Ukraine update 16 March
Over the past few days we have received messages from our people in mission in Ukraine, who are still staying together, having left Kyiv several days ago for a location further west. They are grateful that more members of their church have been able to make the journey westward to join them in their current location, now close to 50 people in total.
As more buildings have been destroyed in Kyiv, where many in the group are from, there is a sense of uncertainty about next steps. Meanwhile, they continue to pray and trust in God for protection and provision. As one local partner wrote: “It’s not clear what our next steps are. But I trust in God! He hasn’t left us until today, even in the most difficult circumstances during the bombings!” And we heard from our mission partner Alison: “Sadly several blocks of flats in Kyiv and a key factory were destroyed. God reminded us this morning in worship that we need him more than peace or victory.”
Please pray that God will comfort and sustain our colleagues, all who are with them and all who are suffering. Give thanks for their unrelenting trust and faithful witness to God in this time. Meanwhile, as Ukrainian refugees seek safety in countries on Ukraine’s western border, CMS local partner Sergiu Bradean in Romania and his church community are doing what they can to offer welcome and care.