War in Ukraine

The Suffering Jewish People of Ukraine need YOUR help!

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!

Your generous gift today will make a huge difference for those in most urgent need. Please join hands with us and take your stand on behalf of the Jewish people.

Updates from Ukraine

  • 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?

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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?

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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?

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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?

    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

    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

    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

    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”

    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

    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

    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

    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!

    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

    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

    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

    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.

  • Can You Imagine?

    Can you imagine what it would be like to remember the Holocaust? There are thousands of Holocaust survivors still living in Ukraine. Many of them remember the rumble of tanks and the exploding of artillery shells from their childhood. Now once again they have been forced into hiding. Many are weak and frail and cannot leave their tiny apartments without help. Many are hungry and cold and scared. God has called us to help them, and that is what we are doing right now. It is not right for these precious people to be suffering so much, and we must do all that we can to help them.

  • Operation Hineni

    When the prophet Isaiah heard God’s call, he said “Hineni” which means “Here am I.” He was indicating his readiness to do whatever God needed him to do. Today we are saying “Hineni” to answer God’s call to help the precious people of Ukraine. As you know we’ve taken large loads of food into the country and will continue to do so. But we are also working to help poor Holocaust survivors escape and make their way to Israel. This is a dangerous outreach, but it is vital…literally the difference between life and death. We have heard God’s call…will you also hear and answer His call today?

  • Next Time We Will Take Twice as Much Help into Ukraine

    We brought the food and supplies your love and generosity provided into Ukraine…19 tons which will help thousands of people. But the needs are so great and growing by the day, and we must do even more. It is our calling to be the hands and feet of Jesus. That’s exactly what we are doing together through this wonderful outreach in Ukraine. And it’s far from over. We’re working now to prepare to take two trucks on our next trip. Will you help with your gift today?

  • 40,000 Meals

    We brought enough food to Ukraine for 40,000 meals. That’s what your love and help have made possible. I don’t think there has ever been a time when our help is needed more. This is the biggest military conflict in Europe since World War II. Even those who could afford to stock up supplies, which many could not, are running out. The need is urgent. And we’re going to keep doing all that we can to meet it.

  • God Protected Our Team

    Relief trucks into Ukraine have been targeted, but God got us across the border and into the country safely! There is no threat or danger that God cannot overcome, and when we cry out to Him, He hears and answers. Long before the war started, we were helping the poor Jewish people of Ukraine. Now we’re doing even more to respond and help meet the urgent needs of these beautiful people.

  • Bodies in the Streets of Bucha

    When the Russian troops left the suburb of Bucha, a half an hour from Kyiv, they left behind more than burned out cars and bombed houses. They left dozens of bodies, some of them showing signs of torture, lying in the roads. The Ukrainian medical workers are struggling to even identify the bodies which were left where they fell. These are not soldiers. Most of the victims were civilians who were killed at random for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. We must reach out to the people of Ukraine and provide all the help we can in this hour of great suffering.

  • I Can’t Believe This Is Happening Again

    A number of my relatives perished in the Holocaust. Some of them were at the dreaded Auschwitz death camp where their bodies were burned. Now fires are burning again. The mayor of Mariupol, Vadym Boichenko told reporters that more than 5,000 civilians in his city have been killed…and that the Russians are burning the bodies to hide the evidence. Though much of the news focuses on what is happening on the battlefield, the people of Ukraine are bearing the brunt of the war…and they urgently need our help right now.

  • Welcoming Ukranian Jewish Orphans to Israel

    Thanks to the generous hearts of our Jerusalem Prayer Team members, we were able to play a key role in helping more than 100 Ukrainian Jewish orphans make the long trip to Israel. It was our great privilege to host them at our Friends of Zion Center campus in Jerusalem. These precious children have suffered so much, but thanks to friends like you, they have a much brighter future ahead!

  • Heading to Israel

    While I was in Poland, I had the privilege of meeting a group of Ukrainian Jews who are on their way to Israel. As I talked to them and heard their heartbreaking stories, I rejoiced that they are headed toward safety. But it also brought into sharp relief the desperate plight of those who do not yet have a safe place…and those elderly Holocaust survivors who were unable to flee because of their health. We must continue to do all we can to touch the lives of these precious people and help them before it is too late.

  • So Much More to Be Done

    I’m thrilled that we were able to purchase an entire truckload of supplies in Poland and take it across the border where it is being distributed to thousands of people. But I’m also heartbroken that there are so many more in need. The suffering is so great, and it isn’t going away. News of fighting may ebb and flow, but the hunger on the faces of precious people forced to flee their homes is there every day. So we’re far from done. We’re working right now to get the funds and supplies for more trucks…more food…more hope…more love.

