Russian invasion of Ukraine

Kat’s in Donetsk

Kat’s in Donetsk

August 08, 2022

One of our ministry partners is a husband-and-wife team in Cherkasy. Their names are Dima and Katya, and their mission is to feed and help the desperate people of Ukraine.

Hope Now has been supporting Dima & Kat and their team financially since Ukraine was invaded in February. Due to the generosity of many donors like you, we have been able to provide funds for Kat to buy a used transit van. This little white wonder has been driven all over Ukraine picking up humanitarian aid, buying groceries and household supplies, and bringing food to starving people. We help by supplying money for diesel, sending lifesaving medicines from America, and for providing funds to buy food to make food bags to give to people still stuck in hot spots where there is nothing left. Recently, Kat used the funds we sent to make a trip to Eastern Ukraine, in the heavily hit area of Donetsk.  Here is Kat's report:

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A Video Thank you

A Video Thank you

July 14, 2022

Ukrainian soldiers are always very happy and relieved to receive lifesaving tourniquets, medicine and IFAKs (Individual First Aid Kits) from Hope Now. With God’s direction and your help, we have been able to provide over 3,500 pounds of medical essentials to Ukraine since the war began.

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Letters from Ukraine - Cyndee's news from Ukraine!

Letters from Ukraine - Cyndee's news from Ukraine!

July 04, 2022

You probably remember, that when the war started on February 24, 2022, the orphanage was ordered to release all of the children and send them “home” to their guardians. This was due to the fact that nearby military targets had been bombed and therefore the government needed to rehouse those affected residents. They needed to use the orphanage to house displaced families, so the children were sent “home” and became scattered all around various small villages in the area. Many of the kids were sent back to the very people who caused them to be taken to an orphanage in the first place. Some went to poor relatives, who can barely afford to feed themselves, let alone additional children. Our team has continued to do everything in our power to maintain contact with the children, and to help them survive by making regular visits to check on them and to bring them food and essentials.

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Penicillin to Poland - Cyndee's news from Ukraine!

Penicillin to Poland - Cyndee's news from Ukraine!

June 30, 2022

We are grateful to have adventurous volunteers willing to schlep 700 pounds of medical supplies, tennis shoes, and kids socks & underwear across the pond. That’s exactly the mission that Hope Now sponsors Meg & Zoe embarked on yesterday as they checked in 10 x 70-pound duffle bags on their journey from Atlanta to Warsaw, Poland.

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Our city was hit today!

Our city was hit today!

June 28, 2022

Russian airstrike kills 1, wounds 5 near Cherkasy. Two missiles hit an infrastructure facility, Cherkasy Oblast Governor Igor Taburets said on June 26.
 
Inna was teaching Sunday School at First Baptist Church, where many of you have attended if you have ever visited Hope Now in Ukraine. Located near the bridge, the church is a beautiful, 3 level traditional church complete with balcony and basement. The grounds are lovely and full of flowers at this time of year. While the 10:00 am church service upstairs was in full swing (interestingly enough, an American missionary was preaching), downstairs the Children’s Ministry team had their classes in their rooms and the children were busy finishing today’s craft activity.  Inna and another teacher have 11 children in their class.  At 11:28 am, a very loud explosion was heard and felt by everyone. Inna said, “We quickly gathered the children around us. They were silent and we immediately began to pray.” About 30 seconds later, a second explosion also shook the church building. “Two of the boy’s faces looked completely frozen and white with fear. These boys recently moved to Cherkasy where it was safe – they have already lived through many explosions in Kharkiv before moving here, and they thought it was happening all over again. When will the war end, they asked?  They were so sad.”

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A Vacation from the War

A Vacation from the War

June 22, 2022

A vacation from the war? Surely that is not possible for any of our volunteers, pastors, friends, relatives, soldiers, widows, or orphans currently living in Ukraine. They can’t simply “unplug” for a week at the beach. Take a break from cooking and eat out – not possible. Neither is getting lost in a good book, cuddled up in a cozy blanket while enjoying the blasting cold AC. It’s hard to concentrate when air raid sirens continue day and night. No, folks living in Ukraine cannot take a vacation from the war.

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