5/25/2022 – A visit to Ivano-Frankivsk where the Kharkiv Church continues its mission

Admin: Jon & Tracy Eidie have served with Mission to the World since 1997. Jon is ordained teaching elder in the PCA and Tracy is a nurse. Jon currently serves as the MTW Ukraine Country Coordinator. They recently traveled to Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine, and Tracy gives this update:

The city of Kharkiv has been bombed relentlessly. It’s close to the Russian border in the east and is one of Ukraine’s largest cities. It also holds a special place in our hearts because our son, Zachary, was born in Kharkiv and we adopted him from one of its orphanages in 2007. 

We visited the Kharkiv many times to see him before we were able to bring him home and were thankful for the support and help of the Presbyterian Church of Kharkiv when we were there. The church was started in the late 90s and MTW missionaries have traveled there to preach and support the church from the beginning. 

When the invasion started many church members relocated to a city in far western Ukraine called Ivano-Frankivsk. Last week, we once again had the chance to visit church members and Jon preached at their relocated church service.

Jon preaching to the displaced Kharkiv Church in Ivano-Frankivsk

While there, we were able to see their shelter and aid distribution center that the MTW Ukraine Crisis Fund is supporting. 

Every Monday, Pastor Sudokov and two other fellow-church members (pictured above) make the 16 hour drive across the war-torn country to take food and medicine to Kharkiv. The people that remain are mostly elderly still living in bomb shelters after almost 3 months. Many have no way to receive their pension and have no money. There is no fresh meat or produce in the city so the convoy from in Ivano-Frankivsk brings canned food. They feed about 2000 people per week. 

Here is a collection of pictures of those in Kharkiv who depend upon these supplies and need the aid to continue.

There are so many cities like Kharkiv and some that are much worse. The good news is the Ukrainian army has almost completely pushed the Russians out of the region.  Please keep praying for the amazing efforts of both the army and the church to continue. 

2 responses to “5/25/2022 – A visit to Ivano-Frankivsk where the Kharkiv Church continues its mission”

  1. Thank you for the details, of aid and how it’s distributed. 2000 people a week. WOW! Plus those dear ones who drive 16 hours to bring aid to those who need it. Truly, Give us this day our daily bread. Thankful the church can still meet though displaced. Will continue to pray for you ALL. In the love of Christ-Katherine

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  2. Praying for you, Jon, MTW staff, volunteers and churches as you act as the hands and feet of Jesus in war ravaged Ukraine. “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. “All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish. Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all. For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.”
    ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭41:10-13‬ ‭NIV‬‬

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