From Jon Eide, Ukraine Country Director:
I received a remarkable phone call this morning. There is a couple in our church in Kyiv who wanted to get married—today. They were looking for someone in our denomination who could conduct a wedding service on zoom from a bomb shelter. The guy was going to serve in the military, and she was moving toward evacuation. They wanted to get married before both of those things happened.
I talked to another pastor in our denomination today who spent the night in a bomb shelter in Mykolaiv. He had spent the day riding his bicycle around the city, while the curfew was lifted, giving church members who had not evacuated money from the church for supplies.
These are small stories that point to a larger tragedy. The attack and ensuing war has led to thousands of stories like this.
As of today, Russia does not occupy any large cities in Ukraine, and has not taken over any major airports. Ukraine lives to see another day. Its people however have suffered greatly and there is no end in sight.
Hundreds of thousands are moving through cities in the west. Our refugee response in the church in Lviv is so maxed out that our team members and church members are having people sleep on the floor in their apartments.
The situation across the border in Poland, Romania, and Hungary is growing more dire. The country of Poland has made all public transportation free for anyone with a Ukrainian passport and Poland has also opened to up to 4 million refugees. We are now preparing our church in Kraków for huge numbers of refugees that would land in that city.