Mission Partners is an outreach ministry to Children, Seniors, and Pastors in Ukraine and Belarus. Partnering together, we extend helping hands. With open hearts we can change the lives of those in need. Together, we can make a difference!
What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?
And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbours, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the my sheep which was lost!’
I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.
Luke 15:4-7 (ESV)
Delivering Food in a Time of War
August 22, 2014
We just received this report from Andrei Shander, MPI’s ministry coordinator in Kiev, Ukraine:
Today, I went to the Metro store (a large grocery store in Kiev) with Pastor Ruslan from Lutugino (just outside of Luhansk).
Pastor Ruslan came to Kiev looking for food and personal hygiene items for people in the war torn areas of the Lugansk region. As a Pastor, Ruslan feels that now is the time to help his people more than ever before. He comes to Kiev every two weeks and gets groceries from MPI’s food bank and Christian Hope Church.
In Lutugino, he makes up food packages and delivers them to the people who are still living in their apartments and houses, and also to those who are hiding in basements and bomb shelters. Numerous areas of Lugansk are experiencing shelling and mortar attacks, as bombs fall from Air Force jets. The shells, mortars and bombs blow up in the streets, and hit houses and apartment buildings. The people who receive the food and water kiss their hands and cannot thank them enough for helping them. While it is a great risk, the Pastors see themselves as having been born for a time like this.
Oh God, help the children! Countless children in Ukraine are suffering. Too many are being abandoned, too many are being abused, too many are all alone. They are facing their worst fears: abuse, neglect, and abandonment. How could the world treat these children with such indifference and scorn. Often this abuse and neglect comes from the children’s own parents. Many are just simply abandoned.
Does this seem wrong to you? God says it bothers Him,
“You shall not afflict any widow or fatherless child. If you afflict them in any way, and they cry at all to Me, I will surely hear their cry; and My wrath will become hot.” Exodus 22:22
What is God’s response to the fatherless? God becomes their father,
“A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, Is God in His holy habitation. God sets the solitary in families.” Psalms 68:5
Who will help them, who will love them? Will you make a choice today to “visit orphans and widows in their trouble?” Will you be like Jesus and feed and care for these little lambs?
Read this month’s newsletter for stories about needy children!
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Mission Partners International is a not-for-profit charitable organization based in Canada whose sole purpose is to help the people of the former Soviet Union in whatever way possible. Our exclusive mission field is the countries of Ukraine and Belarus. Our mandate precludes us from supporting or partnering with any charitable work in any other country of the world. As such, we are unable to support or partner with pastors in Asia, Africa, India, or the Middle East.