From Jill Devries Nobles: Last week, my husband David and I had the privilege of delivering aid with Crates for Ukraine in Krakow.
We are so thankful for this opportunity to do something tangible to show our love and support for not only the churches and people of Ukraine, but also for the missionaries.
Our first obstacle, after deciding to bring crates with less than one month to prepare, was to actually find crates and the resources to fill them. God provided in amazing ways. We thought maybe we would have six and prayed for twelve. The response was incredible, so many gave quickly and willingly to where we ended up with 18 crates by the deadline that we set! Two churches from Williamsburg, VA and a church in NJ, along with Dr. Wiley Smith, family and friends from NH to TX were so generous in their giving.
Our second obstacle was getting the excess baggage fee waived, which came to $3,420.00. We called and emailed multiple times before departure without success. When we arrived at the airport, David explained our mission to the person at the counter, and she took our MTW letter saying we were bringing humanitarian aid to Ukraine and our passports to her manager. She came back a few minutes later and started to check in all eighteen bags. David and I were silently waiting in suspense, after all the crates were checked in, she handed us our boarding passes and said, “Here are your passes and now you can go to your gate.” David asked if there would be a fee and she told us we were free to go that the fees were waived. We were overwhelmed and so grateful. Tears of joy filled our eyes as we started to walk to our gate! Not only was it a miracle to have the fees waived, but we saw the compassion in the eyes of the person waiving the cost, this was incredible!
We were once again filled with joy when all the crates arrived with us in Krakow, on time. Two other travelers in the baggage claim area even helped us manage & move the crates through customs.
Bradley was there to welcome us and take us to the warehouse apartment where we unloaded the crates to be picked up and delivered to Ukraine. Even before we left for the States a couple days later, we found that our crates along with many others were already in Ukraine to be prepared for distribution throughout the country.
Staying in the very hotel in Krakow where the missionaries fled to back in February was sobering. I stood in the hotel reflecting on the fact that many tears were shed; many prayers were lifted up crying out to God in that very place. This seemed a place of haven in the earlier days of this terrible invasion. Missionaries having their lives turned upside down, knowing the people they love are suffering and putting their lives at stake.
Having been a missionary myself during the earlier days in Ukraine with MTW, it is tragic to think of the pain and loss of the Ukrainian people. On the other hand, it is a great encouragement to see the believers, the pastors and their families and congregations on the front line of bringing the healing hope of the gospel through word, through compassion and care for the needy. God is good! He is working this all out for His purposes.
David and I pray that this war will come to an end soon and may many come to know Christ personally as a result of all that has happened since 2014 and especially since February 24th!
Thank you MTW L’viv for bringing us Crates for Ukraine! What an honor and privilege to be able to serve in this way. This was David’s first time traveling outside North America, and he has expressed there could not have been a better way to travel overseas than to have such a meaningful purpose. He is ready to go again, if the Lord calls.
We appreciate all Dal and Beth Stanton and the other MTW missionaries have done to keep us aware of what is happening with the war and with our dear brothers and sisters in Christ serving oh so faithfully.
Thank you to those who have posted on Voice of Ukraine. Lxxx’s daily posts have been so meaningful; words cannot express how thankful we are for her and her willingness to take the time to keep us informed to help us know how to pray!
Love in Christ,
David and Jill Nobles