We have returned safely from yet another rescue mission in East Ukraine. The purpose of the trip was three-fold.
Firstly, to transport 17 tons of humanitarian aid to frontline villages including food, clothing, medical supplies for makeshift hospitals and wounded Ukrainian soldiers, ultrasound equipment, wheelchairs, generators, and solar panels.
Secondly, evacuating refugees from villages between Mariupol and Zaporizhzhia in East Ukraine. We sent in buses for picking up evacuees. Together with our local team from Mariupol, we were able to successfully evacuate over 100 villagers from the village of Orekhova, located between Zaporizhzhia and Mariupol while Russian forces shelled the same village from a distance of a few kilometers.
Thirdly, we distributed food to villagers still trapped in the villages of Gulyay Polye and Orekhova. Upon arrival, the village seemed deserted with no one in sight. However, once they heard Chaplain Gennady’s vehicle honk signaling our arrival, people began to appear from underground basements and cellars and make their way toward the vehicles. Everyone had an empty bag.
We made stops along the way in the towns of Bucha and Irpen, where over 500 people were mercilessly tortured and slaughtered.
Distributing food in the village Gulyay Polye. People suddenly appeared seemingly out of nowhere from basements and cellars, upon hearing the honk from one of our vehicles.
In the village of Bucha, we saw dozens of destroyed Russian tanks. The atrocities committed by Russian soldiers will go down in history as a reminder to the world, of the incomprehensible brutality of the attacks against the citizens of Ukraine.
One of the purposes of the trip was to deliver 17 tons of humanitarian aid, received as a gift, to villages on the frontlines. We were able to distribute food to villages caught in the shelling as Russia sought to take more territory.
We evacuated more than 100 people from the village of Orekhova under active Russian artillery fire. We were able to distribute food to those ‘trapped’ in the villages of Gulyay Polye and Orekhova.
We are set to print 300,000 copies of our ministry book for refugees. It speaks to a nation traumatized by war.
The powerful personal stories in the book are a source of faith, hope, and persevering power in life’s most devastating storms which the war is certainly one of the biggest Ukrainians will ever face.
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