From Jon Eide, MTW Ukraine Country Director: The story of Oskar Schindler personally protecting, and later moving to safety, over a thousand Jews from near certain death has come to mind frequently over the past week.
Each of our pastors, team, and church members has their own list of people who we are working to provide safety for. Each of us are on the phone checking in, tracking people’s progress west, and receiving gracious offers from churches and families in Europe who are willing to receive refugees.
The circumstances and consequences are very different, but tragically Oskar Schindler had his factory in Kraków Poland, where our refugee center is now located.
The constant texts, phone calls, and updates from those on the road fleeing a city being bombed, and the arrangements being made on the other end are hectic, stressful, and taxing. Many of us don’t know how long we can keep it up.
But our fatigue pales in comparison to those on the road. Aside from the fact that these people have left cities being shelled, traveled with the sound of bombers flying overhead, been on the road for four or five days; they now have no guarantee of certainty for their future, or if they will ever return.
One church member from the city of Kherson left early this week, and their family has just recently arrived to safety. The city they left is now under full Russian control, TV channels have switched from Ukrainian to Russian, cell phones no longer work on local providers, and Russian soldiers patrol the streets.
They left everything behind in their city, and are unsure if they will ever be back, either because of their persecution for being in the church, or the safety of their city. They may leave behind everything, as many did in eastern Ukraine eight years ago fleeing the persecution and danger.
Two prayer request today:
Pray for the health, rest, and ability to continue for those who are working with and making arrangements for refugees. It can feel like the future of each one of them is in your hands.
Pray for those who have left everything behind with an uncertain future, that they would find hope in and eternal kingdom when the earth in one has fallen apart.