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Tears slipped unchecked from her dark eyes, carving wet paths down the olive-colored skin on her youthful face.

The young orphan from Ukraine, who had become a refugee only weeks prior, squeezed her eyes shut. …

Is anything good coming out of the war in Ukraine and the difficult economic situation in Poland? ITMI’s Leszek Wakula answers the question. …

On July 4, 2022, the Yatskiv family of 6 left Sibiu, Romania, where they took refuge after escaping from their home in Odesa, Ukraine when Russia attacked. …

How God is Working on Behalf of 10 Ukrainian Orphans

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Tears slipped unchecked from her dark eyes, carving wet paths down the olive-colored skin on her youthful face.

The young orphan from Ukraine, who had become a refugee only weeks prior, squeezed her eyes shut. …

8 Ukrainian Youth Baptized in Poland!

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Is anything good coming out of the war in Ukraine and the difficult economic situation in Poland? ITMI’s Leszek Wakula answers the question. …

Ukrainian Refugees’ Stories

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On July 4, 2022, the Yatskiv family of 6 left Sibiu, Romania, where they took refuge after escaping from their home in Odesa, Ukraine when Russia attacked. …

In this video, ITMI’s Piotr Zaremba shows us what life is like for the group of orphans from Ukraine now, in the care of a couple from Piotr’s church, Marina and Lukasz.

“Don’t take pictures of soldiers or border personnel. You can talk normally, but be observant with what’s going on,” ITMI’s Adrian (Adi) Ban was instructing the group of Americans. Adi was in the driver’s seat of the minivan, deftly navigating…

I underestimated the range of emotions that would confront me on my recent trip to Poland, Romania, and Ukraine. …

How Your Gifts for Ukraine and Support of our Partners Have Helped a Group of Ukrainian Orphan Refugees (Video)

In this video, ITMI’s Piotr Zaremba shows us what life is like for the group of orphans from Ukraine now, in the care of a couple from Piotr’s church, Marina and Lukasz.

A Trip to Ukraine with ITMI’s Adi Ban

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“Don’t take pictures of soldiers or border personnel. You can talk normally, but be observant with what’s going on,” ITMI’s Adrian (Adi) Ban was instructing the group of Americans. Adi was in the driver’s seat of the minivan, deftly navigating…

Dear Team: The Situation in Eastern Europe

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I underestimated the range of emotions that would confront me on my recent trip to Poland, Romania, and Ukraine. …

WHAT YOUR SUPPORT DOES

Helps Ukrainians in Need

alongside ITMI partners

Shares the Good News

with the hurting and needy

Builds Relationships

between refugees and believers

Our partners are demonstrating and declaring the Gospel by:

 

Gathering and delivering supplies in partnership with Ukrainian pastors and believers who are also working to be the hands and feet of Jesus to the hurting they encounter.

Providing refugees from Ukraine with necessities and places to stay.

Inviting those who are interested to join their Christ-centered communities.

Our partners are demonstrating and declaring the Gospel by:

Gathering and delivering supplies in partnership with Ukrainian pastors and believers who are also working to be the hands and feet of Jesus to the hurting they encounter.

Providing refugees from Ukraine with necessities and places to stay.

Inviting those who are interested to join their Christ-centered communities.

Learn what a specific ITMI partner is or has been doing below.

ADRIAN AND EMA BAN

BREAD OF LIFE

ANDREW GORSKI 

Help Adi and Ema Ban in Romania reach Ukrainians in need with aid and the Gospel. This includes helping Ukrainian refugees and working with pastors still in Ukraine to help those still in Ukraine with cash and other needed items.

Help Bread of Life in Eastern Europe reach Ukrainian refugees in need with aid, such as food, a place to stay and basic necessities, the Gospel, counseling, and community.

Help Andrew and Anna and their church in Poznan, Poland reach Ukrainian refugees in need with aid, such as food, a place to stay and basic necessities and the Gospel.

ADRIAN AND EMA BAN

Help Adi and Ema Ban in Romania reach Ukrainians in need with aid and the Gospel. This includes helping Ukrainian refugees and working with pastors still in Ukraine to help those still in Ukraine with cash and other needed items.

BREAD OF LIFE

Help Bread of Life in Eastern Europe reach Ukrainian refugees in need with aid, such as food, a place to stay and basic necessities, the Gospel, counseling, and community.

ANDREW GORSKI 

Help Andrew and Anna and their church in Poznan, Poland reach Ukrainian refugees in need with aid, such as food, a place to stay and basic necessities and the Gospel.

LESZEK AND ANNA WAKULA

PIOTR AND KYRSTYNA ZAREMBA

TOMEK JEZYK

Help Leszek and Anna and their church in Lodz, Poland reach Ukrainian refugees in need with aid, such as food, a place to stay and basic necessities and the Gospel.

Help Piotr and Krystyna and their church in Poznan, Poland reach Ukrainians in need with aid and the Gospel. This includes helping settle Ukrainian refugees in their city and supplying Ukrainians still in Ukraine with protective gear and first aid supplies.

Help Tomek reach Ukrainian refugees in need with aid, such as food, a place to stay and basic necessities and the Gospel.

LESZEK AND ANNA WAKULA

Help Leszek and Anna and their church in Lodz, Poland reach Ukrainian refugees in need with aid, such as food, a place to stay and basic necessities and the Gospel.

