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

  • 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.

  • A Truckload of Love

    God has directed me to go back to Ukraine. We’re working right now to make the final arrangements for the trip. I’ve been warned specifically that when we go into Ukraine we must leave our cell phones behind because they can be tracked by the Russians and used for targeting people who are trying to help. We can purchase 30,000 pounds of staple supplies for $100,000…two fifty-foot semi-trucks fully loaded…and that’s what we’re planning to do. I’m asking every Believer who reads this to do something to help. Every gift, whether large or small, can help make a difference for the suffering people of Ukraine.

  • “It’s Hell on Earth”

    I read a news report following the brutal Russian bombing of the Ukrainian city of Mariupol that called it “Hell on Earth.” And sadly, they’re not wrong. My heart broke as I saw the rubble of what once was a beautiful city by Ukraine’s coast. Now it is in ruins. The United Nations now says more than 10 million people are refugees because of this war. There’s no way to measure the full cost of what is happening, but it goes beyond buildings. It is human suffering on a scale that our world has not seen in a very long time. God is calling us to make a difference in Ukraine, and we are doing that every day.

  • The Human Toll Is Growing by the Day

    The Russians bombed the military base near Lviv in western Ukraine while I was in the country. More than 30 people were killed in the attack, but that was not a one-time thing. They’ve continued to hit targets in and around the city. This is especially troubling because multiplied thousands of Ukrainians are either staying in or going through Lviv because they’ve been forced to evacuate their homes. The human toll of this war was already staggering, and sadly it is growing by the day.

  • They need our prayers, love, and help

    It was my great privilege to pray with many of the Jewish people whose lives have been disrupted by the Russian invasion. There are people just like this all across Ukraine—some 500,000 Jewish people, a large number of whom are Holocaust survivors. They need our prayers. They need our love. They need our help. God has brought us together “for such a time as this” to minister to the precious Jewish people of Ukraine who are in such grave danger. I am asking every friend to join in prayer for peace to come and for the protection of our team on the ground who are providing such urgently needed help day after day.

  • “I was hungry and you fed Me”

    The words of the Lord, “I was hungry and you fed Me,” wouldn’t stop ringing in my ears as we distributed food to those impacted by war. For many of them, it is the first act of kindness and love they have seen in days. They need our help so desperately right now. The pictures we see on the news don’t begin to show how horrible things are. The shelves of the stores are empty. Curfews mean people can’t go outside. The constant sound of warning sirens and the explosions of bombs fill the air day and night.
  • No one is exempt

    No one is exempt from the horrors of war—not even small children. It is heartbreaking to see these innocent victims struggling to understand what is happening and wondering why they had to flee their homes. As you know, we helped evacuate 120 Jewish orphans from Odessa thanks to the generous support of our Jerusalem Prayer Team members. We are doing all we can to help those who are still in the country, both young and old, who are facing such grave threats.

  • I Was There Just 4 Hours Before the Russian Missiles Hit

    I’m sure you saw the news about the Russian attack on a Ukrainian military base near the border with Poland that left more than 30 people dead. I drove past that base just four hours before the missiles hit. The war looks horrible in the news, but the situation on the ground is far, far worse than reports can convey. There is a desperate humanitarian crisis in Ukraine right now. Millions have fled their homes, thousands have been killed, and cities have been destroyed in the fighting. I appreciate so much every supporter who is part of the vital work we continue to do in Ukraine. I ask for your prayers for our team on the ground as they do all they can to help those in need.

  • My Heart Still Breaks

    I stood near the Polish border with Jewish refugees who had fled from Lviv, Ukraine. They had been on the road for days, many of them without food or water. Old and young alike have been forced to leave their homes and seek safety as Russian attacks on civilians have escalated. The truth is that right now the people of Ukraine are facing death—not because they have done anything wrong, but because of the actions of callous leaders and military officers. This tragedy demands a response from us, and I am asking every friend and partner of the Jerusalem Prayer Team to join us in providing the help and hope they so desperately need.

  • An Unexpected Meeting

    While I was in Ukraine distributing relief supplies, I met an old friend: the man who heads the relief operation in Haifa for Holocaust survivors that we partner with to help thousands of these precious people. I had no idea he was coming, but he had the same feeling I did…that we had to be here to help in this moment of crisis. So he has been in Ukraine to provide help as well. It was a blessing to meet him in danger zone, and it is a blessing to know friends around the world are praying. The needs in Ukraine are staggering. We hear the statistics in the news, but they fail to convey the tragic human cost of the war. Please continue to pray for the precious people of Ukraine.

