CRISIS IN UKRAINE
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One of our leaders, in Moldova, recently said:  "Our ministry is to show love to people."  He said this in the context of trying to assist families as they pour over the border from Ukraine into Moldova.  The situation is tragic and the devastation and loss of life is tremendous.  Keys Connections is standing alongside our partners through this time of crisis.  Here is a brief summary of what is happening on the campuses of our university partner in Chisinau, Moldova (University of Divine Grace, UDG):

 

  • Classes are continuing.  Approximately 150 students are studying on the main campus location (including many foreign students).  A handful of Ukrainian students attend our school.  Activity also continues at affiliated school locations in other parts of Eurasia.  
     

  • Thousands of Ukrainian refugees have poured across the borders into Moldova... and continue to do so.  Our main campus and its affiliated camp location continue to assist many refugees (mostly women and children).  Many refugees stay for a few days to rest and then move on to other parts of Europe but a number of refugees have stayed at our facilities long-term.  Thousands of people have been shown love by church and ministry partners.  Donations sent to Keys Connections is helping with the purchase of food, beds, utilities, Bibles and other essentials. 

    Keys Connections has also partnered with Moldovan Christian churches who have been helping an overwhelming number of refugees.  Our ministry has connected with those efforts to provide food and temporary housing for refugee families.  It also brings us great joy to know that the 'Good News' of the Gospel is being shared with refugees and they are welcoming it! 

    The Keys' refugee ministry fund has also used to assist with transportation and Bible distribution within Ukraine.  These Ukrainian Bibles are being given to both refugees as well as internally-displaced people still living within Ukraine.

     

  • Keys Connections stands firmly behind our partners as this work continues despite the challenges of increased expenses (i.e. travel, energy, fuel, food, etc.).  Together a message of hope, love and life is being shared to many through both word and action.  

    Keys Connections encourages you to pray for all involved and that God would bring about a peaceful resolution to this situation.  Please
    email us if you would like to become a part of Keys' Prayer Team (you will receive specific ministry prayer requests, by email).  

    We also invite your financial support to help during this time.  To provide Keys Connections with the greatest flexibility in responding to the crisis you may designate your gift to the "Area of Greatest Need" (you may include a reference to 'Ukraine Relief' in the box that says, '
    If selecting a specific project, specify here').  Donations will be used to assist Moldovan ministry partners as they seek to care for refugees while also caring for needs in their own communities.  Donations may also be used to assist Keys' existing Ukrainian Bible college partners as they seek to offer humanitarian aid and to meet other ministry needs during this challenging time within their country.   Click here to donate now.  

    Keys' Missionary Jozef G and a team from Youth for Christ are also serving Ukrainian refugees from a ministry site located within Slovakia.  If you would like to support that effort specifically we invite you to designate your donation 'Refugee YFC Slovakia'.  

    In the meantime, we continue to serve and love people in Jesus' name.  We can all be encouraged by the words offered in Psalm 18:2, "
    The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.”.  On behalf of all of our partners, we thank you for your support!

    (Note:  All images below are of refugee ministry work taking place in Moldova as well as suffering taking place in Ukraine.  Some images have been altered for security purposes.) 

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