Send Help and Hope to Ukraine
Through Send Relief, IMB personnel and their local partners are actively ministering to Ukrainians escaping the escalating war.
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- War retreat provides ‘soul care’ for Ukrainian ministers Mar 16, 2023 Rest. It’s a four-letter word. There’s no rest in war. There’s no rest amid the missiles and gunfire that have plagued Ukraine for the past year.
- Ukrainian believers find fellowship, purpose in church Mar 9, 2023 To the left of the congregation of Ukrainian refugees, freshly fallen snow weighs down the fir trees outside the window. To the right, the mirror plays a cruel trick — it gives the illusion of twice as many people as there are.
- Behind the Lens: Ukrainian children hear the gospel in Poland Mar 6, 2023 Camps create lasting memories that stretch into adulthood. This happy memory is exactly what one camp hoped to do for a group of Ukrainian children who fled their country due to war.
- Digital engagement paves way for church planting Mar 2, 2023 IMB missionaries and Ukrainian Baptist pastors hope to plant churches in two cities in far eastern Ukraine — a region under an onslaught from Russia. Great need is coupled with great devastation in these areas, but people are coming to faith. IMB missionaries are engaging these cities through digital media.
- Join IMB missionaries in 24 hours of prayer and fasting for Ukraine Feb 23, 2023 February 24 marks one year since the start of the war in Ukraine. It’s been one full year of loss of life, liberty and land. Our hearts grieve with Ukrainians and long for an end to the war.
- One year later: remembering Southern Baptist involvement in Ukraine relief Feb 22, 2023 In 2021 and early 2022, International Mission Board missionaries serving in Ukraine heard rumors of war, which led to an overland evacuation. Looking today in the rearview mirror, they realize they couldn’t have guessed the trauma about to mushroom from the east.
- Ministering to Ukrainians in ‘the beyond’ Jul 5, 2022 Tensions escalated. An imminent invasion was on the horizon. The evacuation of IMB missionaries in Ukraine became imperative. Long-term missionary presence in a country now riddled with machine-gun fire wasn’t possible. So, what does gospel access in a country entrenched in a war with Russia look like?
- Behind the Lens: Ukrainian Muslim man hears gospel in Romanian Baptist church Jun 28, 2022 Emanuel Baptist Church in Calafindesti, Romania, is a small church, but its members have a big heart for Ukrainian refugees. The pastor, Cornelus Miron, was one of the first responders at the border with Ukraine as the war broke out and people started to flee into Romania.
- Moldovan Baptists take sheets off their beds for Ukrainian refugees May 12, 2022 Moldova, a small and impoverished nation bordering Ukraine, has received an estimated one refugee for every 25 Moldovans. Most refugees are being housed and cared for by churches in the Moldovan Baptist Union.
- Behind the Lens: How believers respond to Ukrainian refugees May 5, 2022 Due to the war, millions of Ukrainians, mostly women and children, have fled to neighboring countries. My latest assignment took me to Romania and Moldova to cover how Southern Baptist Disaster Relief teams, Send Relief and International Mission Board missionaries are partnering with local Baptists to serve refugees pouring into the two countries.
- Young Ukrainian refugee and father met with help and hope Apr 26, 2022 “Are you looking for help? Do you need hope?” A banner with these words printed over the Ukrainian flag hangs from tables where Romanian Christians and Send Relief teams interact with Ukrainian refugees at the border of Romania and Ukraine.
- Ukrainian Baptist finds water in wasteland, reunion in time of war Apr 25, 2022 Yura knew reunion was on the horizon and he found an oasis on the way. Carrying three heavy bags, the Ukrainian man stopped at the station Romanian Baptists established and Southern Baptist Disaster Response (SBDR) and Send Relief teams are now manning near the border of Romania and Ukraine.
- From sirens to safety: Disaster relief volunteers comfort traumatized refugees Apr 18, 2022 “You are safe.” These were the words a Ukrainian woman, her daughter and an elderly woman needed to hear while waiting for their train. “Breathe in. Breathe out.”
