The Suffering Jewish People of Ukraine need YOUR help!

War in Ukraine

The ongoing war in Ukraine is perhaps the worst humanitarian crisis of our lifetimes. More than 10 million people—almost 1/4 of the entire population—have been forced to flee their homes, with just the few possessions they can carry. Those most impacted are the very elderly—precious Holocaust survivors—and the very young, including Jewish orphans. Tens of thousands are hungry because there is no food. They urgently need our help. Your generous gift today will provide food and other vital supplies to these precious people.

We have been active in Ukraine for over 10 years, and our people on the ground are purchasing bulk supplies in Poland and getting them across the border into Ukraine in a massive 50 ft trailer. We are already a vital lifeline for thousands of people, but there is so much more that needs to be done. For just $40, we can provide a package of essential food that will feed one person for an entire week. For just $200, we can provide food for a week to a family of four. Your gift today will help these struggling people. THANK YOU!

Updates from Ukraine

  • What If Our Prayers Were Answered?

    What If Our Prayers Were Answered?

    The recent success of the Ukrainian military in pushing back Russia’s invasion has given some people hope that the fighting will end soon. But even as we continue to pray for peace, I am left with this question: what if those prayers were answered? There would still be millions of Ukrainians who have no home they can return to…millions who have lost everything they owned except what they could carry. These precious people need our help today, and they will need our help tomorrow.

  • Eight Separate Attacks in Just 24 Hours

    Eight Separate Attacks in Just 24 Hours

    Over the weekend, Russian artillery attacked eight different regions in Ukraine in just 24 hours. Though the Ukrainian troops have made some progress reclaiming territory lost in the initial wave of attacks, the power of Russia’s military can be unleashed at any time…and it is, with the Ukrainian people paying the price. There aren’t any safe places in Ukraine right now, but thanks to the love and generosity of friends like you, there are places people can go for help.

  • Death in Ukraine Courtesy of Iran

    Death in Ukraine Courtesy of Iran

    Reports this week indicated that Russia has stepped up use in the southern part of Ukraine of the Shahed-136 military drones they got from Iran. Some of the heaviest fighting of the entire war has already ravaged this region, driving millions from their homes and leaving complete destruction behind. The strategic partnership between Iran and Russia is not just a threat to Ukraine, but to Israel as well. We must continue to do all that we can to help the suffering people who are facing this great evil.

  • The Most Dangerous Thing That Has Happened in Ukraine So Far

    The Most Dangerous Thing That Has Happened in Ukraine So Far

    The announcement that Russia is annexing the four partly or mostly occupied regions of eastern Ukraine following a referendum that supposedly expressed the desire of the people living there to join Russia is the most dangerous thing that’s happened in Ukraine so far. Russia will claim any attacks by Ukrainian forces as an act of aggression against their homeland, thus justifying an even harsher military response. It is not by accident that prominent Russian officials have been talking so much about using nuclear weapons. This is a crisis moment, and the people of Ukraine urgently need your prayers…and your help.

  • "Voting" Ends Today

    “Voting” Ends Today

    In southern and eastern parts of Ukraine being held by Russian forces, an “election” is being held on whether they should officially become part of Russia. The outcome of the “voting” is not in doubt. The numbers that are reported will certainly show overwhelming support for the proposal. What those who braved the danger to vote actually wanted will not matter. This is nothing less than a political escalation of war, and it could quickly lead to an expansion of the military war, with Russia pouring even more troops into the beleaguered country. Putin is using every means at his disposal to win the war, and the Ukrainian people are paying the highest price. Please pray for them today, and know that we are standing with them, taking help to those who need it most.

  • Don't Take Your Food for Granted

    Don’t Take Your Food for Granted

    Most of us worry a lot more about losing weight than about whether there will be anything to eat or not. The truth is we take food for granted. But the people of Ukraine don’t have that luxury right now. Many of them have lost everything, and the store shelves are empty. That’s why your love and generosity are so important. Together we are reaching out to them in Christian love and providing what they need most. Together we are giving them both help and hope in an hour of need.

  • The Face of Hope

    The Face of Hope

    The food, medicine, and emergency supplies your love and generous support are sending into Ukraine—we’ve now delivered more than 2,000,000 pounds of food!—are touching hearts and lives. The help is vital. Many of these precious people are completely dependent on the help of others to survive. They’ve lost everything in the war. But the hope you provide is just as important, and we thank you for being part of this great outreach of Christian love.

  • God Is Working in Ukraine

    God Is Working in Ukraine

    On my last trip to Ukraine, I heard from several people about the work God is doing in their lives. Someone told me that while he had always viewed God as an indefinite spiritual concept, now he has seen God acting in physical ways in the real way, and he believes God is real. That story is being repeated again and again across Ukraine, and it is thanks to our wonderfully generous friends and partners who are truly being the hands and feet of God’s love to hurting hearts.

  • It Goes So Fast

    It Goes So Fast

    We just took our 40th truckload of food and supplies into Ukraine…that’s 2,000,000 pounds of food! I’m so thankful for every friend who has helped make this possible. But there are so many people in need that even thousands of pounds of food are passed out almost as quickly as we can unload it. Our partner church in Odesa is helping 1,500 people every day. You are truly making a difference with your support. God bless you for caring for “the least of these.”

  • Lining up for Food

    Lining up for Food

    The food that your love and generosity are providing in Ukraine means so much to these precious people. They simply have nowhere else to turn for help. Even those who have money, and sadly many do not, cannot buy food when there is nothing in the stores. But together we are showing them God’s love in action and meeting their urgent needs in this hour of crisis and danger.

  • "How soon can we come back?"

    “How soon can we come back?”

    More than on any of his previous trips, Michael has seen people in panic on this visit to Ukraine. As the war continues, people are getting more desperate. And they’re getting less help. The truth is that very few are willing to go into the war zones to bring food, medicine, warm clothing, blankets, and generators. They say it’s too dangerous. Michael’s question is, “How soon can we come back?” He’ll be leaving Ukraine shortly, but his heart is staying behind. Winter is coming soon, and without power for heat, people will die unless we respond.

