Crates for Ukraine Update

We are just over halfway to our goal of registering 400 crates by March 1! The response from churches has been amazing thus far. Thank you for your willingness to help those in need. If you haven’t registered yet, there is still time. There are now 29 local drop-off locations around the U.S. for you to consider. Check the list of participating OPC, PCA and other organizations who are serving as drop-off points to see if there is one close to you. The list of drop-off locations can be found here (scroll down to the green box). Find out more about the Crate for Ukraine program by visiting:

We’re happy to provide contact information to churches or individuals who are interested in getting in touch with a drop-off location. Please email to request more information, or if you need any assistance.


Working Together for Ukraine

“But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?” — I John 3:17 

Grace Chung, member of Orthodox Presbyterian Church Franklin Square (New York), was reminded of that verse as she participated in packing supplies and aid to be sent to Ukraine as a part of the Crates for Ukraine initiative.

She says, “The congregation at OPC Franklin Square watched a video update that Pastor Lloyd Sterrett shared from Lviv, Ukraine during one of our Sunday School hours. We were moved by the ongoing support efforts and how God was clearly working in this war-torn country. Upon quick glance at the website detailing the Crates for Ukraine effort, I felt I could volunteer to help coordinate at our church.” This project was embraced by others in her church and immediately plans were formed to gather supplies and pack the crates.

Overall, OPC Disaster Response has been amazed by the response of churches across the denomination to the call to participate in the Crates for Ukraine initiative. We are immensely thankful for all the churches that have registered so far, excited to see how many more will participate, and grateful to the Lord for the way he is using this project to bring so many churches together in order to support and build up the global church.

At this time, at least 40 OPC congregations have committed to filling crates for Ukraine. In fact, some churches, like Living Hope OPC in Gettysburg, PA, have planned and devoted entire evenings to sharing information about Crates for Ukraine, learning more about the ministry taking place in Eastern Europe, and praying for the war situation and for the churches in the midst of it all. The people of Living Hope even tried Ukrainian foods together, including a traditional Ukrainian soup called Borscht.

If you haven’t already committed to helping, the time to get involved is now! The deadline to register your crates is March 1, 2023. This is a wonderful opportunity for your church to grow together in service, as well as care for your brothers and sisters in need across the globe. Grace Chung found it easy to participate, “I think MTW did a great job overall facilitating the participation of CFU. The instructions and supply lists were generally clear and easy to follow.” Join with her and many others in supporting the church in Ukraine, offering a demonstration of the love of Christ to those suffering in the midst of war.

You can find more information by visiting If you have any questions about the process, please email


Crates for Ukraine Update


The Beard family from New Hope Christian Fellowship in Elizabeth City, North Carolina reached out to the OPC Refugee Ministry Subcommittee for financial support as they planned to participate in the PCA’s “Crates for Ukraine” program. The family has dear friends in L’viv, MTW missionaries, who have been serving for several years.


Aimee Beard was excited to have a way to help, “Finally, there was something tangible we could do to help our brothers and sisters in Ukraine. Knowing the need was urgent, I started reaching out to local churches and friends in our community and the help began to pour in. Many were happy to help and especially so because several know [our family friends] personally. A handful of pharmacies and private physicians allowed us to purchase items at cost through them. We have a friend at Harbor Presbyterian (a supporting church) who is a paramedic and he reached out to the county to see if they could help. The county also allowed us to order medical/wound care items at cost through them. The process has truly been a beautiful thing to witness.”


“My initial goal was twenty crates. That was before all the support started to come in. We have already filled 70 crates, but I am expecting we will reach 80 by the time our last round of couriers leaves. Incredible! God is so good. It is amazing what He can do with a simple, ‘yes!’ We have a total of nine couriers who have all registered and purchased airline tickets.”


Aimee’s daughter, Callie, expressed interest in accompanying the team to Krakow after a family friend had to bow out of the trip, and more volunteers were needed. The OPC Refugee Ministry subcommittee considered this request and, in the end, were glad to be able to pay the remaining cost of an airline ticket for Callie at the cost of $1701.00. Thank you to all of those who donated to the Ukraine Crisis Fund and enabled this young woman to be able to participate in this important program.


An email from Aimee after their trip spoke of the success of their trip, “All crates made it to Krakow. Our final courier team arrived Wednesday with all 47 of their crates. All together there were 92 crates that were sent over from our community here in Northeast North Carolina. Praise the Lord for his faithfulness and blessings. He had his hand in every part of this entire mission. So many moving parts and details that only He could orchestrate. It is amazing what He will do with a simple yes.”


“We saw the warehouse where all the crates are stored until the team drives them to L’viv. The Ukrainian/Polish/English church service on Sunday was neat. It was great to see our friends from L’viv and the rest of the team. You can tell they are tired and are looking forward to a time to rest and reassess the situation before winter.”


Crates for Ukraine was an initiative started by the MTW L’viv Team in June of this year to address the war time aid needs of Ukraine. MTW (PCA) took the initiative in this effort and invited the OPC to join in their efforts. The OPC was privileged to be involved in this way.

Crates’ mission was simple: The Ukrainian Church and their national partners desired to provide personal and humanitarian aid from the hands of churches in the U.S. to the hands of churches and displaced communities in Ukraine. Churches, communities, or families were invited to pack a crate and send it to Ukraine via Krakow, Poland.

The Ukraine church in L’viv received and is processing these crates and sending them to the neediest communities and churches of Ukraine. MTW was able to utilize the 15 churches throughout Ukraine to network and resource the needy communities. 

Here is the latest data on the Crates for Ukraine initiative.


A few quick facts:


  • 1,315 crates were delivered to Krakow.
  • 186 Couriers brought aid.
  • Over 250 churches participated from over 100 cities and 21 states. 
  • 15 churches in Ukraine received/processed aid.
  • Over 115 locations have received aid or have in turn become aid distribution points.
  • Aid processing continues to reach the most needy and vulnerable.
  • 100 crates went to newly liberated villages (Lzyum and Kharkiv region) and our partner churches.
  • This Ukraine Aid Map will be updated weekly with more detailed delivery information. 


Many have asked about future aid initiatives. A possible “Crates for Christmas” initiative is in the works. We will update as information about that become available.


You can find out more about the efforts to help in Ukraine by listening to The Reformed Deacon episode where David Nakhla interviews MTW’s Ukraine Country Director, Jon Eide, and by reading the September 15 issue of the “Crates for Ukraine Update” from the PCA’s Mission to the World.