As stories of tragedy and heartache continue to emerge from the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, Send Relief is grateful for the generosity and commitment of Southern Baptists to help Christian brothers and sisters and other refugees in Eastern Europe.
From the initial invasion in February to the present, Southern Baptists have raised more than $10 million through Send Relief to help Ukrainian families whose lives were overturned in the blink of an eye.
Here are five ways Send Relief is helping survivors:
1. Providing children’s Bibles and activities
Gifts donated to Send Relief have helped kids coming out of the war zones with age-appropriate spiritual resources and much-needed distractions. Read about two brothers, Den and Dimi, benefitting from these gifts.
2. Resources for Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) teams
Send Relief donors have provided tools and supplies that SBDR teams need to minister to refugees who are seeking a better life for their families in neighboring countries. Learn how one Ukrainian Baptist, Yura, was blessed by an SBDR border station.
3. Funding medical teams
These teams are tending to the healthcare needs of the many women, children and elderly who have escaped Ukraine in recent weeks. Hear the story of one concerned daughter, Oksana, and her ailing father.
4. Supplies for local churches
Donor gifts are supplying transportation aid for evacuees, fuel for vehicles, utilities for churches and food for refugees as we partner with Baptists across Ukraine. Learn more about the ongoing collaborative efforts and their benefits to Ukrainian Baptists.
5. Hot coffee, snacks, reading glasses and Bibles
Local believers are hosting welcome tents to minister to families fleeing the most perilous regions of Ukraine that remain under fire, and gifts to Send Relief are stocking them with necessary supplies. Learn about how this was ministered to one traumatized refugee, Iaroslav.
To donate or to learn more about how to help refugees find hope amid this catastrophic crisis, visit Send Relief’s website here.
(EDITOR’S NOTE – Natalie Sarrett is editor for Send Relief. Brandon Elrod contributed to this report.)