The war in Ukraine continues, as do humanitarian efforts to help those who have been forced to flee.
Warren’s First Lutheran Church invites the community to help.
“The war and the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and neighboring countries have been both devastating and overwhelming,” says Pastor Jeff Ewing. “People around the world continue to pray for peace and support these millions of people who have been displaced from their homes.
“According to reports, the greatest need right now is to provide funding to relief agencies so they can buy what is needed now and in the long term,” says Ewing.
Several organizations and individuals in the Warren County community have participated and continue to do so.
First Lutheran has pledged $5,000 and is asking the community to match or exceed that amount.
“In May, First Lutheran Church invites congregations, individuals, businesses and other organizations to something we call the $10,000 Invitation,” says Ewing. “This is an opportunity for all of us to donate money for ongoing humanitarian needs in Eastern Europe.”
“To kick off this effort, First Lutheran is providing the first $5,000 to encourage Warren County’s generosity.”
Proceeds from the Invitation will go to Lutheran World Relief.
According to Ewing, LWR has partnered with charities in Ukraine and Poland on programs such as:
¯ “Work with the Order of Malta to provide hospital supplies;
¯ providing ongoing support to six facilities that are used to house internally displaced people — at least 60,000 nights of accommodation for those in need of shelter;
¯ providing cash and emergency vouchers to Ukrainian refugees in Poland and protecting them from sexual exploitation and abuse so that refugee women and children can easily and safely access protection services;
¯ supporting the Evangelical Church of St. Martin of Augsburg in Krakow, Poland, which has established a home for Ukrainian women and children;
¯ identify key gaps in the availability of GBV-related health services, mental health and psychosocial services, and communicable diseases; and
¯ partner with the Lutheran World Federation to expand immediate relief and establish a base to assist in long-term efforts to rebuild the fabric of the Ukrainian community.
Donations can be dropped off or mailed to the church at 109 W. Third Ave., Warren, or through the church’s website at flcwarren.com.
“First Lutheran will also be hosting a take-out spaghetti donation dinner to help with this effort,” says Ewing.
The dinner will take place from 4:58 p.m. to 6:57 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17.
“One hundred percent of donations will go to direct relief,” says Ewing.