One Year At War - Bringing hope to Ukraine

Mission Without Borders staff in Ukraine have been working to deliver aid and hope to those impacted by the war for over a year now. 
Here are personal reflections from two of our staff.


Ukraine is the largest country in Europe. A third of its territory has been torn apart and destroyed. My mind still refuses to accept the fact that such a war could even be possible in the civilized world of the 21st century. Also, I gave up trying to understand how anyone could support this inhuman invasion.

What has changed in these nine months? Ourselves … our land, our language and identity mean much more to us now, because they want to take it away from us. They kill us because we are Ukrainians. We began to hugely respect our soldiers, who are paying the highest price to stop the occupier from committing atrocities against our women and children.

We began to love our neighbor more. There has never been such unity … everyone is helping and supporting anyone who’s in bigger need than themselves. We have begun to pray a lot, because we believe that God’s protection can stop the missiles that hit our homes.

Also, we have been learning to be more thankful: for electricity for a couple of hours a day, for warm radiators in the house, for a hot meal. We are thankful for the people from abroad who donate generously and try their best to support us. I am amazed at the fact that worldwide, people have united to keep Ukraine alive through this cruel war.

The Bible says, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:21). I’ve never seen so much evil and so many good deeds as I have over this past year. Our belief is that good will overcome evil.

Mission Without Borders has been working across Eastern Europe for over 60 years, helping families struggling in poverty and bringing new-found hope to those seeking to build a better future for themselves.



MWB Ukraine Program Manager Volodymr B.Like all Ukrainians, the war for me started in 2014, when Russians and Russian-backed terrorists occupied Crimea and parts of Lugansk and Donetsk region. Since then, this war became the pain – but also the passion – of my heart. Proverbs 24:11 says, “Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter.”

I will always remember the first weeks of full-scale war, when thousands needed to be evacuated because Russian troops purposefully destroyed our towns & villages, and the civilians who lived there, and we were doing our best to help as many people as possible get out of that horror.

One time, we were evacuating small children from one of the orphanages in the East. The route was dangerous due to constant shelling. There wasn’t enough space in the bus for everyone, so each person had a terrified child or infant on their lap, trying to comfort them. For me, that was a metaphor of our whole country – our future that we are desperately trying to save from the hellfire.

During this time in particular, the faith of each Christian must be backed up by good deeds. We are witnessing a huge need for such deeds – and a huge need for God’s light to be poured out on people: on the families who have lost loved ones, on people who no longer have a place to live, on those who have become injured or disabled by the war, on those who are suffering from the traumatic experiences they’ve endured ... the list is long indeed. It is a big challenge but also a great opportunity for all the people who can help.

During the first three months of war, all our churches and the Mission office welcomed many displaced people, both Christians and unbelievers. That was a good time to demonstrate in a practical way our love & care for them. They stayed in our houses and felt the warmth of our love. We helped many with transport costs, as they continued on to other parts of Europe or returned home again once their towns or villages were liberated.

I’ve never seen such a mighty rise of solidarity in Ukraine. It was as though the whole nation acted as one. The reality of war proved very vividly that life is uncertain and fragile, and we should always be ready to stand before God and give an account of our lives. Many people became closer to God by spending more time in His Word and by continually praying for His protection, provision, and deliverance.

Needless to say, prayer support is vital. Prayers will keep our hands strong and able to work. I am extremely grateful to all our friends from abroad who continuously support us. Your help has had an incredible impact in our situation.

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