$500,000 for Ukraine Winter Help!
by David Nakhla
For months we have asked you to pray that the Lord would guide us to the best avenues by which the over $700,000 in Ukraine Crisis Funds could be used. Your faithful prayers have led to many productive discussions and hopeful decisions. You might recall the trip I took through five countries in Eastern Europe, meeting 10 times in nine days, back in May. While in Krakow, Poland, I met over coffee with Jon Eide, the MTW Country Director for Ukraine.
Since that time, I have met with Jon five or six times, asking him to recommend the best ways that the OPC Ukraine Crisis Fund could be used in the ministry to those suffering from the war in Ukraine. In November we received the answer entitled: “Winter Help!” And subsequently, the Refugee Ministry Subcommittee of the Committee on Diaconal Ministries determined to send $500,000 of your gifts to MTW. This money is to be used to assist the congregations of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPCU), the denomination with whom MTW and OPC Missionary Heero Hacquebord serves in planting a congregation in L’viv, in the following three ways:
1.) $150,000 for the one-time provision of generators and other winter costs to equip Ukrainians for the cold, dark winter that is upon them
2.) $300,000 for six months of operating expenses donated to 17 congregations and ministries to enable the diaconal ministries of the congregations to continue
3.) $50,000 for other diaconal and humanitarian aid opportunities carried out by MTW and the EPCU congregations
Thank you for your contributions that have made this possible. Pray with us that the Lord would use this ministry of mercy for the good of the saints and to bring glory to Christ amid extremely difficult circumstances.