  • "I will not turn my back on them now"

    “I will not turn my back on them now”

    The U.S. State Department has warned U.S. citizens not to travel to Ukraine. Michael went anyway. He is in Ukraine right now as your ambassador of hope and help, delivering another huge shipment of food and emergency supplies. He said, “The Jerusalem Prayer Team has been helping in Ukraine for over a decade, especially impoverished Holocaust survivors and Jewish orphans. I will not turn my back on them now.”

  • Stealing the Future

    Stealing the Future

    This week the United Nations released a horrifying report that the Russians have been sending thousands of Ukrainian children out of the country to be adopted and raised in Russia. I’ve seen these precious children, given them candy bars, and prayed with them. They deserve the chance to grow up in their own country—and they and all the people of Ukraine need our help so much.

  • Truck Number 40

    Truck Number 40

    Michael rode from Poland into Ukraine on truck number 40, part of a massive convoy delivering the food your love and generosity have made possible. Please pray for our entire team as they make this trip deep into the country. Very few people are providing relief in the war zone, but your love and compassion are making a difference for those who need help the most right now.

  • The Drums of War

    The Drums of War

    This week Russia is conducting a massive military exercise called Vostok 2022, which includes thousands of troops from China, India, Laos, Mongolia, Nicaragua, and Syria. The danger of the war in Ukraine spreading is real, and the people of Ukraine are in urgent need of our help because of all they have endured.

  • Nuclear Meltdown Averted...for Now

    Nuclear Meltdown Averted…for Now

    The ongoing fighting around the largest nuclear power plant in Europe is a grim threat to more than just the people of Ukraine. When the plant was disconnected from the power grid briefly last week, the threat of a meltdown came terrifyingly close to becoming reality. The fighting may be far away, but the implications touch us all…and we each have a role to play in the response.

  • Russia Planning for a Longer War in Ukraine?

    Russia Planning for a Longer War in Ukraine?

    The announcement this week of a massive increase in Russia’s military personnel sparked fears among analysts that Russia is planning for the war in Ukraine to drag on into winter and even beyond. As bad as what’s already happened has been, what is coming next may be even worse, and we must continue to respond.

  • How Russia "Celebrates" Ukraine's Independence

    How Russia “Celebrates” Ukraine’s Independence

    On Wednesday Ukraine had its Independence Day, marking their separation from the Soviet Union in 1991. The Russians “celebrated” the day by attacking civilian targets, including a train station, leaving dozens killed and injured. The awful human toll of this war is beyond belief, and we must do all we can to help.

  • Chinese Troops Heading for Russia

    Chinese Troops Heading for Russia

    The news this week that Chinese troops are going to Russia for joint military exercises was a stark reminder of the ways war can spread. The largest wars the world has ever seen started with localized conflicts that dragged into another country. It is also a reminder of the overwhelming force being directed not just at the military forces but also at the people of Ukraine. They need our help now more than ever.

  • 180 Days

    180 Days

    It was 180 days ago that the Russian invasion of Ukraine began. At the time almost no one expected the fighting to be still going on half a year later. But today the bombs are still falling, the artillery shells are still being fired, and civilian as well as military targets are still being hit. Millions of Ukrainians have fled the country, but millions more are living as refugees inside Ukraine. Our six City of Refuge storehouses in the eastern and southern parts of the country where the fighting is heaviest are a vital resource to thousands of people who have no other place to turn for help. Please understand how deeply we appreciate every friend and partner who has made this massive aid outreach possible…and please understand that the needs continue.

  • 17.7 Million People in Need of Help

    17.7 Million People in Need of Help

    A staggering United Nations report this week revealed the scope of the humanitarian crisis where nearly 18 million people are in need of aid. “Millions of people across the country have endured months of intense hostilities without adequate access to food, water, health care, education, protection and other essential services,” the report said. “Massive destruction of civilian infrastructure has left hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians without their homes or livelihoods.” We must continue to do all we can to help respond to this massive humanitarian crisis.

  • Less Than Two Months Left

    Less Than Two Months Left

    Though it’s still very hot here, and it feels like summer will never end, we are now less than two months away from the average first frost date in parts of Ukraine. For those refugees who have no electricity, the coming of winter is a deadly threat. The brutal Ukrainian winters can easily see the temperatures reach twenty below zero. That’s why we’re adding diesel generators and coats and blankets to our next shipments of relief supplies.

  • Who's Attacking the Nuclear Plant?

    Who’s Attacking the Nuclear Plant?

    Russia and Ukraine each blamed the other for the shelling of the largest nuclear power plant in Europe this week. Thankfully, none of the reactors or radiation storage areas were hit. But it highlights the grave danger the war poses, and the grave danger facing the Ukrainian people day after day. Though the war is far away from us, it is still impacting our lives, and we must do our part to help those who are suffering so very much.

  • Pulling the Plug?

    Pulling the Plug?

    Ukrainian officials revealed this week that the already battered power grid may take another hit if Russian troops follow through with disconnecting the nuclear power plant they have occupied. This would leave even less power available to suffering Ukrainians, and while it isn’t winter yet, very soon the lack of heat will become a literal matter of life and death as the cold descends. All of this is on top of the lack of food and other basic necessities of life. For millions of Ukrainian refugees, we are the light of hope…and we must keep that light shining brightly.

  • Playing with Fire

    Playing with Fire

    Location authenticated video released this week showed Russian military vehicles and troops operating at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. The risks of a catastrophe due to an accidental or intentional explosion there are beyond description—but the invaders simply don’t seem to care. The toll that the war is taking on the people of Ukraine is tragic, and rather than getting better, the threats continue to grow. We must keep on doing all we can to help meet the needs of those who are suffering right now.

  • Iranian Rockets, Russian Rockets—the Damage Is the Same

    Iranian Rockets, Russian Rockets—the Damage Is the Same

    The terror masters in Iran have sent word to their proxies to strike Israel…and hundreds of rockets have been fired at innocent Jewish men, women, and children. We’re responding to meet the needs there just as we have done for years each time war breaks out. But the same thing is happening in Ukraine, where it is Russian rockets falling. Tens of thousands of people have been left without power, food, and the basic necessities of life. That’s why on our next trip to Ukraine in a few weeks, we’re going to take diesel generators and winter clothing, as well as food.

