Between Hungary and Ukraine, there are five crossing points. A different aid organization is working at each crossing, seeking to spread their resources and help as many as possible. There is also a beautiful partnership taking place among the local churches as they jump in to help however they can. Most of the refugees entering Hungary are only stopping there briefly before they continue on to other places in Europe. At the aid sites on the Hungarian/Ukrainian border, they can find hot meals, a bed for the night, and travel supplies. Shuttles are also running daily to other European cities, as there are no trains at most of the border crossings.
However, some refugees are staying, and OM Hungary is beginning to look at long-term ministry strategies. Many individuals have offered their homes to refugee families, a Pentecostal Church that runs a family camp is helping, and pockets of Hungarian speaking Ukrainians near the border have also taken in refugees. A program for mothers and children will be starting soon, as well as a Ukrainian fellowship to provide a time for people to come together and connect. There is also the potential for a dance/creative movement class to start that our team member would lead. They will also be looking to recruit other artists to help lead other arts ministry along with art therapy to help the refugees process their trauma. The hope is that the ministry strategy will be in place soon so that short term trips can begin coming to help.
Would you join us in praying for the Ukraine? In particular, would you lift up our team member and so many others like her who are ministering to the refugees?