PIOTR AND KYRSTYNA ZAREMBA

Help Piotr and Krystyna and their church in Poznan, Poland reach Ukrainians in need with aid and the Gospel. This includes helping settle Ukrainian refugees in their city and supplying Ukrainians still in Ukraine with protective gear and first aid supplies.

TOMEK JEZYK

Help Tomek reach Ukrainian refugees in need with aid, such as food, a place to stay and basic necessities and the Gospel.

THE CONTEXT

Our Eastern European partners have been reaching people for Christ and building up the church in Poland and Romania.

As many of their neighbors from Ukraine are thrown into great need, the church is ready and waiting to welcome in the hurting, share Jesus with them, encourage them in their faith and help meet physical needs.

Our partners are leading aid and outreach efforts from their various locations in Eastern Europe. In many cases they are able to be on hand and ready because ITMI supporters have stood behind them with prayer and financial support.

 

This map shows Polish and Romanian cities where ITMI partners are located:

 

Poland, Romania map

HISTORY

ITMI founder, Bill Bathman was a missionary based in Austria when the Lord began to lead him to help believers behind the Iron Curtain in Eastern Europe. Bill smuggled Bibles and resources for believers and pastors, helping them share Jesus.

This was not a message that was approved of by the Communist dictators, so these Christians were taking great risks.

Through this work, Bill met believers that ITMI still partners with to reach their Eastern European countries today, such as Piotr Zaremba, Adi and Ema Ban and Casa Dorca Children's Home.

Because of these long-standing partnerships and over four decades of experience ministering in Eastern Europe, ITMI partners are uniquely positioned to make a difference for Christ during Russia's 2022 invasion of Ukraine.

 

“Four years ago I started a Ukrainian church in Warsaw. Now I know why God led me to do it.” With these words, Slavik Levandovskyi, a Ukrainian pastor, who came to Poland before the full-scale war…

ITMI’s Steve Evers and Adi Ban took a team into Ukraine this week. There’s so much to share about their time there, but today, Steve shares two videos from his time in Ukraine. 

It was 4am. ITMI’s Steve Evers couldn’t sleep. In a couple of hours, he would begin a 12-13 hour day of ministry in Poland, but he knew he wasn’t going to fall asleep. …

What We Saw in Ukraine and How Our Delivery Was Received

ITMI’s Steve Evers and Adi Ban took a team into Ukraine this week. There’s so much to share about their time there, but today, Steve shares two videos from his time in Ukraine. 

How You Equipped our Partners to Embody Jesus’ Protection and Loving Care for Those in Need

Jim La Rose, Poland

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Innovative Ways to Expand the Church’s Reach to More Refugees in Poland

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According to one organization that published a video for Polish leaders getting ready to host Ukrainian refugees, the typical Ukrainian refugee is a mother with 1 or 2 kids, 30-40 years old. She may have her own mother with her, too. She will be feeling “so scared and so alone in this whole world.” …

In this video, hear directly from Steve as he shares about his upcoming travel to Eastern Europe: what he plans to do, where he plans to go, what the Lord has put on his heart for this trip, and how you can pray for him and his team!

Before ITMI’s Adi and Ema Ban left Romania yesterday for their week ministering in Tanzania, Adi and a team made another quick trip to Ukraine. …

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My Upcoming Travel in Eastern Europe: What’s on My Heart and How You Can Pray (Video)

Steve Evers

In this video, hear directly from Steve as he shares about his upcoming travel to Eastern Europe: what he plans to do, where he plans to go, what the Lord has put on his heart for this trip, and how you can pray for him and his team!

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7 Ways ITMI Supporters are Helping the Gospel Spread to Ukrainian Refugees!

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At the beginning of the war, a family of 6 from Kharkiv, who stayed with us in Poznan, Poland for only one night, ended up in Strasburg (France).Yesterday one of them told me that…

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“Our donors are heroes!” ITMI’s Mark Burritt enthusiastically commented. It was a Thursday. …

When Ukrainian refugees needed a place to stay, a team got busy preparing rooms in this building where refugees could stay. 

Dear Team: We Can’t Help Them All, but We Can Surely Make a Big Difference!

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Many of you will remember this heartwarming story. A somewhat cynical person observes a young boy as he frantically rescues as many of the thousands and thousands of starfish that were stranded on the wet sandy beach as the morning tide escaped. …

Heroes for Such a Time as This

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“Our donors are heroes!” ITMI’s Mark Burritt enthusiastically commented. It was a Thursday. …

After Fleeing Ukraine, One Family is Happy to be Safely Home in Gniezno, Poland!

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When Ukrainian refugees needed a place to stay, a team got busy preparing rooms in this building where refugees could stay. 

ITMI’s Leszek Wakula shared these stories answering the question, “Can we be thankful in time of war – in the midst of this incredible disaster?”

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From Pastor Wakula in Poland: Can we Stay Thankful in the Midst of this Incredible Disaster?

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ITMI’s Leszek Wakula shared these stories answering the question, “Can we be thankful in time of war – in the midst of this incredible disaster?”

English Lessons for Ukrainian Refugee Children

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ITMI’s Jim La Rose has been serving in Poland for two decades. Jim is a master teacher and has a special ability to…