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Ukrainians hoping for peace

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“Hope dies last,” a CAM contact shared. “I see it again and again—people who lost so much, but still keep hoping. . . . hoping for peace, for the light of sunrise, and for a new life.”

A gesture of kindness or a small gift often ignites renewed hope in the heart of Ukrainians. The compassion of supporters enables CAM to provide encouragement and hope in the form of aid to people enduring the long conflict. Here are some ways we reach out:

Firewood:

Three years ago this diabetic man needed to amputate his leg. He and his wife are one of many who were blessed with firewood at a difficult time. Firewood is scarce in Ukraine, and CAM was able to give bundles of it to hundreds of families this winter.

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Pasta and tea:

A church in Zaporizhia receives pasta, tea, and other food from CAM to distribute to approximately 2,000 people each month. This church, like many others that we help, shares the hope of Christ through a preaching service before every distribution.

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Cabbage:

Truck loads of cabbage were delivered to churches in the Eastern part of the country to further distribute to refugees or other people who couldn’t have a garden last summer because of the war.

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 Seeds:

After planting spiritual seeds through preaching, this church near the front lines provided garden seeds to local Ukrainians, many of whom were unbelievers. Multiple churches near that front lines are giving out seeds that CAM packaged and delivered.

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Bibles/Christian literature:

God’s truth shines the brightest in the darkest of times, providing vast opportunities to share Bibles and Christian literature. The peace of Christ invites many unbelievers to accept a Bible or Christian literature. Some believers also cherish a gifted Bible after losing theirs in a demolished home or leaving it behind when fleeing to a safer area.

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Food parcels:

Refugees from several areas came to this church in Odessa oblast where they received food parcels and heard preaching from God’s Word. Many churches in Ukraine regularly hold services and distribute food from CAM.

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 Comforters/blankets:

Comforters and blankets are distributed to many refugees who sleep on the floor or in damp, cold conditions. These recipients are believers from Bakhmut who needed to leave their homes. Almost the entire church from their area moved to Dnipro and is living in a church house.

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In 2014, the Bakhmut church received refugees following an invasion and provided aid with CAM’s help. Now, eight years later, they are the refugees and receive CAM assistance through the Dnipro church.

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Unable to flee the Ukraine war

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Andrey and his invalid wife Emilia* were unable to flee when fighting came to their Ukrainian village. Ugly sores caused by diabetes left Emilia unable to walk. Andrey refused to leave her side, insisting to stay and care for his suffering wife.

The elderly couple’s village received widespread damage from bombing and gunfire. Some of their windows were damaged by shrapnel, but their house is still intact. They said, “God has blessed us so much. We prayed, and God kept us safe.”

When CAM contacts brought a food parcel, Andrey and Emilia thanked them and urged them to keep the faith. They wept as the believers sang and prayed for them.

*Names are changed to protect identities.

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God’s healing and grace for people in Ukraine’s war zones

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We see much destruction and heartbreak while driving across Ukraine. Beautiful homes become graveyards and junkyards. Stately trees are splintered like matches. Buildings, roads, and fences are ruined or permanently scarred. This war has wounded thousands of lives.

Will healing ever come? I wondered.

Then I saw it. A photo of a fence that spoke volumes. It was scarred by shrapnel and bullets, like so many others along the street, but it carried a message of hope. With a steady hand and a paintbrush, someone had painted flowers around the bullet holes. Now, instead of dozens of unsightly punctures, flowers are scattered across the fence, each one bearing a scar from a bullet or shrapnel.

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Flowers painted around shrapnel and bullet holes.

Perhaps someday this war will end and life will be rebuilt. Maybe eventually the heart-wrenching aches will find relief and children can sleep without haunting fears, while men and women live their dreams instead of their nightmares. Perhaps healing will come, if not in this life, then most certainly in the one to come.

While here on earth, scars will remain. But the flowers on the fence and the scarred hands of my Savior remind us that there can be beauty in the scars. Like the songwriter expressed, I am broken, torn apart. Take the pieces of this heart, and heal the wound, but leave the scar. Don’t let me forget everything You’ve done for me. Don’t let me forget the beauty in suffering. Heal the wound, but leave the scar, a reminder of how merciful You are.

Perhaps God allows the scars to remain so we are reminded of His mercy and protection, and of His healing and grace.

God protects a Ukrainian pastor

Fear hung over the city of Rubezhnoye. Life under occupation was tough, especially for believers.

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Vladimir preaches to Ukrainians

One night, eight drunken soldiers banged on the door of Vladimir and Tanya’s home with the intent of killing Vladimir, a Ukrainian pastor and chaplain. They dragged him away to shoot him. Vladimir was not scared of death. But he thought of his wife at home and of the church he pastored.

Thoughts rushed through his mind as he stood there, hands tied behind his back, waiting for the end. Suddenly he realized something had happened. He looked at the soldiers who had taken him captive. The gun was pointed at him, the trigger pulled, but nothing happened.

“Let me try,” another soldier said. He cocked his gun and aimed. Again, nothing happened.