  • The Face of Suffering

    When we brought food and medicine to a synagogue in Ukraine, the rabbi and I met this man. He and his wife were almost killed as they fled their homes ahead of the invading Russian soldiers. They were able to get out, but he told us that many Holocaust survivors could not flee. Some of them were hiding in their bathtubs, hoping to be safe from artillery attacks on their buildings. Civilians are being targeted, and the human toll of this crisis is staggering. This man and the millions like him are the reason I’m here…and the reason I’m asking for your help as we continue to reach out to them to provide all the help that we can.

  • Help Is on the Way

    It is my great privilege to be your hands of love extended to the people of Ukraine, and especially to the poor Jewish refugees, orphans, and Holocaust survivors who have been so deeply impacted by the Russian invasion. The needs are staggering, and we are doing everything we can to help. In addition to food and medical supplies, we are taking tents and sleeping bags and pallets for those who are suffering in the bitter cold. Though I can’t share exactly where we are for security reasons, I can tell you that we—you and all our Jerusalem Prayer Team friends and partners—are making a real difference. God bless you.

  • Your Help Is on the Way to Ukraine

    Your love and compassion made it possible for me to purchase a large number of vitally needed supplies—tents, medicine, food, and more—in Poland that I will be taking across the border into Ukraine. The precious Jewish people there, especially the elderly Holocaust survivors, desperately need our help right now. They are trapped in their tiny apartments, unable to go out…and even if they could, there is nothing in the stores to buy. Together we are going to get them what they need, making a powerful impact that can literally be the difference between life and death.

  • I Have to Go

    After talking to Rabbi Markovitch, the chief rabbi of Kyiv, I am certain God has directed me to go to Ukraine and do all I can to help the hurting people there. I’m going to fly to Poland, where I’ll purchase supplies—food, medicine, tents, and more—to take across the border. I know the dangers of being in a war zone. I’ve been in Israel for every major war in the past 40 years. But when God calls, we have to answer, and I have to go to Ukraine. Please pray for me and our team during this special outreach. It is the generous support of friends like you that makes it possible for us to provide this vitally needed assistance to so many people in urgent need.

  • Five Heart-Breaking Minutes

    I had the privilege to sit down in Jerusalem with the chief rabbi of Kyiv and his wife. We have been helping these people in their humanitarian work for years, long before the current crisis started. Their first-hand account of what it’s like in Ukraine was heartbreaking. But it’s important for us to know what is really going on and how we can help. Please take five minutes to see and hear their story. I promise you won’t soon forget it.

  • They’re Not Statistics

    The United Nations announced that more than 2,000,000 Ukrainians have fled their homes because of the war. Every one of these is a person with hopes and dreams. They’re not statistics. I had the privilege of sitting down with the chief rabbi of Kyiv. He shared with me some of the heartbreaking stories of what his people have suffered. The stories we see in the media are just scratching the surface. The situation of the Ukrainian people is grim. They urgently need our help right now. Please pray for the people of Ukraine.

  • Pray for Ukraine

    The Chief Rabbi of Kyiv has asked for Christian friends to recite Psalm 31 aloud as a prayer for him and his people. (This is only a small piece of it below) Ukraine has a sizable Jewish population, which the European Jewish Congress estimates to be between 360,000 and 400,000 people. The Jewish people of Ukraine have suffered great persecution throughout history. Some of the worst of the Russian pogroms took place here, and more than 1.5 million Ukrainian Jews perished in the Holocaust. What they are enduring today is not new, but it is awful, and they urgently need our help.


    Psalm 31 21-24

    Praise be to the Lord, for he showed me the wonders of his love when I was in a city under siege. In my alarm I said, “I am cut off from your sight!” Yet you heard my cry for mercy when I called to you for help. Love the Lord, all his faithful people! The Lord preserves those who are true to him, but the proud he repays in full. Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.

  • A Special Message from Andriy Yermak

    I just read a powerful article from Andriy Yermak, chief of staff to Ukraine’s President Zelensky appealing for help from Israel and the world for his bleeding nation. He wrote, “We call on Israel and the international community to remember the words ‘never again’ and act decisively to ensure history does not repeat itself in Ukraine. Ukrainian Jews, Ukrainian Christians, Ukrainians of all religions and ethnicities need your help so we can defend ourselves, our common memory and our future. For Ukraine, and for all of humanity.”

  • Ukrainian Jews in Israel

    I’m flying to Israel today.  I don’t think a lot of people know this, but there are over 500,000 Jews of Ukrainian descent living in Israel now.  Those who still have family members in Ukraine are naturally worried about them because of the hardship brought by the Russian invasion.  I’m going to meet with some of them—many of the people Friends of Zion is already helping in Israel are in this group—and see what we can do to help.

  • Empty Shelves

    I got a phone message from Viktor, recorded in a bomb shelter where he was forced to take refuge during yet another Russian attack. He told me that the store shelves are almost empty—even those who could afford food, and so many can’t with the staggering rise in prices, can’t find anything to buy. He said, “We’re not asking for iPhones, we’re asking for bread!”

