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Church in Poland is helping to house Ukrainian refugees

by Alex Collett

A pastor from a church in Poland has told Premier how he and other fellow pastors in the country are helping refugees who have fled from Ukraine. 

Tomasz Adler from Church of God in Krakow said they are trying to help them in any way they can.

This includes helping pregnant mothers and other women find jobs. 

The church have just received a truck full of supplies, provided by a Polish Church in Dudley, which they are most grateful for.

It is estimated that three million people have fled Ukraine since the Russian conflict began.

Tomasz spoke to Premier: "Ukrainian refugees are fleeing the border coming towards the eastern side of Poland. 

"These people just have little bags so they need clothes, they need food, everything actually.

"There are a lot of things we do, besides the local authorities that are helping the refugees.

"As churches, as pastors, and lots of volunteers, we help the people, we drive our cars to the border to pick up the refugees. 

"Some of them are direct relatives, and we bring them to our churches and families.

"There are sometimes so many people there are waves of people coming, especially at night. 

Including Church of God here in Krakow there are some churches where people are staying, actually sleeping, buying some beds and mattresses.

"There are also other churches that help people to find flats and places where they can stay from one to eight nights.

"We also help pregnant women, there are women that need more help and we help them find flats, renovate them, furnish them. 

"We set up a daily Career Centre, so that some mums with kids can find a job and go and work.

"Some of them are ready to work and want to earn money and want to live here. 

"Also the Ukrainian language is similar to polish, but it's not the same. 

"So we organise some language courses for them and help them with documents as well."

Tomasz has predicted 1000's of refugees have fled to Poland for safety and Tomasz would like everyone to pray for them. 

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