Places that were once considered safe are no longer.
Since the war in Ukraine started on February 24th, 211 schools and over 34 hospitals have been damaged or destroyed due to shelling and direct fire. No longer are buildings that are meant to heal, learn, and grow safe for vulnerable orphans and families.
Even churches in Ukraine that once rang bells for all to gather and worship the Lord, now ring their bells for all to take coveras bombs go off in the area.
More than 2,504,893 Ukrainian children and families have fled the country, based on UN reports. While numbers of refugees are rising everyday, many Ukrainians are still there in the midst of gunfire.
Please pray for:
- Parents to not be paralyzed by fear. Many parents are making life and death decisions on when to evacuate.
- Wisdom for Ukrainian families still in the country of where to go. A place may be safe one night, but that does not mean it is safe the next day.
- Borders to process families and children effectively as Ukrainians are waiting several hours after a long perilous journey.
- AFFEO partners to communicate the urgency to evacuate while showing the love of Christ.
Let us pray.
Jesus, it can be easy to trust in places here on earth just as it can be easy to stay in the despair in the war that is unfolding. We pray for the families that are making the daily hard decision to stay or evacuate. Fill them with courage and wisdom to do what is best for their precious children and their overall safety. We also pray for borders of neighboring countries to be efficient and compassionate with vulnerable orphans and at-risk families. Lastly, we continue to ask for you to use our partners as a mouthpiece of your love and the true safety you provide to Ukrainian families. Oh Lord, how we long for heaven more and more. Oh Lord, have us long for you more and more.
“But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you. For you bless the righteous, O Lord; you cover him with favor as with a shield.” – Psalm 5:11-12