Time with our dear children! Lots of fun, lots of smiles, and blessed time for their little hearts!
Please Pray for Avdiivka, the fighting seems to have intensified.
Dear Friend of International Partnerships:
We trust that you are safe and well. As we all continue to navigate the new realities of COVID-19’s impact on our lives, we want to keep you apprised of new developments and opportunities related to IP’s ministries.
Like so many other countries, Ukraine is trying to balance public restrictions with allowable liberties. While IP’s churches and Bible studies are not gathering together in person, groups are still meeting online, actually with significantly greater numbers than prior to the pandemic. Please take a moment to view Co-Director, Nick Mikhaluk’s video report on IP’s current circumstances and response within Ukraine.
While we are thrilled for this response and for the increased opportunity to share the love and Good News of Jesus Christ, we also recognize that our donors are understandably distracted by challenges here at home. This trend is reflected in our first quarter contributions, as compared to funding received during the same quarter in previous years:
· We have seen a 40% reduction in income compared to last year (2019).
· Compared to the average of the last 3 years (2017-2019), we have experienced a 34% reduction in income.
Realizing that we all are facing unique challenges, we humbly request your financial assistance that will positively address our current shortfall and allow God’s ministry to continue with important outreach and development.
We are always grateful for your support, and it is especially meaningful now. With love and blessings from IP’s Board of Directors and our ministry teams throughout Ukraine.
Always in Him,
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Our world is experiencing ongoing disruptions with notable health and economic consequences in the shadow of COVID-19. The pandemic has impacted every continent and is rearranging lives without regard to race, ethnicity, gender, age or socio-economic standing. The universal nature of our shared plight has provided unique opportunities for our timely response.
Without faith, the world is prone to fear, worry, anxiety and desperation. However, as Christ followers we are promised hope and transformation through such challenges and testing (Romans 12:1,2). The Good News of the Gospel has never been more relevant than in this moment, as many more are now searching for answers and peace.
Relative to other countries, Ukraine thankfully has been spared, thus far, the most tragic rates of infection and death related to this disease. And yet, regardless of this most current global devastation, the eternal condition of human hearts and souls will always be God’s highest priority. As a result of this pandemic, the people of Ukraine, like the rest of our sin-infected world, are now more actively seeking answers to questions that can only be provided through faith in God as recently reported by Nick and Maia in Kiev:
“Ministry has certainly been affected, but even in the midst of all the difficulties, we see that God is not only in control, but that He is also drawing more people to Himself. We have not been able to meet in Bible discussion groups or for Sunday services for 3 weeks now. But all of our churches are doing online services (through YouTube and Zoom), and we see that the number of people “attending” (watching) those services is 2-4 times larger than the usual number that would come on Sunday.”
We are encouraged by and deeply appreciative of this opportunity and of your continued support of IP and its ministries in Ukraine. For such a time as this…
With thanks and love, always in Him,
President, International Partnerships
All our churches are now online in compliance with COVID-19 regulations. Nonetheless, we are united and hopeful in this time of crisis. What’s more, our online churches are even more popular than before the pandemic. Our views are regularly triple times the average attendance.