  • 6,000 Explosions Every Day

    6,000 Explosions Every Day

    A report this week from a Ukrainian soldier fighting to defend the eastern town of Pisky revealed that the Russians are firing more than 6,000 rockets and artillery shells at the Ukrainian forces every single day. By some estimates, up to 1,000 Ukrainians are being killed or wounded every day in attacks across the country. Things are not much better for civilians who are facing hunger along with danger. We are reaching out to them in love thanks to the help of our generous friends and partners.

  • It's Not Stopping

    It’s Not Stopping

    For a number of weeks now, various observers have declared that Russia is about to run out of something—soldiers, tanks, bombs, or artillery shells—that will curtail or even end the fighting. Yet this week brings the sad news from Ukraine that rather than lessening them, the Russians have intensified their attacks. More Ukrainian cities and civilian targets are being hit day after day. And as hard as it is to believe, things are getting even worse in that war-torn country. Our teams on the ground are doing everything they can to meet one of the largest humanitarian disasters in the modern era. As long as the fighting continues, we will keep touching the lives of precious people in need.

  • It's Not Just Ukraine

    It’s Not Just Ukraine

    It’s not just the freedom of the Jewish people in Ukraine that Russia is threatening. The Russian government has ordered the Jewish Agency to stop operations…to stop helping Jewish people who want to immigrate to Israel. While it is not certain what caused this action, some indications are that it is in retaliation for Israel’s support of Ukraine. Whatever the reason, it is a real problem for Russian Jews and yet another indicator of how serious the threats in the region have become.

  • Targeting Churches

    Targeting Churches

    The government of Ukraine released a shocking report this week that nearly 200 churches, synagogues, and mosques have been destroyed by the Russians during their indiscriminate attacks. The attacks of the Russians are not just directed at Ukraine’s military. Instead, they often hit civilian targets, and even houses of worship and prayer are not exempt. This brutal reality highlights the vital importance of our work in Ukraine as we shine a bright light of hope and help to hurting hearts.

  • The Quiet Is Shattered

    The Quiet Is Shattered

    We’ve gotten reports from our team on the ground in Kharkiv that the city, which had been relatively quiet for weeks now, has been rocked by a series of heavy Russian artillery and rocket attacks. The renewed attacks came the same week that Russia and Ukraine signed an agreement to allow grain to be exported. Some people thought the deal was a hopeful sign that the fighting would abate, but the renewed attacks proved otherwise. Please continue to pray for our courageous team members who are working in the most dangerous parts of Ukraine to distribute the help your generosity has provided.k region of Ukraine—where the fiercest fighting is happening right now. This is our commitment, to go where we are most needed. Our storehouses are providing truly lifesaving help to people in urgent need. Friends like you make this and all of our work in Ukraine possible.

  • In the Fiercest Fighting

    In the Fiercest Fighting

    One of the trucks loaded with 20 tons of food and emergency supplies we sent out this week went to the Donetsk region of Ukraine—where the fiercest fighting is happening right now. This is our commitment, to go where we are most needed. Our storehouses are providing truly lifesaving help to people in urgent need. Friends like you make this and all of our work in Ukraine possible.

  • One Million Pounds of Food

    One Million Pounds of Food

    This week we’ll deliver three more trucks loaded with 20 tons of food each. This brings us to one million pounds of food delivered—not to the border areas, but deep inside the country of Ukraine. Our City of Refuge storehouses are located in the east and south of the country, the very places facing the most severe attacks. There are men, women, and children alive today because of the food and supplies friends like you made possible for us to take to them. You are making a huge difference…and as wonderful as everything that’s been done so far has been, we’re still going full speed ahead. This is not a place to stop. It’s a wonderful place to start the next outreach of love and compassion to the people of Ukraine.

  • What Putin's Trip to Iran Means for the Future

    What Putin’s Trip to Iran Means for the Future

    Russian President Vladimir Putin rarely leaves his country, but this week he traveled to Tehran to meet the mullahs who rule Iran. U.S. intelligence has already revealed that Iran is providing drones for Russia to use in Ukraine. Deeper ties between Russia and Iran are a dangerous sign for Ukraine…and for Israel. The radicals who run Iran have made no secret of their aims to attack Israel, and Russia has plenty of advanced military gear that Iran could use. This meeting highlights the vital importance of our work, both for Ukraine and for Israel as well.

  • Mass Grave Location Highlights Terrible Toll of War in Ukraine

    Mass Grave Location Highlights Terrible Toll of War in Ukraine

    Satellite imagery has detected that some 1400 bodies were buried in a mass cemetery in Mariupol, Ukraine, where bitter fighting with Russian forces dragged on for weeks. No one knows how many of these people were civilians. No one knows the names that go with each new grave. But the families of those who were lost are grieving, and those who remain alive are still in desperate need of assistance.

  • No Place in Ukraine Is Truly Safe

    No Place in Ukraine Is Truly Safe

    The Russian missile attack on the central Ukrainian city of Vinnytsia this week—far from the fighting in the east and south of the country—highlighted the grim truth that there is no safe place anywhere in Ukraine. Yet despite the dangers, our teams on the ground at our City of Refuge storehouses continue to provide help and hope…thanks to the compassion and generosity of friends like you. The needs continue, and even though we have already done so much, we must do more.

  • Iran Makes Things in Ukraine Even Worse

    Iran Makes Things in Ukraine Even Worse

    The news this week that Iran is planning to send hundreds of surveillance and combat drones to Russia for use in Ukraine is a grim reminder of the deadly threats facing the Ukrainian people…and a grim reminder of the threat posed by Iran. These same drones are a constant threat to Israel as well, and the willingness of Iran to send so many to Russia is a stark statement of their capacity to spread death and destruction. In the face of this evil, we must continue to do all we can to help the suffering people of Ukraine.

  • A Deadly Threat...We Must Not Let History Repeat Itself

    A Deadly Threat…We Must Not Let History Repeat Itself

    I was told that Russia made a list of Jewish people after they began the war against Ukraine, which they call the de-Nazification of Ukraine, and accused the president of Ukraine (who is Jewish) of being a Nazi. Now they are using that list to crack down on people fleeing the country. This is a deadly threat, and we are increasing our efforts to help as many people as possible to escape before it’s too late…but we can’t do it without you. I was named after my great grandfather, Rabbi Mikel Katz-Nelson, who was burned to death in his synagogue with 2,000 Jews. The cantor rabbi was the grandfather of the ninth president of Israel, Shimon Peres, who was our chairman of Friends of Zion until his death. Because of what I am seeing and hearing, my great fear is that another pogrom is coming. Tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of Jews could be killed. We’ve got to get them out of Ukraine to Israel before it’s too late.

