Mercy Ministry to Ukraine

War certainly isn’t an everyday ministry of mercy for the OPC Committee on Diaconal Ministries, however, because of our missionaries in L’viv, the crisis in Ukraine was an instant priority. For the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, this sudden need falls under the category of OPC Disaster Response. But, unlike other disasters, and for obvious reasons, “boots on the ground” may not be possible in this situation, although opportunities may be opening up through Mission to the World, the Presbyterian Church in America’s foreign missions’ team in Ukraine, the team in which our missionaries are a part. Keep an eye on the OPC Disaster Response website for updates.

Our effort right now is focused on an OPC Disaster Response fund to support our missionaries and sister churches in and around Ukraine. With funding and prayers, we can support our missionaries and sister churches as they become the help Ukrainian people need desperately right now. We are in contact with our missionaries in L’viv as often as possible, but as you can imagine, they are busy aiding the many internally displaced in the country as they attempt to find a safe haven both within and outside of their home country.

As deacons, you know first hand, there is much prayer and consideration that goes into the disbursement of funds, and often, there is a process for this work. We thought you might be interested in seeing some of the timeline of the OPC CDM:

February 24, 2022
As the conflict begins, we received word from our missionaries in western Ukraine that they were safe, but were anticipating needs from those who would be migrating West to escape the conflict. There is a network of sister churches in their area, and although help would come from many avenues, it was clear the need would exceed the means of their church and ministry there. The OPC CDM, along with OPC Foreign Missions began to confer and pray to determine the best course of action.

February 25, 2022
The OPC Committee on Diaconal Ministries’ Disaster Response Subcommittee immediately sent $5,000 to our, and MTW missionaries in L’viv in order to jump-start ministry efforts.

February 28, 2022
After receiving inquiries from churches and individuals, the Disaster Response Subcommittee determined to open a fund, “Ukraine Crisis Fund.” This fund will enable us to come alongside other sister churches in Ukraine and surrounding countries, such as Hungary, Romania, and Poland, who are now receiving refugees.

March 2, 2022
The Ukraine Crisis Fund became available online (in addition to “by check”) and over 100 donations were quickly received. 

March 9, 2022
Gifts exceeding $58,000 have been received to the Ukraine Crisis Fund in just one week! We anticipate the needs in this region will be great. As the funds come in, the DRS will prayerfully consider how to best use them to show the love of Christ to all during this unimaginable time. 

March 12, 2022
Over $110,000 in generous donations have now been received for this fund. 

March 14, 2022
Word of possible opportunities for volunteers to serve in Krakow, Poland with Mission to the World.

Know that our missionaries covet your prayers for them, the flock in L’viv, those they serve, and for the country of Ukraine that they have grown to love. Please also pray that the Lord would turn the hearts of those intent on doing harm. This is a tremendous opportunity for us to show the love of Christ by ministering to brothers and sisters in Christ and by welcoming the stranger. 

If you or your church would like to donate to this fund or to stay updated on the OPC’s effort to Ukraine, go to our website: OPCDisasterResponse.org.


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