- First Person: How two Ukrainian boys personalized the war Apr 11, 2022 Den and Dimi are the same ages as two of my nephews — two and four. They also look and act like my nephews – blond hair, blue eyes, with a childlike joy and the desire to capture the attention of adults. What made these four boys so similar made their differences much harder for my heart to handle.
- Broken for Bucha: Southern Baptist response teams overflow with compassion Apr 5, 2022 Overcome with emotion, Iaroslav covered his face and the torrent of tears with one of his hands. His other held a piping-hot cup of coffee. At the border of Romania and Ukraine, Southern Baptist volunteers provided this Ukrainian man from the decimated city of Bucha with a listening ear, a message of love and a prayer for protection.
- Generosity pouring out for Ukrainian refugees results in changed lives Apr 4, 2022 Paul Chitwood hadn’t planned on returning to Poland and Romania so soon. Just a few weeks ago, the president of the IMB walked the borders of Ukraine surveying needs and seeing how Southern Baptists could help during the first weeks of the Ukraine-Russia war. At the time, he asked Southern Baptists for two things — prayer and financial support for relief efforts.
- Send Relief partnership strengthens response in Eastern Europe Mar 30, 2022 As the shared compassion ministry of the International Mission Board (IMB) and the North American Mission Board (NAMB), Send Relief is working through a vast network of IMB missionaries, field partners and local churches to care for Ukrainian refugees across Eastern Europe. The IMB’s long-term relationships in Ukraine have aided Send Relief efforts to quickly mobilize on-the-ground support and resources.
- Prayer desperately needed for Russian churches, IMB worker says Mar 29, 2022 Lamar and Aubrey Shubert lead workers among both Ukrainian and Russian people groups. And while the world’s spotlight is, understandably, on the travesties the Ukrainian people are facing, the Shuberts’ hearts are breaking not only for them but also for the Russian people.
- Digital strategy brings hope to Ukrainians Mar 28, 2022 Bombs are falling every 10 minutes in Mariupol, Ukraine, a Ukrainian official reported. As hearts and buildings are broken, International Mission Board missionaries are providing a digital lifeline for Ukrainians.
- Downloadable Tech Backgrounds for Ukraine Mar 25, 2022 Remember to pray for Ukraine with these custom backgrounds for your computer and mobile devices.
- First Person: Hope before, during and after travesty in Ukraine Mar 24, 2022 Seeing firsthand the tragedy happening in the Ukraine was sobering. So much has changed since I first visited the border less than a week after the Russian invasion, but one thing remains the same: Southern Baptists are there.
- Ukrainian Baptist Theological Seminary transforms into humanitarian hub, partners with IMB, Send Relief Mar 22, 2022 Every day when air raid sirens pierced the air, Yaroslav Pyzh ran to the window to see if the airport was still there. On March 18, he saw the inevitable — columns of dark smoke. Lviv, Ukraine, was hit by Russian missile strikes near the airport for the first time since the invasion began.
- Update: Believer clings to faith as bombs fall Mar 17, 2022 Nastya slept under a table in her hallway as missiles dropped from velvet skies and explosions shook the foundations of her home in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Huddled in her makeshift bomb shelter, God gave her a song.
- Romanian Baptists provide invaluable services to fleeing Ukrainians Mar 16, 2022 One of the pivotal roles in working with refugees is the translator. These young women are Ukrainians who cross a northern border of Romania to work at the shelter at Califindesti Church on three-day rotations. They speak Ukrainian, Russian, Romanian and English. It’s not a cozy job.
- Thousands of Ukrainian Christians find solace in Polish Baptist church Mar 11, 2022 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28, NIV). This verse embodies Chelm Baptist Church’s response to Ukrainian refugees who have made long and arduous journeys out of their homeland and who are burdened by the loss of life as they knew it in Ukraine.
