Helping Your Brother in Need: Crates for Ukraine

Grace Chung, a member of OPC Franklin Square in New York, felt inspired by 1 John 3:17: “But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?” as she and her church family packed four crates with medical supplies for the Crates for Ukraine-Winter Edition. 

“The congregation at OPC Franklin Square watched a video update that Pastor Lloyd Sterrett shared from Lviv, Ukraine at one of our Sunday School times. We were moved by the ongoing support efforts and how God was clearly working in this war-torn country. Upon quick glance at the website detailing the Crates for Ukraine effort, I felt I could volunteer to help coordinate at our church,” Grace said.

In all, the OPC delivered an amazing 307 crates to Dallas and Chattanooga as part of Mission to the World’s Crates for Ukraine Winter Edition. Seventy-two OP Churches from 16 presbyteries in 24 states participated! MTW L’viv team leader, Doug Shepherd, is hugely grateful for the OPC’s participation in the relief efforts here. We are “punching way above our weight class”, he says. A recent reports for the overall MTW CFU Winter Effort came in at over 1300 crates! Praise the Lord for the connected church and for His work during this horrific time!

The OPC Crates for Ukraine Winter Edition Effort Photo Gallery

Deacon Dave Askey from Trinity OPC in Hatboro, PA and his church family spearheaded a massive collaboration. Not only was his church, in cooperation with seven other local OP Churches, able to pack 43 crates (worth over $40,000.), Trinity OPC also enabled fourteen other OP Churches, who may not have been able to make their way to the Dallas or Chattanooga delivery warehouses, to be able to pack and deliver to Hatboro. Trinity members made two trips to the Chattanooga warehouse, dropping off a total of 109 crates, even stopping along the way in Virginia, to grab Staunton OPC’s four crates!

We are so thankful to each OP Church who participated:

Covenant Orthodox Presbyterian ChurchSan JoseCA
Corona Presbyterian ChurchCoronaCA
Grace OPC MiddletownDE
Emmanuel OPC WilmingtonDE
Redemption OPCGainesvilleFL
Providence OPCBradentonFL
Christ OPCMariettaGA
Grace Reformed Presbyterian Des MoinesIA
Hope Reformed Presbyterian ChurchPellaIA
Covenant OPCCedar FallsIA
New Covenant Community ChurchJolietIL
Grace OPCElburn IL
Covenant OPCOrland ParkIL
Bethel Presbyterian ChurchWheatonIL
Grace OPCHanover ParkIL
Westminster Presbyterian ChurchCountrysideIL
Christ Covenant Presbyterian ChurchCrystal LakeIL
Presbyterian Church of Cape CodWest Barnstable MA
Merrimack Valley Presbyterian ChurchNorth AndoverMA
Grace and Peace Presbyterian ChurchCaliforniaMD
Trinity Reformed ChurchLanhamMD
Knox OPCSilver SpringsMD
Limington OPCLimingtonME
Second Parish OPCScarboroughME
Lakeview Orthodox Presbyterian ChurchRockportME
Living Hope Presbyterian ChurchBrunswickME
Harvest OPCWyomingMI
Pilgrim Presbyterian ChurchMetamoraMI
Sovereign Grace Reformed ChurchDoniphanMO
Covenant Reformed ChurchWest PlainsMO
Faith OPCLincolnNE 
Amoskeag Presbyterian ChurchManchester NH
Jaffrey OPCJaffreyNH
New Hope Presbyterian ChurchBridgetonNJ
Faith Orthodox PresbyterianElmerNJ
OPC Franklin SquareFranklin SquareNY
The Haven at Commack (OPC)CommackNY
Hope Presbyterian ChurchSyracuseNY
Grace OPC LisbonNY
Wellsville OPCWellsvilleNY
Covenant Presbyterian ChurchVandaliaOH
Knox OPCMt. VernonOH
Providence OPCPataskala OH 
Grace Orthodox Presbyterian ChurchColumbusOH 
Redeemer OPCDaytonOH 
Good Shepherd OPCCincinnatiOH
Providence Orthodox Presbyterian ChurchTulsaOK
Westminster Presbyterian ChurchCorvallisOR
Trinity OPCMedfordOR
First OPCPortlandOR
Living Hope Presbyterian ChurchGettysburgPA
Trinity ChurchHatboroPA
Calvary OPCMiddletownPA
Redeemer Orthodox Presbyterian ChurchCarlislePA
Resurrection Orthodox Presbyterian ChurchState CollegePA
Covenant Church (OPC)Sinking SpringPA
Calvary OPCGlensidePA
Grace OPC SewickleyPA
First Presbyterian OPCPerkasiePA
Park OPCDoylestownPA
Cornerstone OPCAmblerPA
Westminster Presbyterian ChurchHollidaysburgPA
Christ Covenant Presbyterian ChurchAmarilloTX
Providence Presbyterian ChurchChilhowieVA
Grace Orthodox Presbyterian ChurchViennaVA
Ketoctin Covenant Presbyterian ChurchPurcellvilleVA
Staunton OPCStauntonVA
Cornerstone OPCFairfaxVA
Bethel OPCLeesburgVA
Sovereign Grace OPCOak HarborWA
Redeeming Grace OPCPort AngelesWA
Providence Orthodox Presbyterian ChurchMadisonWI

David Nakhla, administrator for the Committee on Diaconal Ministries just returned from a trip to Ukraine, where he and two others from the OPC along with MTW Ukraine director, Jon Eide, visited to encourage pastors and missionaries in the region. Joining David and Jon were OPC deacon and CDM member, John Voss (Covenant OPC, Orland Park, IL) and OPC Communications Coordinator, Jamie Dean (Resurrection OPC, Matthews, NC). While in L’viv, they were also able to meet and observe the logistical coordinating team for Crates for Ukraine. Taped to the top of each crate, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10. David conveyed from Ukraine, “What a blessing to hear stories of God’s care and grace amidst awful circumstances…which are not yet over! (Lots of atrocities being carried out in this awful war.)” Lord willing, a full report of the trip will be available in the weeks to come.


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