Internally displaced in Ukraine: 1.4 million

By March 13, 2015
Ukrainian boy eats a meal provided by a church who receives support from Mission Eurasia. (Photo by Mission Eurasia)

Ukrainian boy eats a meal provided by a church who receives support from Mission Eurasia. (Photo by Mission Eurasia)

Ukraine (MNN) — The United Nations reports there are more than 1.4 million people who are considered internally displaced persons (IDP) in Ukraine. The majority of these refugees have been forced from the homes and apartments by Russian fighters in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of eastern Ukraine.

President of Mission Eurasia (formerly Russian Ministries) Sergey Rakhuba was born in Ukraine. He says the need is huge right now. “The government in Ukraine is doing almost nothing. Bigger humanitarian organizations have no access yet, or are simply not informed about this crisis yet. The only entity that can do something is the church.”

What have they been able to do to this point? Rakhuba says, “We have been feeding literally thousands and thousands in the locations where churches are organizing these feeding locations.”

But they don’t have enough to meet the needs of 1.4 million people. And with the failing economy, churches don’t have the funding to meet the incredible need.

The U.N. reports 1.4 million internally displaced people in Ukraine. These are some of them being fed by Mission Eurasia supported churches. (Photo by Mission Eurasia)

The U.N. reports there are 1.4 million internally displaced people in Ukraine. Some are being fed by churches supported by Mission Eurasia. (Photo by Mission Eurasia)

Feed the Starving Children is partnering with Mission Eurasia, says Rakhuba. “They provided a generous donation of four 40-foot containers with pre-packed food packages. There are over 1 million of these individually packed meals.”

Mission Eurasia has combined these meals containers with six additional containers of clothing, wheelchairs, and other needed items. But help is needed to deliver them. “It takes about $5,000 to deliver one 40-foot container. Together, we need about $50,000. $10 would help to deliver 500 meals, or $20 will help ship 1,000 meals.”

This does more than feed a refugee. “This crisis gives an opportunity for the Gospel to shine through the practical work of God’s children,” explains Rakhuba.

It’s working. “People come not just to get food at the churches, now,” says Rakhuba. “They rush to prayer meetings, to counseling meetings, and Bible studies.”

If you can help provide $5,000 for a whole container, or can send 500 meals for $10, click here.

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