Touching base

Ukraine Update. The response of support to Ukraine has been overwhelming these past two weeks. Our leadership is in constant communication with thirty to forty organizations collaborating together across the border of Ukraine. We have a small team arriving in Poland today to connect with locals to minister at two shelters receiving new busloads of women and children. Of course, we are all eager to learn more about how we can support and help in tangible ways. Please continue to pray; here is a guide to help you. A relief fund is set up so that 100% of the gifts will go towards the need. Feel free to reach out if you would like to talk, process, or learn more.

Travel is happening. Even in light of these events, we are still working locally while being open to what can shift to engage Ukrainian relief efforts. The first of five teams will arrive in Stockholm on March 26th. We will have a week of training and outreach to engage many people. Pray for opportunities. Pray for those struggling, especially in light of these global events, that we would be able to minister to people and bring encouragement and hope.

Summer Project – LINC. Two weeks ago, I was able to go to Cologne, Germany, to get to do ministry alongside the team there and make preparations for our summer project. This summer, we will host Euro-LINC (Laborers Impacting the Nations for Christ). It is open for the entire European network to encourage people in their faith and increase their confidence in living out discipleship values in a local community. We will serve alongside local churches in Berlin, Dortmund, Cologne, and Stockholm. Applications are due April 1st, so please pray for those still on the fence about diving in with us.

International Church Group. Inside this building, I have been invited to work with some friends that launched a new International Church group. The community is a group of people coming from brokenness, traffic situations, and Islamic backgrounds. We may have 6 to 15 people on a given Sunday. Please pray for us as we take steps for them to know Jesus, walk with Jesus and be a healthy church.
Thank you for partnering with me to make this ministry possible. Thank you for praying and encouraging me. Thank you for praying for the work. As spring approaches, we are looking forward with anticipation of a new season.

Update on how to help our community in Ukraine

In 2019, we held our Leadership Summit in Kyiv. This site marks the memorial to the heavenly hundred who lost their lives in what became known as the Revolution of Dignity. It was sobering getting to learn about Ukraine’s history of suffering and occupation as well as the people’s courage, strength, and determination to be a free people.

What the people have been facing since the full-scale war broke out at their doorsteps is challenging to fathom. What we are sure of is they need our help. The needs are significant. In the same way, Jesus miraculously fed the 5,000 with just five loaves of bread and two fishes (Matthew 14:13-21), together we can trust God to multiply and supply for the multitudes as we offer our help. Ukraine Relief Fund provides humanitarian aid to meet the fundamental needs of those facing the desolation of war. We know their names, their faces, their hearts. They are brothers and sisters who have been within our partnering organization’s fellowship of churches across all four corners of Ukraine. Some are sheltering in place or evacuating to nearby countries or taking in refugees. Please consider bringing what you can, as He uses the Body of Christ to love and show compassion to His people. 

100% of donations will be given to the relief effort.

There is no overhead fees or payment made towards a person’s salary.

To give in the United States, you can use this link: reliant.org/ukraine.relief.fund

To give in Europe, you can donate through Stichting GC Europe:
Acct: 62.80.52.049
ABN AMRO Bank Amsterdam
IBAN: NL29 ABNA 0628 0520 49

Please continue to pray:

  • Pray for strength as many have not slept, for endurance
  • Pray for the leaders as they look to aid multitudes as well as communicate with others in how to help
  • Pray for communication. Pray that any attempt to take out communication sources by the Russians would not succeed.
  • Pray for the Russians to decide not to fight and return home
  • Pray for the women and children that have fled for safety, leaving behind their fathers, husbands, brothers, and sons.
  • Pray for us in western Europe to aid in finding homes for them to be welcomed into, to be available to assist with practical items, and for wisdom in taking steps forward

Supporting our brothers and sisters in Ukraine

Two nights ago I was able to join on a prayer call with a few people leading the church in Ukraine. It is sobering to feel the weight of war. While our American staff have evacuated, there is still the opportunity to help the local leaders on the ground for those that are fleeing and seeking refuge. Please join us in praying for this country, its people and the churches.

“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”

Psalm 91:1-2

If you would like to like support the church in Kyiv, Spring of Hope, the leaders there are working with the network to help provide basic needs for the families.