  • Things Can Get Worse in Ukraine...and They Are

    Things Can Get Worse in Ukraine…and They Are

    This week brought news of an increase in Russian missile and artillery attacks on towns in eastern Ukraine. As Russian troops continue to grind their way forward, leaving death and destruction in their wake, the toll on the Ukrainian people grows ever higher…and their needs grow ever greater. So many friends have helped us do so much to meet these needs, but we can’t stop now when things are getting worse. We must do all we can to help, and we can’t do that without you.

  • Freedom

    Freedom

    Yesterday we celebrated the birthday of America, and I couldn’t help thinking of the people from other countries who did so much to help the colonies become a nation. From France, from Spain, from across Europe, people came to join the fight for freedom. As I thought of that, I thought about how you and I are helping the people of Ukraine as they fight against the Russian invasion of their country. The help that we are providing means so much to them, and I wanted you to know how grateful we are that you have made it all possible.

  • The Shopping Mall Attack

    The Shopping Mall Attack

    Like you, I’ve been to stores and shopping malls lots of times. Never once in all those trips have I worried about the mall being hit by a missile attack. But that’s what happened in Ukraine this week when at least 20 people were killed when Russian rockets hit the mall in Kremenchuk in central Ukraine. This was just after Michael left the country, and it is yet another grim reminder of the toll the war is taking on the Ukrainian people…and a reminder of why our work is so vitally important right now.

  • There Are No Safe Places in Ukraine

    There Are No Safe Places in Ukraine

    Michael met this young boy who had found part of a rocket (based on the construction and size it is believed these rockets are being fired by Syrian mercenaries that the Russians have brought in to fight against Ukraine) in the backyard of his home. The war in Ukraine has no battle lines or safe places…it rages not just at military targets and installations, but at homes, businesses, and civilians as well. This is why our help is so urgently needed right now, and thanks to your love and support, we are there with the help these precious people need.

  • Watch Where You Walk

    Watch Where You Walk

    All across eastern Ukraine, you find shrapnel, unexploded rockets, and even land mines. There aren’t any safe places in Ukraine right now. Even after the fighting finally stops, the people there are going to spend years cleaning up and rebuilding from the destruction. But today they aren’t thinking about that…they’re wondering where the next meal will come from. Thanks to friends like you, we’re delivering food and supplies and making a real difference when they need it most.

  • War Is Cruel to Children

    War Is Cruel to Children

    In a small Ukrainian village that had been occupied by Russian troops before they were driven back, Michael met a group of young children. They have endured great hardship, yet they still smile. What has happened to them and so many others is awful, but thanks to the help of our friends and partners, we were able to provide them with food, supplies, and even small gifts to make their lives better. This is truly reaching “the least of these” in Christian love.

  • Four Months in a Bomb Shelter

    Four Months in a Bomb Shelter

    Michael met this precious 95-year-old lady who has been living in a bomb shelter just three miles from Ukraine’s border with Russia. She has been jammed in that shelter with more than 100 other people, and they’ve been there for four months now. Despite all she has endured, she has not given up hope. And thanks to the love and generosity of our friends and partners, we’ve been able to provide food and supplies for her and so many others. But there is still so much that needs to be done.

  • From Bad to Worse

    From Bad to Worse

    The news from Ukraine this week has been grim indeed. The reports I’ve gotten from Michael on the ground in the eastern part of the country where the war is raging most confirm what the media is saying. The people of Ukraine are suffering greatly because of the war, and the war has taken a turn for the worse for them. We must do all we can to help. That’s why Michael has been in the country to deliver the food you provided…and why we must continue to reach out in love while there is still time.

  • Deep Inside Ukraine Near the Russian Border

    Deep Inside Ukraine Near the Russian Border

    We can’t give you the full details for security reasons, as things continue to get worse in Ukraine, but tomorrow Michael Evans will be very close to the Russian border, delivering another load of food and supplies to people who desperately need them. Please pray for him and our whole team on this dangerous trip. And please continue to help us so that we can keep on delivering the help and hope the people of Ukraine so desperately need right now.

  • On the Front Lines for the People of Ukraine

    On the Front Lines for the People of Ukraine

    Michael is on his way deep inside Ukraine to the City of Refuge storehouses we have established near the war zone. He is taking more food and emergency supplies. God has blessed us with His favor. What Michael is taking and what is being shipped to other cities will be enough food for more than a quarter of a million people. But there are so many in need, and we are asking for the prayers and financial support of all who can help right now. We must not turn away or stop doing all we can to respond to this crisis situation.

  • For Such a Time as This

    For Such a Time as This

    Esther risked her life to deliver the Jewish people from destruction. She recognized the vital importance of the opportunity God had placed before her. In faith and courage, she acted and made a difference. Today the members of our team on the ground in Ukraine are following in that tradition, risking their lives to provide food and supplies the suffering Ukrainian people so urgently need right now. They recognize the need, and are making a difference–and their work is made possible by our friends and partners who are doing so much to help.

  • How Do You Feed a Quarter Million Hungry People?

    How Do You Feed a Quarter Million Hungry People?

    Over the next couple of weeks, thanks to God’s blessing and the help of so many friends, we’ll be delivering and distributing 140 tons of food and emergency supplies to the people in the hardest-hit sections of Ukraine. Michael Evans will be making another trip to Ukraine, going deep inside the country to help deliver and pass out food for a quarter of a million people. It’s wonderful that we’re able to do so much to help in this time of great need…but the great need continues, and in fact, things in Ukraine are getting worse instead of better. Now more than ever we must do all we can to help these precious people, reaching out to them in Christian love to provide help and hope in an hour of darkness.

  • A New Week, The Same Threats

    A New Week, The Same Threats

    The start of a new week in Ukraine means something very different now than it did a few months ago. Thousands of people are looking at another week with almost nothing to eat or drink. The damage caused by Russia’s continued attacks on civilian targets is adding up. Millions of people have been displaced. They have nowhere to turn for help. But that’s where we come in. We’ve already taken nearly 100 tons of food and emergency supplies into Ukraine, and with the help of friends like you, we’ll keep on doing even more to respond to this ongoing crisis.