“Fellows,” Vladimir said, “you want to kill me. If I die, everything will be all right for me. I am ready to meet God. I’ll go straight to heaven. But I am worried about you! Are you ready to meet God?”

An uneasy silence filled the night air. “May I pray for you?” Vladimir asked. He did not wait for an answer but fell on his knees and began to intercede for the soldiers around him. He did not pray for his own safety; he knew he was ready to go. But he pled to God to have mercy on the young soldiers, to show them what they were doing, and to help them find salvation. Suddenly, he realized he was not praying alone.

“Lord, be merciful to me a sinner! Forgive me, Lord!”

Vladimir recognized the voice of one of the soldiers. He listened as the soldier brokenly confessed his sins and asked God for forgiveness. The ground beneath them became holy as they prayed together. A Ukrainian pastor and a Russian soldier stood to their feet as brothers.

“You may go home,” the soldiers said. “We won’t shoot you after all.”

Tanya could not believe her eyes when her husband walked in the door minutes later.

She had feared she would never see him again. Her ears had been straining for the dreaded bang that would end her husband’s life. She heard the angry hollers and curses when they took him away. And now he was here, alive and unharmed.

The trauma of that night still haunts Tanya. God had spared her husband and shown Himself real. But fears still haunt her. “Every time I hear someone bang on the window, I panic.” Her voice broke, and she wiped tears from her eyes.

God can heal the wounds for Tanya, but scars remain, reminding her of God’s mercy in sparing her husband’s life.

Vladimir fervently serves the Lord, along with his son and son-in-law. They carry hope to many refugees living in their area.

They asked us to have a service and bring food parcels for the refugees living at a sanatorium in their village. “Thank you so much for the food!” the director of the refugee camp said. “The canned meat especially is a treat. We don’t get to eat a lot of meat here.”

Heartbreak and protection in one of Ukraine’s war zones

On July 14, the hearts and homes in our village shook as a boom shattered the silence. Was it just an airplane breaking the sound barrier? Or was it an intercepted missile?

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The remains of a children’s daycare center following a missile strike.

Everyone was on edge. Earlier in the morning, a missile struck Vinnitsia, a city two hours away. The missile hit a large shopping mall and business center. Over 20 people were killed and many more injured.

The stories and pictures were heartbreaking. Irina and her four-year old daughter were walking past the mall when the missile hit. Little Liza was killed and her mother is in the hospital in serious condition, still oblivious to the fact that her precious daughter with Down Syndrome is gone. Only God can heal Irina’s physical and emotional wounds.

We also heard stories of God’s protection.

Bogdon lives in an apartment across from the mall. The windows of his flat were shattered, but his family was spared. He will never forget the sight that met him when he hurried from his apartment to the blazing fire below. Limbs and mangled bodies lay among the rubble. The sight of a broken baby carriage and the remains of a mother and her child are seared forever in his mind.

The chain coffee shop where Vika worked was severely damaged when the missile fell. But Vika was spared. That morning she had been asked to fill in at another coffee shop in a different part of town.

Galya planned to stop at the business center to make some copies, but at the last minute changed her mind and went to another store instead.

Nadia and her son did not make it to their appointment at the business center because their car broke down on the way.

These stories are not just chance; they tell of God’s protection. I can’t help but wonder about the ones who are no longer here to tell their story. Why didn’t God protect them all?

While it is impossible to understand why God allows sorrow and heartbreak to cover this land, I find comfort in knowing that He is in control. I am grateful He allows us to see glimpses of His protecting hand in the midst of horror. And perhaps in the scars that will always remain, we can trace His beauty and His mercy.

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Flowers amid the ruin of the children’s daycare center.

And so we cry out to God. Heal the wound, but leave the scar, a reminder of how merciful You are. I am broken, torn apart. Take the pieces of this heart, and heal the wound, but leave the scar.

Excerpts from Anya Hursh, a Mennonite contact in Ukraine

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Spreading the Gospel in Ukraine

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CAM is providing Bibles and Christian literature to individuals and partner organizations in Ukraine that then pass them on to war-weary Ukrainians. We are grateful that God’s people can join together to demonstrate the compassion of Jesus to Ukrainians at a time when people desperately need encouragement. Hearts are soft and open from all that people have experienced. The fields are white with harvest as our staff and contacts share the Gospel in Ukraine.

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A Ukrainian reads scripture to refugees.

Many Ukrainian churches open their doors to shelter refugees passing through. CAM provides some of these churches with food—physically and spiritually. As pastors and other believers assist with physical needs, they come across unique opportunities to pray with refugees. The Christian literature they offer is an ongoing encouragement to the refugees. Some refugees choose to follow Christ. Others recommit their lives to faithfully serve the Lord.

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Ukrainian child reads the cover of CAM’s 101 Favorite Stories from the Bible

“The Lord is leading me”

Our contacts shared the story of Anna that mirrors the experience of many refugees who encounter the Gospel. Anna took the first available train when she decided to leave her home, even though she didn’t know where she was going. She ended up in Chernivtsi where our contacts offered her food and shelter and invited her to an evening Bible study. “Two weeks later,” Anna shared, “I started to pray and read the Bible myself. I feel joy in knowing the Lord is leading me and taking care of me. . . . God brought me to this town under the shelling . . . I learned about Him here and became part of His church.”

