We are heartbroken over the current situation in Ukraine, and YFC Canada has committed to supporting our colleagues in whatever way we can. We will post updates from Ukraine as we receive them.
Our colleagues in Eastern Europe shared this video with us to share an update and words of thanks from Ukrainian refugees.
Daryl Stogryn, the Director of Global Engagement, received this update letter from Sasha in Ukraine. Sasha shares how he appreciates every grace God gives, how his ministry has changed this year, and how they are working to make resources available for young people in Eastern Europe.
Thank you for your continued prayers for our colleagues in Eastern Europe.
Thank you for your ongoing interest in ways to assist the people of Ukraine through the ministry of Youth for Christ. The war continues with little abatement. The news reports and the reports we receive from our colleagues in Ukraine and neighbouring nations all point to a conflict that is not expected to end soon, and, in the eastern part of the nation, it is likely to get worse. Please continue to pray for peace and for the ability to serve the needs of the people as they change and develop.
Focus on YFC Hungary relief efforts for Ukraine
The staff of YFC Hungary has been working to the point of exhaustion in serving the needs of Ukrainians leaving the war zone. The biggest need to help refugees in Hungary at the moment is to have two more YFC staff who are able to step into communications and drive vehicles to the border with aid supplies and help with all the coordinating work. Your support will help alleviate some of the stress by providing 2 short-term staff for the next 2 months to supplement the YFC Hungary team. The cost for two short-term staff to help YFC Hungary is $4,760 CAD.
The number of refugees in Hungary is over 400,000. Compared to the size of the population of Hungary which is less than 10 million, this is a huge amount to coordinate. YFC Hungary is helping refugees meet some of their basic needs, welcoming them into the country with the goal of making them feel at home as soon as possible.
To get a sense of the breadth of the relief efforts underway in Hungary, here is a list of some of their activities:
YFC would value any financial support that would help with the activities and costs which are listed above.
Thank you for your continued partnership and support for our friends in Eastern Europe. If you have any questions – please reach out to our Director of Global Engagement, firstname.lastname@example.org.
(1) Attila, National Director of YFC Hungary, packing his car to deliver supplies across the border
(2) Attila, National Director of YFC Hungary, playing with a group of Ukrainian boys in YFC Hungary’s ministry centre
(3) YFC Hungary’s National Director and Family: Róza, Attila & Lídia, Abigél
(4) Attila, National Director of YFC Hungary, and his wife, Lídia
As YFC in the surrounding nations continue to provide support for Ukrainians fleeing the conflict – the biggest need continues to be money for supplies. Food, medical supplies, clothing and transportation to safe places are the greatest needs at the moment. Funds will continue to go to YFC Eastern Europe where they will be distributed to relief efforts where most needed. YFC ministries in Romania, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Moldova and Hungary are heavily involved in receiving and caring for refugees.
Staff from YFC Hungary are going into Ukraine to deliver aid supplies and coming back with refugees. YFC Slovakia staff are doing similar things. In nations a little farther away, Germany, Netherlands for example, YFC ministries are coordinating temporary housing with various agencies.
2 very specific needs. YFC Slovakia needs to purchase an empty shipping container so that they can have safe, dry storage of donated goods prior to distribution. The cost is $6,000Euro (Approx $8500 CAD) In addition to a shipping container they are trying to buy a 24 passenger mini-bus for transporting refugees and supplies. They have been renting, but the cost is prohibitive. A purchase will be much more efficient.
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Since we last wrote, we have sent close to $10,000 to YFC in Eastern Europe to be distributed as noted below. More comes in each day and we will be sending funds to YFC in Eastern Europe to help with the cost of placing refugees from Ukraine through Europe and beyond.
All of our European YFC colleagues are engaged in this, however those in the countries bordering Ukraine are bearing the brunt of the initial work. We are investigating ways to get donated supplies to the area as well.