- Polish Baptists helping refugees with everything they have, literally, Chitwood says Mar 8, 2022 Bus after bus arrived at the border, filled with women and children, separated from husbands and fathers. Most men stayed behind, now needed in cities and towns throughout the Ukrainian countryside. The grief of those who fled was palpable.
- Eternity secure for new Ukrainian believer Mar 4, 2022 The Oct. 2021 day in Ukraine was cold, though the sun was shining brightly. Ludmila, bundled in her coat with a scarf wrapped around her head, walked to a small church in her village. She had heard from a friend that the church was hosting a medical clinic. The long conflict with Russia had left her village with no access to medical care. This would be her only hope to see a doctor. Plus, she heard that there was no cost – inconceivable to her.
- Chitwood visits refugees, relief workers on Ukraine-Poland border Mar 3, 2022 International Mission Board President Paul Chitwood has been in Eastern Europe this week, visiting with refugees and hearing stories of the devastation wrought by Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine. Send Relief, Southern Baptists’ compassion ministry arm, is at work providing emergency food supplies, shelter and clothing to displaced families.
- Baptists in Poland respond to support Ukrainian refugees Mar 1, 2022 Polish Baptists and International Mission Board missionaries quickly rallied to respond to the needs of Ukrainian refugees crossing the border to seek sanctuary from the attack on their homeland.
- Send Relief responds to Ukraine crisis Feb 28, 2022 Send Relief, the combined compassion ministry effort of the International Mission Board and the North American Mission Board, is currently working with local Baptist partners in Ukraine to respond to the growing humanitarian crisis. This crisis has been created by the escalated tension mounting around the border between Ukraine and Russia and Russia’s invasion.
Past Stories of Impact
- Ukraine – Pray for Displaced Missionaries Download
- Thank You For Giving – Ukraine Refugees in Poland Download
- Prague Refugee Response Download
- Nastya’s Song Download
- Ukraine Crisis IMB & Send Relief Download
- Polish Baptists Aid Refugees Download
- How to Pray for the Ukraine Crisis Download
- Dr. Paul Chitwood on the Ukraine Crisis Download
See our Photo Library for more IMB photos related to the Ukraine crisis.
“It’s been amazing to see how God has used IMB workers with significant language skills and cultural understanding to minister to these refugees right now. Other groups and even local governments are struggling to come up with a plan and find people who can communicate with the refugees, and national Baptist churches and our people are already meeting them at train stations and bus stops as they arrive and jumping right into ministry. Truly God is at work. These older stories from the region highlight the time God was preparing them and the newer stories highlight how He’s using them now. It’s an awesome narrative together.”
— Russell Archer, IMB leader serving in Europe
Pray for Ukraine
After eight years of ongoing conflict, Russia has launched a wide-ranging war on Ukraine, causing a catastrophic humanitarian crisis for the Ukrainian people.
Send Relief, a cooperative ministry between the International Mission Board and the North American Mission Board, is working with local Baptist partners in Ukraine to care for displaced families in desperate need of help and hope.
You can help! There is extraordinary power in prayer. Here are ten ways you can pray for the Ukraine crisis.
- The people of Ukraine as the war progresses. Pray for strength, courage and perseverance as their homeland is devastated by war.
- Safe passages out of war zones for displaced populations.
- Government officials to lead with wisdom in this tense time.
- The millions of displaced people who will be forcibly removed from their homes during the war. Pray that in the face of war, they find psychological, emotional and spiritual healing from this trauma.
- Pray for those involved in this war, especially those who do not know Christ.
- Local churches, missionaries and relief workers to care for the massive wave of refugees coming out of Ukraine and internally displaced populations.
- Disciples Church in L’viv, Ukraine, and its church plant in Bryukhovychi. Many of the people there are displaced from the East. Pray for peace for these believers as they had hoped conflict from 8 years ago was over, and now, they are facing it again.
- The Ukrainian Baptist Theological Seminary as it wrestles with how to assist its students in this time of war.
- Ukrainian believers as they seek to be a light in the darkness.
- Ukrainians who have never heard the gospel to have an opportunity to experience the hope of Jesus.
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