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This elderly woman enjoys reading a copy of the New Testament provided by CAM.

Anna’s story shows the impact of God’s light in the darkest of days. Our contacts said, “Thank you for impacting so many lives . . . with the Hope of the Gospel. We received so much gratitude from devastated Ukrainians.”

God’s Word and Christian literature are a voice of comfort, hope, and truth to Ukrainian people in this time of distress. As Scripture records Jesus healing sick bodies and opening blind eyes, today He continues to heal souls and open spiritually blind eyes.

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Journey of Ukrainian Refugees

Journey of Ukrainian Refugees

A daily average of 80-100 refugees arrive at some facilities in Ukraine amid the ongoing clashes. The journey of Ukrainian refugees is often one of fear and uncertainty.

Alyona and her family was recently added to the refugee statistic after leaving the terror of war in her neighborhood. Alyona wrote of spending nights in her cold basement with her husband and two daughters from fear of being invaded. “[Our] children learned to quickly dress in response to air alarms,” she said. “Since then, living there became scary.”

Alyona and her husband contemplated leaving for some time, but when a neighboring city was destroyed, they knew it was time. They gathered the family together and left their beloved home for a destination where they could feel safe.

The family encountered twelve checkpoints along the way that scrutinized their vehicle, checked their phones, and inspected all their documents. When they finally reached an area with a Ukrainian flag, which signaled that the area was not under occupation, they wept with relief.

Now that they were finally safe, the journey of finding a place to stay began. Humanitarian aid workers and churches provided them with food and shelter until they were able to find a place to rent.

Alyona shared, “On our way there were a lot of kind, sincere, and bright people who came to our aid.” Among the people whole helped Alyona and her family was a CAM contact who pastors a church and reaches out to refugees. “He brought us the necessary products and things for life,” Alyona wrote. “Thank you for the help! Thank God there are such people.”

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Ukrainians receive aid and Christian literature from CAM.

Christian Aid Ministries provides contacts, many of whom are pastors, with Christian literature, food, and other supplies to assist refugees. The uncertain journey of Ukrainian refugees is made a little brighter by the help and encouragement they receive from pastors and other Christians along the way.

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Ukrainians express words of thanks

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Ukrainians express words of thanks for the unwavering support and aid during the relentless conflict. One of our contacts wrote a quick note to express his appreciation for the aid before he headed out to various food distributions.

Our contact wrote, “Thank you again for your generous, faithful partnership that has enabled us to reach so many needy families with urgent relief aid, including food and shelter, and with spiritual care, including copies of Scripture. Without your partnership, we would not have had such a great impact and I just want to thank . . . Christian Aid Ministries again.”

He also shared of the continual need for aid for his fellow Ukrainians. “Sadly, it seems that this crisis will not be over soon,” he wrote. “But it will require all of us to continue helping those families who are so tragically impacted by this war.”

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Aid from CAM waiting to be distributed. Ukrainians express words of thanks for food and other items that help them survive.

Another contact thanked us for CAM’s recent support and shared of its impact. “We were able to collect food packages for 1,147 families and provide temporary accommodation and food to people who came from the occupied territories.”

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This church in Sumy sincerely thanks those who help provide aid for them.

This contact ended with a verse in Philemon 1:4. “I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers.”

We would like to pass on the kind words of our brothers in Christ to you, our supporters, who made all this possible!

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Update and prayer needs for Ukraine

Destruction in Ukraine

Summary Points:

  • Some CAM food parcel recipients lost everything they owned
  • Many families live together after their houses were destroyed
  • The destruction in Ukraine creates challenges to deliver aid

Crushed buildings and charred vehicles litter the landscape in parts of Ukraine. A CAM staff member said, “Our guys are seeing terrible devastation.” The workers who deliver food parcels and other aid directly encounter the destruction in Ukraine. On a recent distribution trip, they reported that some of the food parcel recipients lost everything they owned.

CAM worker delivers a food parcel.
CAM worker delivers a food parcel.

Many families band together after losing their homes to the conflict. Sometimes three to four families live together after their houses were destroyed.

A contact in Ukraine visited a needy area near Kyiv and shared, “What we saw there in fact is a horror. There are simply no words to convey what the unfortunate people there experience.”

Destroyed buildings in Ukraine.
Destroyed buildings in Ukraine.

Last week CAM workers reported a difficult day with their travels when distributing aid. It took them five hours to travel 62 miles to their destination. They were unable to pass some bridges and other times they started sinking in the sandy soil. The local people who showed our workers the way got stuck and needed to be pulled out. Once arriving at their destination, they reported a tremendous need for medicine and food in the villages.

A bridge in Ukraine.
A bridge in Ukraine.

Many Ukrainians are resilient, and their love for each other shines brightly into the chaos. One of CAM’s workers owns a bus and delivers bread to displaced Ukrainians. Others provide him with the bread, which is one of Ukraine’s staple foods.

A CAM worker fills his van with bread for refugees.
A CAM worker fills his van with bread for refugees.
Ukrainians bake bread for those in need.
Ukrainians bake bread for those in need.

