As Poland continues to receive refugees from Ukraine, Manna Ministries Worldwide partner Leszek Wakula reports on how donations help the refugees, who not only need a place to sleep, but also a way to do laundry and exchange currency.
Around 1.3 million refugees have entered Poland, with more continuing to cross the border, and churches are playing a key role in providing shelter and basic needs. Leszek’s ministry served around 70 refugees last week, many of them children. As he reports, the church provides meals, clothes, toys, SIM cards and data packages for their phones, and hygiene and pharmacy items.
Another important way they help is connecting the refugees with local health care and with schooling for the children. They have seen the need for children’s programs and activities, in order to allow the mothers to look for jobs.
We may not think about all the obstacles a refugee faces – for example, where to wash clothes or exchange money to the local currency. The Lodz Baptist Church purchased a washing machine and dryer so the refugees have a place to do laundry. The church also helps them exchange Ukrainian currency, which is hard to do in banks that have been flooded with the foreign currency. The church purchases some of the Ukrainian money, and then sends it with provisions to partner churches in Ukraine for needs there.
Church members have been volunteering to help with activities, as well as transportation, cooking, grocery shopping, and more. Please pray for strength and endurance for the volunteers, for conditions in Poland where fuel and commodity prices have risen drastically, for the church’s work to be efficient and fruitful to bring love and peace to many Ukrainians. Finally, pray for peace!
We thank God for the church’s service, and for your donations to provide the resources needed. If you would like to donate toward this continuing ministry of helping refugees from Ukraine, please click here. Thank you!