We can feel so helpless and hopeless when millions are suffering so far away from our own country. But there are ways we can help right now; and stand with Ukraine from our very own homes:
1. PRAYER– Praying is a powerful weapon. It is the first weapon anyone should use in any circumstance.
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people” (Eph. 6:18 NIV).
2. ENCOURAGEMENT – Encouragement boosts morale. There is strength in numbers. Imagine people around the world wearing your flag, and posting it on social media; to support and encourage you, and to let you know they’re on your side.
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing” (1 Thes. 5:11).
Display the Ukrainian flag on your social media platform. Make a sign, and join a peaceful, safe protest in support of Ukraine. Wear a tee shirt displaying the Ukrainian flag. I bought my tee shirt on Amazon. I use Amazon Smile, which allows you to give 0.5% to the charity of your choice, for every purchase you make. It’s exactly the same as Amazon, but you get to give back. Buy a Ukrainian flag shirt. My tee reminds me, and others, to keep praying. I’m honored and proud to support Ukraine.
3. FINANCIAL – Consider giving a larger than usual gift during this humanitarian crisis. If you can’t afford it, give a tiny bit. Every little bit adds up. If everyone would even give enough to feed one person, a lot more people would have food. Ukrainians are begging for help. How can we ignore this, if we have the means?
“Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon” (Isa. 58:10 NLT).
Some charities I like to support are:
Project Dynamo Funded by veterans snd those who have served, donations go directly to support allies, and rescue people from countries at war.
Samaritans Purse A Christian organization, providing International relief with supplies of food, clothing, shelter, and medicine to refugees and poverty stricken countries around the world.
There is an article in Parade, which lists several charities active in helping the Ukraine War crisis. You can give to Ukraine by helping troops with armor, children who have lost parents, abandoned pets, doctors with medine; and more. I particularly like Nova Ukraine, which lists projects, camps, teaching opportunities, and more; all geared towards helping Ukrainian people. Let God lead your heart.
4. INVOLVEMENT– Do something; anything. When millions if people are in peril, it’s selfish and self-centered to stick our heads in the sand. Some may not be in a position to do much, but we can consider our talents, gifts, and financial means; and pray to God asking how we can make a difference.
“The lands beyond the sea watch in fear. Remote lands tremble and mobilize for war. they help each other and say to their companions, ‘Be strong’ “ (Isa. 41: 5-6)!
5. EDUCATION – Read about and watch what is happening in Ukraine. When you see for yourself what’s happening, it shows the reality of people suffering at the hands of war. This brings out human empathy and the drive to provide support and encouragement.
“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings” (1 Pet. 5: 8-9 NIV).
6. BUY UKRAINIAN – Buy Ukrainian products and foods within your country or online. Visiting Ukrainian businesses and purchasing products from Ukrainian Americans and Ukrainian people; shows support for them and their country. If you can’t buy anything, go inside and say hello. Tell them you’re praying for their people and their country. A little love goes a long way.
“Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you” (2 Cor. 13:11).
Veselka restaurant in NYC – Veselka is making 300 pierogi a day to keep up with guests. They also provide nationwide shipping. They are even currently hiring.
Papua Plaza, Winchester VA – The website is stated as not secure, so i have not included a link, however it’s local for many people who read my blog, so I’ve included it here. You can easily find it by Googling: Papua Plaza, Winchester VA.
Mari Vanna restaurant in Washington DC – Mari Vanna has an elegant, yet cozy and colorful environment, with a beautiful and delicious variety of entrees and desserts.
7. DON’T JUDGE THE OPPRESSED – War causes people to do things they might not normally do out of desperation to survive. Some will flee, some will fight. Some may want to flee but be forced to fight. Children grow up too fast. There is stealing, killing, lying, and much more. We can respect an innocent country’s choice to make decisions it deems best for their survival.
“ ‘Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven” (Lk. 6:37).
8. SHARE TRUTH, EXPOSE EVIL – Write about it. Talk about it. Without instilling fear, tell your children on their level about what’s going on in Ukraine. Pray with your family and friends for the refugees and leaders of Ukraine.
“Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. This is why it is said: ‘Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you’ “ (Eph. 5: 11-14).
9. UNITE – We can set aside our own political agendas for the greater cause of human life. We can set aside any anger and hatred for who is in office or has been in office. The devil’s influence in the world is evil, so we can pray for just and good decisions, while rooting for our leadership when they do what’s right. God is ultimately, and eternally, in control.
“We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life” (1 Jn. 5: 19-20).
10. FOLLOW JESUS – For only in following Jesus, do we receive the Holy Spirit which reveals truth. This helps us sift through the lies in the news and social media. It helps us know when something is just not right. The silver lining during adversity, is the confidence in knowing God has our back.
“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life’ “ (Jn. 8:13).
Prayer: Thank you God for our freedom and blessings. Let us not forget those who are oppressed and suffering. Show us how to help and support our brothers and sisters in Christ, and those who do not yet know Jesus. God bless Ukraine and its people in Jesus name.
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery” (Gal. 5:1).
If you know of any Ukrainian causes, charities, restaurants, or businesses; or other, please leave a comment, so we can support them as well! God bless us all, in Jesus’ name!
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