  • It's Happening Day after Day

    It’s Happening Day after Day

    Every day in Ukraine about 100 soldiers are being killed, in addition to dozens of civilians. That awful toll doesn’t include the many who are injured or the ones who die because of cold, hunger, and disease that can’t be treated because there are no hospitals left. This is one of the biggest humanitarian tragedies of our lives, and we must do what we can to take advantage of the open doors God has placed before us to respond to the urgent need. Our City of Refuge Storehouses are a vital resource to thousands of Ukrainians who have nowhere else to turn for help.

  • 100+ Days and No End in Sight

    100+ Days and No End in Sight

    The war in Ukraine has drug on for more than 100 days—far longer than most people expected when it began. Each day, the human toll grows. More people are killed. More homes and businesses are destroyed. More refugees are forced to flee their homes. More people go hungry and thirsty. And that means that even though we have already done so much, we must do more. The need has not stopped, and our work must not stop, and that means we need the help of our friends and partners now more than ever.

  • We're Part of a Miracle

    We’re Part of a Miracle

    When we read the stories of the way God worked through miracles, it’s exciting to see His power on display. It’s even more exciting to be part of a true miracle, yet there’s no other way to describe what’s happening through our work in Ukraine. We have helped recuse dozens of Jewish orphans and elderly Holocaust survivors and help them get to Israel. We’ve delivered and distributed nearly 100 tons of food deep inside the country in the war zones where people need it most. And we’re just getting started! With the continued help of friends like you, we’re going to keep increasing our efforts to meet the urgent needs of the precious people of Ukraine.

  • Help for a City Under Attack

    Help for a City Under Attack

    Today a shipment of food and emergency supplies will arrive in the Ukrainian port city of Odessa. The Russian blockade by sea and the bombing of roads on land have nearly cut off the people of Odessa. They are in desperate need, and thanks to the love and generosity of our friends and partners and the doors God has opened, help is on the way! We’re delighted to be able to be part of this vital relief effort, but we recognize the scope of the need, and we are working and praying to do even more in the coming days.

  • We're on the Way to Odessa

    We’re on the Way to Odessa

    In just a few hours a truck loaded with 20 tons of food will arrive on the outskirts of Odessa. This port city in southern Ukraine has been targeted again and again by the Russians in recent days, leaving the people there trapped in basements and makeshift bomb shelters. There are almost no stores open to provide food, and it is dangerous to go outside to try to find some. That’s why I’m so thrilled to tell you that the help and support we’ve received from so many friends has made it possible for us to do something wonderful to help. We’re not just taking food, we’re taking hope…and it is making a huge difference.

  • 20 Tons More Food to Kharkiv

    20 Tons More Food to Kharkiv

    One of the cities in Ukraine that has been hardest hit by the war-and is still being bombed and shelled-is Kharkiv. This city in far eastern Ukraine near the Russian border was once a beautiful place, but today it lies in ruins. The people still living there have almost no food…and that’s why it was such a blessing that we were able to deliver another 20 tons of food and emergency supplies there while I was in Ukraine on my fourth trip since the war started. Your love and compassion are making a huge difference, providing hope and help for people who need to know that they are not forgotten.

  • No Time to Waste

    No Time to Waste

    As the Russian army continues to advance in eastern Ukraine following the fall of Mauripol the situation for the Ukrainian people in their path is growing even worse. This week we got urgent pleas for help from three cities in the region. Food is almost impossible to find. It isn’t safe to go out and look for it in many places. We are working to respond to this need, but we really need your help. There isn’t any time to waste.

  • Help Is on the Way

    Help Is on the Way

    Another truck loaded with 20 more tons of food is on the way to our City of Refuge storehouse near Kharkiv. God miraculously provided this urgently needed help in answer to your prayers. It’s on the way now to people who desperately need it. And all of this is thanks to friends like you who have made it possible for us to be at work in Ukraine, not just since the war started, but for more than a decade before that. Thank you for being God’s hands and feet of love to the precious and suffering people of Ukraine.

  • Black Sea Blackmail

    Black Sea Blackmail

    Russia has focused a great deal of effort on stopping shipping into and out of Ukrainian ports on the Black Sea. This prevents aid from reaching Ukraine by water, and prevents Ukraine from being able to ship our food and other essentials that are such a crucial part of their economy. The impact of this blockade is being reflected in rising prices across the world. According to diplomatic sources, Russia is offering to relax their blockade if the sanctions that have been put in place against them are eased. Though the devastating war in Ukraine is far away from most of us, it still has a major impact on our lives. Our prayers and help for the people of Ukraine have never been more needed than they are right now–and we are there, reaching out in Christian love to help as many people as we can.

  • No Deadlines for Russia in Ukraine

    No Deadlines for Russia in Ukraine

    A top Russian security official this week declared that Russia is not, “chasing deadlines” in Ukraine—that they had no intention of ending their devastating war on Ukraine anytime soon. Despite the setbacks Russian forces have faced and the heavy losses they have suffered, they continue to launch bombs, missiles and artillery at Ukrainian targets…not just military but civilian sites as well. This is why our help is so urgently needed right now.

  • They Said "Thanks" to Me, but They Were Really Thanking You

    They Said “Thanks” to Me, but They Were Really Thanking You

    Again and again on this most recent trip to Ukraine (my fourth since the war started) people have come up to thank me for the food and supplies we brought and the people we’ve helped rescue. But I’m just here in person as your voice of hope and love. It’s not really me they’re thanking, but you. Friends like you made it possible for us to bring in tons of food deep into the most dangerous parts of the country. Friends like you made it possible for us to help elderly Holocaust survivors and young Jewish orphans make their way to Israel. So let me add my voice to the chorus of thanks to everyone who has made what we have done so far possible…and let me encourage every Believer to be part of what we are continuing to do to respond to the urgent needs in Ukraine.

