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.
It snowed in Canada, in September! When I heard about it snowing in Calgary, my focus turned to preparing for winter. I have a bit of a list of things to do before snow hits. All the reports suggest that this coming winter will snowier than usual.
This winter is also set to be worse than normal in Europe. This is NOT good news for Ukraine and Belarus. With the unresolved gas disputes between Ukraine and Gasprom (Russia), gas flow was cut off to earlier this year. The situation Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region is even worse. There is a very real possibility that many people could freeze to death in the coming months. Countless homes, buildings and even basic infrastructure have been destroyed in the conflict that has gripped this eastern most region. Without adequate shelter and heating fuel, this winter is expected to be acutely severe.
It is into this chaos that Ukrainian Pastors are traveling to deliver aid and support to the people who are suffering. Many may have wondered why MPI so strongly supports Pastors. This is one of the reasons. When a crisis happens, Pastors are the first to respond. It is Pastors who organize outreach efforts in their communities. They are constantly in prayer, asking God for help in order to help others. Every year, MPI has asked for your help to do something special for Pastors. This year, help us honour them, their ministry, and their sacrifice by giving a special donation, a ‘Christmas Blessing’ to bless them!
Read this month’s newsletter to find out more about how you can help a Pastor this Christmas!
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Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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.