russia has invaded Ukraine. Over a dozen of cities are being bombed. Food shortages. ATM's out of cash. People fleeing. Martial law. War.

We received the following communication from one of our partners who is on the ground in Kyiv:

The pain of the local people is enormous. They do not show fear or despair, but anxiety about the unknown. They are well aware that their military strength can’t match that of Russia... Still, they will not surrender without a fight because of their solid national feeling and desire to defend themselves. People are preparing for war.

As I was writing this report, a new explosion was heard nearby. It turned out that a military base was attacked, and six soldiers were killed. They had just warned all residents to be ready for a bomb attack, and Misha began preparing the office's basement in case we have to hide here.

During a Russian occupation, Ukrainians will automatically become second-class citizens again like they were during the Soviet era. Russia will implement its rule over Ukraine. Russian ideology will have to be accepted.

The first time I went to the Ukraine, I fell in love with it. Ukrainians are warm, hospitable people and are very receptive to the Gospel. Our partners there, led by Misha, are exceptional. Please intercede for the people of Ukraine. May peace prevail. May this conflict end. Thank you for your prayers and support during this time of crisis.

Serving our Lord with you,

Bob Craft

 

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Update (5/16/22)

Thanks to Reach A Village partners in Moldova, ministry efforts continue for Ukrainian refugees in that region. Food has been purchased to deliver to churches housing refugees in Ukraine. Our ministry partners risk their own personal safety to deliver this food, knowing how desperately it is needed. One church planting partner is taking care of 30 refugees from Odessa. He is able to provide children’s Bibles to help refugee parents share the Gospel message with their children.

Moldova update 5 A Moldova update 5 BSome refugees are coming to faith in Jesus as they experience the love and care provided by Reach A Village ministry partners during this horrific time. They are truly studying the Bible and receiving copies of the Bible in a language and translation they can easily understand. We even heard the testimony of one young teenager who accepted Jesus as her Savior and immediately began teaching Bible lessons to the younger refugee children in the village she was in. Thank you for helping to make this ministry possible with your faithful and generous support. Your gifts and prayers help us share God’s love with those who are suffering.

UPDATE (4/19/22)

It has been over 50 days now since the war in Ukraine began. Thousands have died, over 4 million people have fled the country as refugees, and widespread bombings and attacks have destroyed thousands of homes, schools, and medical facilities. Apart from the loss of human life, survivors also find their lives destroyed by family separation, homelessness, financial ruin, unemployment, mental health concerns including PTSD, and lack of church support for so many. In this dark time, Reach A Village partners have truly acted with love and compassion to help ease the suffering of the Ukrainian people.

Update 3A Update 3BIn Ukraine, church planters voluntarily risk their lives to transport refugees from war zones to safer places. Said one volunteer church planter “This war is like a test of our readiness to sacrifice ourselves and serve others.” Our wonderful partners are passing the test with flying colors. Some provide food, lodging, and transportation westward for the steady flow of refugees. They also teach the people how to pray and provide cards with the Lord’s Prayer and a prayer of repentance in the Ukrainian language. There have thankfully been many testimonies of people being saved and protected through the power of prayer. At least 30 people from one refugee center have accepted Jesus as Lord and are now attending church. Another church planter visits smaller churches, providing them with much need supplies, training, and encouragement. Our Ukrainian partners send their sincere thanks to all those who have offered prayer or financial support.

Update 3CUpdate 3D

Reach A Village partners in Bulgaria continue to offer shelter and support for many refugees. They find joy in helping Ukrainians slowly regain a sense of security by finding homes and jobs and learning the Bulgarian language so they can better adapt to a new land. Our partners here also support other ministries in providing humanitarian aid.

In Moldova, partners continue to help by providing financial assistance and Christian literature to meet the physical and spiritual needs of refugees. The flow of refugees into this country has mostly stopped for now, but many remain who came earlier in the war, often living in churches.

Romanian partners also assist in efforts to supply Christian literature. 30,000 copies of the Gospel of John have already been distributed, and soon another 20,000 copies will be printed. 20,000 New Testaments are also being printed in the Ukrainian language. Many of these resources will be provided to some of the nearly 50,000 refugees in Lithuania. Reach A Village partners there work with local churches to provide care and ministry for these refugees.

Please continue praying for an end to this devastating war. Pray for protection for each person in harm’s way, for our ministry partners to have the perseverance to keep serving others, and for the physical and spiritual needs of the refugees to be met. Thank you for your partnership with us in the Gospel. Together we are the body of Christ, the hands and feet of Jesus on this earth.

UPDATE (3/23/22)

In Cherkasy, Ukraine, a Reach A Village ministry partner cares for refugees in his missionary center and helps support many others staying in the homes of believers across the city. He prepares daily Bible studies to minister to them both virtually and in person. Funds provided by Reach A Village are also supporting 8 other missionaries who are also caring for refugees. This funding helps provide food, shelter, and medicine along with Bible study materials. Many have already accepted Jesus as their Savior!

Sadly, three Evangelical Bible schools in Ukraine have been destroyed, including one in the city of Irpin that was hit with 30 bombs. Thankfully, no one was killed in that horrific attack. In Kyiv, the lack of food and rising prices for all basic necessities is making day-to-day living increasingly difficult. Christian literature from our ministry partner in Kyiv is being distributed to refugees in multiple cities throughout Ukraine.

Ukraine photo2Our ministry partners in Moldova serve the refugees by providing transportation from the border to shelters or other checkpoints. They prepare food to refresh and nourish them on their journey. Meeting basic needs and providing the children with simple gifts bring smiles and hope even amid their suffering. Our partners in Moldova and Romania also supply Christian literature and scriptures, including 30,000 copies of the Gospel of John, for the refugees.

Ministry partners in Poland are also actively involved in caring for refugees. Over 2 million people have arrived in Poland from Ukraine since the war started. Our ministry partners have welcomed refugees into their homes, provided transportation, and sent supplies into Ukraine to help meet the needs there. These efforts are made possible because of the generosity of our wonderful donors and friends. Thank you for your faithfulness. You are making an incredible impact.

UPDATE (3/11/22):

One of our ministry partners in central Ukraine continues to receive many refugees at his ministry center. Fifteen families arrived and were accommodated at the center and in the homes of church families. With funds that were sent last week, he was able to purchase much needed food and necessities.

In Moldova, our partners are helping refugees in five locations - four close to the border and the fifth is at the national office in the capital, Chisinau. They are helping to provide fuel to help refugees move from the border to refugee centers. Volunteers are providing food and helping to provide other necessities, such as medicine, diapers and baby food. They are also providing Scripture materials.

IMG 20220314 165727Our ministry partners in Romania will print 30,000 copies of the Gospel of John and 10,000 New Testaments in the Ukrainian language. One partner is hosting 30 refugees and another is accommodating 40.

In Poland, our partners have purchased essential hygiene products and have provided funds to small churches along the border. They have translated some of their Scripture materials into Ukrainian in order to print and provide them to refugees.

When one of our ministry in central Ukraine heard that funds were being sent, he said, "I'm crying considering the goodness of the Lord." Thank you for your support during this time of crisis, and may the Lord bless you!