  • This Is What a Hero Looks Like

    My son Michael and I were privileged to stand next to a group of courageous heroes. These men, whom we equipped with combat trauma kits in case they are attacked as so many relief workers have been, are taking the food and other supplies we brought into Ukraine and getting it to people across the country who have nowhere else to turn for help. Please pray for them as they continue this dangerous mission.

  • Room for One More Box

    When you’re packing a truck with relief supplies to take across the border into a war zone, you want to take advantage of every inch of space to ensure you’re doing everything possible to help thousands of precious people in urgent need. The scale of the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine is so huge, and the food and supplies your generous gifts make possible are so vitally important.

  • I Thought of Paul

    When I saw the rows of pallets lined up ready to be loaded on the truck, I thought of you and of what Paul said to the Philippians, “I thank God every time I remember you.” It is the love and support of so many friends that have made this wonderful humanitarian outreach possible. And your name is being blessed by thousands of people who appreciate so much the life-saving supplies you are helping to provide.

  • 19 Tons

    The fully loaded truck we took across the border from Poland into Ukraine was packed with 19 tons of relief supplies. Thousands of people will be helped greatly by this gift…but there are so many more who still need our help. We’re working now to get two more trucks lined up and raise the funds to fill them. Everything we are doing to bless and help the people of Ukraine is made possible by the generous support we receive from our friends and partners.

  • Ukrainian Holocaust Survivors Are Fleeing to Germany

    I saw a startling report that some of the Ukrainian Holocaust survivors—there are still tens of thousands of them in that war-torn country—are fleeing to Germany for refuge from the fighting. What a change that represents. One person called it a “twist of history.” The sad reality is that nowhere in Ukraine is truly safe. And while some have been able to escape, thousands of more are still trapped without any way to provide for even their most basic needs. That’s why our relief work is so vitally important right now.

  • Loading the Truck

    We loaded every pallet we could fit into our 50-foot trailer to take with us into Ukraine. These basic foodstuffs and other emergency supplies are literally the difference between life and death for people in such urgent need. This truckload will provide help to 20,000 people. But the sad reality is that there are millions of refugees who were forced to flee their homes and millions more trapped in places where the store shelves are bare and there is no food to be had at any price. This wonderful expression of Christian love in action was made possible by our generous friends and partners. The need is still there, and we must do even more to help as many people as we can.

  • How Do You Move Supplies for 20,000 People?

    A 50-foot semi-trailer can hold enough pallets to take basic food and supplies for 20,000. You have to fill it front to back, side to side, and top to bottom…and that’s exactly what we did. We were able to purchase bulk quantities of staples in Poland and then take the truck across the border into Ukraine. There are rabbis and pastors across the country who are begging for this help, and we’re working to reach as many of them as we can.

  • Why Am I in Ukraine?

    I’m getting urgent appeals from rabbis across Ukraine. The Jewish people they work with are starving. I’m hearing from evangelical pastors also whose church members are starving. The suffering is unbelievable. Especially in the south and east of Ukraine, the ravages of war are so severe that the stores are empty and basic services have been disrupted. We are here in Ukraine to reach out to “the least of these” in Christian love.

  • Don’t Take Your Cell Phone

    One of the things I was told about this second trip to Ukraine is to be sure and leave my regular cell phone at home. Russian troops have been targeting relief convoys and workers, and because of my high profile work as an adviser to President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu, I was warned that hackers would be looking for me. Not only would my life be in danger, but those of our whole team. So I’m using a burner phone for the first time in my life.

  • “My Mother Is in the Bathtub Hiding”

    On my first trip to Ukraine, I met a couple who had fled for their lives. The man’s elderly mother could not travel, and they were forced to leave her behind. With tears in his eyes, the man told me, “My mother is in the bathtub hiding.” Thousands of people are trapped in their homes without food, electricity, or water. They urgently need our help and we are taking that help into Ukraine thanks to the generous support of friends like you.

  • Ukraine’s Government Pleads for Help

    The situation in Ukraine is growing worse by the day. I just got a note that my friend Rabbi Markovitch, the chief rabbi of Kyiv received from a member of parliament. They are pleading with him for any humanitarian aid he can arrange for hurting people. We have already helped this good man, but now we need to help more. The basic food and other essentials of life that we take for granted are simply not available in many parts of Ukraine right now. The only way people can receive them is if someone brings them into the country. That is what the Jerusalem Prayer Team is doing, and we are going to keep on doing all we can to help as many people as we can.

  • Kyiv Under Siege

    The capital of Ukraine is largely surrounded by Russian forces. Elite Russian troops are launching probing attacks into the city. I’m hearing from our sources in the country that Chechen troops are also being used in these attacks. The battles in the streets are being fought house to house. Everyone who can carry a gun—men, women, children, and the elderly alike—are doing their part to defend Ukraine’s capital from the Russian assault. Please continue to pray for the people of Ukraine and for our team members who are there on the ground, delivering food and other essential supplies to people in need.