The young man asked for prayer. He wanted to stop thinking about tomorrow, eat some food, and get some sleep amidst the stress he was experiencing. He was grateful for the shelter, food and prayer they offered his grandfather and him before they began their long journey to Poland.
This young man, his grandfather and their family are all on a journey, not only because of the crisis, but also eternally to find peace, hope and joy in Jesus Christ. The staff members and volunteers were able to be a part of meeting all of those needs.
Over thirty beds lined the worship hall, ready to provide housing for those travelling to the border. As night approached, and the beds were nearly empty, staff members from Global Aid Network (GAiN), a worldwide humanitarian organisation, wondered if refugees were going to come. They were assured by local pastors that beds would be full by nightfall — and they were.
One such family seeking refuge from the war in Ukraine was a young man and his grandfather. Not only were the expectant staff members able to provide shelter and a safe place for them, but they also had the opportunity to share in the eternal refuge and hope that can only be found in Jesus Christ.
This encounter brings to mind Matthew 6:34 (New International Version), which reads, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” These needs and worries are intensified by the realities of war, and this young man is just one of thousands with the same or similar needs – the need to be safe, sheltered, comforted and cared for.
Please pray for safety for this young man and his grandfather as they journey to the border of Poland and for the millions of others seeking refuge. Also, pray that their family, like many others, would have an opportunity to safely evacuate their current city under attack.
If you’re looking for ways to help during this time, there is a 24-hour Ukraine prayer chain — sign up for slots here, or you can join the Zoom prayer room.
To find out how to pray for Ukraine, please visit Agape Europe’s Instagram (@agape.europe) and Facebook (Agape Europe) pages.
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