God’s love is seen amidst the conflict through believers caring for the hurting and distressed. You, our supporters, give many Ukrainians a reason to hope through your support. God bless each of you!

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Christian Aid Ministries | April 2022


April 8, 2022

A glance at life inside Ukraine

Arman’s home.

Arman* and his eleven-year-old daughter hid in their cold basement during explosions and shootings on February 24 when the war began. Volunteers helped this widower and his daughter escape with only documents and clothes. The journey to safety was brutal. They had almost nothing to eat for a week, and had little protection from the freezing temperatures. Arman’s house was destroyed when a shell hit his yard after he and his daughter left their home.

*Name changed to protect identity.

Devastated homes.

Bombs and missiles destroyed the homes of elderly believers in Ukraine.

Roads in ruin
Roads in ruin.

The roads in some places are destroyed. The people who drive in Ukraine never know when their travels will be disrupted by roads in ruin.

CAM workers unloading aid
CAM workers unloading aid.

CAM workers delivered food to a church in Ternopil, Ukraine. The church members cook meals for an average of 30-100 Ukrainians each day who are on their way to safer areas. Many of them stay for the night before continuing the journey.

CAM food parcels delivered to recipients in Sumy Oblast
CAM food parcels delivered to recipients in Sumy Oblast.

Our Ukrainian staff loaded food parcels last week and sent them to Sumy Oblast. The war severely impacted this area in Eastern Ukraine.

CAM provides aid for Ukrainians in Kharkiv
CAM provides aid for Ukrainians in Kharkiv.

Bombs destroyed a large part of Kharkiv city, which leaves the people with little access to grocery stores or other places with essentials. CAM workers and contacts delivered food to Kharkiv after learning of the desperate needs.

Displaced Ukrainian family
Displaced Ukrainian family.

This displaced family from Kyiv was blessed by Christians in Ukraine who shared essentials with them before they continued their journey. Churches throughout Ukraine are sharing Christ’s love in their broken country. Many Christians give unselfishly to anyone in need.

Ukraine Streets
Ukraine streets.

Life inside Ukraine looks grim for many people, but the food items and other aid provided by CAM supporters are a glimmer of hope amidst the rubble.

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Christian Aid Ministries | April 2022


Convoy of aid headed to Ukraine

April 6, 2022

CAM staff member and volunteer heading out to join the aid convoy
CAM staff member and volunteer heading out to join the aid convoy.

This morning a CAM staff member and volunteer in Romania joined a convoy of seven vehicles to deliver aid to Chernihiv, Ukraine. Our contacts in Romania made quick arrangements yesterday after receiving word about the convoy of aid headed to Ukraine. The vision for this project was sparked by a Romanian Christian brother who had a heartfelt desire to help people in Chernihiv.

Our contacts filled two vans with food boxes, apples, and adult briefs that were on hand. Part of this aid was funded by CAM supporters. Others donated bread that was also loaded with the goods. The brethren in Romania ordered first aid medicines yesterday to send with the convoy, but they were uncertain if the medicines would arrive in time. When the convoy got delayed until later this morning, the nine boxes of medicines came in time to be loaded on the van!

Please pray for the safety of the people making the 470-mile trek today from Suceava, Romania, to Chernihiv, Ukraine. Chernihiv is located north of the CAM base in Kyiv. The city was recently liberated from Russian control, but the devastation from the war still results in tremendous needs.

The two vans filled to the brim with aid
The two vans filled to the brim with aid

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Christian Aid Ministries | March 2022


Needs of Ukrainian refugees

March 30, 2022

CAM staff member visits refugees

In less than five weeks, over 3.5 million refugees fled Ukraine according to the United Nations. Most people fleeing the violence in their homeland go to Poland, Romania, Moldova, Hungary, Slovakia, and Russia. Last week a CAM staff member met with Moldovan contacts to investigate the needs of Ukrainian refugees and ways to help.

Our staff member accompanied our Moldovan contact to visit various people and places hosting Ukrainian refugees. Many Christians in Moldova are opening their doors and facilities to the families passing through on their way to Western Europe.

One Christian facility with buildings usually used for summer retreats is currently hosting 133 refugees. Our staff member shared, “The refugee ladies help out in the kitchen and with the cleaning, etc. It seems like it’s almost therapy for them to be busy and working with other ladies who have similar stories.”

Our contact says the troubled look of refugees often shows the pain of what they endured in Ukraine. It often takes them around a week before they talk about the things they saw and experienced.

Churches in Moldova are doing what they can to host and feed refugees from war-torn Ukraine.

Pray for Ukrainians in need and the Christians reaching out

About 90 percent of the refugees in Moldova are being assisted by Christian families and churches. Our staff member attended a meeting with Moldovan pastors and said, “It was touching to see these men come in, worn down by stress and work, sharing with each other and feeling the burden lift a little.”

These men spend long hours and lack sleep from the sudden added responsibility of caring for refugees. Our staff member shared, “These leaders poured out their hearts to each other and to God in prayer.”