  • Three Months of Hell

    Three Months of Hell

    Three months ago today, though there was fear of what might happen, Ukraine was at peace. Three months ago tomorrow, that peace was shattered, and what has followed has been three months of hell on earth. Millions have been forced from their homes, losing everything they owned and seeing their lives upended. Tens of thousands have been killed. As the war drags on, it becomes more important than ever that we help, and that’s why I’m making my fourth trip to Ukraine since the war started as your voice of hope.

  • Light a Candle

    Light a Candle

    Years ago, not too long before she died, I had the opportunity to meet Mother Teresa in Rome. I told her I was on my way to Jerusalem, and she said she would pray for me. She added, “You can’t love Jesus without loving the Jewish people because Jesus was Jewish. Love is not something you say; it’s something you do. It’s better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.” That’s why I’m making a fourth trip to Ukraine, and that’s why I’m asking for your help today.

  • We Can't Let Ourselves Get Used to This Tragedy

    We Can’t Let Ourselves Get Used to This Tragedy

    It’s now been almost three months since Russia invaded Ukraine. As the war drags on and on without huge changes being reported in the news, some people have gotten used to it—almost become numb to it. But the tragedy continues to unfold. Each day more people are being killed…more people are going hungry…and more people are wondering if anyone cares and if anyone will come to help. That’s why I’m making my fourth trip to Ukraine, and I need your help so we can continue to reach out to these precious people in Christian love.

  • Into the Danger Zone

    Into the Danger Zone

    On his last trip into Ukraine, Michael went with 40 tons of food provided by our Jerusalem Prayer Team members—not just across the border into Ukraine, but deep inside that war-torn country. The food and emergency supplies were taken to a staging area in Poltava, where a warehouse was set up. Pastors, rabbis, and community leaders from around the region came to get food for their people. They told Michael no one else had come with aid. Michael also went into Kharkiv itself to help rescue a 77-year-old woman who was trapped in the remains of her home and was able to bring her out. Your prayers and support made this wonderful trip a reality.

  • Not Just in Ukraine

    Not Just in Ukraine

    We’ve helped a large number of Jewish orphans and elderly Holocaust survivors escape from Ukraine and make the trip to Israel. But our help doesn’t stop there. We were already working with Ukrainian Jews in Israel, and we are using those existing contacts to provide the help these precious people need when they arrive in a new country. Many of them have only a single suitcase of belongings…some had only the clothes they were wearing when they escaped. They need our help, and thanks to our generous friends and partners we are able to be there for them—not just in Ukraine, but in Israel as well.

  • They're Begging for Our Help, So I'm Going Back

    They’re Begging for Our Help, So I’m Going Back

    The people of Ukraine are suffering more and more as the war drags on. The utter devastation in much of the country has displaced 10,000,000 from their homes; they’re still in the country, but they can’t go home. Many of them have no homes. Thousands are hungry, with nowhere to buy food even if they could afford it, which many can’t. That’s why our help is so important right now…and that’s why I’m going back. The wonderful generosity of our friends and partners has already provided 60 tons of food…but that doesn’t last long when there are so many in urgent need. We must continue to do all we can to help. And on this trip, I’ll be working to rescue more elderly Holocaust survivors so we can start them on their way to Israel. Please pray that God will protect our team and bless our work with success.

  • A Personal Message from Israel

    A Personal Message from Israel

    Recently we were able to rescue a precious Holocaust survivor in Ukraine. After she arrived in Israel, Sheila called me to express her incredible gratitude for the way your love and compassion touched her life. She was rejoicing that she was safe…but she was also concerned for friends left behind. We’ve done a great deal, but there is so much more that needs to be done.

  • Ten Million: They're Not Statistics

    Ten Million: They’re Not Statistics

    The old saying goes, “A single death is a tragedy, but a million deaths is a statistic.” Well, there are ten million refugees inside Ukraine right now, and they’re not statistics! They are men and women and children whose lives have been completely turned upside down through no fault of their own. War came and forced them from their homes. They need help. They need hope. That’s why we are there providing food, medical supplies, and other aid to those who have nowhere else to turn.

  • What Would You Take?

    What Would You Take?

    If you had only a few minutes to leave your home because of an advancing enemy army, what would you take with you? For millions of people in Ukraine, that’s not a rhetorical or theoretical question. That is their reality. They fled to save their lives, often with only a single suitcase…and sometimes with only the clothes on their backs. They urgently need food and medical supplies. That’s why your help is so vitally important right now.

  • Lending to the Lord

    Lending to the Lord

    The Lord told us in Proverbs that “Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done” (Proverbs 19:17). This is exactly what we are doing together in Ukraine as we deliver food and emergency supplies, rescue poor Holocaust survivors, and help them to Israel. Thank you to everyone who has made it possible for us to help the needy in Ukraine already and continue this vital outreach.

  • No One Else Has Been There

    No One Else Has Been There

    A lot of people are saddened by the plight of the Ukrainian people, and many are trying to help however they can. But no one else is doing what you are doing in Ukraine. Because we’ve been working there for ten years, we have the contacts and network to deliver supplies-not just to the mostly peaceful areas in the west, but into the war zones in the east and south of Ukraine. When Michael took your tons of food to the small town of Poltava in eastern Ukraine, he was told that no one else had been there. But you were!

  • Even More Than Food, They Need Hope

    Even More Than Food, They Need Hope

    As Michael and I were discussing his last trip deep into Ukraine, he made a point that really struck me—and because your love and generosity make everything we are doing to help in that war-torn country possible—I want to share it with you. Michael said, “They need encouragement even more than they need food.” It’s true! These precious people are hungry, but the hope of knowing someone loves and cares for them is even more vital. That’s what you are providing, and I’m asking you to stand with us as we continue this vital outreach.

  • 75 Days of Suffering

    75 Days of Suffering

    The Russian war against Ukraine has reached its 75th day, and the scale of human suffering is staggering. Millions of people have been driven from their homes. Millions more are trapped in places where there is no access to food, medicine, or even electricity and running water. That’s why our help now is more needed than ever…and why even though we’ve already done so much to help, we must do more. The need continues, and that means our help must continue. This is our “such a time as this” to make a real difference for the people of Ukraine.

  • They Can't Believe It's True

    They Can’t Believe It’s True

    The Ukrainian Jewish orphans we helped get out of that war-torn country and into Israel have experienced a lot in their short lives. Most of us are blessed to never have gone through what they endured. These little ones find it hard to believe how much their lives have changed. Now that they are in Israel, we are working to meet their needs and go beyond that to give them books, toys, and so much more. All of this is made possible by the generous support of our Friends of Zion partners.

