We are grateful for the work that is being done on the ground in Ukraine and beyond its borders by Baptists within the European Baptist Federation (EBF).
Please read on for an update from their team about the good work they are doing, and ways to support.
Pray for Ukraine
The EBF hosts monthly prayer calls on the last Wednesday of the month via Zoom at 1 PM Eastern time.
To join the meeting tomorrow (March 25, 2022 1pm Eastern time), or on future Wednesdays use their registration link.
Excerpts from the EBF Situation Report
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) reports 7,814 civilian casualties, including 3,752 killed, as of 17 May. OHCHR believes that the actual figures are likely to be much higher, as data from the worst-hit areas are still being verified.
According to the UN’s refugee agency (UNHCR), more than 6.2 million people have fled Ukraine; the vast majority of these are women, children and the elderly. There are more than 3.3 million refugees in Poland alone, along with more than 924,000 in Romania, more than 610,000 in Hungary and more than 464,000 in Moldova.
The Ukrainian Baptist Union Coordination Centre continues to distribute aid across Ukraine. To date they have sent out at least 320 vehicles filled with humanitarian supplies from their warehouse in Lviv. Churches inside Ukraine press on with delivering food, medicine and other necessities to those in need, some of whom are still sheltering in basements.
EBF has been proud to lead the global Baptist effort to support those inside and around Ukraine affected most by the war. On 18-19 May, Baptist leaders from Ukraine and neighbouring countries met for a brief time to pray and coordinate in Vienna. One participant commented, “At a meeting organised by EBF in Vienna for regional Baptist leaders, Bandura’s appeal was moving as he communicated the tragedy of the war against his country. It was also encouraging to hear many stories of service and sacrifice with people becoming involved in helping. We prayed for an end to this war, for a just peace to be restored and for the reconstruction of Ukraine.”Read the full Situation Report here: https://www.ebf.org/post/ukraine-situation-report-as-of-13-00-cet-20-may-2022
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For more ways to support the EBF’s work in Ukraine, visit their website: https://www.ebf.org/ukraine.