David Marshall Kealy
I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. 1 Timothy 1:12
Again several generations of Americans are exposed to a horrible WAR!
Ukraine has had 30 years of religious freedom.
- During those years thousands of people have come to know Christ as their Saviour.
- Hundreds of churches have been planted all over the country.
- Scores of Bible schools and Christian training institutions have been founded.
- Para-church organizations have been established,
- Ukraine sends missionaries - with support from Ukrainian churches - to other countries, many to the Russian-speaking world.
But now we see fathers saying goodby to their children and wives. Notice the wedding ring on the right hand of both the father and mother. We wore matching Ukrainian wedding rings while living in Ukraine and replaced them now to remind us through each day to pray for our friends and ministry partners during these dramatic days.
Poland is a great neighbor to UKRAINE
On February 24th we received a notice from the CCM Media ministry in Southern Poland. I served on their International Board of Directors for several years. They are helping ~ helping Ukrainians each and every day now that they are refugees away from home. We traveled by train through Western Ukraine to Poland during our time there in the 1990's.
Russia has invaded our geographical neighbour, Ukraine; the upheaval is going to be far-reaching. There are 1.5 million Ukrainians already residing in Poland on short term contracts, working in various industries, where they are valued as diligent, hard workers. Many of them are now returning home to fight for their country.
Meanwhile, in excess of a million women with their children are expected in Poland. The State has waived many bureaucratic barriers. Hundreds of thousands of Poles are spontaneously helping by giving food, transport from the border, free accommodation, etc. It is beautiful to see such solidarity, but a lot of this effort is not rational, as there are piles of food at the border crossing and no room for storage.
Railways in our part of Europe have offered free transportation. Just last Saturday our staff plus some local friends ferried 51 women and children 380 km / 238 miles from the Polish border to Wisla. There is also much humanitarian aid in which the churches are playing a major part. We invited many people to a concert our church in Wisla given by my son, Filip, and his friends, during it we will invite people to return to the church for a Sunday service. During the concert there will be simultaneous translation into Ukrainian. We ask friends at CityBibles in the Netherlands to sell us 1000 Ukrainian Bibles. They sent them to us free of charge! We are also printing a Ukrainian version of Word for you today, personal daily passages for individual quiet times.
Churches are greatly involved as well, mainly giving humanitarian help.
As we have many connections, through our e-coaches with thousands of people, also our Outback outreach, that we started some 7 years ago in Ukraine – there are links to believers but also non-believers in need. In our organization – we appointed a lady, our e-coach that resides in Poland but is Ukrainian to coordinate this effort. Here is a tremendous opportunity for Sunday School children; (nobody was planning for that!)
Some of the help given by CCM Media to Ukrainians. We have found the destruction of infrastructure in Ukraine keeps us from funding efforts directly into Ukraine so are helping CCM Media financially as they have a huge new ministry outreach with their Ukrainian neighbors.
1 Timothy 1:12 is a life verse that led to our creating Reaching People far from God
David M. Kealy