  • Giggles and Grins Far from the War Zone

    Giggles and Grins Far from the War Zone

    The sounds of explosions and fighting are now just memories for these precious Ukrainian Jewish orphans we helped get out of the country and on to Israel. Today they’re hearing sounds of laughter and kind voices, and they have a hope that seemed impossible just a few short weeks ago. While we can never replace all that they have lost, we are doing everything possible to give them a sense of normal life.

  • Life Without Hunger

    Life Without Hunger

    One of the tragedies of the Russian invasion of Ukraine is the toll it has taken on those who are least able to bear it. The very young and the very old are impacted the most. For Jewish orphans in Ukraine, life was already hard. They’ve suffered great losses, and sadly, many of them know all too well what it feels like to go to bed hungry. Now that we have helped rescue some of them and taken them to Israel, for the first time, they get to enjoy life without worrying about where their next meal will come from.

  • From Fear to Freedom

    From Fear to Freedom

    Thanks to the generous support of our Friends of Zion partners, we were able to help a number of Jewish orphans escape from Ukraine and make their way to Israel. The help we provide didn’t end when they boarded the plane. We are also helping meet their ongoing needs now that they have reached the Jewish state. Our commitment to help God’s Chosen People knows no boundaries or borders.

  • Never Again

    Never Again

    It was my privilege to have been asked to lead the March of the Living Holocaust remembrance event at Auschwitz. Walking under the infamous “work makes you free” sign at the dreaded death camp, I was inspired once again to take up the holy vow “Never Again.” Seeing survivors of Auschwitz dressed in replicas of the uniforms prisoners were forced to wear was a painful reminder of what other Holocaust survivors are suffering right now in Ukraine. These precious people need our help, and as friends like you stand with us, we will keep rescuing them from the threats they are facing. It’s not enough just to say “never again”…we must also act.

  • Standing in the Rubble 25 Miles from the Russian Border

    Standing in the Rubble 25 Miles from the Russian Border

    There is hope springing up among the ruins and rubble in Ukraine today because friends like you reached out in love to the suffering people there. Michael took the food and supplies that are so desperately needed deep into the country…at one point standing just 25 miles from the border with Russia. We are continuing to do all we can to rescue poor Holocaust survivors, provide food and other essentials to people who have nowhere else to turn, and encourage Believers around the world to pray for an end to the fighting in Ukraine.

  • You Made It Happen

    You Made It Happen

    We’ve seen a great deal of suffering and hardship and tragedy in Ukraine. But we’ve also seen joy as hungry people receive the food and supplies that your love and generosity provided. Standing on what looks like a battlefield from World War II, it’s hard to imagine that it’s real, but sadly, it is all too real. The devastation in Ukraine will take years to repair. And human lives can’t be replaced like military equipment or buildings can. That’s why our outreach here is so vitally important, and why we’re so grateful for all that you made happen already…and for what we will be doing together in the future.

  • Sunday School Turns into Refugee Center

    Sunday School Turns into Refugee Center

    The Sunday school classrooms at this little church in Poltava are full today—not with eager young students ready to learn about the Lord, but with refugees whose homes have been destroyed. The church has welcomed these precious people who have nowhere else to turn. It was our great privilege to take them the food and supplies the love and generosity of our friends and partners made possible. Please keep praying for the people of Ukraine.

  • Three Vans Filled with Food for the Battered City of Kharkiv

    Three Vans Filled with Food for the Battered City of Kharkiv

    Even though there are still rocket and missile attacks on a regular basis, we were able to reach the city of Kharkiv, the second-largest city in Ukraine. Once nearly a million and a half people lived here, but now almost everyone who can has fled. Those who remain have no way to get food, medicine, and other supplies. That’s why your love and generosity are so important. Thanks to friends like you, we took three vans crammed with supplies and distributed them in the ruins of this once-beautiful city.

  • This Church Is Still Standing

    This Church Is Still Standing

    There are very few structures still standing in the village of Trostyanets, and the ones that have survived have taken damage. We met with some precious people at a local church. The bullet holes in the building give silent testimony to the horrors of war. We were able to provide some much-needed food to them. It was a humbling experience to hear them singing and praising God in the midst of the devastation.

  • This Is the Reality of Life in Ukraine Right Now

    This Is the Reality of Life in Ukraine Right Now

    Standing in the ruins of a town that has been almost totally destroyed is a heart-breaking experience. This is the reality of life now for multiplied thousands of people. They did nothing wrong, but death and destruction came to them anyway. Though we cannot ever replace all that they have lost, we can give them food and emergency supplies thanks to the generous support of friends like you. What we are doing is truly making a difference.

  • Together We Are Giving Them Hope

    Together We Are Giving Them Hope

    In the basement of a church in a small Ukrainian town, we unloaded two truckloads of food—40,000 tons—to distribute across the country. With the attack warning sirens going off all night, our team kept working. Now through our network of churches and synagogues, we will take these supplies into the towns and villages where they are needed most. Your love is not just providing food for these precious people. Together we are giving them hope.

  • 25 Miles from the Russian Border

    25 Miles from the Russian Border

    There are still people living in the ruins of this Ukrainian village which has been so badly damaged in the fighting. When Russian troops pull back, the full scope of the damage starts to become apparent. We delivered food to people who have nowhere else to get it. We are praying for them, but we are also putting feet to our prayers and putting our faith into action all across Ukraine, even 25 miles from the Russian border.

  • It's Not Just Food...It's Hope

    It’s Not Just Food…It’s Hope

    In the basement of a church in a small Ukrainian town, we unloaded two truckloads of food—40,000 tons—to distribute across the country. With the attack warning sirens going off all night, our team kept working. Now through our network of churches and synagogues, we will take these supplies into the towns and villages where they are needed most. Your love is not just providing food for these precious people. Together we are giving them hope.

  • Does "Never Again" Still Have Meaning?

    Does “Never Again” Still Have Meaning?

