WEA Ukraine Crisis Response
Russia’s invasion brought the horrors of war to our Ukrainian brothers and sisters, yet they remain faithful. From before the attack began, churches across Europe courageously mobilized, calling believers to prayer and offering refuge, comfort, and food to those fleeing their homes.
From the outset of the war, the WEA and our partner alliances have stepped in to support our brothers and sisters in need, and to facilitate collaboration across denominational groups.
This war has significant global implications, bringing a new era of chaos and uncertainty. In all this, the Gospel of Jesus as the Prince of Peace remains, and the Church is His messenger of hope!
Thousands of Ukrainians have spent weeks in bomb shelters, while millions more have relocated to safer areas. Even as many escape routes are cut off, more and more evidence of atrocities has come to light.
The WEA is well positioned to respond to this major crisis. Our primary focuses are:
- advocating for an end to Russian aggression and for the restoration of peace in Ukraine and across Europe
- raising funds to support the churches and ministries that are directly affected
- bringing together our members and partners to coordinate assistance
- spotlighting those who are agents of transformation
- sharing key prayer focuses with the global Church
Our networks are actively involved and are collaborating with the European Evangelical Alliance:
- European Evangelical Alliance offers ideas for prayer, supporting, and volunteering
- European Freedom Network is working to protect refugees against human trafficking
- Peace and Reconciliation Network (PRN) is working through Ukrainian members and initiatives in neighboring countries. Their work in Moldova is a great example:
- PRN Moldova response shares details of the response of Moldavian Christians.
TRUST (The Response—Ukraine Special Taskforce)
The WEA established The Response – Ukraine Special Taskforce (TRUST) to coordinate efforts with Evangelical communities and strengthen responding churches in Ukraine and neighboring countries.
Since the first days of the Russian invasion, the WEA has been working with the Ukrainian Evangelical community to help those affected by the war. This is Europe’s biggest humanitarian crisis since WW2, and it requires a long-term and complex response.
It’s crucial for Christian leaders from Ukraine and neighboring countries to guide this strategic response.
The WEA seeks to support these leaders and their local churches by:
- funding their relief work
- strengthening grassroots leadership and national alliances
- fostering and displaying the unity of the Body of Christ
In a large-scale crisis like this one, it’s critical to grow and strengthen organic networks that represent the diverse nature of the Church. To accomplish this, TRUST provides direct financial support to churches through the national denominational bodies and NGO networks. We are currently working with 10 such Ukrainian partners (7 denominations and 3 NGO networks) and 10 partners in the neighbouring countries.
See our latest situation report for more details.
The work TRUST funds
The networks we support include hundreds of churches and ministries which are directly helping refugees by:
- evacuating them across borders or to safer areas within Ukraine
- providing accommodation, food, medicine, and other help
- responding to the emerging needs caused by this war
These believers are doing amazing work, often risking their lives to help those in need and display the love of Christ. They are beautiful examples of the Church bringing an integrated gospel: caring for the needy and preaching the gospel in the midst of darkness.
We have also identified key partners among Ukraine’s neighbors. These partners are serving those fleeing the war, helping them resettle and begin processing their trauma and grief. Currently we support 10 partners across:
We are working to identify more partners in these countries.
In addition to providing financial support, TRUST also worked with our partners to hold a summit of network leaders to help them
- share best practices and greatest needs
- build relationships for future collaboration
We are exploring ways to support our partners through long-term needs like trauma care.
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