While CAM is looking at the best ways to assist the people working tirelessly on the front lines, perhaps the biggest way to share their burden is through prayer. We also thank God for the way He is using the crisis. Our staff member shared, “A few of [the pastors] mentioned that the crisis has brought the churches in Moldova together in a way that never happened before.”

Ukrainian refugees also need prayers as they face fear, uncertainty, and loss. Life is a daze for many of them. After leaving the place they call home, many of them need to make huge decisions at a time when they are still in shock. Please lift them to the throne of grace!

Buildings damaged by fighting in Kharkiv, Ukraine.

Helping with physical needs

CAM continues to provide food and other assistance to people inside Ukraine and surrounding countries. We ask for God’s direction to know the best ways to meet the tremendous needs. Thank you for your outpouring of support for the Ukrainian people!

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Christian Aid Ministries | March 2022


Assistance for Ukrainians

March 25, 2022

Food

Store shelves in Eastern Ukraine are becoming bare amidst the conflict. This intensifies the need for food assistance throughout the country, especially in areas where the conflict is active. Many of the people who stayed in the country were needy before the war. Now their daily survival is a struggle.

CAM plans to ship more food from the USA and purchase food from other parts of Europe for the people in Ukraine. The food we purchased from western Europe has already arrived in Ukraine.

Some people flee to Romania and arrive at the borders hungry and weary. CAM staff members and members of the local church serve two meals each day to the people who left the land they love. Many people cross the border for the first time and don’t know what to expect on the other side.

Eating before moving on.
Eating before moving on.

Blankets

The cold weather in Europe adds a complexity for Ukrainians. A CAM worker in Ukraine shared how his sister’s family briefly took shelter in a hole in their yard with a thin roof when they heard the Russians were going from house to house terrorizing and killing. From their hiding space under the thin roof, they watched the Russians enter their house before continuing down the street. Thankfully, the family was soon able to leave the area.

Many others also flee through the cold or stay at places without proper heat. CAM staff members and volunteers meet Ukrainians at the Romanian border and give blankets to people who are chilled by the cold temperatures.

Recently a border police asked for a blanket and quickly wrapped up a shivering child.

Blanket provided to an elderly woman.
Blanket provided to an elderly woman.

Christian literature

With any crisis CAM seeks to spread the Word of God at a time when people are searching for hope. The Ukraine conflict is another opportunity to fulfill our goal of spreading the Gospel.

Last week thousands of copies of Christian literature were printed and are ready to distribute to refugees at the Romanian/Ukrainian border. This includes the 25 Favorite Stories from the Bible, a New Testament with Psalms and Proverbs, and a children’s coloring book in the Ukrainian language.

This literature is also sent to believers in Romania and surrounding countries to use as an evangelistic tool for Ukrainian refugees.

101 Bible given to a child.
101 Bible given to a child.

Thank you

We are grateful for the generous donations and prayers from you, our supporters, who enable us to help Ukrainians and provide Christian literature to point people to Christ! Without you, this work would not be possible.

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Christian Aid Ministries | March 2022


Delivering aid to the war zone in Ukraine

March 23, 2022

Two of our staff members recently made an incredibly dangerous trip to the war zone in Ukraine to deliver aid. They sought the Lord in prayer for direction of where the aid was most needed and when they should take the journey. They shared, “Many countries are working on assisting with aid; however, the aid tends to be more plentiful in safer areas and scarce in the neediest areas.”

The staff members contacted a pastor from Kharkiv and learned of the dire needs in his area. The pastor stayed behind to help the elderly and impoverished people who had no means to leave the area. Others who had vehicles or enough money to pay for the trip fled the area as the situation intensified. The Ukrainians who were left had no food or electricity for three days and no diesel in town for fuel. People called the pastor, crying, asking for any help they could get.

When our staff members started the journey to deliver the desperately needed food, they maintained contact with the pastor to know the condition of the area. The pastor had shared with them his near-death experiences from bombs as he worked tirelessly night and day to meet the needs. With sweaty palms, our staff members pressed on to the war zone area knowing they had life-sustaining aid and having felt the Lord’s direction to make the trip. When they neared Kharkiv, the pastor met them and directed them through nearly empty streets of the city, passed charred vehicles and damaged or flattened buildings.

Finally, they reached the pastor’s church house where the brethren cried at the sight of the food and because of the kindness and support from other believers. They unloaded the food with the sound of bombs in the distance, but the believers had renewed hope and courage despite the reminder of the sound of war.

We praise the Lord for the safe return of the staff members and for the encouragement the people in Kharkiv received through the aid.

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Christian Aid Ministries | March 2022


Three weeks of war in Ukraine

March 16, 2022

A load of food arrives at CAM’s temporary warehouse in western Ukraine.

War has been raging in Ukraine for three weeks. Thousands of people have been killed. More than three million refugees have fled the country, and several million more are displaced inside the country. Daily, innocent people suffer and die in the crossfire.

Yesterday, we received word of a young Christian family whose car was shot at by a Russian tank. The man, woman, and their little boy were killed. This family represents thousands of people—both Russian and Ukrainian—who have lost their lives as the war rages on.

