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Ministry to Crisis in Ukraine

David Nakhla

In response to Russia's recent invasion of Ukraine, the OPC Committee on Diaconal Ministries has established the "Ukraine Crisis Fund". This fund will be used to support the efforts of OPC missionaries serving in L'viv, Ukraine, as they seek to minister to the thousands of refugees flooding to this western city. This fund will also enable us to come alongside other sister churches in Ukraine and surrounding countries, such as Hungary, Romania, and Poland, who are now receiving refugees.

Given the significant damage and disruption to society caused by the bombing and occupation, it is easy to anticipate significant needs for those who remain, as they face shortages of supplies and/or significant inflation for everyday necessities. Some may face the loss of employment and others may face the tragic loss of loved ones—possibly even their only source of income. Others may be able to welcome internally displaced individuals into their homes, which will add to the financial burden of their households. Whatever the circumstances of those who stay, it is hard to imagine anyone in the country who will escape the impacts of this devastating war.

For those who feel they have no choice but to flee Ukraine—they now face life as a refugee; leaving behind their homes, livelihoods, network of friends, neighbors, relatives, church family, possessions, and the only life and language they knew. Typically, the depth of assistance that is required to re-establish oneself is immense. It often takes decades for a refugee to fully resettle into a new life.

According to last report, our missionaries in L'viv are ok other than being very busy actively receiving and caring for scores of refugees coming into their western city. Know that they covet your prayers for them, the flock in L'viv, those they serve, and for the country of Ukraine that they have grown to love. Please also pray that the Lord would turn the hearts of all involved to the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ.

This is a tremendous opportunity for us to show the love of Christ by ministering to brothers and sisters in Christ and by welcoming the stranger. Although distance will make it difficult for our church to minister mercy directly at this time, we can enable those nearby to do so through our gifts and our prayers.

Gifts to the "Ukraine Crisis Fund" can be made as follows:

Donate by Mail:

Make check payable to "Orthodox Presbyterian Church" and write "Ukraine Crisis Fund" on the check. Mail to:

The Committee on Diaconal Ministries

Orthodox Presbyterian Church

607 Easton Road, Bldg. E.

Willow Grove, PA 19090-2539

Donate Online:

Visit Give.OPC.org and donate in the Ukraine Crisis Fund window.

To stay updated, go to our website: OPCDisasterResponse.org.

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