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)
“Today, you can enable christians, disciples of Jesus, to seek out those who are lost: to help them and bring them to Jesus, Saviour!”
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.
“War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing!” If only more people shared this sentiment then the world would be spared the suffering that comes through war. The Lugansk and Donetsk provinces of Ukraine as been experiencing war since the late spring 2014. The result: over 4000 dead, 1 million refugees displaced, countless homes and public buildings destroyed. For many of the cities, the central heating, water and electricity infrastructure has been destroyed. With winter coming fast, a terrible humanitarian tragedy is looming.
Into this crisis, MPI and our Ukrainian partners are stepping into the breach to make a difference. Through MPI’s food bank, we are working with Pastors and other leaders to deliver as much food and other aid as we can to those suffering in eastern Ukraine. These Pastors are traveling into the middle of the conflict area at personal risk to themselves because of their love of God and their compassion for people in need. Now it’s our chance to set up and help them by providing the food and supplies that they need. So little can go so far.
Read this month’s newsletter to find out about how you can help these Pastor’s help others!
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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.