    After the horrors of the Holocaust, many people and nations vowed they would not allow something that awful and evil to happen again. Yet today elderly Ukrainian Jews who survived that attempt to exterminate them are under siege in their own homes and cities. Our team has been working on the ground, even in Russian-controlled cities to rescue as many as we can. On Thursday I will lead the March of the Living at Auschwitz. This is the first time an evangelical leader has been asked to do this, and it is a testament to the love and compassion so many of our friends and partners have expressed toward God’s Chosen People.

  • One Day Before the Bombing Started

    One Day Before the Bombing Started

    Kharkiv is Ukraine’s second largest city, and it has been under heavy attack that shows no signs of letting up. Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov said, “The Russian Federation is furiously bombing the city.” Our teams on the ground have been working to rescue elderly Holocaust survivors from the most dangerous situations. One day before this latest round of bombing started, we were able to evacuate another precious lady to safety. Your prayers and support are making a huge difference!

  • 80,000 Pounds of Food

    80,000 Pounds of Food

    We have two trucks filled with food and emergency supplies ready to head across the border into Ukraine. For security reasons, we can’t disclose the different cities we are taking aid to, but it is the cities you are seeing on the news where things are the worst and the need is most urgent. We are working with a network of pastors and rabbis inside the country to ensure help goes to the right places. We’ve even been offered help from the Ukrainian army to distribute these vitally needed supplies. Thank you so much to everyone who helped make this outreach of Christian love a reality.

  • She Shouldn't Have Died Cold and Hungry

    She Shouldn’t Have Died Cold and Hungry

    Vanda Semyonovna Obiedkova was just 10 years old when the Germans came to Mariupol in 1941. She lived through the horrors of the Holocaust. This month she died in a cold basement in her hometown at the age of 91. The family had been forced to take shelter there by the constant Russian bombardment. They had no electricity, no heat, and almost no food or water. This is why we are working so hard to get poor Holocaust survivors out of Ukraine before it is too late. This is why I’m in this war-torn country. This is why we need your help. We’ve already rescued many, but there are so many more who still need our help.

  • "I Put My Faith in God and You Came"

    “I Put My Faith in God and You Came”

    In addition to delivering tons of food and other emergency supplies into Ukraine, our team has been working to rescue poor Holocaust survivors and help them flee to safety in Israel. One precious lady we rescued said, ‘”My life began in a war [she was a child during the Holocaust] and was going to end in a war, but I put my faith in God and you came.” I know you will rejoice with me that she is now safe, but there are so many others who still desperately need our help. We are doing everything we can to reach as many of them as we can before it is too late. Thank you so much for being part of this great outreach of Christian love to “the least of these.”

  • A City of Sorrows

    A City of Sorrows

    I am in Bucha, a suburb of Kyiv. When the Russian forces left what was once a beautiful place, they left behind utter devastation and destruction. Hundreds of people were killed, some of them executed while their hands were tied. Many bodies were burned in an attempt to hide the evidence. The needs of the people of Ukraine are staggering. But together we are doing everything we can to help meet them. That’s why I’m here in Ukraine, as your voice of love and hope to hurting hearts.

  • A Real-Life Rescue Mission

    A Real-Life Rescue Mission

    I’m delighted to share this good news with you. One of our team members rode his bicycle past Russian tanks and into a Russian-controlled town and was able to get a family of seven Jewish people, including a Holocaust survivor out to safety. Obviously, we can’t show you his face or give you his name because the Russians would kill him. But he did it! This amazing story sounds like something out of a novel or a movie, but it happened—and your love, prayers, and financial support made it possible. I’m asking you to keep standing with us because there are so many more who need our help.

  • Welcome to Lviv

    Welcome to Lviv

    I was in Lviv, Ukraine, getting ready to go to Kyiv, when I was greeted by five Russian missiles striking the town. There is no place in Ukraine that is safe. But I’m here because God sent me. We’re working to get Jewish people, especially elderly Holocaust survivors, out of Ukraine before it is too late. I’m delighted to tell you that a family of seven people we’ve been trying to help have finally made their way out from behind Russian troops and will soon be on their way to Israel. The fighting continues to rage, and we must continue to do all we can to help the precious people of Ukraine.

  • He Is Risen Indeed!

    He Is Risen Indeed!

    There is no more holy and sacred day of the year than Easter. It is a day of joy for us, yet for so many people there is no joy to be found today. In their tiny apartments, hundreds of Holocaust survivors are trapped in eastern Ukraine. That is the focus of Russian attacks now, and if we don’t get these precious people out, it will soon be too late. On a day when we celebrate life triumphing over death, I can’t think of anything more important we can do than to reach out to “the least of these” and show them God’s love in action. Please keep on praying for us!

  • Pray...and Put Feet to Your Prayers

    Pray…and Put Feet to Your Prayers

    All of us are heartbroken by the devastation being felt in Ukraine right now. That’s why I’ve made the trip back to Ukraine. It’s not enough for us just to feel badly for these precious people. It’s not even enough just to pray for them. We must put feet to our prayers. We must be the hands and feet of God’s love in this time of need. When I finish my mission to rescue Holocaust survivors from Ukraine, I’ll be going back into the country with two fifty-foot trailers crammed with food and emergency supplies. This will be enough to provide basic food to 100,000 starving people, Jews and Christians alike. We are asking every friend and partner to do something to help make this relief outreach a reality.

  • Rescue the Perishing

    Rescue the Perishing

    Solomon said, “Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter” (Proverbs 24:11). That’s what we are committed to doing, and that’s why I’m on my way to Ukraine for the third time in four weeks. I am asking every friend and supporter of this ministry to pray for me and our whole team on the ground in Ukraine. I know this is a dangerous mission, but I also know God is calling me to do it. I believe that together we will be able to make the difference between life and death for precious Holocaust survivors who have nowhere else to turn for help.precious people before they are trapped behind Russian lines and it is to late. There is no time to waste.

  • It's Time to Act

    It’s Time to Act

    As I see the ongoing tragedy in Ukraine, and I reminded of the words of Solomon who said, “Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter” (Proverbs 24:11). That is what God is calling us to do right now. We have a team on the ground working to evacuate elderly Holocaust survivors from the eastern part of Ukraine and get them safely out of the country. We’ve already helped many Jewish orphans make that trip, and now we are doing all we can to help these precious people before they are trapped behind Russian lines and it is to late. There is no time to waste.