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,
As our churches have continued to gather virtually, Uman celebrated their first in-person gathering this Sunday!
Most of our churches continue having Online Services and Zoom Community Groups. In some cities, the local authorities have allowed gatherings and have lifted some restrictions. We continue to gather in ways that are in compliance with local regulations. Praise the Lord that we live in the age of technology!
One of our Churches in Lviv gave us a much-needed reminder in these days. Though we are impatiently waiting for the day when we can reunite together in our buildings, sing and have fellowship, we must remember that the Church is not on pause right now. The Church is alive, the Church is serving, and it is adapting to the new challenges of a world amid a pandemic. Transcription of the video below.
“Lots of people today see the Church as a building. But can a building be the body of Christ? Can a building study and meditate over the Holy Scriptures? Can a building support one another in unity? Can a building show hope of God? No. The Church is you and me. The Church is made from people who believed in Jesus Christ as their Savior and who share the Good News!”
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