CRISIS IN UKRAINE
Just a few hours after the full-scale invasion began, one of our leaders, in Moldova, said: "Our ministry is to show love to people." Since then our seminary and church partners have cared for thousands of people! Thanks to the generosity of our donors, Keys Connections has eagerly stood by our partners throughout these many months of crisis. Here is a brief summary of ways that we have responded:
We are thankful that classes have continued (without interruption) at the University of Divine Grace in Moldova. We continue to support this program and have assisted with several vital purchases in response to the ongoing energy crisis (caused by how the war has impacted both supply and prices). Several Ukrainian students are among our very diverse student body, which consists of nearly 150 students. Everything is more expensive during times of war but we are thankful that God is meeting the many needs that exist!
Thousands of Ukrainian refugees (mostly women, children, elderly) have been assisted by our main university, camp program facility and church partner locations. Assistance has included: transportation, lodging, food, logistical assistance, Bible distribution, counseling, etc. Some refugees need help for a short period of time while others have stayed for longer periods of time. We will continue to minister to people as needed and we will continue to share a message of hope and love!
The Keys' refugee ministry fund has also been 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 is also assisting a seminary network (Ukraine/Moldova) with resources to help develop a trauma counseling program. An entire country of people is in need of specialized assistance as they live through grief, loss, life-changing injury, family separation, etc. Both healing and comfort are needed.
How can you get involved?
Keys Connections encourages you to pray for all involved and that peace would come soon! 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 ministry partners, in both Moldova and Ukraine, as they seek to care for refugees and other displaced individuals. 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.)
Damaged apartment building.
Line at border fleeing Ukraine.
Relief vehicle destroyed by bomb.