    Today a lot of people in Ukraine are suffering from hunger. I talked to my son Michael who was in Ukraine just a few days before the Russian invasion. He told me about a precious elderly Holocaust survivor he met. She knew it was very possible that war was coming to her country again. She still remembers the tanks going by when she was a little girl. When Michael asked her what she would do in case of war, she said, “I guess I’ll just lock my door.” It’s tragic for these people who should be enjoying rest and comfort in their final years to be trapped in their homes without food or medicine. They need our prayers. They need our help.

  • The bomb shelter

    Kyiv’s Holocaust Memorial damaged

    The Holocaust Memorial in Kyiv was damaged in a Russian attack today.  This site that pays tribute to the more than one million Jewish Ukrainians killed during Hitler’s attempt to exterminate the Jews has become a sacred place.  Our director of operations in Ukraine has evacuated his wife and young children from the country, but he and his 19 year old son remain, doing all they can to help those in need. We received this update from Viktor:

    Today a Holy Place for all Jewish people in the world – Babyn Yar Memorial was hit by a Russian rocket!! I have no words for this!!   The Holocaust Survivors are going through INTENSE PERSECUTION again!!  Several of our Jewish communities are suffering badly because they have to take cover, some of them have been in the shelters for days!

  • Battle for survival

    Some people expected the war in Ukraine to end quickly, but the Ukrainian people have taken up the cause of defending their nation.  They are using every means at their disposal to fight back against the overwhelming Russian advantage in troops and military equipment.  But there is another battle being waged, and that is the battle for survival.  The fighting that is raging makes it very unsafe for people in many cities to try to go out and find food.  And even those who can make it out are more and more being confronted with empty store shelves.  There is no way for food and other essentials of life to be delivered with the fighting going on.  Hunger and even starvation are very real threats—and those threats are only going to grow worse as the fighting drags on.

  • The bomb shelter

    Here’s the latest news we received from Viktor, the director of Friends of Zion ground operations in Ukraine—the man who for many years now has devoted his life to caring for the poor Jewish people, both young and old.  He wrote this email:

    Dear Dr. Mike

    I’m writing to you from the bomb shelter. We heard the signal and had to go down.  There are small children, young adults and seniors here!! All together going through this war.  We are hearing siren wailing and planes flying over and some bombing in a little distance.  Ukraine’s impoverished Holocaust survivors are in desperate need of help them have no way to get food or medicine unless we bring it to them because of the war.

    Viktor

  • Staying for those who cannot flee

    “Staying for those who cannot flee”

    The chief rabbi of Kyiv, a man with whom we work and support to provide help to those in most urgent need has declared that he will not leave his country.  “I am staying for those who cannot flee,” he said. He is asking for help…simple things like sleeping bags, coats and cans of food can literally be the difference between life and death.  He is opening up his synagogue as a place of refugee for those who have nowhere else to go.

  • People in crisis

    People in crisis

    The situation in Ukraine is horrible.  Hundreds of thousands of people have fled their homes, trying to find safety across the borders into Hungary, Moldova, Slovenia or Poland.  The lines of cars stretch for miles.  People wait for days to be allowed to exit.  But that is not the whole story.  There are also about 80,000 Holocaust survivors in Ukraine, and they desperately need our help.  They cannot leave their homes—if we cannot take them food, medicine and other supplies, some of them will die.  My heart is breaking for these precious people.

  • Awakened by bombs

    Awakened by bombs

    We got an update from Viktor who directs our operations in Ukraine.  He was awakened yesterday morning by a bomb going off that shook his house at 5:00 AM.  The people of Ukraine are in a panic.  Hundreds of thousands of refugees are fleeing their homes, looking for a place of safety.  The bombs are falling, not just on military sites, but on commercial ones as well.  Viktor told me that he is going to keep on delivering food and supplies to Holocaust survivors as long as he can—and I told him I would ask you for help.   We must stand with the innocent people of Ukraine who are suffering the horrors of war.

  • War Has Come

    War Has Come

    Despite the efforts of so many, Russian troops invaded Ukraine today.  Vladimir Putin declared his intention to remove the government of Ukraine, and replace it with one that is more friendly toward him and will turn against the West.  Ukraine is very small compared to Russia, and most observers expect the war to be over quickly.  But Ukraine is a proud country, and they have invaded before—over and over again.  The people there will fight for their freedom.

    For more than 10 years Friends of Zion has been in Ukraine, helping to meet the urgent needs of these precious people, especially the elderly, many of whom are Holocaust survivors, and the orphans.  A lot of people are talking now about going to Ukraine to help…but we are already there.  Your generous support today will allow us to provide more food, medicine, warm clothing and emergency supplies to the poor Jewish people of Ukraine.