Hope & Help for Ukraine
Relieving Suffering
Hope & Help for Ukraine
Relieving Suffering

HOPE AND HELP FOR UKRAINE

As the nations watch the heartbreaking events unfolding in the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the church leans into Jesus' call to care for the downtrodden and oppressed. Alongside our prayers, Christ Church is moving to provide a LIFT to the people of Ukraine in a variety of ways.

MEDICAL SUPPLY AND MEDICINE DRIVE
Ended May 14, 2022

Thank you to all who participated in the Medical Supply and Medicine Drive for Ukraine.  Christ Church contributed a full vanload of bandages, first aid kits, medicine and other supports to the effort.  Precision Circuites Inc. - a Downers Grove-based, Ukrainian-owned company - will be shipping the supplies to Warsaw, Poland, where they will be received by family members of the company's owner.  Within 10 days, the items willl be dispersed to the Ukrainian communities that need them most.  Special thanks to longtime Christ Church member Tom Schroder, who organized the drive and encouraged many Downers Grove businesses and organizations to take part.

EMERGENCY RELIEF GRANTS

Our Global Missions team has provided emergency financial assistance to our mission partners and other organizations working to help throughout Eastern Europe:

  • Emil Toader | Missio Link International | Romania
    • Partnering with churches to care for those staying in Ukraine.
    • Transporting refugees to, and housing them at, MLI’s retreat facility in rural Alpinis, Romania. Providing shelter and psychological counseling for children and mothers from Ukraine’s Child Protection Services.
  • Kevin and Rahela Conway | CRU | Hungary
    • Housing and feeding refugees in their homes, including a Ukrainian pastor, his wife and their seven children.
  • World Vision | Ukraine, Romania, Moldova
    • Serving vulnerable refugees (especially women and children) with tangible necessities and cash assistance, child/anti-trafficking protection and mental health support.
  • World Relief | Ukraine, Romania, Slovakia
    • Distributing food, water, shelter, and refugee registration support. Helping with resettlement of refugees.

Emergency Response - One Mother's Story from the Ukraine Border Crossing from World Vision US on Vimeo.

 


 

UKRAINIAN REFUGEE SUPPLY DRIVE
Christ Church Drive Ended March 5, 2022

 

Thank you to all who brought clothing, blankets, shoes and coats to support our Ukrainian Refugee Supplies Drive. These much-needed relief materials are now headed to Poland, where Ukrainian refugees are fleeing in significant numbers.

We were completely humbled by your generous outpouring of support, which resulted in over five full truckloads of goods donated from Christ Church. Praise God for His provision! We pray that these goods will serve as a blessing to the refugees who receive them — and that God will protect them and grant them, and the entire nation of Ukraine, His peace.

UPDATE: For questions about future Ukrainian relief drives, please write to donations@helpheroesofukraine.com.


A Prayer for The Crisis in Ukraine
Pete Grieg | Pastor of Emmaus Rd. Church, UK

Father God, King of all nations, we cry out to you now for the people of Ukraine. We ask you to rescue those who are vulnerable from the hands of their enemies that they may live without fear before you all their days [Luke 1:74–75].

Kyrie eleison – Lord have mercy.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, grant us peace.

Lord of lords and Prince of peace, our politicians are predicting the biggest war in Europe since 1945, and we simply cry out to you urgently to write another story in our time. Thwart the dark machinations of evil men. Give wisdom beyond human wisdom to peacemakers seeking an equitable and less violent way. May politicians exercise the wisdom from above, which is peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, and full of mercy [James 3:17].

Kyrie eleison – Lord have mercy.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, grant us peace.

Holy Spirit, we pray for the church in Ukraine, a nation in which 70% of the population call themselves Christian. Give our many brothers and sisters in that nation courage in this crisis that they may proclaim the good news of your kingdom, bind up broken hearts, and bring comfort to all who mourn. [Isaiah 61:1–2].

Kyrie eleison – Lord have mercy.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, grant us peace.

You Lord, make wars cease to the end of the earth; you break bows, shatter spears, and burn shields with fire [Psalm 46:9]. And so we ask you now to save the lives of many people in Ukraine. Make a peace that is strong and not weak. De-escalate this crisis. We hear of wars and rumours of wars (Matthew 24:6], but you Lord are our rock, our fortress and our deliverer. Our hope is in you. And so we address the nations now. In the name of Jesus we say: “Be still and know God! He is exalted among the nations; he shall be exalted in the earth [Psalm 46:10].

Kyrie eleison – Lord have mercy.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, grant us peace.

Amen.