Responding to the Situation in Ukraine

All of us will have felt impacted by the news of Russia’s war with Ukraine and the images on our TV screens and in our newspapers. I was encouraged this week to see many people galvanised to pray for the situation and to generously give towards practical aid and support for those affected.
 
On Tuesday evening many Christians from around the world joined a YouTube prayer meeting hosted by the Diocese of Europe. Movingly, the session included an interview with a lady called Christina, a Churchwarden of Christ Church Kyiv, a small Anglican church in Ukraine’s capital. She described the chaotic scenes unfolding in the city and the difficult decisions people were making about whether to flee or stay. Please continue to keep her and her church, the wider Christian community and all in Kyiv in your prayers.
 
On Friday evening a number of local clergy and lay people gathered at Holy Trinity Hounslow to pray in a focused way for the Ukraine. We heard from Rev Sergiy Diduk who ministers at All Saints, Hanworth. Sergiy is a Ukrainian and runs a Ukrainian service at his church. He talked about the difficult decisions people in his community are making about whether to return to try and help the cause, or to remain here hoping to receive their relatives as refugees. He went on to say, “My parents are right now fleeing the country, and I don’t know when or where I will see them again, or if I will see them again.” Again, please remember Rev Sergiy and his family in your prayers.
 
Since the launch of the attack various individuals, groups and organisations are collecting humanitarian aid for Ukraine. One local collection point is at Sergiy’s church: All Saints Hanworth, TW13 5EE (0208 894 9330) and another is at The Prosperity Restaurant, 59 York Street, TW1 3LP (07853514567). They are especially asking for donations of these supplies: large backpacks, male socks, camping mats, sleeping bags, protein/energy bars, pain relief and anti-flu medicine, wound dressing materials, first aid kits, warm blankets, hot water bottles, baby food, nappies and feminine sanitary products.
 
Dave Maclure