In Chronology

Crisis in Ukraine

Hear an interview on Radio Five Live with Richard and Ann’s guest Elena, on Richard Facebook page here. 

From donating to the DEC appeal to prayers and other actions, see a list of the different ways you can help support those affected by the conflict in Ukraine on the URC website here.

Donate to the DEC appeal here or click on the logo below.

Below is information about a few local/regional events coming up with some of the organisations we work with in support of Ukraine and/or standing Together with Refugees.

  • Winchester City of Sanctuary would love local food/drink businesses to get behind the #CookForUkraine initiative. Please see https://instagram.com/cookforukraine?utm_medium=copy_link for more details. In summary, the movement is intended to raise awareness of the evolving humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and to raise funds for children and families from Ukraine, via UNICEF. #CookForUkraine wants people to join the movement by cooking, sharing your pictures, recipes and stories on social media by adding the hashtag #CookForUkraine Please email cookforukraine@gmail.com for details about how to get set up so that proceeds can ensure they go to UNICEF. Please help us in showing that Winchester is a place of sanctuary by playing your part in showing solidarity and support. Please include #Winchestercityofsanctuary in any posts so that we can re-share your efforts. Please make sure you register fully with #CookForUkraine first and share share share so we can build momentum. Attached is a picture that you can also post on social media or pop in your shop/business/bar window. Cabinetrooms in Winchester have been inspired to start so check out their instagram posts for updates and please encourage other businesses to follow suit.

Please share any of the above info far and wide.

Elizabeth Flint 

Co-founder of Winchester City of Sanctuary 

Website: https://winchester.cityofsanctuary.org/

#TogetherWithRefugees 🧡   #WhoWeAre 

Prayer and action for people facing racism in Ukraine. Read here.

 

Prayer for peace in Ukraine from the Methodist Church

Holy and Gracious God

We pray for the people of Ukraine and the people of Russia; for their countries and their leaders.

We pray for all those who are afraid; that your everlasting arms hold them in this time of great fear.

We pray for all those who have the power over life and death; that they will choose for all people life, and life in all its fullness.

We pray for those who choose war; that they will remember that you direct your people to turn our swords into ploughshares and seek for peace.

We pray for leaders on the world stage; that they are inspired by the wisdom and courage of Christ.

Above all, Lord, today we pray for peace for Ukraine.

And we ask this in the name of your blessed Son.

Lord have mercy.

Amen

Hear the prayer read here. 

 

Link to Hope

Ukraine is in all our thoughts and prayers at this devastating time. When we took on this Mission project supporting Ukraine and Moldova we never imagined  the horrors and devastation the people would be subjected to.

February  24th  A message from ‘Link to Hope’

‘Our hearts are broken this morning with the Ukrainian situation. Our project managers have been in contact and they are very scared.Those further East in the country are expecting high numbers of refugees to arrive. These people are our friends and we grieve for the fear that they are currently experiencing.’

Link to Hope have been trying to locate their Ukrainian managers and assist them in getting to safety. After leaving Kyiv 3 days ago their Ukrainian translator and her 2 children found safety in Romania. One project manager is heading for Poland to take his family to safety. Another 2 are at the Hungarian border and are helping refugees there. Several are staying put in their cities due to their circumstances  – one project is with disabled people who are obviously finding it harder to flee. Their concern now is to get funds to them in order for their work to continue.

The refugee crisis has only just begun and they are trying to match contacts from different countries ie : project managers from Ukraine being offered safe haven by Moldovan families and Romanians going to the border to bring home Ukrainian refugees. Funds are needed for bedding, food, medicine, petrol and clothes. They want to be able to send it  where help  is most needed.

These pictures show beds, mattresses and bedding that has arrived in Moldova thanks to donations received. They are being housed in Link to Hope’s Community centre.

Check out Face book and Link to Hope’s web site for further updates.

DONATIONS URGENTLY NEEDED.

www.linktohope.co.uk

World Mission Group