Thank you for praying and giving to help reach the Ukrainian people for Christ. Long-term Christian workers and their local partners actively minister to Ukrainians, escaping the escalating conflict. With over 5.1 million internally displaced Ukrainians and another 6.2 million who have fled to other countries, your faithful intercession and generosity provide emergency supplies, water, shelter, and clothing and share the gospel through trauma healing, Bible distribution, and an online gospel witness.
War costs everyone. The war in Ukraine has caused prices to skyrocket, so many elderly and struggling families dropped into poverty. When the local people heard the church had established a feeding program for internally displaced persons, they came to the pastor and asked if they, too, could get food. Many had not had a regular meal for weeks, and some for months. They were scraping by with what little they had.
God uses few to impact many. Before the war, the small Baptist church in a border town ran about 30 people on a Sunday morning. Instead of feeling too small to do anything, they decided to help in any way God opened the door for them to serve. At the start of the war, they partnered with other churches to find housing for displaced people. Often, church members took in families and fed them at their own expense. The need for help with hot meals soon became apparent as many displaced persons could not afford gas or electricity.
The church started cooking soup with a little apartment-sized electric stove top by setting a large cafeteria-sized pot over the four small burners. Soon, displaced people volunteered to work alongside church members. As donations grew, the church hired one of its members as a full-time cook and another to oversee the needed changes to the building.
God continues to provide. Someone donated a large professional gas stove. Then, one man in the community heard about the need, took the gas stove top out of his own kitchen, and donated it also. When the pastor called to order gas lines run into the building, the gas company said sending someone would take three months. The pastor explained that the feeding program cooked over 500 meals daily on a small electric stove, and they sent a worker that afternoon who stopped on his way home from work. The man said he could not install two lines, one to each stove. Because of the high demand for new lines, the company enforced a strict one-line-only policy and then gave the pastor a wink. When the pastor entered the kitchen, he found a valve, allowing them to hook up both stoves from one line.
The church feeds people spiritually as well as physically. They hold evangelistic services daily, with about 30 people at each weekday service. Due to space constraints and language, Sunday services are divided between a standing-room-only inside meeting and another service in a tent in the courtyard. They recently had eight baptisms; another eight have gone through basic discipleship and will be baptized soon.
God’s provision is enough. The hired cook told our teammate that every night she goes to bed and says, “Lord, I am too tired to continue,” but when the alarm rings at 4 AM, God gives her the strength to get up and do it again. She works from 5 AM to 4 PM daily, then goes home, cooks for her own family, hoes the garden, and does other chores. She often goes to bed after 10 PM and then gets back up at 4:00. She says she is totally reliant on God to give her strength for the job because she has no more strength to give.
God is at work even in the time of war. It does not take a large church to make a difference in the Kingdom of God, only the faith to follow His leading. This small church has impacted the lives of thousands of people in their own town and hundreds of thousands of their countrymen. The church plans to keep the food program after the war, feeding the local poor and delivering food to neighboring towns with church plants.
Thank you for partnering with us to reach the nations for Christ. We appreciate your sacrificial giving and prayers as we labor together to solve the world’s greatest problem: lostness.
Thank you so much for your generosity to this ministry and the Ukrainian people God calls us to reach with the gospel. Because of your prayers and sacrificial giving, we provide emergency supplies, water, shelter, and clothing and share the gospel through trauma healing, Bible distribution, and online gospel campaigns.
Digital Campaign Touching Lives. Join us in celebrating that 22.7 million Ukrainians have seen gospel content on their devices over the last year from the “Hope for Ukraine” digital engagement strategy!
Recently, a Ukrainian mother saw our evangelistic ad and messaged with one of our Ukrainian national partners who was able to get supplies to feed her five children—because of your generosity—and pray with and encourage her, give her a Bible, and connect her with a local church! Thank you for your gifts and prayers as we continue to shine gospel light in the darkness on every device inside Ukraine.
