The Moravian Board of World Mission invites your compassion and prayers for the people of Ukraine who are suffering because of the Russian invasion. Since February 24, 2022, Russian troops have moved across Ukraine, occupying essential elements of the Ukrainian infrastructure. Attacks on civilian targets have been widespread, and likely will continue. Many Ukrainians are fleeing the country with their children to seek safe harbor.
The Czech Republic is among the countries receiving these refugees, where our Moravian friends in the Czech Province are already providing hospitality. The Moravian congregation in Nová Paka has been in possession of a largely vacant hotel for several years without knowing what to do with it. Now they know, and they are working hard to make final renovations on rooms, even as the first refugee families are arriving on their doorstep. The congregation also runs a kindergarten and primary school and are working with their partners at a Ukrainian primary school based in Kyiv to see how they can help Ukrainian children continue their studies upon their arrival in the Czech Republic.
Sister Jirina Kaletova, our Moravian Unity Youth Coordinator, is a member of this congregation. She shared, “I believe God has a plan for this and it is actually interesting to think that God might have prepared us and the hotel space for a time such as this.”
The Board of World Mission invites you to join us in supporting our Czech brothers and sisters in their ministry of compassion and hospitality. We are pleased to report that as of press time, we have received over $100,000 in donations from Moravians throughout the United States and Canada. We will continue to send donations to the Czech Republic on a regular basis as funds become available.
Those in the US can send checks to Board of World Mission, 1021 Center Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018. You may also make your donation online at MoravianMission.org/Give/ and click on the green “Give” button at the top of the page. Please use the memo line to indicate that your gift is for “Ukraine.”
Canadians can send checks to: Moravian Church in Canada, 600 Acadia Drive SE, Calgary, AB T2J 0B8. Interac e-Transfer donations may be sent to [email protected] In the comments section, please mark this donation as “Ukraine” and include your name and address to receive a tax receipt.