Preparing the Next Trip to the Ukrainian Border
"We are ready for the next trip to the border between Poland and Ukraine. We decided that this time we want to be more effective so we are looking for several different things that we need to prepare prior to the trip. For example, we can travel with our car, but at the border with Ukraine, the biggest need is to transport people. So, we are looking for a minivan with 9 seats. Also, we are focused to make plans, so that our time at the border can be as long as possible." - Zijah and Lorena
Multiplying Refugee Ministry
National partners Zijah and Lorena serve refugees traveling through and staying in Bosnia through Wave, a ministry of care, education, and Gospel outreach.
Displaced people from Afghanistan, Syria, and other nations in crisis have found a warm welcome from Christians through their ministry. Churches in other places have seen the need for this type of ministry and have learned from their example and training. The war in Ukraine has opened new doors for them to assist Christians in Poland to serve the flood of Ukrainian refugees who need care, shelter, rest, and food.
Going Where They’re Needed
In March, Zijah and Lorena traveled hundreds of miles from their home to the border between Poland and Ukraine. They carried supplies to share with a church that was receiving many refugees. They used their car to transport refugees from the border to the church. They helped cook, made beds, and gave counsel. From their experience, they taught how to relate to and care for people who have fled from their homes.
Now they’re preparing to go to Poland again.
Last time they went in their car, but if they have a van, they will be able to transport more people. They also want to plan their trip so that they have more time to serve at the border.
A Busy Time at Home
Of course, there are lots of things to do at home in Bosnia. Easter was a time for special services and evangelism for their church. Every spring Zijah and Lorena organize barbecues in communities where they are serving. These events open doors for friendship and evangelism. They are always looking for new places and people to serve. “We like to try to see if doors are open for ministry in other places.”
- For safe travel to and from the Poland-Ukraine border.
- For effective ministry to refugees.
- For expanding opportunities to train churches to serve refugees.
- For evangelism opportunities.
- For travel expenses.
- For supplies that assist refugees.
- For ministry needs.