Dearest ministry partners and friends,
Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord Jesus, and greetings from Vienna.
Our hearts are heavy with grief over the invasion and bombardment of Ukraine by Russian forces. The suffering has already been great, and it appears that many dark days and nights lie ahead.
For most of the past decade, I served as a GBGM missionary in Kyiv, in partnership with the United Methodist Church of Ukraine. Although United Methodists in Ukraine are relatively small in number, they are believers with large hearts who have faithfully witnessed the gospel through word and deed in their communities.
Today, in the midst of war, United Methodists continue to serve others. As many thousands across Ukraine are fleeing their homes in search of safe sanctuary, UMC congregations in western Ukraine are opening their hearts and doors, providing food, shelter, and other forms of emergency care to families in need.
Many of you have contacted me in recent days, asking how you might assist the Ukrainian people. Through The Advance, the donation platform of the UMC Board of Global Ministries, there are two ways that you can give in support of those fleeing war in Ukraine:
Advance #14053A: Eurasia In Mission Together -- Ukraine and Moldova. Donations to this Advance account will be quickly transferred to the bank account of the UMC of Ukraine, which has a system in place to receive these donations, put them to immediate use, and provide reporting on the usage of these funds. To donate, go to: https://advance.umcmission.org/p-222-eurasia-in-mission-together-ukraine-and-moldova.aspx
Advance #982450: UMCOR International Disaster Response. Donations to this Advance account will be directed to UMCOR, which is already partnering with agencies on the ground in Eastern and Central Europe to assist those displaced by the fighting. Donations to this account should be designated "for Ukraine." To donate, go to: https://umcmission.org/advance-project/982450/
I encourage you to give generously in support of the innocent victims of this tragedy. I thank you for your prayerful generosity and faithful witness.
Yours in Christ,
Rev. John Calhoun
Pastor, English-Speaking United Methodist Church of Vienna
Sechshauser Strasse 56, Vienna, Austria
GBGM Advance #13970Z