A serious food crisis is developing inside Ukraine, where store shelves are rapidly emptying and supplies are running low. “Inside Ukraine, there is a food shortage crisis almost on the edge of catastrophe,” writes a contact who we are helping to provide food. “The need is huge inside Ukraine.”

Following is an update on projects that are taking place:

Providing food and other aid inside Ukraine

Our Ukrainian staff members continue to purchase what they can inside the country for distribution. They face challenges in finding sources for food and transporting food and other aid to various parts of the country. Our staff members are working out of a warehouse in western Ukraine as well as a warehouse south of Kyiv. Pray that God would keep our staff safe as they travel into Kyiv itself and other parts of Ukraine to distribute aid.

In addition to purchasing goods inside Ukraine, we are preparing aid shipments from Western Europe that can supply our workers with aid items to help people in need.

Elderly food recipient in Ukraine.

CAM’s distribution director in Romania has been working with food suppliers in Romania to purchase supplies to make food boxes to ship across the border into Ukraine. One thousand five hundred ready-to-eat food boxes were packed by willing volunteers in Romania. Many of these volunteers were children from the Mennonite churches in Ukraine. While these items were being gathered and packed, a load of comforters, hygiene kits, adult briefs, and canned meat spread that we had in our Romania warehouse inventory was sent into Ukraine last week.

Helping refugees in Romania

CAM staff members in Romania, along with the local Mennonite church, are working hard to help refugees who have come into Romania. They are supplying hot meals, transportation, lodging, and other assistance for refugee families.

Following is a report from an eyewitness of the flow of people at the Ukraine/Romania border: I saw women with children in their arms and women leading their children by the hand who have left their homes, their husbands, and everything they have. [They have] gone forth with only one, two, or three suitcases. Where? Into the wide world. They do not know what is coming next . . . Perhaps they shall never return. Perhaps they will never see the loved ones again from whom they have parted.

Pray for Ukrainian refugees in Romania, Moldova, Poland, and other countries who are facing an uncertain future. As the war grinds on, many are no doubt facing the grim reality that their displacement will be longer than they anticipated.

Shipment of aid from our warehouse in Ephrata, PA

We are working toward shipping several sea containers of canned chicken, comforters, hygiene kits, and food parcels to Ukraine. Join us in praying that this project could move forward and we can get the needed paperwork to ship this much-needed aid.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support as we respond to requests for help and seek to be the hands and feet of Jesus to people suffering the horrors of war.

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Christian Aid Ministries | March 2022


Day 16: Relentless fighting continues

March 11, 2022

Relentless fighting continues between Russia and Ukraine with millions of people suffering in the wake of the conflict. This is the sixteenth day since the invasion began.

People throughout the country face freezing temperatures as they flee for the border or safer parts of Ukraine. Western Ukraine was a safe haven for many Ukrainians when the fighting began, but some areas are now targeted with bombs and missiles.

Ukrainian CAM staff members distribute food parcels in Kyiv.
Ukrainian CAM staff members distribute food parcels in Kyiv.

“The number of refugees from Ukraine— tragically—has reached today 2.5 million,” U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, said on Friday, March 11. He said another two million people are displaced inside Ukraine.

Food recipients in Ukraine.
Food recipients in Ukraine.

Food shortages are an increasing problem. Our staff and contacts are doing what they can to supply much-needed food aid to the most vulnerable. Caring Ukrainian volunteers are working at our warehouse to pack the food parcels. A CAM staff member said, “People are willing to help with almost anything it seems.”

Local volunteers pack food parcels at CAM’s warehouse in Ukraine.
Local volunteers pack food parcels at CAM’s warehouse in Ukraine.

Christian literature opportunities

We continue to pursue opportunities to print and distribute Bibles and Christian literature to point people to Christ in this distressing time. Our Ukrainian contacts and staff members distribute the literature to people experiencing intense heartache and loss. One of our contacts said, “Since the war in Ukraine began on February 24, we have experienced a tremendous need to provide Scriptures in the Ukrainian language for people trapped in Ukraine as well as refugees who have fled to neighboring countries for safety.” This contact requests help to print 100,000 Ukrainian New Testaments.

CAM staff in Romania reach out to refugees

Our staff members in Romania reach out to refugees who pour into Romania. They help at a tent near the border where refugees gather as soon as they enter the country. They are also helping some refugees find long-term lodging. Following is a report from Romania: Some people come through who simply have no place to go. They’re scared, they just want to get out of Ukraine. They’re hoping someone will help them find a place to stay and care for them until they can return. There is opportunity to help make sandwiches, give blankets, caps, or warm socks to people who are cold, or just give a helping hand to a mother with her children. Along with that we offer Christian literature, New Testaments, and Bible story books.

Please continue to pray

Please pray for the people affected by the war in Ukraine. A CAM staff member in Ukraine asks that you pray for those under fire, and that the shooting would end. He also requests prayer for those who left their homes and wonder if and when the war will end and if they will be able to return. Another CAM staff member requested prayer for “safety, courage, and resilience for our workers.” Thank you for praying!

