United Methodists and others wishing to provide humanitarian assistance to the Ukrainian people in the wake of the Russian invasion of their country may contribute to a couple of different Advance Funds. Gifts to support the people of Ukraine can be made in the following ways:
TO HELP REFUGEES WITHIN UKRAINE:
Ukraine UMC has created a crisis committee to oversee all the support that is coming in through the Advance #14053A “Eurasia In Mission Together - Ukraine and Moldova.” https://umcmission.org/advance-project/14053a/
The money channelled through this Advance has already started to arrive in Ukraine and a crisis committee is making decisions as to how these funds are being used. Weekly reports will be made to Ullas Tankler who is the Global Ministries representative for Europe, Eurasia and North Africa. This gives us confidence to work through the Advance directly with Ukraine. A donor can designate their gift on this Advance. Designation can be for general refugee relief or some other project.
TO HELP UKRAINIAN REFUGEES OUTSIDE OF UKRAINE in neighboring countries such as Poland, Slovakia, Romania or Hungary, as well as Ukraine, if requested from UMCOR, Advance # 982540 can be used for general refugee assistance.
There is no designation available using this Advance number.
Additional ways to give:
One hundred percent of all Advance contributions go to the designated cause.
The United Methodist community in Ukraine, though quite small, is actively engaged in assisting neighbors in need. Global Ministries is in touch with the church’s leadership as well as with church leaders in countries welcoming those who are fleeing from violence in Ukraine.
Additional information may be found through the following links:
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” Matthew 5:9
We come before You today with heavy and troubled hearts about what is unfolding in Eastern Europe. The unprovoked invasion of Ukraine by Russia boggles our minds and grieves our hearts.
We pray for reconciliation in the face of the war and violence. We ask for You to move among leaders and influencers in that region and around the world to bring peace.
We pray for the people of Ukraine in this moment. We especially ask for their protection, guidance, strength and hope as they deal with the death, fear and destruction that comes with war.
We pray for insight and safety for my friend and colleague Bishop Eduard Khegay who serves both Russia and Ukraine. Use him as an instrument of your peace in this difficult situation. Loving God, we lift up, to You, all clergy, laity and congregations in the UMC as well as other faith traditions in Ukraine and Russia.
Show us what we can do to further peace in this and other circumstances. In the meantime, we pray.
God, have mercy on us all.
In the name of Jesus, we offer this prayer. Amen.