Eleven Ukrainian orphans fled their home country with two guardians and were placed with a family from the church of ITMI's Piotr Zaremba.
Immediately Piotr recognized this more vulnerable group might have experienced the trauma of being uprooted from their homeland more acutely than others.
He and his wife Krystyna, have taken special care to be available to help them process and deal with what they've experienced.
There's also the matter of finding a permanent place where 11 children of various ages can thrive and grow in a country that is foreign to them.
Last Sunday, Piotr and Krystyna spent time having lunch with the orphans and their caretakers, listening and offering advice, love and care.
Piotr listens with concern as they share with him.
Piotr listens and offers advice as the refugees share.
Krystyna listens and ministers to Ukrainian refugees over lunch provided at K5N.
Piotr's church has also had the opportunity to provide fun, Gospel-centered activities for the Ukrainian refugee children on Sundays.
These lessons will help the children learn that they can turn to Jesus in this time of uncertainty and discomfort.
For people who've left everything behind and are thrust into a strange country with strangers, imagine the impact of a friendly smile that overflows with the love of Jesus.
Imagine being invited in to the fellowship of God's people - of being loved, provided for, listened to, given advice and helped. Of having people you can turn to!
This is the impact you're having by providing our partners with resources so they can help as many refugees as possible.
Ukrainian refugee children and K5N children enjoying the opportunity to learn about Jesus in a fun environment last Sunday.
Churches in Poland are doing everything they can with what they have to help Ukrainian refugees.
As one of our partners, Leszek Wakula said, "Every corner is being used."
Believers are opening up their homes and welcoming refugees, too.
But our partner Andrew Gorski reports that officials say that in Warsaw, 6,000 refugees are staying in a convention center.
These refugees would be better off staying in churches or homes, where they could be helped and loved by God's people, instead of the impersonal, crowded and less safe conditions they have now at the convention center.
This would be a benefit for the Kingdom, because these refugees would see the love of Jesus in action at a time when they may be questioning whatever it is they've put their faith in up until now.
If they are already following Jesus, they can be encouraged and strengthened through fellowship with brothers and sisters in Christ, and able to help and minister to their fellow refugees.
ITMI's Andrew Gorski found a solution that benefits these refugees and gives more of God's people a chance to demonstrate and declare who God is and what He's done.
Andrew has worked with churches in Switzerland and Sweden who are eager to host Ukrainian refugees and share Christ's love with them.
All that stands in the way is the cost of transporting the refugees from the convention center in Warsaw to the churches.
Through your support of Andrew's ministry to Ukrainians, Andrew was able to arrange and pay for the transport of 168 of the refugees staying in the convention center to Switzerland!
"Our hearts are full and yours should be as well, because not only they will find a safe place, but also some of them will experience God’s church at its very best, and will hopefully come to know Jesus personally!" Andrew says.
The first bus, with 76 passengers, left Warsaw on Wednesday for the 19 hour bus ride to Zurich, Switzerland.
76 of the 168 Ukrainian refugees supporters helped Andrew transport to Switzerland, where they'll be met by believers waiting to show them Jesus' love and hospitality.
The Swiss churches have made room for 1600 Ukrainian refugees. 168 have been paid for and are heading to Switzerland.
Andrew says another 200 will be transported to Sweden in the next few days.
"If we had more funds we could send more [people to safety]," Andrew wrote.
It costs about $68 USD to send a refugee to safety where they can be ministered to by God's people.
If you'd like to help, Andrew would welcome the opportunity to help more refugees be touched by God's people who are waiting and ready to help in Jesus' name!
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