As we have watched the heart-wrenching situation in Ukraine and Eastern Europe unfold, our hearts have been overwhelmed by the images we see. For those living these events, the hours creep by as their lives change forever.Many have fled from their homeland carrying essentials and little else. Fleeing beyond their borders, though not far geographically, they are worlds away from the lives they lived just weeks ago.“Our hearts are stirred to pray for the people of Ukraine,” Assembly of God U.S. General Superintendent Doug Clay says. “As in Isaiah 61:3, may God provide those suffering in this tragedy beauty for ashes, joy for mourning, and praise for heaviness. I’m grateful that our AG family always responds with generosity to make a quick and lasting impact for those in global crises.”To assist in the response to this crisis, click here to give.In Ukraine, partner churches are housing and feeding thousands upon thousands in their buildings and basements. A Bible school with historic links to AG World Missions is feeding hundreds of people each day as supplies last. Hundreds are sleeping in the building.“The needs are tremendous,” says the AGWM missionary working with the school. “The opportunities are unprecedented here to touch the community in practical ways through the church.”A steady stream of refugees continues to pour into the countries around Ukraine. At the beginning of the crisis, cars lined up for miles to try and exit the country.As of May 17, the United Nations estimates that over 5.8 million refugees have either made their way through or settled in Poland, Romania, Hungary, Moldova, or Slovakia.On the ground, workers say many of the first to arrive had connections and people waiting to help them. Those pouring into these countries now have nowhere to go and no one to care for them.“Among the millions suffering in Ukraine are thousands of our spiritual brothers and sisters!” says AGWM Executive Director Greg Mundis. “Our worldwide missionary fellowship affords us both the opportunity and responsibility to pray and give — to do all we can to help them. Our missionary family and national churches provide the ‘long reach’ that connects caring hearts in the U.S. with the desperately needy people of Ukraine.”Mundis and Europe Regional Director Paul Trementozzi have been in communication with church leaders in Poland. AGWM is working through well-established partnerships among Polish Pentecostal churches that have been providing aid to both refugees and those still in Ukraine.To assist in the response to this crisis, click here to give.The Ukraine Crisis and the Church’s Response
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