The news this fall from Ukraine continues to be grim. The sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country is under threat by Russian aggression and terrorism. We hear many on-the-ground reports of Russia sending military equipment and personnel into regions infiltrated by Kremlin-backed terrorists. These actions have been condemned by many governments and world leaders – yet the crisis is worsening.
Sadly, Ukrainian soldiers and civilians are suffering injury and death every day because of this conflict. The ceasefire between the two sides is “effectively dead,” as U.S. Senator McCain said recently, as he called for more help for Ukraine and greater sanctions against Russia.
The people who suffer most are the innocents caught in this terrible fighting. Many villagers have had their homes destroyed and all the infrastructure in their villages wiped out. Often they have no source of water, food or warmth. This has created a humanitarian crisis with thousands upon thousands of people who are refugees in their own country. The United Nations (UNHCR) estimates there are 250,000 refugees in Ukraine; however, as not all people register with government agencies, the real number may be well over 500,000 with unofficial estimates up to 1,000,000.
In the separatist-held regions, the evangelical churches are finding it difficult to operate openly. However, the separatists do allow some charity work by the churches, so soup kitchens and food distribution efforts are able to bring much-needed relief to the hungry and homeless.
The Master's Foundation is an interdenominational organization committed to the nation of Ukraine providing aid in various forms to orphans, children and people. This assistance is provided without regard to peoples & religious beliefs, gender, or ethnic background. In every endeavour Masters seeks to exemplify Christian compassion and benevolence while conforming to the highest standards of integrity. This compassion focuses on the real-life needs of children, men, women—spiritual, physical, economic, and social. The Master's Foundation has been serving Ukraine for over 30 years. Master’s is extensively involved in the procurement and distribution of humanitarian aid to orphanages, and care of orphans as well as supporting Pastors and Christian workers at Livchitsi and Borislav orphanages.
The ministry began with the printing of many Christian publications in Ukrainian and English that were distributed in Ukraine and Canada. These publications were a first for Ukraine and even today are still in great demand. One major, personal project was the translation and printing of over one million copies of a 48 page gospel booklet distributed into Poland. Many other publications in Eastern Europe stand as a testimony to their labours. Continue Reading