Since February 2022 Samaritan’s Purse has been able to serve tens of thousands of people whose lives have been disrupted by the conflict. Samaritan’s Purse currently have staff on the ground between Ukraine, Poland, Romania, and Moldova and other European nations that are helping to support the people of Ukraine.
Our teams are labouring around the clock, in collaboration with local churches, to purchase, transport, and distribute massive quantities of food and items such as hygiene kits, blankets, and warm clothing. Each package or box or can is an opportunity to remind families in Ukraine that the Lord cares and has not abandoned them during their time of need.
Within the first 6 months, Samaritan’s Purse has already been able to help over 4 million Ukrainians with food, medical care, water, and other emergency needs. Food continues to be the number one emergency need for people cut off from markets and food supplies. Our teams are buying food on the open market in Europe and bringing it into the country by truck—about 75 tractor-trailer loads per week. Then we break it down and distribute it in bags of about 15-20 pounds each through our network of churches and Christians all across the country. We have already purchased and distributed 49,603,950 pounds of food so far. All of this is possible because of the faithful people who have prayed and given to help in Jesus’ Name.
Winter is coming on fast in Ukraine and things will go from bad to worse. There will be an even greater need for food, shelter, and heat. We are looking at small wood stoves we can give to people, and we are sending shelter material including heavy-duty plastic to cover windows that have been blown out and holes in roofs. We are in the process of buying more of these materials now so we can get them into the country before cold weather hits. People need to stay fed and stay warm. As Christians we need to be praying for peace, that there will be an end to this deadly conflict soon so that people on both sides can live in peace.
Please continue to pray for suffering families in Ukraine. Pray as well for our faithful church partners and teams as they work together to meet both physical and spiritual needs.