Russian Invasion of Ukraine & Refugee Relief
As Russian grounds troops move into Ukraine, a seminary located in the Ukrainian capitol is looking for ways to a point of light for Christ. And Send Relief is urging those who want to help those affected and displaced by the invasion to give financially.
Baptist leaders call for prayers and peace as Russia invades Ukraine
As Russian grounds troops move into Ukraine, a seminary located in the Ukrainian capitol is looking for ways to a point of light for Christ.
Ukrainian Baptist Theological Seminary says they have reconfigured their facility to be a place of help for those affected by the war.
Slavik Pyzh, the seminary’s president, says the Ukranian government has declared martial law and many citizens are looking for ways to flee the country.
He asks for Christians to join in praying for peace and that Vladimir Putin’s efforts to take over Ukraine would fail.
International Mission Board President Paul Chitwood is also asking for Christians to pray for those affected by the war.
Chitwood says a right view of God is a starting point for Christians during war times, “We know that God is sovereign in all situations, and Scripture reminds us that He is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. We keep our focus on Him, asking for His protection of the innocent and trusting that His justice will prevail.”
He encourages believers to, “Pray with us that Jesus Christ would be glorified through the crisis in Eastern Europe and that Southern Baptists would remain vigilant in meeting the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of those who are suffering.”
Brent Leatherwood, interim president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, says the fighting is a reminder of the condition of the human heart. “Human depravity is real and the appalling images flooding our screens are further proof of such. As many suspected, the Russian president lied about his intentions. His illegal military barrage now extends the whole length of Ukraine. Though the human toll won’t be clear for some time, we already know defenseless individuals are fleeing in terror and, ultimately, innocent lives will be lost.”
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Send Relief is urging those who want to help those affected and displaced by the invasion to give financially.
“Send Relief partners are already on the ground providing emergency food relief, shelter, clothing and more to displaced families. As the situation worsens, Send Relief partners are ready to provide further food relief, meet shelter needs and offer transportation to assist those impacted by this escalating crisis,” the Southern Baptist agency said in a release.
To learn more about Send Relief’s emergency fund, visit SendRelief.org.
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