EXTREME COLD AND CONTINUOUS DESTRUCTION
The pastors of the Synod of Evangelical Lutheran Churches in Ukraine (SELCU) continue to bring the good news of Jesus to hundreds remaining in their war-torn country, bringing people love, hope, and light.
Approximately 6.5 million people in Ukraine have been displaced and are facing freezing winter conditions after being forced to flee their homes. Many take shelter in damaged buildings and have limited access to food, electricity, and heat.
LCC received the following updates from LCC staff member Rev. Larry Myers:
The pastors and laity of the Synod of Evangelical Lutheran Churches in Ukraine (SELCU) continue to risk their lives to deliver humanitarian aid and the Gospel to their fellow Ukrainians.
A trip was made this past week to the de-occupied coastal region of the Dnieper River near the city of Kherson. Although you cannot always see the protection beneath their outer coats, they do wear bulletproof vests as they travel and visit.
The hot items this winter are batteries, candles, and generators. The extremely cold weather and Russia's continuous destruction of the infrastructure make survival in Ukraine quite challenging.
Efforts continue to provide supplies from Romania to the SELCU pastors and congregations in Ukraine. The photo shows Sergiu Trifa (in a yellow knit hat), the son of the Rev. Sorin-Horia Trifa of the Confessional Lutheran Church of Romania, who has continued to purchase and transport much-needed items to the Romanian-Ukrainian border.
Lutheran Church Charities provided funds to assist in this effort. Pictured in the center is the Rev. Oleg Schewtschenko, pastor of the SELCU congregation in Odessa, who regularly receives the supplies at the border and transports them into Ukraine.
Your Support Provides Cold Weather Supplies to the Soldiers on the Frontlines
LCC received the following update from Oksana Svidruk of Immaculate Conception Ukrainian Catholic Church in Palatine, Illinois:
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Thank you for supporting the 68 Jager Brigade of the Ukrainian Army. Their hope and perseverance have been fortified by your life-saving help. Although we are not there to witness the war, the donations provided keep them pushing forward every day.
They feel protected through the supplies that we have sent them: bandages to heal wounds, as well as warm clothes to keep them warm during the winter. We are hoping to launch another donation campaign to provide more supplies.
Once again, we would like to come together in prayer as we give thanks for all of the blessings we have received. Let us also remember those in need and humbly ask for God's grace and mercy. May 2023 bring us unity and peace under God's protection.
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!