LOVES PARK, IL — A U.S. mission is rushing to support Ukrainian churches racing to help families impacted by the catastrophic dam collapse in southern Ukraine as a counter-offensive gets underway.
“People are desperate for water, food, and a way to charge their phones as flood waters surround them and the counter-offensive goes on,” said Michael Johnson, president of Slavic Gospel Association (SGA, www.sga.org).
The Illinois-based organization is rushing generators, solar-powered phone charging kits, food, and other emergency supplies to local evangelical church teams and pastors responding at the scene of the disaster.
“For many, these local church volunteers are their lifeline,” Johnson said.
The collapse of the Nova Kakhovka dam has been described as one of the biggest industrial and ecological disasters in Europe for decades, wiping out farms, destroying entire villages, and cutting off power and safe drinking water supplies to tens of thousands.
Shock and Tears
“I couldn’t stop crying,” said local church worker Olexandra, who partners with SGA. “I’ve never seen anything like this in my life. The damage caused by the flooding is terrible… the scale is terrifying.”
Local churches are asking for prayer. “Keep praying for us,” Olexandra said. “(We) hope God turns everything for good.”
Ready-Made Relief Force
SGA’s network of thousands of local evangelical churches and missionary pastors across the former Soviet Union has been operating for nearly 90 years, through times of war and peace, and even during the Cold War.
“It’s a ready-made relief force in emergencies, with local church volunteers already on the scene, so we’re able to respond quickly, offering hurting people not only practical aid but also spiritual support and the good news of the Gospel,” Johnson said. “It’s so powerful when local Christians pray with people in distress and share with them that, yes, there is hope even in this dire situation.”
About Slavic Gospel Association
Founded in 1934, Slavic Gospel Association (SGA, www.sga.org) helps “forgotten” orphans, widows and families in Ukraine, Russia, the former Soviet countries of Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and Russian-speaking immigrants in Israel – caring for their physical needs and sharing the life-transforming Gospel. SGA supports an extensive grassroots network of local evangelical missionary pastors and churches in cities and rural villages across this vast region.
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Source: Christian News Wire, Ukraine Dam Catastrophe: Churches Rush to Help in Flood Zone