“Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.”
1 Peter 5 v9
Peter reminds us in 1 Peter 5 v9 that we are part of a worldwide family of believers with whom we a have a profound connection through our Saviour Jesus. When other believers suffer, we suffer too.
At All Saints Church Preston we have had the opportunity to help some of our brothers and sisters from Ukraine in a very practical way. Through partnership with churches and individuals across the UK and alongside the Government’s ‘Homes for Ukraine’ scheme, we have been able to provide homes and support to a number of Ukrainian refugees since May. Our aim is to continue to finance and care for these people for as long as necessary given the ongoing uncertainty in Ukraine.
If you are interested in supporting our Ukrainian Partnership financially, please donate using Stewardship. We are excited that Stewardship have already made a generous grant of £20,000 from their UK Response Fund – Ukraine and an anonymous donor. It would be wonderful to see this grant matched and exceeded through your generosity. To make a donation, please follow this link to our profile. If you would like further information about how to make a regular financial donation, please contact our church treasurer.
From Kharkiv to Preston
At present there are 38 men, women and children being sponsored by the All Saints church family in Preston. Many of those joining us are members of Kharkiv City Church, a church plant which began in 2019, involved in reaching out to those in need in built-up areas in Kharkiv. The majority of our Ukrainian friends joined us having fled Ukraine as the war began in February 2022.
The initial group travelled by car and then by foot from Kharkiv to Romania and then on to Hungary over a couple of weeks. Wonderfully the Lord sustained and protected them as they travelled nearly 2000km to Budapest, all while awaiting visas to enter the UK. Christians throughout Ukraine, Romania and Hungary opened their homes and served them as they travelled.
We are so thankful to be able to partner with them now they have arrived in the UK, and to have welcomed others who have joined us from other parts of Ukraine.
Partnership in Prayer
- Pray that peace comes to Ukraine and that the people are protected from the damaging effects of war. Pray for those serving in the army seeking to protect Ukraine – that the Lord will protect and sustain them.
- Pray for our partnership with Kharkiv City Church and for all that God is doing in Kharkiv. Pray that many people will hear and respond to the gospel in that city.
- Pray for those adjusting to life in the UK – that they will be able to find jobs and continue to learn English.
If you want to know what Christianity is all about and what binds the All Saints church family and our Ukrainian friends together have a look at the video below…