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With the extent of need, both now and in the months to come, significant funding will be needed for the Ukraine Crisis project. If you wish to help, your support will be a great blessing.

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Christian Aid Ministries | March 2022


Number of Ukrainian refugees reaches 1.7 million

March 7, 2022

The UN Refugee Agency estimates that 1.7 million people have now been displaced to neighboring countries since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24. Thousands more are displaced within Ukraine, where food, medicines, and other necessities are rapidly becoming scarce. Our staff and contacts continue to research ways to best help people in need.

Please continue to pray for those affected by this war in Ukraine. Our hearts go out to the millions of people, including many of our brothers and sisters in Christ, who are suffering the ravages of war.

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof” (Psalm 46:1-2).

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Christian Aid Ministries | March 2022


Ukraine faces seventh day of fighting

March 2, 2022

The people of Ukraine are facing the seventh day of fighting since Russia began its invasion. Air raids, bombings, missile strikes, and ground combat continue in various large cities throughout the country.

“Yesterday our village back home shook as the bombs hit the nearest city,” writes a Mennonite woman from Ukraine. “Today a sister, who bravely stayed behind, messaged, ‘Pray. Airplanes are flying overhead.’ This morning the village head posted on the village group: ‘Warning! Air raids all over Kyiv Oblast. Everyone quickly go under cover.’ The war is not over yet; in fact, the worst may be ahead.” A Ukrainian man wrote, “Our city is surrounded with Russian tanks. I am hoping to escape out of the city tomorrow, but I don’t know how.”

CAM established a presence in Ukraine in 2001 and has many connections with churches and other contacts throughout the country. Requests for help continue to come our way.

Our Ukrainian employees, though displaced themselves, have a strong desire to help those in need. They are working to purchase food for displaced people and find ways to safely distribute aid. Food is becoming scarce, especially in areas near the fighting. Yesterday, one of our workers distributed food parcels to elderly people in Kyiv.

An elderly Christian in Kyiv with a food parcel delivered by one of our Ukrainian staff.

Staff members in Romania are working to help refugees who are arriving in Romania and Moldova. They are housing refugees and purchasing food and other aid to send into Ukraine’s war zone. They plan to provide blankets, hygiene kits, adult briefs, canned meat, and bedding.

We are working to supply Bibles, Bible story books, and Christian literature inside Ukraine and to Ukrainian refugees in other countries. Our desire is to encourage suffering Christians and point others to God in this distressing time.

Please continue to pray for the people of Ukraine. Pray also for those in Russia who innocently suffer because of the war their country is involved in. No doubt, people in both countries are facing great difficulties as a result of this conflict.

“Will Ukraine ever be the beautiful country it once was?” asks a woman from Ukraine. “I do not know who will win the war that is raging, but . . . God’s truth will endure to the end.”

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Christian Aid Ministries | March 2022


Ukraine: Worst European humanitarian crisis in decades

Malyn, Ukraine after shelling on March 9, 2022. Photo source: Wikimedia Commons/State Emergency Service of Ukraine

Feb. 28, 2022

In Europe’s largest ground war since World War 2, Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24. It began with Russian president Vladimir Putin ordering a “special military operation” in eastern Ukraine, warning that interference could lead to “consequences you have never seen.” Shortly after Putin’s announcement, missiles exploded in Ukraine’s capital Kyiv and other cities throughout the country.

Since the attack, multitudes of people throughout Ukraine have spent nights in basements, bomb shelters, or subway tunnels. The scream of incoming missiles, bombs, and gunshots has been traumatizing for everyone, especially children. A mother said, “I was awake at night when I got a message about Putin’s speech announcing an invasion. Then immediately the explosions began. To realize that Kyiv was under attack was a big shock. I dressed my 10-year-old son. He was so scared he vomited.”

One young girl kept waking her mom during the night, screaming, “Mom, I’m scared, please save me!” She calmed down only after her mother held her for the rest of the night.

Hundreds of thousands of people are fleeing Ukraine for Poland, Romania, Moldova, and Hungary. Long lines of traffic move slowly—at times less than 1 mph—on their way to the border. With few trains or buses running and gasoline scarce, many people abandon their vehicles and walk for miles, carrying children and dragging suitcases as best they can.

People are waiting for as long as twenty-four hours at congested border crossings in freezing temperatures, with no food, water, or toilet facilities. Many men ages 18-60 are forced to stay behind because of military conscription. Some plead, “Please don’t make me do this, I have children!” Women cry as they bid goodbye to husbands and sons.

As Ukrainians flee, roads are severely congested with traffic.

“We are witnessing what could become the largest humanitarian crisis on our European continent in many, many years,” says the European Commissioner for Crisis Management. “The expected number of displaced Ukrainians is over 7 million, and around 18 million are expected to be affected by the conflict in humanitarian terms.”

Ukraine history

During communism, Ukraine was part of the Soviet Union. In the 1930s, Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin initiated a famine that caused the deaths of millions of Ukrainians. Since 1992 and the collapse of the Soviet Union, Ukraine has been an independent country caught in a tug-of-war between Russia and the West. Many ethnic Russians reside in Ukraine, and many Ukrainians have relatives in Russia. In 2014, Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula, a part of Ukraine where ethnic Russians were the majority. It also backed militant separatists in two eastern provinces.

