3/3/2022 – From Jon Eide, MTW Ukraine Country Director

Each of the pastors of the churches in Ukraine has studied in our seminary to prepare for the ministry. A long education that prepares them to teach, preach, and serve the people in the church. Nowhere in the education is there a class called “How to evacuate your church in case of invasion”. That is, however, exactly what happened in Kharkiv a week ago when the first rockets hit the city – one of them nearby the pastor’s house, waking their family up at 4am.

This church in Kharkiv is 50 kilometers away from the Russian border, and it is the city that is being simply destroyed every night by missiles and shelling.

The pastor called all of the members, gathered himself and his family, took all the money the church had and organized a caravan headed West. For the next four days they travelled in traffic jams, stopping in each gas station to fill up to the 5 gallon limit per car, and two days ago, and all drove to safety.

The pastor and his family are in Lviv, but the rest of the church is scattered in twelve different cities and five different countries. The city they left behind is now being pounded with bombs, leveling many historic buildings, one bomb falling two blocks from the church

The future for the church in Kharkiv, as with all of the churches in the denomination, is very uncertain. We all want to think that Ukraine will stop the invasion and get their country back, but some are allowing themselves to think the unthinkable. They may never see their cities, their friends, their homes, and their church again. The small bag they took with them may be the only thing they own in this world as of today.

– Pray that our brothers and sisters who have lost everything will cling to the community of believers, and ultimate hope in Christ,

– To date, we have raised over $500,000 for the relief effort and longer term rebuilding. Pray that we will be able to meet many needs, and be able to reach our one million dollar goal. More details on the fundraising and refugee work are at www.voice-of-ukraine.com.

– Pray for the massive movement of people and the refugee work our teams are involved in focusing on Lviv and Krakow.

– Pray for peace.

PS – I am doing a live 20 Ukraine update tomorrow at 3pm EST interviewing a pastor in Kyiv life at this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81929668482…

In Christ,

Jon Eide MTW Ukraine

4 responses to “3/3/2022 – From Jon Eide, MTW Ukraine Country Director”

  1. Thank you for all the work you are doing in Ukraine along with our friends Bob and Andrea. God will protect His church. It exists in our hearts and not in buildings. His kingdom will be glorified through this time of struggle. As humans it’s hard to see that far.
    Blessings to you.


  2. Thank you Jon, for connecting us to our brothers and sisters in Ukraine.
    Thank you , We are praying here in South Central Pennsylvania
    Anne and Jim and family


  3. For pastors and flocks choosing to remain.

    Ps 62- Truly my soul waits upon God- from Him comes my salvation.
    He alone is my Rock and my salvation- He is my Defense, I shall not be greatly shaken.

    Ps 60- “….You have shown Your people hard things, You have made us drink the wine of astonishment. You have given a banner to them that fear You…Give us help from trouble, for vain is the help of man. Through God we will do valiantly for He shall tread down our enemies.”


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