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As we support and Pray for Ukraine

“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.” Isaiah 54:10 Mission Without Borders Australia P| 02 9647 2022 E| australia@mwbi.org www.mwb.org.au


UKRAINE NEEDS OUR PRAYERS Events in Ukraine are changing daily. Everyone at Mission Without Borders is overwhelmed by the devastating news. With the loss of many lives in the confrontations at Kiev’s Maidan (Independence Square), and violent clashes in other locations, Ukraine is paying a high price. Many fear the country is now entering its most difficult time since independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.The last thing anyone ever expected was to be threatened by their own ‘friendly neighbour’ and ‘brother-nation’. Ever since Russia occupied Crimea, Ukrainians are fearful. The whole nation of Ukraine is in a state of shock and despair over these events. As a result our Staff and Field Workers at MWB are also seeing a revival of faith.

All Christians, all churches are praying for peace!

“If you came to Rivne today, or any other Ukrainian city, you would probably be surprised to see that life is calm and everything is going as usual: Children are going to school and kindergarten; shops are open; people are working. But there is a sense of deep concern in the air. Ukraine’s situation is now critical.

Mykhaylo Illyuk, Rivne Baptist Deputy Bishop:

It is noteworthy that in many of Ukraine’s town squares we are seeing massive joint prayer meetings where members from different denominations get together for special prayer. Yesterday such a night of prayer was held in Sarny (where MWB has a lot of programs). It’s really encouraging to see that in the face of danger, Christian denominations demonstrate the spirit of unity!” Family coordinator, Maksym, in Rivne:

“It’s the first time we have ever worked in such circumstances when many people are shocked and terrified, worrying about their future so much. We try to Mykola Bogdanets, reassure our beneficiaries, and find that many are now MWB’s Ukraine keen to talk about salvation and renewing their Manager, writing from our MWB office in Rivine, relationship with God. Often families also want to pray together during our visits.” in the north of Ukraine:

“Church life has changed: More people are coming to church to hear God’s Word; they pray more earnestly and are willing to fast. People have formed prayer chains and get together with other families even for nightly vigils.”

T HR OU G H Y OU R S U P P OR T A N D G I V I N G

WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE C H I L D R E N A N D F A M I LI E S A R E I N N E E D OF S P O N S OR HI P

Through your prayers and thoughts for the people of Ukraine, many of you have contacted us asking how you can help, financially and through Gift in Kind donations. Unfortunately we cannot send money directly to benefit those affected by this crisis, as donations we receive are distributed equally to all the six countries that we support. With customs also in turmoil, it is near impossible to get donations of warm items and knitted clothing into the country. The best way we can provide aid and support to the people of Ukraine is through our CRI (Child Rescue International) and F2F (Family to Family) sponsorship programs. By sponsoring a Child or Family in Ukraine, your donations will directly go to supporting their individual physical, emotional and spiritual needs during this time of desperation and crisis. We have listed some families and children who are in urgent need of sponsorship in Ukraine. If you have been lead by the Lord to offer your support, then consider and pray about sponsoring a family or a child. Your help today is very much needed to bring hope for tomorrow.


Release from Poverty, Repair the Ruins, Rebuild their Lives.

TARASYUK FAMILY Volodymyr and his wife Ruslana have 5 children between the ages of 5 and 16. They live in Rivne in a small house that is very worn. Ruslana works as an assistant nurse and Volodymyr occasionally gets temporary work. They urgently need 3 more sponsors to help them with their daily necessities.

BILENKI FAMILY This is a poor family whose life circumstances have been very unfortuntate. Pavlo and Kateryna are married with 4 children between the ages of 2 and 8. The family have a strong faith in God and attend their local church each week. Recently their house, which they rented from a brother, was burnt down in a fire. They are now living in a small single room building on the property which is usually only used as a kitchen in Summer. It has a dirt floor and the toilet is outside. Both parents are unemployed, and Pavlo (father) is often away searching for work. This family needs 4 sponsors to provide support and meet their basic essentials.

NAZAREVYCH FAMILY Tetyana was married but her husband abandoned his family in 2010, so she now raises their three children aged 11, 9 and 7 on her own. They live in a 3 roomed house owned by her brother, with an outside toilet and no bathroom. They use one stove to both cook and heat the house. Tetyana has temporary work on a farm and earns approximately $220 AUD per month. The family doesn't attend church or have any knowledge about God and His love for them. They desperately need 4 sponsors to provide for them and open their hearts to the grace and love of our Lord.

VOZNYARSKA FAMILY

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Yuriy and Halyna are married and both have a faith in God. They attend the local church with their children. They have 7 children between the ages of 13 and 2 and also care for Halyna’s mother, Olha. They live in a rented 4 roomed house which is very run down. They have an inside bathroom, however the toilet is outside. The family work their own land and sell grain-crops for which they receive about $350 AUD per month to survive. Yuriy has kidney problems and often feels acute pain. They need 4 sponsors to encourage them and give them hope for the future.


Redeem a Child. Restore a Dream. Revive a Future.

P R E P A R E S T U D E N T S F OR P OS I T I O N S O F

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Below are some children who need your help. Due to Child Protection laws in Ukraine, we are unable to provide images at this time, however when you commit to sponsorship we will send you an information pack including a photo and more detailed information.

KRYSTYNA L. – 7 YEARS OLD Krystyna is from a dysfunctional family and needs the care of the Children’s Home in Solobkivtsi. Krystyna’s father has abandoned the family. Her mother is unable to care for her children so Krystyna, her brother and her sister live in the Children’s Home. Krystyna has mild learning difficulties and receives special education in the Home’s School. She is in grade 1 and enjoys reading classes. She is a friendly and active child but has difficulty expressing herself.

OLGA P. – 7 YEARS OLD Olga suffers from Down syndrome and comes from a poor family, who cannot provide for her special needs. Olga’s parents are married and her father works but he earns a very small income. Olga has 3 brothers and 1 sister. In the Korostyshyv Children’s Home, Olga is able to receive special care and education. She is in grade 1 at school and likes the physical education and music classes the most. Olga visits her family once a month. She is often sad but is a friendly child.

ANDRIY K. – 12 YEARS OLD Andriy’s parents are unmarried and living together. The father does temporary work but cannot provide for his family’s basic needs. Andriy has a brother, who also lives in the Tuchyn Children’s Home, and a sister. Andriy suffers from a mild intellectual disability and receives special education in the Home’s School. He is in grade 4. Andriy is a bright and friendly child and would like to be a taxi driver when he grows up.

NAZAR S. – 11 YEARS OLD Nazar comes from a normal family and has one brother. Only his mother is employed. Nazar suffers from a genetic disorder and has severe learning difficulties. He is behind in his education for his age and is only in grade 1. His favourite subject is Reading. Nazar lives in the Golovne Children’s Home during the week and receives special care and education. He goes home on the weekends to stay with his family. Nazar is a friendly and extroverted child.

YEVGENIY R. – 8 YEARS OLD Yevgeniy’s family are very poor. His parents are married and only his father is working. Yevgeniy has a light intellectual disability and requires special education, which he receives in this Children’s Home. Yevgeniy has 2 brothers and 4 sisters in his family. He is in grade 1 at school and enjoys reading. He is a friendly and active child.

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