Refugee Response: The remnant in Poland bringing hope to Ukrainians

Our prayer team has been praying with us for our team members, Matt and Onalee Swartz, as they are in Poland looking for the best means to support the church leaders and ministry there.

We invite you today to join the efforts of this work through prayer.

They arrived last week and immediately saw the impact of the crisis of the war in Ukraine, as evidence of the upheaval and great needs of refugees color the landscape of each city they’ve traveled through.

Phillipians 2:9-11

“Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Pray for wisdom.

The need in Poland – and surely in the many surrounding nations receiving refugees – is extensive.  All over Europe, specifically in Poland, women and children are being housed in arenas and convention centers awaiting options to find a more permanent place to rebuild a life.  

Almost all men are not allowed to leave Ukraine, so the refugees are almost all women and children. 

In the photo above, Matt and Onalee are seen with a Ukrainian couple living in Poland who are risking their lives taking supplies in to Ukraine. 

Pray for this couple and those like them whose burden for the Ukrainian people puts them in the face of real danger regularly.

Our team relays stories of the overwhelming gratitude of those they came to serve.  The resources are very limited and services under-supplied, so every bit of help is received with humble hearts.

Matt shares, “It felt like such a small pebble in the ocean, and yet the worker(s) (were) so grateful for what we brought.”

Pray for a clear lead from the Holy Spirit to know where to plug in and respond.

Poland is responding to the very real needs of Ukrainians.

Working with our ministry partners in Poland, our team delivered supplies to an arena that hosts anywhere from 150 to 700 people a day.  

The Polish evangelical church is reaching out in love and sacrifice.  And our team is there to support their work.

This week, the church put on a concert for Ukraine.

Remember: Poland is among the most unreached countries in Europe.  Less than 0.02% profess to be followers of Christ.

The concert packed in over 400 people, and a number were Ukrainian refugees who attended because the Polish people are housing many in their own homes.  During the concert, the refugees were invited to stand and be prayed over.

Watch the video on our Facebook page, and praise God with us for this moment as the song, “The Blessing”, was sung and prayed over them!

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