The Presbytery has been contacted by a number of congregations and individuals asking how they can help the people of Ukraine in the midst of the violence unfolding in their country. As you know, hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians are fleeing from their homes to see shelter in neighboring countries or parts of Ukraine not yet impacted by the attacks.
As always, our best response is prayer. Pray that through the response of the faith community, survivors and those offering assistance will be reminded of the hope that is found in Christ. I have found prayers from several sources for your own personal devotions and the corporate prayers of your congregation: the Presbyterian Outlook, the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship, and a video prayers from the Presbyterian Mission Agency. You’re also invited to join PC(USA) and churches around the world for a prayer service for Ukraine at 11:00 a.m. Easter time TOMORROW, Ash Wednesday (March 2). Register HERE to receive the Zoom invitation.
In addition to prayer, you can support the response of the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance through our partners on the ground in Ukraine and throughout Europe. A designated account supplements the One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) offering to enable a significant response for humanitarian efforts to assist international refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs). Click HERE for more information about how to give to PDA.
Finally, Lehigh Presbytery will be hosting Ellen Smith, PC(USA) regional liaison for Eastern Europe, including Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and Poland, next Wednesday, March 9th at 1:00 p.m. She will have more information about what’s happening on the ground in this region and respond to your questions. Click HERE to join the Zoom meeting you can call in at 888-475-4499. [Meeting ID 86174715056, passcode 934339]
May God’s peace surround us all.
Rev. Rhonda Kruse
Transitional Presbytery Leader