Aiding Refugees in Transition and Crisis. Part of our team relocated to Budapest after the war began in Ukraine. We partner with local Ukrainian immigrants to minister to Ukrainian refugees displaced by war. Thanks to your faithful giving, we have planted a church among Ukrainian refugees here in Budapest. Your gifts have also enabled us to open a center for refugees called “Mercy House,” helping with food, clothing, and rent relief for refugees. In addition, the church plant provides additional ministries such as a youth and teen club and small groups for those interested in studying Scripture. At the end of April, we even had our first baptism!
Thank you for your generosity and prayers. Your sacrificial gifts and intercession truly transform lives as we partner together to solve the world’s greatest problem, lostness.
Almost five months of full-scale war in Ukraine has left many evangelical churches in Ukraine without pastors. Some evacuated, some went abroad, and others joined the army to defend the country, resulting in a great need for leaders and pastors.
As of today, in the city of Kyiv alone, nine churches have canceled Sunday services because of the pastor shortage. In the Kyiv region, more than 20 churches have been left without leadership. The ministers who have stayed in Ukraine are concerned that this problem will have long-lasting consequences for the evangelical church in Ukraine, and they have taken this need to the Lord in prayer.
By God’s grace, the Lord has raised up many believers to fill these gaps. They are enthusiastically involved in ministry, and the Lord continues to do great work in Ukraine through them. However, their backgrounds are in the marketplace, not church leadership, because they did not plan to become ministers. God’s call in such a time as this has led them to commit themselves to the ministry, but many lack Bible knowledge and basic leadership training. They are asking for training!
Seeing this need, the Association of the Churches of Evangelical Christian-Baptists of Kyiv has asked Kyiv Theological Seminary (KTS) to organize a compressed educational program for ministers who have taken on pastoral responsibilities during the war. These new ministers need theological foundations, mentoring and church leadership skills.
The president of KYS, Ruslan Khmyz, said, “In response to this urgent need, we organized the Linteum School of Pastoral Leadership at KTS. (Linteum in Latin means the towel with which Jesus wiped the feet of the disciples.) The Lord has brought together a strong team of Christ-minded people who have developed the program.
“The program needs financial support. For the majority of the brothers, it will be very difficult to afford even partial coverage of the cost of education, because the financial situation in Ukraine is very difficult.”
Students will take courses at the seminary three days each month over two years, completing 16 Bible and pastoral courses. In addition, they will be mentored and engage in theological and practical panel discussions weekly, covering issues such as baptism, ordination and dedication, the Lord’s Supper, ministry in a time of war, work with widows, teaching and other practical topics. Ten students are already committed to participating.
Establishing the Linteum School of Pastoral Leadership will cost $30,000, which underwrites the costs for 25 students over two years. Your gift to this groundbreaking theological training will create curriculum, cover professors’ stipends, and scholarship students who will find it hard to pay for education because of the shattered Ukrainian financial situation.
If you have wondered how you can touch the lives of Ukrainians affected by this war, prayerfully consider a gift to establish the Linteum School. These new gospel ministers are reaching out to those whose lives are shattered, telling them about the love of our God, who sees their plight and loves them. Your partnership will strengthen their ministries and transform lives for eternity.
IMB President Paul Chitwood offers a first-person account of the hope of the gospel and physical aid that Southern Baptists and their partners across Europe continue to offer to Ukrainian refugees. Read more.
With 810 million people, 51 sovereign states and 200 spoken languages, Europe is rich in diversity and character. These distinct cultures create a continent of global influence through language, politics, finance, fashion, and food. Though diverse, the peoples of Europe do have one thing in common—more than 98% do not follow Jesus.
Instead of seeing Europe’s decidedly post-Christian culture as a hindrance, IMB teams see the potential of what God wants to do on and through this influential continent. Not only do Europeans need the hope of the gospel, making it a primary place for ministry, but the global reach of its cities also makes it a strategic place as well. Immigrants comprise more than 15% of the population of gateway cities such as London, Paris, Madrid and Vienna.
Through dreaming big and taking faith-filled risks, IMB teams are connecting with European nationals, sharing the gospel and training local leaders. Their aim is to develop strong local leadership in every city and province who will lead biblically faithful and reproducing churches. Churches that plant new healthy churches will send the gospel to the nations of the world from every borough, town and village of the beautifully diverse continent of Europe.