Crisis in Ukraine: 5 Ways to Pray for Refugees

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Anya was tearfully piling up the burnt bricks of her house when a team of volunteers arrived in Ukraine.

Following continued attacks by Russian forces, there was not much left in Anya’s house except for a few metal trinkets that had survived the flames.

Upon hearing that the volunteers were from a local church, Anya invited them over and broke bread with them while sharing her heartbreaking story. During a long conversation, Anya made a commitment to Christ, and nearly 20 of her neighbors in similar situations began attending services at a partner church.

As the invasion continues, Anya and her neighbors will most likely have to abandon what is left of their community to flee the country. Surrounding nations currently hosting Ukrainian refugees include Poland, Romania, Moldova, Germany and Hungary.

Offer transport

In anticipation of this, Send Relief, the compassionate ministry of the International Mission Board and the North American Mission Board, funded several bus rentals to transport hundreds of refugee families across the border to local churches waiting with open arms.

Here are ways to pray:

  • Pray for a successful registration process and speedy resettlement in their new host countries. Many families go for months without financial support, work permits, medical care or adequate schooling for their children.
  • Pray for adequate housing for families.
  • Pray for families to acclimate well to the new language and culture. It is difficult for Ukrainian refugees to settle in their new nation without a timeline for returning or assurances of seeing their homeland again.
  • Pray for Ukrainian men. Many brothers, husbands and fathers stay behind to fight. People are seeing a national spike in depression and other mental health crises because families now have to live apart indefinitely.
  • Pray that pastors ministering in war will see God’s hand at work as they serve.

Check with your state Baptist church, association, or convention to find out how they are contributing to ongoing relief work in Ukraine.

Christi C. Elwood