We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for our Ukrainian family. God's people have donated over $250,000 through SIBI. We wanted to send this report to update you on how that money is being spent already to help. You can view our update from last week in case you missed that one.
Tim Burow has asked Rob Hindman, an alumnus of the school and former missionary to Kharkiv, to help coordinate getting the aid to the places that need it most. Rob has a three-fold purpose in assisting.
1 - We are helping people in the hardest-hit areas within Ukraine. This includes such cities as Kyiv, Kharkiv, and Mariupol. We will work through the churches there to feed, house, and provide medicines to our brethren and others in need of help.
2 - We are helping the churches in the western areas of Ukraine as they receive the flood of refugees from the eastern part of the country. They are housing, feeding, and caring for the sick from the east as well as their own. Many are just passing through on their way to the border, and they need lodging and care. They will also have to assist those who choose to live in their area.
3 - We are helping our brethren who have made their way into the nations that are on the border of Ukraine; such as Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania and others. We have a wide network of churches and alumni from our schools in these nations, and we will be helping people to resettle temporarily or permanently. Below is a picture of the church in Sopot, Poland, who transformed their basement with carpet and bunk beds to house refugees.