These are Jewish people praying at the Western Wall in Jerusalem just before the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur. I would like for you to join them in prayer right now by praying for Ukraine, especially the Jewish community, such as the impoverished Holocaust survivors and Jewish orphans we have been caring for over a decade. Since the war began, we have been bringing food, medicine, and even generators into Ukraine, going right to the front lines the heat of the battle. More than 2 million starving refugees have had a meal because of you, including those living in churches. We have to raise $180,000.00 so we can go back before the hard winter sets in and temperatures drop to 10 below zero. So far 483 friends have given $90,840 to meet this critical need. Will you pray right now that the rest of the funds will come in and give as generously as you are able? Thank you.
The announcement that Russia is annexing the four partly or mostly occupied regions of eastern Ukraine following a referendum that supposedly expressed the desire of the people living there to join Russia is the most dangerous thing that’s happened in Ukraine so far. Russia will claim any attacks by Ukrainian forces as an act of aggression against their homeland, thus justifying an even harsher military response. It is not by accident that prominent Russian officials have been talking so much about using nuclear weapons. This is a crisis moment, and the people of Ukraine urgently need your prayers…and your help.
In southern and eastern parts of Ukraine being held by Russian forces, an “election” is being held on whether they should officially become part of Russia. The outcome of the “voting” is not in doubt. The numbers that are reported will certainly show overwhelming support for the proposal. What those who braved the danger to vote actually wanted will not matter. This is nothing less than a political escalation of war, and it could quickly lead to an expansion of the military war, with Russia pouring even more troops into the beleaguered country. Putin is using every means at his disposal to win the war, and the Ukrainian people are paying the highest price. Please pray for them today, and know that we are standing with them, taking help to those who need it most.
Most of us worry a lot more about losing weight than about whether there will be anything to eat or not. The truth is we take food for granted. But the people of Ukraine don’t have that luxury right now. Many of them have lost everything, and the store shelves are empty. That’s why your love and generosity are so important. Together we are reaching out to them in Christian love and providing what they need most. Together we are giving them both help and hope in an hour of need.
The food, medicine, and emergency supplies your love and generous support are sending into Ukraine—we’ve now delivered more than 2,000,000 pounds of food!—are touching hearts and lives. The help is vital. Many of these precious people are completely dependent on the help of others to survive. They’ve lost everything in the war. But the hope you provide is just as important, and we thank you for being part of this great outreach of Christian love.