One story: Lena, a YFC staff from Ukraine and our WakeUp Deborah (A prayer ministry) leader in Ukraine, gathered on a bus some of the children and mothers from the day care where she serves and left Ukraine. They drove across Poland and Germany to arrive in the Netherlands. Working with YFC and the Wake Up Deborah leader in the Netherlands they are planning how to provide spiritual and material support to Ukrainian mothers and children.
Finally, just in from Ukraine. 5 Day Care Centers (Chmelnicki, Ternopol, Lutsk, Lviv, Korosten) will be a transit place for 40 refugees daily each one to stay for a night, to eat and to have a food package and basic medicine box to move further. Total number per day is about 200 people. During 7-14 days it will be at least 1400 people. And also in the western part they develop a logistic transportation service to bring refugees to the borders.
The Day Care Centres are now “care centers”. Everybody they know from YFC Ukraine staff and volunteers are alive. This is what they know as of Thursday March 8th
Please continue to support this as you can. Stay tuned for updates.
Daryl Stogryn – Global Engagement, YFC Canada
By now you are aware of the events unfolding in Eastern Europe and the invasion of Ukraine. Youth for Christ in Ukraine has a long and strong history of providing services to children and youth, especially through their day-centres ministry, where youth can come for safety, meals, and fellowship. In addition, youth can find support when going through traumatic family circumstances. Over the next weeks and months, if the news reports are any indication, the situation in Ukraine could continue to deteriorate.
YFC Canada is committed to assisting our colleagues in whatever way we can and so we have set up an emergency fund for that purpose. We will collect funds to support YFC staff and their ministries in Ukraine and send it to YFC International for distribution. Please note – due to the emergency of this situation we will be waiving all administration costs so that 100% of your donation will go directly to Ukraine. To contribute to this fund, please click here.
Even though we are hearing that people are leaving Ukraine in large numbers, in a recent communication from our colleagues there, one was quoted as saying, “We will stay and keep the doors open for the youth and children.” This takes courage and conviction as they are all facing war.
Here is some information from the National Director of YFC Ukraine:
Greetings dear friends! Thank you very much for your prayers for Ukraine! You all know that the situation in Ukraine is now very difficult!…
Now the people of Ukraine live between life and death. God sent me to Slovakia to prepare a place for the Youth for the Christ of Ukraine team, their families and volunteers, as well as for refugees from Ukraine, now these are women and children who are scared to death. Men and boys from 18-65 years old, cannot leave Ukraine, they can be called in to defend our homeland Ukraine.
We are very grateful to God for Youth for Christ Slovakia, as they are ready to receive 75 people and provide for them:
A warm and clean bed, clean water for drinking and hot water for washing and hot and good food during the day, which many children and women of Ukrainian refugees now dream of, who are standing on the border sometimes even 75 km in line.
One month of accommodation and meals for 75 people will cost 40,000 euros at the Ranch in Slovakia. YFC Slovakia is stopping their activities to help people. We want to start for help to collect at least for the first month, and planning for three months.
This is in Slovakia, but we are also connecting with our brothers and sisters in Romania, Moldova and Hungary who want to help. We will continue to coordinate and support the way in which these nearby YFC nations assist Ukraine. We don’t know what will happen in the near future. We will start with the support for the first month. There’s a lot of insecurity at this moment. Also if (national) governments or relief organizations will or are able to help us. We want to start with helping our YFC family to offer a safe place. Please consider your support.
Please pray for:
- Stop shelling and killing people and children.
- For refugees who are trying to get to the border.
- For people with children and older people who do not have the opportunity to leave.
- For stopping the WAR.
- For Christians who have remained and continue to serve the people.
- The prayer list can be large. Please pray for Ukraine.
- Pray for our brothers and sisters in Russia and Belarus who don’t want this war. Pray for boldness of these Kingdom-people to reach their generation with the gospel.
May you always have Peace of the Lord God! May God bless you.
Please pray for safety, peace, and a swift resolution to this terrible situation. Please also pray for our colleagues in nearby nations. We have YFC people there as well – they are dear brothers and sisters and they are in pain with these events.
If you have any questions – please reach out to our Director of Global Engagement, firstname.lastname@example.org