So far, hundreds of people have been killed, thousands injured, and millions turned into refugees or internally displaced people. The US Ambassador to the United Nations says, “The tidal waves of suffering this war will cause are unthinkable.”

The full military mobilization for men aged 18-60 is creating a serious dilemma for nonresistant Christians. Ukraine has hundreds of thousands of Christians whose beliefs are similar to the Anabaptists. Many Ukrainian believers come from Mennonite backgrounds. In the 1760s, Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia, invited the Mennonites to settle in Ukraine, granting them freedom of religion and other benefits.

CAM’s American staff, who evacuated prior to the military invasion, are in daily contact with our Ukrainian national staff. Together, they are working with churches to organize humanitarian aid distributions for displaced Ukrainians. The greatest cry is for food. Additionally, we are working to provide Christian literature for displaced Ukrainians in the western part of the country.

We are also working with partner groups to assist refugees in various countries surrounding Ukraine. In Romania, CAM staff members at our base are hosting refugees.

Many Ukrainian refugees are fleeing to Moldova, an impoverished country bordering Ukraine. With the extra strain this influx of refugees is placing on already needy people, we will probably provide aid to some Moldovans.

If you feel led to help, your gift will bless Ukrainians and others in Eastern Europe suffering the ravages of war. Funds will be used in the name of Christ to provide food and other aid as well as Bibles and Bible story books. God bless you!

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Christian Aid Ministries | March 2022


Update and prayer needs for Ukraine

Feb. 25, 2022

Russia’s invasion into Ukraine continues with bombs and missiles exploding throughout the country. The capital city Kyiv is one of numerous cities under attack. Hundreds of thousands of people are fleeing to safety. The UN Refugee Agency predicts that as many as 4 million Ukrainians may flee to other countries if the situation further deteriorates.

Tens of thousands of people are already pouring into Poland, Romania, Hungary, and Slovakia. Many are waiting at congested borders for hours in freezing temperatures. Ukrainian men whose ages range from 18 to 60 are restricted from leaving the country. Reports state that woman weep as they bid farewell to their husbands, and leave to cross the border.

We are in frequent communication with staff and contacts who are reaching out to refugees and other suffering Ukrainians through food, Christian literature, and other aid. Please join us for praying! Following are some specific ways you can pray:
• Pray for wives and children who are needing to separate from husbands and fathers to leave the country.
• Ask God to protect the elderly and other vulnerable people who are suffering.
• Discernment is needed as CAM and other groups seek to respond to needs. Pray for us!
• Pray for Christians in western Ukraine, Romania, Moldova, Poland, and other places who are seeking ways to host refugees.
• Pray that unbelievers would turn their hearts to God in the midst of fear, uncertainty, and suffering.
• Pray for peace!

Christian Aid Ministries | Feb 2022


Russia invades Ukraine

Feb. 24, 2022

Just before midnight last night (EST), Russia invaded Ukraine, attacking various cities. This morning a contact said this: The unthinkable started last night. Russia is invading Ukraine from several directions. We expect massive numbers of displaced people in western Ukraine but also in the surrounding countries.

As always in times of conflict, many innocent people are suffering. While our American staff members have evacuated Ukraine, we are communicating with our national staff and other contacts inside the country. Together, we are considering ways we can help as suffering will undoubtedly increase in the coming days.

Pray for the people of Ukraine as they face fear, uncertainty, and danger. We also invite you to pray for our national staff as they try to head to safer areas. Thank you for joining us in prayer!

Christian Aid Ministries | Feb 2022

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Teaching inspires Ukrainian farmer

Ukrainian farmer, Christian Aid Ministries

Petro pastors a church in a Ukrainian village. All his life this Ukrainian farmer tries to make a living, growing grain on twenty-four acres. But Petro’s farming venture didn’t supply enough income to support his eleven children.

In 2019, Petro joined a SALT savings group. As he attended meetings and listened to the teaching, he started to reconsider how he could use his land more wisely. He recognized his land as the main resource God had given him. With input from others, it became clear that he needed to stop raising grain and seek another way to use his land. Raising animals seemed like his best option.

Although the local savings group didn’t have enough funds to loan to Petro to launch this venture, Petro was able to round up the money he needed to get started. SALT meetings provided a place for him to ask questions, receive instruction on business management, and seek direction from others in the group.

Thirty pigs and four calves

Petro bought thirty pigs and four calves. Even with the space taken by the animals, he still had room to grow feed on his land. His business of raising animals has increased his income by three times! He sells piglets and quartered beef. He is now thinking about processing and selling meat like sausage and bologna.

Petro’s mind seems to be constantly turning, trying to think of ways he can best use the land God has given him. During a SALT teaching session, he heard about growing raspberries and fruit trees. He is thinking about this idea as a next step for his farm development.

One of our objectives with SALT is to help people discover ways to provide for their families. Often, people do not need many additional physical resources to start them on the path to providing for themselves. Like Petro, many people have resources, but simply need encouragement and input from others to best use what God has placed in their care.

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