Update From Julia Budd: Ukraine
Dear friends,I wanted to share with you an update from our Josiah Venture team in Ukraine as well as specific prayer points and a practical way to help.
The country of Ukraine is close to my heart and the dear people that welcomed me to Lviv are now in incredibly difficult situations. The past 48 hours have been filled with news updates and prayers for the people and ministries I came to know during my time in Ukraine.
Here is an update from one of our Josiah Venture leaders in Ukraine written on February 24:
Since before 2007, Josiah Venture has been involved in a disciple-making movement in Ukraine where we serve and partner with over 100 churches. This nation is no stranger to war, trial, and hard times; its eastern border with Russia has been under attack since 2014. However, around 5am on February 24th, 2022, Ukraine woke up to a full-scale invasion by the Russian Federation in Central and Eastern Ukraine.
While the whole nation is still absorbing this shock, Josiah Venture leadership in Ukraine has been active in seeking the Lord and making several important decisions. Some Ukrainian staff members from western Ukraine are assisting hundreds of Ukrainians who are fleeing from danger. Two Ukrainian staff families live in areas that have recently been attacked and are taking appropriate safety precautions. Some of our second culture staff are currently sheltering outside Ukraine's borders; others are staying in western cities at the moment to support the team and local churches. Join us in praying for the people of Ukraine in this difficult season.
Want to help?Here are two ways you can help now. Pray for Ukraine with up-to-date prayer requests using our Prayer mobile app or interactive prayer website. You can also give to our Ukraine Crisis Fund which will support our staff and Ukrainians in urgent need.
Join in Prayer
- For the leaders and military of Ukraine – wisdom, strength, and the will to fight.
- For the European and world leaders – clarity, courage, and strength to respond.
- For the church – for protection and empowerment as they are the hands and feet of Jesus to needy people around them.
- For our team – safety and the ability to effectively serve in the midst of a very challenging crisis.
Pray for Ukraine
Give to the Ukraine Crisis Fund
Please know that while my ultimate hope and trust do not rest in borders and alliances, I am physically safe in the Czech Republic. Please continue to pray for the country of Ukraine.
Grace & Peace,