Often times when local or global situations arise, we will respond by forming or contributing to a fund that will benefit a specific organization or area. At the moment, we are accepting sacrificial gifts above and beyond the tithe for the EPC's Disaster Relief fund, which is assisting citizens of Ukraine.
All funds that we collect will be channeled through the EPC World Outreach. Currently there are four strategic and trusted ways to deploying funds:
Supporting Poland/Ukraine response
World Outreach International Theological Education Network Director Bruce Anderson coordinating with long-time trusted ministry partner on the ground, Jaroslaw Lukask in Lublin, Poland. The funds would support threefold efforts:
Basic needs for receiving refugees in Hungary
- Supplying the work of Christian chaplains to operate within Ukraine bringing medicines, medical supplies, and other personal supplies and gospel ministry to soldiers throughout Ukraine. These chaplains also need helmets and vests (but no weapons).
- Funds would also help the evacuation of disadvantaged people who are at risk in Ukraine.
- They would help provide for the needs of food, clothing, housing arrangements, and other necessities of refugees coming to Lublin.
World Outreach Workers Chris and Debbie Gibson live in Hungary and are already housing two families who have fled Ukraine. Opportunities to help other families increase by the moment.
Assisting refugee ministry in the Czech Republic
Ministry partner to Cedar Springs EPC Church, James Berry, is involved with ministry to refugees in Prague. He is flying to Prague tomorrow to assess the situation first hand. Ministry teams are responding to an absence of any organization as busloads of Ukrainians are dropped off at stations with nowhere to go to provide shelter and basic needs.
Assistance for Engage 2025 Presbytery of the East effort in the North Caucasus Region (Russia)
Russian and Ukrainian church planters. On the ground team leaders, Andre and Albina. US Contact, Nancy Cimprich (Currently this fourth option is on hold as funds cannot be received at this time.)