|Dear Friends and Partners,
The following is copied and shared with permission and reflects a deeply personal perspective forged amid the daily suffering and sacrifice caused by the war in Ukraine. This update is offered to inform and encourage your prayerful support for all who are affected by this tragedy.
If you would like to help us with humanitarian aid efforts you can donate through our website https://ipministry.org/donate/. The needs are growing as we keep helping thousands of people to move west within Ukraine and also helping those who want to leave the country temporarily. We need funds most of all for gas, but also for food and various supplies (medical, bed linens, mattresses, etc). Thank you.
Update from Maia:
Today is International Children’s Day.
May all the children in the world have a peaceful sky, safe classrooms, parents, and grandparents loving and protecting them, food, water, a roof over their heads, and access to good education, may they not know what air raid siren or missile explosions sound like. It is almost like an impossible dream. One has to wonder why. It would seem the basic human instinct is to protect the kids, but we live in a broken world.
In our language, the literal translation is not Children’s Day, but Day of Protecting Children. In this war, we can not always protect our children, as much as we try. On this day in 2022, we grieve 226 kids who lost their lives and 410 wounded children (as of May 7 – I couldn’t find updated information, but unfortunately no doubt the number is higher). God, have mercy on us!
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We packed food for tomorrow’s humanitarian aid trip to the Chernihiv region. When we were loading the car we still had our van not completely fueled for the trip. The fuel crisis continues to hinder our humanitarian aid work. Most gas stations don’t sell fuel to private citizens. When they do the lines are long and you can only buy only 10 liters of gas (20 if you are lucky).
When the van was already filled with food packages it took Nick a few hours of “hunting” but he did get lucky and got 20 liters in 2 different places each – though nothing “lucky” about it – God provided for His work. Hopefully, we are all set to make it to the Chernihiv region and back tomorrow.
So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. (Galatians 6:9). We appreciate everybody’s help who was contributing to purchasing food and fuel! Please, pray for our trip tomorrow!
Please share these updates with others. I have added direct links to our email, our website, and to the IP Ministry Journal on YouTube to the bottom of this page. Your prayers are precious to us. Thank you!