A statement from World Relief reads: “Over the weekend, our hearts sank as we watched images of mothers and children fleeing Ukraine while their husbands stayed behind to fight. We prayed for the people who are sheltering in subways or waiting in miles of backed up traffic to escape the violence.
“As hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians come to terms with the shocking reality of life as a refugee, you may be wondering what you can do to help in a situation that seems totally out of your control.
“Yet, the Bible tells us we were created for such a time as this. We’re called to not be overcome with evil and injustice, but to overcome evil with good. And when disaster strikes, World Relief can respond to this biblical calling because of people like you.
Today, the war in Ukraine has taken center stage in the news. World Relief is preparing to resettle Ukrainian refugees and is providing assistance to those already in the United States that are desperately seeking help for their families. We’re working with partners in the region to provide assistance on the ground. The situation is changing rapidly, and so will the ways in which we are called to respond.
The reality is, we’re facing more simultaneous disasters than we’ve seen in generations – flooding, cyclones, war, hunger… World Relief counts on people like you to mobilize churches and our staff to respond to each of these disasters, and more. We cannot control when disaster strikes, but God calls you and me to respond with compassion wherever and whenever help is needed most.
“The World Council of Churches affirms and supports the appeal issued on 24 February 2022 by His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kyiv and All Ukraine (Moscow Patriarchate),” said Sauca.
“Recalling the ties of history and affinity between the Ukrainian people and the Russian people, His Beatitude called directly on President Putin to stop the war, which he likened to Cain’s murder of Abel.”
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