In surrounding countries...
Many of our partners in the countries surrounding Ukraine are doing all they can to help the many refugees that are crossing the border with basic humanitarian care.
Barnabas Fund have sent supplies of clothing, blankets and food to Ukraine on 14th March, as 650,000 people in Ukraine are now without electricity and 130,000 are without gas. The need is immense, and MMN were able to donate a bulk of clothing to Barnabas Fund to be sent on this shipment.
Breadline - Partners in Dancu have been responding to emergency phone calls all week. As they are so close to the Romanian border, they have set up a tent where they provide drinks and food throughout the day and night. They have already had various families staying throughout the week. Thank God that the Hope Club extension is complete enough to act as a hostel for these people and has underfloor heating installed. What a warm welcome it will be for people who have spent many hours in the cold at the Ukrainian border waiting to enter Moldova.
Emanuel Clinic continue to working hard in providing free medical care to refugees. They are, also, helping at a couple of refugee centres that are providing food and shelter for those fleeing across the border.
Emanuel Clinic are seeking to provide basic medical care to the refugees with free consultations and first aid parcels at a couple of Christian refugee centres.
The bakery in Dancu continue to provide refugees fleeing Ukraine with fresh bread and pastries. These women volunteer 24 hours a day to ensure no matter what time of day or night someone arrives, they will be met with a drink and something to eat.
CMIAid are providing packages of clothes and toiletries as well as providing meals to the mothers and children arriving daily in Moldova.
The team continue to visit the border at Giurgiulești to deliver food and other supplies to the refreshment post. The line of people seeking to enter Moldova at that border was 6km long. There were many cars and buses, mainly filled with mothers and children. There were some harrowing accounts from those working there of the trauma that these people have experienced and the stories they shared. Others were unable to speak at all. The weather has also turned cold and it has started to snow. Pray for godly wisdom as to how best help with the many needs.
They continue to provide daily meals to refugees in Cahul, which can number up to 200 each evening. In addition we supply fresh fruit and other essentials like nappies and hygiene items. Thank you for the support which enables us to give this help to those in need.
The team visited Odessa in Ukraine to discuss with Christian contacts shipments of aid, but were hit by the reality of the war when a siren sounded due to an incoming missile. Fortunately the missile hit a bridge south of the city and didn't injure anyone, but an apartment block the team visited had been hit only a few days previously, sadly killing over ten people including a mother and her 3-month old baby.
The team visited the drop-in centre which is providing hot meals and other provision to refugees from the East of the country, which number around 200-300 each day.
The team also met with a group of Christian leaders and a Christian member of the Ukrainian parliament to discuss the needs - supplies on the front line are scarce and as some water supplies have been shelled, even access to clean drinking water is an issue. CMIAid are shipping numerous supplies, including 50,000 John's Gospels in Russian and 30,000 Gospels in Ukrainian which will be distributed to soldiers on the front line.
Despite the horrific situation in Ukraine, God is still working - please pray.
The team have made several trips to Odessa to purchase food for distribution, as this seems to be the most cost effective. They purchase $20,000 worth of food each time to make food parcels for needy families and the elderly. On their last visit, they also purchased disposable cups, bowls and plates for a Soup Kitchen operated by local Christians which is providing about 200 daily hot meals for refugees who have fled from the east of Ukraine.
60 tons of food has been received from donations and is being transported to their warehouse in Romania for distribution across Ukraine.50,000 Gospels of John in Russian are now in their Romanian warehouse and are being taken into Ukraine for distribution to recipients of aid and to the Ukrainian soldiers
Please pray for the safety of drivers as they distribute this aid across Ukraine and for the team as they work extremely hard to try and get supplies to those in need.
European Partners in Christ (Romania) - One church leader reported they continue to provide three meals a day for 40-50 people. From shopping to cooking and delivering the parcels, everything is very well organised. They also stay at the border in Petea or Halmeu, serving warm drinks, a parcel made with a sandwich, a croissant and fruit to those who are just arriving in the country or to those who are leaving the country on their way to west countries. They have also been asked by a nurse from Red Cross, who also are also volunteering in Petea border, to help with some medicines, like children cough syrup - the children are especially affected by the long time spend in the very cold weather.
Depending on what their budget will allow, they would also like to help with the Romanian National Post service who is collecting aid, food , medicines, blankets , and winter clothes for Ukraine, for those who remained there and have no more food, no electricity and are stuck in the shelters. In partnership with Ukraine national service who will distribute it to the northern part of their country.
They would also like to help with providing accommodation for more refugees arriving next week; there are places where people could stay, but these are just empty rooms, without mattresses, or bedding, or towels, so they would like to help with this provision.
