February 28 - Update
Nazarenes in Europe have mobilized to respond with compassion, working around the clock to meet the needs of people who have been displaced by the conflict in Ukraine.
In Ukraine, churches gathered yesterday in person and online for worship and encouragement. As many community members seek safety in underground shelters, pastors and church members are there with them providing counsel and spiritual support. When possible, they are providing food, supplies, and transportation. Church leaders in Ukraine are also working to coordinate evacuations and providing other assistance for people in need.
In Moldova, Nazarene churches are receiving refugees. One church is sheltering 18 people and assisted another hundred people in smaller ways. “Of course, our situation cannot be compared to what the people in Kyiv are experiencing,” says one pastor. “But for the last three days my wife and I have not slept more than three to four hours.”
Nazarene churches in Poland are meeting refugees at the border as well as assisting those who arrive in Poznan. There, a team of volunteers and pastors is cooking meals, providing food and basic necessities, and helping people find shelter.
In Romania, churches have prepared their facilities to serve as safe spaces for refugees, and are gathering supplies that families will need while they stay. Pastors are working to help mothers with children travel to other locations in Europe and, when possible, covering the cost of their transportation.
In Hungary, a small response team of Nazarene pastors and volunteers has formed. The group has delivered food and water to the women and children of four villages after many of the men there joined the army. Stores in these villages are mostly empty, and now there is a shortage of drinking water. Pastors prepared one of the church properties in Hungary to host several families. The district in Hungary is collecting funds for refugees who come to the area.
To support these churches as they care for people within Ukraine and those traveling from Ukraine to neighboring countries, give today: ncm.org/Ukraine