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SELCU Pastors Serving Ukrainians
Since March 2022, Lutheran Church Charities has been working cooperatively with pastors of the Synod of Evangelical Lutheran Churches in Ukraine (SELCU) to provide humanitarian relief which combines the clear proclamation of the gospel.
It is estimated that since the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, more than half of Ukraine's 44 million populace has either left the country as refugees or become internally displaced persons within the country.
At approximately 2:00 a.m. on Sunday morning, September 11, a Russian missile destroyed apartment homes in the city of Nikolaev that are located only about 100 meters from the church facility of the Synod of Evangelical Lutheran Churches in Ukraine. The church itself suffered minor damage.
The Rev. Aleksiy Navrotskyy is the pastor of the SELCU congregation in Nikolaev. He is a full-time missionary of the Lutheran Church-Canada serving in Ukraine who currently resides in Odessa but makes weekly visits to the besieged city of Nikolaev. The images of the destruction again demonstrate the ongoing needs of our brothers and sisters in Ukraine in the midst of a seemingly never-ending war.
The plan is for Pastors Navrotskyy and Oleg Schewtschenko, Pastor of the SELCU congregation in Odessa, to travel to Nikolaev as quickly as possible in order to assist the community.
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