We just received this report from MPI’s Ministry Coordinator in Ukraine:
Today, I went to the Metro store (a large grocery store in Kiev) with Pastor Ruslan from Lutugino. Lutugino is only 15 km from Lugansk in Eastern Ukraine. 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.
Hundreds of thousands of people have fled the area, but many families with children and many seniors have nowhere else to go. So they stay, despite the danger. Ruslan has made it his responsibility to look after people from his and other churches, helping them with food and water. 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.
For the last two months there has been no central water or natural gas, no access to food or medicine. There have been no pensions for the elderly. The Ukrainian Army and National Guard, who are fighting the militias and separatists in Lugansk, are using Lutugino as a base of operations. 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. There are no safe places!
Pastor Ruslan also takes food to Pastor Roman in Lugansk, and together they take it to the people and pray for them. Pastor Roman has even bought a shooter to make his deliveries more efficiently. 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. With God’s Word and passion they serve people without thinking about themselves.
This is what Pastor Ruslan shared:
Greetings from Lutugino, the epicentre of military action in the Lugansk region of Eastern Ukraine. The situation in our town has gotten worse! The fighting between the Ukrainian Military and the separatists has destroyed all of the infrastructure and communications in the towns of the East. There is no medicine in the hospitals. Many people are hiding in their basements without electricity, water and food. The food MPI gives is a huge blessing and support to the people in the East of Ukraine. It is a great reminder to them that God has not forgotten about them. Churches are with them as well, covering them in prayer and sending life saving supplies of food, medicine and hygiene items to the destitute areas in the East. Thank you for your help and prayers. God bless MPI and Canada!
Please pray for the people in Eastern Ukraine who are suffering now. Tell someone about the humanitarian catastrophe and the need for more food and water deliveries. With your help, we can provide the necessities of life, both physical and spiritual.