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SELCU Pastors Serving Ukrainians
Working through LCC staff member Rev. Larry Myers, below is an update from the Synod of Evangelical Lutheran Churches in Ukraine (SELCU) pastors, thanking LCC donors for your financial support and prayers.
We continue to receive detailed updates from SELCU pastors sharing how your donations are critical to helping them serve the physical and spiritual needs of those they serve.
Oleksiy Navrotskyy (SELCU pastor)
SELCU Pastor Oleksiy Navrotskyy made the dangerous trip from Odessa to Mykolaiv to be with his congregation there during the last days of Holy Week and for the celebration of Easter. He reports the following:
“I was extremely busy for the last few days. I was in Mykolaiv for four days. My congregation is located in Mykolaiv (a city of 500,000 citizens). The city is located 40 km from the front line. Being in Mykolaiv you may hear artillery shooting all the time (in the distance). Mykolaiv city is under a ‘dry blockade’ at the moment because of the Russians. Russians broke the water [pipe] from the Dnieper River which feeds the city with water, and [they] do not let Ukrainians fix it. So there is no water in the city water system at all .... for ten days already. The municipality, army, and volunteers deliver water to the citizens in the cars and trucks. New wells are dug everywhere. We (our church) also deliver water daily to the people of the area surrounding our church.
Sergiu Trifa (son of Rev. Sorin-Horia Trifa, Romania)
Sergiu Trifa (kneeling) is the son of the Rev. Sorin-Horia Trifa, pastor of the Confessional Lutheran Church of Romania. Sergiu lives in Bucharest and is coordinating the purchasing and shipping of items to SELCU pastors in Ukraine on behalf of Lutheran Church Charities. The pastors let him know what is needed, and he makes the arrangements.
SELCU Pastor Oleg Schewtschenko helps unload the first shipment sent by bus of much-needed items from LCC’s coordinator, Sergiu Trifa, in Romania. The main bridge to Odessa has been blocked and bombed so that was a difficult morning, but they crossed over, and everything moved forward.
Oleg Schewtschenko (SELCU pastor)
SELCU Bishop Alexander Yurchenko and Odessa Pastor Oleg Schewtschenko sort medical supplies for assembling first aid kits.
The chapel of the Mission Center of the (Synod of Evangelical Lutheran Churches in Ukraine) is also used as a sorting and assembling area for humanitarian relief supplies. The Mission Center is the seminary of the SELCU, but today most of the building is being used as a center for housing refugees (en route to other countries) and for distributing relief items. The building can house and provide food for up to 25-30 people on a daily basis.
Your Donations are Immediately Helping Ukrainians in Need!
Please prayerfully consider donating to help Ukrainians by showing the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those who are suffering and in need!
Thank You for your support in being the hands and feet of Jesus to those suffering!