Faith in Action Missions have been able to organise aid – food, blankets, sleeping bags and much more - to be shipped to the Light of the Gospel church in Kharkov. The churches are reaching the people through support being sent out. They are working hard to make provision to take some of the Ukrainians into Northern Ireland, including sorting out the visa situation.
As well as providing support to refugees, the team are also trying to support those occupied by Russian forces - Balakleya and Kramatorsk, which are difficult to visit. About 40 people from the local church are constantly involved in serving these Ukrainians, which number around 30,000. Major battles continue, and in the homeland of one of the church leaders, a number had died. On the other side of Kharkov when fighting began this week, the police sent civilians to the team by bus - the bus was shot at and there were no windows, but everyone survived. The bus was mainly filled with elderly people who were placed in the school or in Taranovka. The team visited Kharkov this week and held a small meeting in the main square where they prayed for victory and peace in the country.
Philadelphia Trust report of numerous contacts trying to provide shelter and supplies for refugees fleeing the country. Many women and children who have had to leave husbands/fathers in Ukraine have fled to Poland, Germany and Romania - any money they have is worthless as it is linked to the Russian Rouble. The Agape Ministry in Lutsk is trying to provide support for disabled people trying to leave Ukraine. When they arrive in Germany the team is trying to find places for them across Europe - this is a huge task and requires much prayer. Through existing contacts, the Trust have been able to provide medical kits to doctors on the ground.
Tim & Jenny Gooding report of a campsite, associated with the assembly in Cluj, owned by the Romanian equivalent of Postal Bible School, (Timpul Bibliei) which has been offered as temporary accommodation for those who need it. The site has 60 beds, but with additional mattresses can take 80 people. They are currently on alert to receive some families at the campsite who do not have another country to go. They have been involved in sending clothing, blankets and hygiene kits to the border, along with items of food.
European Partners in Christ are supporting church leaders who are opening up their churches to provide meals, blankets and hygiene packs or even a place to stay for a few days.
Evangelical churches in the crossing points of Siret and Sighet have put mattresses on the church floors for refugees which are now full. Tim and Jenny have had a few people stay at their home who are passing through the country trying to reach contacts in other countries, including an 18-year-old girl and a mother and her son. The railway station constantly has refugees passing through trying to reach other countries, so volunteers are based at the station offering advice, and Tim and Jenny made food packs with a gospel tract inside for families passing through. The refugee camp in Sighet had 1,100 refugees waiting to cross the border, food and supplies were scarce, so Tim and Jenny have made food and hygiene packs to deliver to them, and have also included a gospel tract in these.
The first waves of incoming refugees has now subsided to a trickle in comparison to what it was. The greater need has now shifted to keeping up supplies of medicines and medical aid to the hospitals who are treating both the wounded soldiers and civilians. To this end we have donated a part of the gifts which we have received to help with the purchase of the requested items from two of the hospitals in the west of Ukraine.
Tim & Jenny Gooding have driven supplies of food and hygiene packs to the border for use in refugee camps in Ukraine which house mainly children and mums who do not have the finances to cross the border and survive in another country. Among the team who visit these camps are also balloon modellers and children's entertainers who try to bring joy to a bleak situation. They have transferred another gift to enable Dr.Adi to purchase a portable ultra-sound device with two transductors and also a Cauterizer to seal wounds in surgery at a hospital in Teceu Mare, about 40 km inside Ukraine. If the equipment arrives in time, Tim and Jenny hope to visit the hospital.
They were able to delivery a Cauterizing Machine and a portable Ultra Sonic apparatus which had been requested by doctors in a hospital 40Km into Ukraine from the Sighet border with Romania. They delivered the equipment to the hospital in Teceu Mare where the conditions were extremely surprising - the hospital was trying to run on outdated equipment and was very busy due to the influx of 3,000 refugees.
From there they visited in a clinic in Bocicoi where again the equipment was very dated, and staff were needing to use a 45-year old X-ray machine with no use of protection and having to put themselves at risk to radiation. Another ultra-sound machine has been ordered for the clinic. A large building in the same area as the clinic which had been used to house psychiatric patients is now being used to house 450 refugees. They are all mentally suffering after what they have experienced and witnessed over the past couple of months.
Acet Slovakia are working with Komunitnecentrum Kompas, a Christian NGO, connected to the church there, they collect the Ukrainian refugees from the Slovak border to give them food and lodging, where possible in Christian homes rather than leaving them in the tented camps that are housing refugees at the moment.
International Health Partners are preparing to send Essential Health Packs (kit of basic medicines and supplies) to their partners in these countries to assist them in helping the refugees fleeing from Ukraine.
Medair have a first response team at the border in Poland to help with the immediate needs of shelter, food and health of the refugees, particularly to the most vulnerable.