To the parish family
Lutheran Bp. Laurie Larson Caesar sent the following email out to the whole Synod offering us a safe place to send money to aid in the refugee crisis mounting on the borders of Ukraine. You might take a look at it. What I found helpful was the statement that 100% of the gift offered goes directly to the refugees in need in the neighboring countries, predominantly women and children. If the Spirit is urging you to offer help, this would be an excellent way to do it. Thank you for your continued prayers for the people of Ukraine. Bless you, nancy After reading the following email, If you want more information or wish to make a contribution, here is the email address to contact – “Lutheran Disaster Response” firstname.lastname@example.org
Since last week, the news of the Russian invasion of Ukraine has filled news reports and social media feeds. Heartbreaking images of people saying goodbye to loved ones and lining up at the borders to leave the country are occupying our screens. Prayers and calls for peace are coming from around the world as we watch this crisis unfold.
Civilians fleeing the violence are heading toward Ukraine’s western districts and such neighboring countries as Poland, Moldova, Slovakia, Romania, and Hungary. Ukrainian men of military age (18-60) are required to stay in the country, so most of those fleeing the violence are women and children. According to one report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, more than 500,000 people are seeking refuge in neighboring countries including Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, and Moldova. There are major humanitarian concerns for both internally displaced people and refugees. Many of these Ukrainians fleeing their homes need shelter and such basic necessities as food, water, and toiletries. Care for people also includes pastoral and psychological support to address the trauma they’ve endured.
Lutheran Disaster Response is accompanying our companion churches in Ukraine, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia, as well as such ecumenical partners as the Lutheran World Federation and Church World Service, in their humanitarian responses to the crisis. These partners provide refugees with immediate support and supplies such as food, blankets, water, and hygiene kits. Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton has joined other religious leaders from Europe and around the globe in issuing an interfaith call for peace in the region.
Our prayers abound for the loss and devastation experienced in Ukraine and Eastern Europe.