Volunteers hold infant twins as their parents eat a warm meal
at a MWB food distribution point in Kherson, Ukraine.
The church in Karpylivka village became a hub for distributing all the donations that came flooding in from all over western Ukraine – and for organizing support, travel and emergency accommodation for displaced families.
Mykola Bohdanets, MWB Ukraine director, said, “The Mission’s partnership with the church of Karpylivka village has already brought a lot of good fruit. This happens when two organizations have similar intentions, vision, and spirit."
“We have always worked to reach people for Christ, and now, during the war, we do our best to help in the most effective way in the places where it’s needed the most. It means so much that there are so many brave and devoted volunteers at Karpylivka church. We can count on them, and they can count on us. This is essential in the work we do.”
The war has been ongoing for over a year – but the people of Karpylivka have not stopped giving and serving. Every day, tons of donated food is sent from western regions – including from MWB – to eastern regions, to the areas hardest hit by the war.
A bakery in Karpylivka bakes bread to be delivered up to 900km away, and there is so much joy on the faces of those people who received fresh loaves after having not seen bread in weeks. Many men from Karpylivka church have been regularly travelling to the war zone, right up to the frontline, evacuating people and delivering essentials.
Volunteers unload a load of donated potatoes in Karpylivka, Ukraine for families who have had their food supplies cut off due to the war.
They have risked their lives to save others from death. They are not looking for rewards or to be called heroes; rather, they are following the voice of God and their conscience, moved by the urgency and need they see before them. In areas that have been liberated from Russian occupation, where there is no gas or electricity, volunteers visit and cook hot meals for hundreds of people, using a field kitchen provided by MWB and vegetables and grains grown in MWB’s agricultural project in Sarny.
Olga, a refugee who fled from Mariupol, said, “We escaped and came to Rivne, and we soon turned to Mission Without Borders for help. We were accepted as family. “Even though we’d lost almost everything, we stopped feeling so much despair. We found trusted friends who feel compassion for us and show us care. They say that it’s God who moves them to care for others, and I’ve also started to look to him in my circumstances.”
With the help of our supporters, we can continue to deliver aid and help those most affected by the war in Ukraine. Donate today and together with local churches, we can shine the light of God’s love in the darkest of places.