The Church of England Diocese in Europe and United Society Partners in the Gospel (USPG) have launched a joint emergency appeal to support humanitarian work for those affected by the Ukrainian invasion.
The funds will support Christian charities and churches carrying out humanitarian work both in Ukraine and in those neighbouring countries welcoming refugees fleeing the conflict.
Church of England Diocese in Europe and USPG’s partners on the ground are providing food, medicine, shelter, and care for those internally displaced in Ukraine.
They are also hoping to help with the long-term recovery of the country.
The Church of England’s Bishop in Europe, Rt Rev Robert Innes said: “The people of our little church, Christ Church Kyiv, find themselves in the midst of this crisis. They are typical of so many others. Some have fled the city whilst others are still there; praying for their safety and for peace as they shelter as best they can. These people are our brothers and sisters. Those still in Ukraine and those who have fled need our help.”
USPG’s General Secretary, Rev Duncan Dormor, added: “Our hearts and prayers go out to the people of Ukraine at this profoundly difficult time. At USPG we are deeply aware of the work of the churches mobilising to support those who are suffering. So, we have launched this appeal in partnership with the Diocese in Europe to stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and support church responses to the current crisis.”
Most Rev Stephen Cottrell, Archbishop of York also encouraged people to pray for Ukraine during Lent.
“At the start of this season of Lent, many of us will be thinking about the things we can do to follow Jesus more closely. One of the things we can do is to play our part in receiving and supporting refugees who are living with the horror of this conflict in Ukraine and its consequences. Please support USPG’s call for generous humanitarian aid and support. “
According to the United Nations (UN) more than a million people have already fled Ukraine seeking refuge in neighbouring countries to the west, such as Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary and Moldova.